The 10 Richest Cities In Hawaii For 2021


We analyzed 50 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 $114,886 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 2.2893909920694298%.

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 2015-2019 American Community Survey for the 59 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 2021

1. Mililani Mauka

Mililani Mauka, HI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 20,090
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $114,886
Unemployment Rate: 1.7%
Poverty Rate: 2.3%
More on Mililani Mauka: Real Estate | Photos

2. East Honolulu

East Honolulu, HI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 47,540
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $133,165
Unemployment Rate: 2.0%
Poverty Rate: 3.3%
More on East Honolulu: Real Estate | Photos

3. Waikele

Waikele, HI

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 7,442
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $107,578
Unemployment Rate: 1.0%
Poverty Rate: 3.6%
More on Waikele: Real Estate | Photos

4. West Loch Estate

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 6,139
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $106,938
Unemployment Rate: 2.0%
Poverty Rate: 2.9%
More on West Loch Estate: Real Estate

5. Ahuimanu

Ahuimanu, HI

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 8,023
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Median Income: $112,875
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Poverty Rate: 3.7%
More on Ahuimanu: Real Estate | Photos

6. Ewa Gentry

Ewa Gentry, HI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 25,641
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Income: $111,272
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 3.7%
More on Ewa Gentry: Real Estate | Photos

7. Royal Kunia

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 14,565
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 3)
Median Income: $116,290
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Poverty Rate: 2.9%
More on Royal Kunia: Real Estate

8. Pearl City

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 45,605
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 4)
Median Income: $100,057
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 3.9%
More on Pearl City: Real Estate

9. Ocean Pointe

Ocean Pointe, HI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 14,989
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3)
Median Income: $119,934
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 5.1%
More on Ocean Pointe: Real Estate | Photos

10. Mililani Town

Mililani Town, HI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 27,562
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 5)
Median Income: $99,460
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
Poverty Rate: 4.7%
More on Mililani Town: Real Estate | Photos

How We Determined The Richest Places In Hawaii For 2021

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 2015-2019 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 59 places with more than 5,000 people in Hawaii, we ranked each place from 1 to 59 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 2021”. 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 59 places.

There You Have It – The Wealthiest Places In Hawaii For 2021

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 Ocean View
2nd Poorest: Hawaiian Beaches
3rd Poorest: Makaha

For more Hawaii reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Hawaii

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Mililani Mauka 3.33 $114,886
2 East Honolulu 4.67 $133,165
3 Waikele 6.0 $107,578
4 West Loch Estate 7.0 $106,938
5 Ahuimanu 8.33 $112,875
6 Ewa Gentry 10.33 $111,272
7 Royal Kunia 11.0 $116,290
8 Pearl City 13.0 $100,057
9 Ocean Pointe 13.33 $119,934
10 Mililani Town 13.67 $99,460
11 Aiea 14.0 $110,031
12 Kaneohe 15.0 $108,761
13 Kailua Cdp (Honolulu County) 19.0 $114,292
14 Waipio 19.33 $89,882
15 Lihue 19.67 $77,845
16 Makakilo 20.67 $113,244
17 Halawa 21.0 $101,010
18 Waihee-Waiehu 21.0 $100,042
19 Kapolei 22.33 $103,547
20 Ewa Villages 22.33 $75,469
21 Ewa Beach 22.67 $100,151
22 Waimalu 24.0 $81,054
23 Makawao 24.33 $82,316
24 Napili-Honokowai 25.33 $73,970
25 Waimanalo 25.33 $102,656
26 Wailua Homesteads 28.0 $92,235
27 Holualoa 29.33 $88,333
28 Kalaoa 29.33 $77,830
29 Haiku-Pauwela 31.33 $88,093
30 Hickam Housing 31.33 $76,684
31 Kula 32.0 $76,509
32 Kapaa 32.33 $90,925
33 Kahului 32.67 $86,129
34 Hanamaulu 33.33 $69,821
35 Kihei 34.0 $78,869
36 Waimea Cdp (Hawaii County) 34.0 $91,074
37 Laie 35.0 $95,208
38 Kailua Cdp (Hawaii County) 35.33 $72,267
39 Waipio Acres 35.33 $78,447
40 Waikoloa Village 36.0 $74,104
41 Kalaheo 38.0 $95,000
42 Pukalani 38.0 $86,018
43 Wailea 39.0 $81,932
44 Hawaiian Paradise Park 40.33 $54,870
45 Kahaluu-Keauhou 40.67 $86,715
46 Waipahu 40.67 $78,204
47 Lahaina 40.67 $75,850
48 Urban Honolulu 41.67 $71,465
49 Kaneohe Station 43.0 $59,939
50 Schofield Barracks 43.67 $60,966
51 Maili 44.33 $88,395
52 Wailuku 47.0 $73,576
53 Wahiawa 48.33 $62,092
54 Nanakuli 50.0 $75,031
55 Hilo 50.0 $63,283
56 Waianae 55.33 $62,172
57 Makaha 57.0 $50,992
58 Hawaiian Beaches 57.33 $42,882
59 Hawaiian Ocean View 59.0 $15,654

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the richest cities in Hawaii.

About Chris Kolmar

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