These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Hawaii For 2019


We analyzed 50 places in Hawaii to determine where the 1% live.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the richest cities in Hawaii.

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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 $112,726 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 2.3%.

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 2013-2017 American Community Survey for the 50 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 2019:

  1. Mililani Mauka (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. East Honolulu (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Ewa Gentry (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Waikele (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Royal Kunia (Homes For Sale)
  6. Ocean Pointe (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Aiea (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Pearl City (Homes For Sale)
  9. Ewa Villages (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Kailua CDP (Honolulu County) (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 2019

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 2013-2017 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 50 places with more than 5,000 people in Hawaii, we ranked each place from 1 to 50 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 City In Hawaii For 2019”.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 50 places.

Mililani Mauka, HI

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Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 20,393
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $112,726
Unemployment Rate: 1.8%
Poverty Rate: 2.3%
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

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Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 47,868
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $120,233
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
Poverty Rate: 3.3%
More on East Honolulu: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ewa Gentry, HI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 24,181
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $99,989
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Poverty Rate: 2.8%
More on Ewa Gentry: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Waikele, HI

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 7,446
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Median Income: $96,768
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 3.0%
More on Waikele: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 14,396
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 3)
Median Income: $110,353
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 3.8%
More on Royal Kunia: Real Estate | Data

Ocean Pointe, HI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 13,579
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 3)
Median Income: $114,016
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Poverty Rate: 4.4%
More on Ocean Pointe: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Aiea, HI

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 9,332
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Median Income: $104,214
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Poverty Rate: 5.9%
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.

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 46,259
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 10)
Median Income: $91,122
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Poverty Rate: 4.6%
More on Pearl City: Real Estate | Data

Pearl City is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) located in the Ewa District and City & County of Honolulu on the Island of Oahu. As of the 2010 Census, the CDP had a total population of 47,698. Pearl City is located along the north shore of Pearl Harbor. Aiea borders Pearl City to the east, while Waipahu borders the west. The U.S. postal code for Pearl City is 96782.

Ewa Villages, HI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,087
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Median Income: $79,716
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 4.1%
More on Ewa Villages: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 38,088
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Median Income: $114,381
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Poverty Rate: 5.0%
More on Kailua Cdp (Honolulu County): Real Estate | Data | Photos

There You Have It – The Wealthiest Places In Hawaii For 2019

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: Makaha
2nd Poorest: Hawaiian Beaches
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 2.0 $112,726
2 East Honolulu 2.33 $120,233
3 Ewa Gentry 5.0 $99,989
4 Waikele 7.17 $96,768
5 Royal Kunia 9.33 $110,353
6 Ocean Pointe 11.0 $114,016
7 Aiea 12.67 $104,214
8 Pearl City 13.33 $91,122
9 Ewa Villages 13.33 $79,716
10 Kailua Cdp (Honolulu County) 13.83 $114,381
11 Ahuimanu 13.83 $103,825
12 Waipio 14.33 $85,084
13 Mililani Town 14.33 $93,138
14 Waimalu 15.83 $76,272
15 Kaneohe 16.17 $97,598
16 Kapolei 16.5 $98,025
17 Pukalani 17.0 $81,028
18 Halawa 17.5 $94,212
19 Makakilo 18.33 $106,429
20 Hanamaulu 21.17 $59,421
21 Kalaheo 21.83 $84,828
22 Ewa Beach 24.0 $90,069
23 Lihue 24.0 $65,513
24 Waikoloa Village 24.17 $73,453
25 Kula 24.17 $82,468
26 Waimanalo 26.0 $76,500
27 Makawao 26.17 $70,383
28 Laie 26.5 $95,093
29 Kahului 28.67 $76,141
30 Wailua Homesteads 28.67 $76,250
31 Lahaina 28.67 $73,946
32 Waipahu 29.67 $75,856
33 Urban Honolulu 30.83 $65,707
34 Kailua Cdp (Hawaii County) 30.83 $66,875
35 Holualoa 31.33 $75,701
36 Kihei 31.83 $71,423
37 Kalaoa 32.67 $68,995
38 Waimea Cdp (Hawaii County) 33.17 $72,759
39 Kapaa 36.67 $74,200
40 Wahiawa 38.17 $57,910
41 Wailuku 39.0 $69,250
42 Wailea 39.33 $68,675
43 Maili 41.5 $71,806
44 Waipio Acres 42.33 $66,094
45 Hilo 44.0 $57,151
46 Nanakuli 44.33 $65,101
47 Hawaiian Paradise Park 46.67 $51,908
48 Waianae 47.0 $60,282
49 Hawaiian Beaches 48.5 $41,385
50 Makaha 49.33 $51,833

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3 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Hawaii For 2019

  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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