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You've seen these lists before: Best places to live in Hawaii, Most Beautiful Downtowns, etc., etc. But all of them focus on major cities and towns in the Aloha State and no one pays attention to the little guy.
Well, that's all about to change as we put together a list of the best small towns in Hawaii based on numbers--not opinions or hearsay.
We'll dive right into our methodology in the next section; but first, we thought you might just want to know which places in Hawaii ranked the based--you know, based on science.
Before we get to the top 15, here's a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in Hawaii for 2022.
What's the best small town in Hawaii? Maunawili is the best small town in Hawaii based on the most recent Census data. If you live in one of these small towns like Maunawili, chances are, you're not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.
But for the rest of you--keep reading and we'll get to just why these small towns made our list.
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The 15 Best Small Towns In Hawaii For 2022
Median Income: $151,250 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $1,104,000 (3rd Best)
More on Maunawili: Photos | Data | Homes For Sale
Median Income: $126,667 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $910,400 (7th Best)
More on Heeia: Data | Homes For Sale
Median Income: $97,813 (12th Best)
Median Home Value: $1,049,200 (4th Best)
More on Poipu: Data | Homes For Sale
Median Income: $114,643 (4th Best)
Median Home Value: $668,700 (18th Best)
More on Ko Olina: Data | Homes For Sale
Median Income: $91,316 (16th Best)
Median Home Value: $463,400 (34th Best)
More on Eleele: Data | Homes For Sale
Median Income: $75,575 (29th Best)
Median Home Value: $858,400 (9th Best)
More on Princeville: Photos | Data | Homes For Sale
Median Income: $95,625 (13th Best)
Median Home Value: $468,900 (33rd Best)
More on Puhi: Data | Homes For Sale
Median Income: $84,853 (17th Best)
Median Home Value: $992,700 (5th Best)
More on Holualoa: Photos | Data | Homes For Sale
Median Income: $81,627 (22nd Best)
Median Home Value: $881,700 (8th Best)
More on Haleiwa: Photos | Data | Homes For Sale
Median Income: $106,955 (7th Best)
Median Home Value: $650,300 (20th Best)
More on Waikapu: Data | Homes For Sale
Median Income: $92,875 (15th Best)
Median Home Value: $755,500 (11th Best)
More on Omao: Data | Homes For Sale
Median Income: $110,625 (6th Best)
Median Home Value: $787,800 (10th Best)
More on Kaaawa: Data | Homes For Sale
Median Income: $93,269 (14th Best)
Median Home Value: $1,151,400 (2nd Best)
More on Pupukea: Photos | Data | Homes For Sale
Median Income: $59,129 (41st Best)
Median Home Value: $459,200 (35th Best)
More on Lanai City: Photos | Data | Homes For Sale
Median Income: $100,333 (10th Best)
Median Home Value: $614,600 (22nd Best)
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Methodology: How We Determined The Coolest Towns In Hawaii
We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent data from the Census's 2016-2020 American Community Survey and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:
- Population Density (Higher is better)
- Lowest Unemployment Rates
- Housing costs (Higher is better. More demand.)
- Adjusted Median Income (Higher is better)
- Highly Educated Adults (Higher is better)
- Insurance Rates (Higher is better)
- Commute Times (Lower is better)
We looked at places with populations lower than 5,000 people and greater than 1,000, of which, there were a lot - 59 to be exact.
We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 59, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Hawaii. Top of that list -- Maunawili. You can download the data here.
Keep reading to find out more about our top 15 best small towns in Hawaii.
Summary: Science Can Tackle Any Issue, Even Small Ones
We said it once and we'll say it again -- this list: it's just science. We did the research, we crunched the numbers, and it turns out, these 15 small towns in Hawaii are the best, in which to live.
And who can argue with that?
If you're curious, here are the worst small towns in Hawaii:
- Hawaiian Ocean View
- Hawaiian Beaches
- Fern Acres
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