Richest Cities In Hawaii For 2020


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

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our fifth time ranking the richest cities in Hawaii.

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Mililani Mauka, East Honolulu, Waikele: 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 $111,432 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 2.674441986728333%.

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 2014-2018 American Community Survey for the 56 places in Hawaii with more than 5,000 people.

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:

The 10 Richest Cities In Hawaii For 2020

Mililani Mauka, HI

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Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 19,955
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $111,432
Unemployment Rate: 1.8%
Poverty Rate: 2.7%
More on Mililani Mauka: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mililani Mauka is a census-designated place 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: 47,770
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $126,608
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Poverty Rate: 3.3%
More on East Honolulu: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Waikele, HI

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 7,062
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Income: $105,814
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Poverty Rate: 3.1%
More on Waikele: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,177
Rank Last Year: -
Median Income: $103,704
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 2.7%
More on West Loch Estate: Real Estate | Data

Ewa Gentry, HI

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 25,752
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Median Income: $104,755
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Poverty Rate: 3.8%
More on Ewa Gentry: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ocean Pointe, HI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 14,037
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $114,801
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 4.2%
More on Ocean Pointe: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ahuimanu, HI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 8,239
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Median Income: $105,844
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Poverty Rate: 3.7%
More on Ahuimanu: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ewa Villages, HI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,118
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Income: $84,008
Unemployment Rate: 1.7%
Poverty Rate: 4.2%
More on Ewa Villages: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Aiea, HI

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 9,439
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Median Income: $106,556
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Poverty Rate: 5.3%
More on Aiea: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 14,449
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 5)
Median Income: $110,786
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 4.2%
More on Royal Kunia: Real Estate | Data

How We Determined The Richest Places In Hawaii For 2020

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 2014-2018 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 56 places with more than 5,000 people in Hawaii, we ranked each place from 1 to 56 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 2020". You can download the data here.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 56 places.

There You Have It - The Wealthiest Places In Hawaii For 2020

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: Waianae
3rd Poorest: Nanakuli

For more Hawaii reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Hawaii

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Mililani Mauka 3.0 $111,432
2 East Honolulu 4.33 $126,608
3 Waikele 6.33 $105,814
4 West Loch Estate 9.0 $103,704
5 Ewa Gentry 11.33 $104,755
6 Ocean Pointe 11.67 $114,801
7 Ahuimanu 13.0 $105,844
8 Ewa Villages 13.67 $84,008
9 Aiea 14.33 $106,556
10 Royal Kunia 15.0 $110,786
11 Kaneohe 15.33 $104,784
12 Pearl City 16.0 $94,417
13 Waipio 16.67 $89,209
14 Kailua Cdp (Honolulu County) 18.33 $112,797
15 Mililani Town 20.0 $95,481
16 Haiku-Pauwela 20.0 $86,898
17 Halawa 20.33 $102,481
18 Waimalu 21.0 $80,383
19 Makakilo 21.0 $107,449
20 Napili-Honokowai 21.67 $72,357
21 Kapolei 22.33 $98,433
22 Lihue 23.33 $72,179
23 Waihee-Waiehu 24.33 $94,127
24 Holualoa 25.33 $85,811
25 Waikoloa Village 26.33 $73,548
26 Waimanalo 26.67 $86,739
27 Ewa Beach 27.67 $95,625
28 Kalaheo 29.0 $93,781
29 Makawao 29.33 $79,352
30 Pukalani 30.0 $81,424
31 Wailua Homesteads 30.33 $86,024
32 Kailua Cdp (Hawaii County) 30.67 $72,019
33 Kalaoa 31.0 $71,051
34 Hickam Housing 31.0 $74,596
35 Hanamaulu 32.33 $60,563
36 Laie 34.0 $95,304
37 Kahului 35.0 $81,614
38 Waimea Cdp (Hawaii County) 35.0 $90,500
39 Kula 35.0 $80,581
40 Kihei 35.67 $72,152
41 Kapaa 36.0 $84,472
42 Lahaina 38.67 $74,692
43 Waipahu 39.33 $77,227
44 Schofield Barracks 39.33 $61,775
45 Urban Honolulu 39.33 $68,873
46 Kaneohe Station 40.0 $59,549
47 Waipio Acres 40.33 $72,008
48 Maili 43.33 $84,717
49 Wailea 43.33 $72,072
50 Hawaiian Paradise Park 46.0 $56,738
51 Wailuku 46.33 $71,768
52 Wahiawa 46.33 $62,987
53 Hilo 50.0 $60,120
54 Nanakuli 51.0 $64,229
55 Waianae 54.33 $59,213
56 Makaha 56.0 $52,097

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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3 thoughts on “Richest Cities In Hawaii, 2020

  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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