These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Hawaii


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

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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 $101,141 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 1.3%.

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.

After analyzing Census data from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey for the 55 places in Hawaii with more than 5,000 people, we were left with this set of the ten richest places in the Aloha State:

  1. Mililani Mauka
  2. East Honolulu
  3. Waikele
  4. Royal Kunia
  5. Aiea
  6. Ocean Pointe
  7. Ewa Villages
  8. Ewa Gentry
  9. Kapolei
  10. Mililani Town

For more on how we calculated the top ten, read on or skip to the end for the full list. Oh, and the poorest place in Hawaii? That would be Makaha.

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How We Determined The Richest Places In Hawaii

The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think about determining the richest places is simply how much people earn. After all, rich people have really high salaries.

However, we don’t think 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 2010-2014 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 55 places with more than 5,000 people in Hawaii, we ranked each place from 1 to 55 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”.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 55 places.

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1. Mililani Mauka


Population: 21,051
Median Income: 10114100.0%
Poverty Level: 1.3%
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%

2. East Honolulu


Population: 48,926
Median Income: 11158200.0%
Poverty Level: 3.5%
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%

3. Waikele


Population: 7,868
Median Income: 9535000.0%
Poverty Level: 1.3%
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%

4. Royal Kunia


Population: 14,779
Median Income: 10919600.0%
Poverty Level: 3.2%
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%

5. Aiea

Aiea, Hawaii

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,181
Median Income: 10038700.0%
Poverty Level: 5.4%
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%

6. Ocean Pointe


Population: 10,502
Median Income: 10831900.0%
Poverty Level: 2.2%
Unemployment Rate: 6.2%

7. Ewa Villages


Population: 7,141
Median Income: 8860500.0%
Poverty Level: 2.9%
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%

8. Ewa Gentry


Population: 22,663
Median Income: 8543100.0%
Poverty Level: 3.2%
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%

9. Kapolei

Kapolei, Hawaii

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,890
Median Income: 9794300.0%
Poverty Level: 3.8%
Unemployment Rate: 5.5%

10. Mililani Town

Mililani Town, Hawaii

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 28,217
Median Income: 9441000.0%
Poverty Level: 3.7%
Unemployment Rate: 5.5%

There You Have It – The Richest Places In Hawaii

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 HI, according to data:

Poorest: Makaha
2nd Poorest: Maili
3rd Poorest: Hawaiian Paradise Park
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Detailed List Of Richest Places In Hawaii

City Rank Population Median Income Poverty Level Unemployment Rate
Mililani Mauka 1 21,051 $101,141 1.3% 3.1%
East Honolulu 2 48,926 $111,582 3.5% 3.2%
Waikele 3 7,868 $95,350 1.3% 4.0%
Royal Kunia 4 14,779 $109,196 3.2% 5.1%
Aiea 5 9,181 $100,387 5.4% 4.0%
Ocean Pointe 6 10,502 $108,319 2.2% 6.2%
Ewa Villages 7 7,141 $88,605 2.9% 4.9%
Ewa Gentry 8 22,663 $85,431 3.2% 4.7%
Kapolei 9 16,890 $97,943 3.8% 5.5%
Mililani Town 10 28,217 $94,410 3.7% 5.5%
West Loch Estate 11 5,971 $87,958 2.6% 5.8%
Pukalani 12 8,067 $79,215 6.6% 3.2%
Halawa 13 14,363 $89,367 7.8% 4.0%
Waipio 14 11,424 $74,091 4.5% 4.5%
Makakilo 15 19,819 $104,966 3.9% 7.5%
Kailua CDP (Honolulu County) 16 39,353 $104,911 6.1% 5.9%
Hickam Housing 17 8,573 $73,218 5.6% 4.5%
Pearl City 18 47,277 $82,895 5.6% 5.6%
Waimalu 19 12,680 $69,826 7.6% 3.3%
Kaneohe 20 33,443 $81,907 7.4% 5.2%
Ahuimanu 21 8,728 $92,618 7.2% 6.4%
Pupukea 22 5,498 $103,227 9.5% 8.3%
Laie 23 5,447 $81,948 14.2% 4.4%
Napili-Honokowai 24 6,491 $54,128 4.8% 4.8%
Waihee-Waiehu 25 9,663 $88,696 5.8% 10.3%
Kula 26 6,687 $78,448 14.6% 4.7%
Waikoloa Village 27 6,841 $75,579 6.3% 8.7%
Kaneohe Station 28 11,342 $50,336 8.3% 5.0%
Lihue 29 6,955 $59,214 19.5% 1.8%
Haiku-Pauwela 30 7,689 $63,350 9.1% 7.4%
Urban Honolulu 31 345,130 $60,548 11.7% 5.3%
Waipahu 32 40,532 $68,352 13.2% 5.8%
Wailua Homesteads 33 5,521 $72,644 9.1% 10.0%
Ewa Beach 34 14,291 $78,388 12.0% 9.8%
Kihei 35 22,314 $63,804 10.4% 8.9%
Whitmore Village 36 5,254 $69,450 11.3% 9.2%
Wahiawa 37 17,473 $57,049 12.0% 6.7%
Kapaa 38 10,582 $62,923 12.0% 8.5%
Lahaina 39 11,941 $62,542 12.9% 7.8%
Wailuku 40 16,196 $70,409 13.2% 9.9%
Kalaoa 41 10,257 $62,272 14.8% 6.0%
Waimanalo 42 5,807 $70,028 16.5% 8.0%
Holualoa 43 9,098 $64,894 10.6% 11.0%
Waimea CDP (Hawaii County) 44 9,642 $56,159 11.5% 7.3%
Wailea 45 6,107 $58,490 17.5% 5.9%
Kahului 46 27,339 $62,038 11.4% 11.7%
Makawao 47 6,674 $55,602 10.5% 11.0%
Kailua CDP (Hawaii County) 48 12,727 $56,429 13.2% 8.7%
Schofield Barracks 49 19,525 $51,584 9.1% 15.9%
Hilo 50 44,549 $52,563 17.4% 7.5%
Waianae 51 12,694 $68,348 26.7% 12.3%
Nanakuli 52 12,181 $59,148 13.4% 14.9%
Hawaiian Paradise Park 53 11,623 $46,152 30.8% 7.0%
Maili 54 9,399 $62,404 18.2% 17.1%
Makaha 55 8,663 $43,015 30.0% 18.1%

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