The 10 Richest Cities In Hawaii For 2022


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

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Mililani Mauka, East Honolulu, West Loch Estate: 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 $115,551 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 2.072381722604125%.

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 2016-2020 American Community Survey for the 53 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 2022

1. Mililani Mauka

Mililani Mauka, HI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 19,808
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $115,551
Unemployment Rate: 1.5%
Poverty Rate: 2.1%
More on Mililani Mauka: Real Estate | Photos

2. East Honolulu

East Honolulu, HI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 47,132
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $139,487
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 3.1%
More on East Honolulu: Real Estate | Photos

3. West Loch Estate

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 6,685
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Income: $109,965
Unemployment Rate: 0.7%
Poverty Rate: 3.7%
More on West Loch Estate: Real Estate

4. Ahuimanu

Ahuimanu, HI

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 8,254
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Income: $109,750
Unemployment Rate: 1.4%
Poverty Rate: 3.6%
More on Ahuimanu: Real Estate | Photos

5. Aiea

Aiea, HI

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 9,730
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 6)
Median Income: $114,961
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Poverty Rate: 3.4%
More on Aiea: Real Estate | Photos

6. Ocean Pointe

Ocean Pointe, HI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 15,688
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 3)
Median Income: $118,264
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 4.3%
More on Ocean Pointe: Real Estate | Photos

7. Ewa Gentry

Ewa Gentry, HI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 26,358
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Income: $112,385
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Poverty Rate: 3.1%
More on Ewa Gentry: Real Estate | Photos

8. Waikele

Waikele, HI

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 7,246
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 5)
Median Income: $103,389
Unemployment Rate: 0.1%
Poverty Rate: 5.5%
More on Waikele: Real Estate | Photos

9. Kaneohe

Kaneohe, HI

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 33,540
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 3)
Median Income: $116,118
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 4.5%
More on Kaneohe: Real Estate | Photos

10. Mililani Town

Mililani Town, HI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 27,459
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Income: $104,409
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Poverty Rate: 4.9%
More on Mililani Town: Real Estate | Photos

Methodology: How We Determined The Richest Places In Hawaii For 2022

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 2016-2020 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 53 places with more than 5,000 people in Hawaii, we ranked each place from 1 to 53 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 2022”. 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 53 places.

Summary: The Wealthiest Places In Hawaii For 2022

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: Hilo

For more Hawaii reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Hawaii

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Mililani Mauka 4.33 $115,551
2 East Honolulu 5.67 $139,487
3 West Loch Estate 7.0 $109,965
4 Ahuimanu 7.67 $109,750
5 Aiea 9.0 $114,961
6 Ocean Pointe 10.33 $118,264
7 Ewa Gentry 10.33 $112,385
8 Waikele 13.33 $103,389
9 Kaneohe 13.67 $116,118
10 Mililani Town 14.0 $104,409
11 Pearl City 14.67 $101,517
12 Kailua Cdp (Honolulu County) 14.67 $122,706
13 Waipio Acres 15.67 $83,594
14 Waipio 15.67 $91,458
15 Royal Kunia 16.0 $116,035
16 Lihue 18.0 $82,057
17 Pukalani 20.33 $107,461
18 Kapolei 20.33 $115,000
19 Halawa 20.67 $92,814
20 Wailua Homesteads 21.0 $103,672
21 Makawao 21.33 $93,577
22 Waihee-Waiehu 22.0 $109,077
23 Kapaa 22.67 $92,571
24 Makakilo 23.33 $111,036
25 Kahului 26.33 $83,238
26 Waimanalo 27.0 $109,620
27 Ewa Beach 27.33 $97,118
28 Napili-Honokowai 28.0 $86,048
29 Haiku-Pauwela 28.67 $86,974
30 Hickam Housing 29.67 $81,136
31 Kailua Cdp (Hawaii County) 30.0 $76,771
32 Laie 32.67 $98,490
33 Ewa Villages 32.67 $74,344
34 Waimea Cdp (Hawaii County) 33.33 $95,667
35 Waimalu 34.33 $75,560
36 Kihei 35.0 $84,708
37 Kahaluu-Keauhou 35.0 $77,366
38 Waipahu 36.33 $78,351
39 Kula 36.33 $77,161
40 Hawaiian Paradise Park 37.0 $76,122
41 Kalaheo 37.0 $84,078
42 Waikoloa Village 37.67 $76,991
43 Wahiawa 39.33 $69,818
44 Urban Honolulu 39.67 $72,454
45 Maili 40.67 $97,984
46 Wailuku 41.33 $76,624
47 Lahaina 42.0 $76,951
48 Schofield Barracks 42.67 $62,183
49 Wailea 43.67 $74,347
50 Nanakuli 46.0 $77,448
51 Hilo 48.33 $65,727
52 Waianae 49.33 $67,466
53 Makaha 52.0 $51,278

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the richest cities in Hawaii.

About Chris Kolmar

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