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:
- Mililani Mauka
- East Honolulu
- Ewa Gentry
- Ocean Pointe
- Aiea (Photos)
- Ewa Villages
- Kailua Cdp (Honolulu County) (Photos)
- Royal Kunia
- Mililani Town (Photos)
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.
How We Determined The Richest Places In Hawaii For 2018
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.
1. Mililani Mauka
Population: 20,322Median Income: $107,163
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Poverty Rate: 2.0%
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.
2. East Honolulu
Population: 47,957Median Income: $114,122
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Poverty Rate: 3.7%
3. Ewa Gentry
Population: 23,168Median Income: $91,872
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 3.3%
4. Ocean Pointe
Population: 12,274Median Income: $111,729
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Poverty Rate: 3.7%
Population: 9,594Median Income: $108,517
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 6.0%
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.
Population: 7,648Median Income: $93,652
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Poverty Rate: 1.7%
7. Ewa Villages
Population: 7,568Median Income: $90,493
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Poverty Rate: 2.1%
8. Kailua Cdp (Honolulu County)
Population: 38,514 Median Income: $109,087
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Poverty Rate: 4.5%
9. Royal Kunia
Population: 14,424 Median Income: $103,932
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Poverty Rate: 3.0%
10. Mililani Town
Population: 28,460Median Income: $94,417
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Poverty Rate: 5.2%
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 Richest 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
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Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Hawaii
|Kailua Cdp (Honolulu County)||8|
|West Loch Estate||13|
|Waimea Cdp (Hawaii County)||48|
|Kailua Cdp (Hawaii County)||49|
|Hawaiian Paradise Park||54|