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
  2. East Honolulu
  3. Ewa Gentry
  4. Ocean Pointe
  5. Aiea (Photos)
  6. Waikele
  7. Ewa Villages
  8. Kailua Cdp (Honolulu County) (Photos)
  9. Royal Kunia
  10. 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.

Rich people not your cup of tea? Feel free to check out the best places to live in Hawaii or the poorest.

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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.
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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.

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1. Mililani Mauka

Mililani Mauka, Hawaii

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,322
Median 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

East Honolulu, Hawaii

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 47,957
Median Income: $114,122
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Poverty Rate: 3.7%

3. Ewa Gentry

Ewa Gentry, Hawaii

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,168
Median Income: $91,872
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 3.3%

4. Ocean Pointe

Ocean Pointe, Hawaii

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,274
Median Income: $111,729
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Poverty Rate: 3.7%

5. Aiea

Aiea, Hawaii

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,594
Median 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.

6. Waikele

Waikele, Hawaii

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,648
Median Income: $93,652
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Poverty Rate: 1.7%

7. Ewa Villages

Ewa Villages, Hawaii

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,568
Median Income: $90,493
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Poverty Rate: 2.1%

8. Kailua Cdp (Honolulu County)

Source: Public Domain

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

Mililani Town, Hawaii

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 28,460
Median 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

For more Hawaii reading , check out:

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  • Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Hawaii

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