These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Hawaii For 2018


We analyzed over 55 places in Hawaii to determine where the 1% live.

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Mililani Mauka, East Honolulu, Ewa Gentry: These cities aren’t just some of the best places to live in Hawaii. They are also home to some of the richest people in the Aloha State.

Mililani Mauka in particular houses the richest residents in the state thanks, in part, to a median household income of $107,163 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 2.0%.

If you’re thinking of moving to one of these towns, you’ll probably need to start saving. The richest places in Hawaii share common characteristics such as having a genius level populous, sky high home prices, and a Pleasantville level of married couples.

How did we come up with these mega wealthy cities? We analyzed Census data from the 2012-2016 American Community Survey for the 58 places in Hawaii with more than 5,000 people.

At the end of the day, here’s the set of the 10 richest places in Hawaii for 2018:

  1. Mililani Mauka (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. East Honolulu (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Ewa Gentry (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Ocean Pointe (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Aiea (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Waikele (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Ewa Villages (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Kailua CDP (Honolulu County) (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Royal Kunia (Homes For Sale)
  10. Mililani Town (Photos | Homes For Sale)

For more on how we calculated the top ten, read on or skip to the end for the full list of the richest cities in Hawaii.

Rich people not your cup of tea? Feel free to check out some more reading about Hawaii:

How We Determined The Richest Places In Hawaii For 2018

Map Of The Richest Places To Live In Hawaii
The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think about determining the richest places is to simply identify personal incomes. After all, rich people have really high salaries.

However, we don’t believe that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the “richest places”. So we looked at this set of criteria from the newly released 2012-2016 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income
  • Unemployment Rate

Median household income is the most digestible way to understand how rich a place really is. The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for more people to become rich. If more people are employed, the richer the future looks.

After we collected the data for all 58 places with more than 5,000 people in Hawaii, we ranked each place from 1 to 58 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the richest.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a “Rich Score” with the place having the lowest overall Rich Score, Mililani Mauka, crowned the “Richest Place In Hawaii For 2018”.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 58 places.

Mililani Mauka, HI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 20,322.0
Median Income: $107,163.0
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Poverty Rate: 2.0%
More on Mililani Mauka: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mililani Mauka is a census-designated place (CDP) in Honolulu County, Hawaii on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, United States. As of the 2010 Census, the CDP had a population of 21,039.

East Honolulu, HI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 47,957.0
Median Income: $114,122.0
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Poverty Rate: 3.7%
More on East Honolulu: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ewa Gentry, HI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 23,168.0
Median Income: $91,872.0
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 3.3%
More on Ewa Gentry: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ocean Pointe, HI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 12,274.0
Median Income: $111,729.0
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Poverty Rate: 3.7%
More on Ocean Pointe: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Aiea, HI

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 9,594.0
Median Income: $108,517.0
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 6.0%
More on Aiea: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Aiea (Hawaiian: Aiea) is a census-designated place (CDP) 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.

Waikele, HI

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 7,648.0
Median Income: $93,652.0
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Poverty Rate: 1.7%
More on Waikele: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ewa Villages, HI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,568.0
Median Income: $90,493.0
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Poverty Rate: 2.1%
More on Ewa Villages: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 38,514.0
Median Income: $109,087.0
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Poverty Rate: 4.5%
More on Kailua Cdp (Honolulu County): Real Estate | Data | Photos

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 14,424.0
Median Income: $103,932.0
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Poverty Rate: 3.0%
More on Royal Kunia: Real Estate | Data

Mililani Town, HI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 28,460.0
Median Income: $94,417.0
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Poverty Rate: 5.2%
More on Mililani Town: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mililani is a city located near the center of the island of Oahu in Honolulu County, Hawaii, United States. It consists of two census-designated places, Mililani Town, with a population of 27,629 at the 2010 census, and Mililani Mauka, with a 2010 census population of 21,039.

There You Have It – The Wealthiest Places In Hawaii For 2018

Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the richest places in Hawaii, we weren’t sure what we’d encounter, but it ended up being some of the best places to live in Hawaii.

When you look at the data, the cities and places mentioned above meet the criteria for being at the very top of the income ladder for everyone that lives there.

If you’re curious enough, here are the poorest cities in Hawaii, according to data:

Poorest: Hawaiian Beaches
2nd Poorest: Makaha
3rd Poorest: Waianae

For more Hawaii reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Hawaii

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Mililani Mauka 2.67 $107,163
2 East Honolulu 3.33 $114,122
3 Ewa Gentry 9.33 $91,872
4 Ocean Pointe 9.33 $111,729
5 Aiea 10.5 $108,517
6 Waikele 10.83 $93,652
7 Ewa Villages 11.0 $90,493
8 Kailua Cdp (Honolulu County) 11.83 $109,087
9 Royal Kunia 11.83 $103,932
10 Mililani Town 14.0 $94,417
11 Kaneohe 15.5 $92,257
12 Waipio 16.17 $77,902
13 West Loch Estate 17.33 $98,293
14 Halawa 18.5 $95,065
15 Waimalu 19.33 $72,754
16 Makakilo 19.5 $102,248
17 Kahaluu 20.33 $88,529
18 Pearl City 20.5 $89,320
19 Waikoloa Village 20.67 $75,875
20 Napili-Honokowai 22.5 $54,871
21 Kapolei 23.17 $91,422
22 Pukalani 24.0 $81,594
23 Laie 24.17 $91,836
24 Kula 24.67 $77,279
25 Ahuimanu 25.67 $98,182
26 Kalaheo 25.67 $82,388
27 Hanamaulu 25.67 $57,708
28 Hickam Housing 25.83 $75,487
29 Haiku-Pauwela 26.67 $77,045
30 Lahaina 29.0 $70,753
31 Waihee-Waiehu 29.33 $88,194
32 Ewa Beach 29.83 $86,424
33 Lihue 30.0 $61,725
34 Waimanalo 30.17 $73,472
35 Kaneohe Station 33.17 $51,631
36 Urban Honolulu 33.33 $63,361
37 Waipahu 35.17 $72,447
38 Wailea 35.33 $70,668
39 Wailua Homesteads 37.33 $69,602
40 Kihei 37.67 $68,267
41 Kahului 38.0 $70,905
42 Holualoa 39.33 $73,185
43 Kalaoa 41.33 $65,922
44 Kapaa 42.0 $69,938
45 Makawao 43.0 $61,559
46 Schofield Barracks 43.17 $57,554
47 Wailuku 43.33 $68,453
48 Waimea Cdp (Hawaii County) 44.17 $67,524
49 Kailua Cdp (Hawaii County) 45.0 $61,629
50 Hilo 47.0 $55,815
51 Wahiawa 47.33 $55,744
52 Waipio Acres 47.5 $65,160
53 Nanakuli 49.33 $63,724
54 Hawaiian Paradise Park 51.5 $47,181
55 Maili 52.0 $59,116
56 Waianae 52.67 $58,807
57 Makaha 55.67 $52,035
58 Hawaiian Beaches 57.83 $34,293

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3 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Hawaii For 2018

  1. This ranking is a joke, Mililani over Kailua, Kahala, Aina Haina, Kaneohe, Haiku and other much more prestigious place to live? The author of this article must live in Mililani where the lots are small and you and your neighbors can her you fart. I have family who live there and they all say it is nice but the construction is poor. To people who live in better and richer neighborhoods mentioned above we know, but to those who don’t go to Pacific Business News and read their article on where the riches neighborhoods are in Hawaii. You will laugh at this article.

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