Everyone wants a home that mixes affordability with comfort and Hawaii does this very well. Families love the Aloha State’s beaches, midlands, and mountains as tourists before moving here and calling it home.
But before you decide to relocate, you have to do some research into the exact cost of living around the state — and that’s how we’re going to help you.
These are the places in Hawaii that cost a pretty penny — the most expensive cities in the state.
After we saved up for months and could finally afford it, we landed on this list of the ten most expensive cities in Hawaii for 2018:
- Holualoa (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Kalaoa (Homes For Sale)
- Waikoloa Village (Homes For Sale)
- Hilo (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Hawaiian Paradise Park (Homes For Sale)
- Wailea (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- East Honolulu (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Kula (Homes For Sale)
- Aiea (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Laie (Photos | Homes For Sale)
So hopefully West Loch Estate (the cheapest place to live in Hawaii) can show these guys how to live on a budget in the coming years. Read on for how these places had costs rise faster than inflation.
3. Waikoloa Village
Population: 45,158 Services: 130
Health Care: 112
More on Hilo: Homes For Sale | Data
Hilo is the largest settlement and census-designated place in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States, which encompasses the Island of Hawaii. The population was 43,263 at the 2010 census.
5. Hawaiian Paradise Park
7. East Honolulu
Population: 9,077 Services: 122
Health Care: 110
More on Aiea: Homes For Sale | Data
Aiea is a census-designated place located in the City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii, United States. As of the 2010 Census, the CDP had a total population of 9,338.
Population: 5,560 Services: 122
Health Care: 110
More on Laie: Homes For Sale | Data
Laie is a census-designated place located in the Koolauloa District on the island of Oahu in Honolulu County, Hawaii, United States. In Hawaiian, lie means “ie leaf”. The population was 6,138 at the 2010 census.
How We Determined The Most Expensive Places To Live In The Aloha State For 2018
There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:
- Health Insurance
You can then compare the cost of these things in each of the places in Hawaii to figure out which is the most expensive.
What you are left with is a “Cost of Living Index” that normalizes to 100 for an average place in the United States.
So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 45 places in Hawaii that have more than 5,000 people.
And just so you can better understand how the cost of living index works, 100 is the average cost of a place in the United States. A score of 90 means that the place cost 10% less than average.
San Francisco has a score of 243 meaning it’s almost 2.5 times as expensive as the average place in the country.
Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck
Well there you have it, the places in Hawaii that have the highest cost of living, with Holualoa ranking as the most expensive city in the Aloha State.
If you’re curious, here are the least expensive cities in Hawaii:
- West Loch Estate
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Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Hawaii
|5||Hawaiian Paradise Park||9,427|
|45||West Loch Estate||6,076|