- County in Hawaii
Overall Niche Grade
- Public Schoolsgrade B+
- Housinggrade D minus
- Nightlifegrade B+
- Good for Familiesgrade B
- Diversitygrade A+
- Jobsgrade B minus
- Weathergrade unavailable
- Cost of Livinggrade D minus
- Health & Fitnessgrade A
- Outdoor Activitiesgrade B+
- Commutegrade B
Kauai County is located in Hawaii with a population of 73,247. In Kauai County, most residents own their homes. In Kauai County there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Kauai County and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Kauai County are above average.
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Kauai County Rankings
Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and expert insights.
Crime & Safety
- Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
- AssaultNo data availablenational 282.7
- MurderNo data availablenational 6.1
- RapeNo data availablenational 40.7
- RobberyNo data availablenational 135.5
- Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
- BurglaryNo data availablenational 500.1
- TheftNo data availablenational 2,042.8
- Motor Vehicle TheftNo data availablenational 284
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
- <10 years12%
- 10-17 years10%
- 18-24 years7%
- 25-34 years12%
- 35-44 years13%
- 45-54 years13%
- 55-64 years14%
- 65+ years20%
- Master's degree or higher9%national 13%
- Bachelor's degree21%national 21%
- Some college or associate's degree32%national 29%
- High school diploma or equivalent30%national 26%
- Less than high school diploma8%national 11%
Working in Kauai County
grade B minus
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
Kauai County Reviews
Rating 4.2 out of 5 45 reviews
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Kaua'i County is a very nice, scenic, family-friendly, safe place. The community is a very diverse mix of cultures in which we bond over and share with one another. The locals here are close with one another and welcoming. It is very easy for us here to come together as a community. Being here in Kaua'i County you get to experience and enjoy the beauty of the island. There is lots of nature oriented activities from hiking in the vibrant wilderness to feeling the soft white sand's embrace as you enter the clear sea waters. Some things that Kaua'i County can improve are their roads and infrastructure. Another thing they could work on is providing more access to public transportation.
Growing up on Kauai is a unique experience. You are surrounded by nature and the sense of community is overwhelming. Being able to experience the culture here is something I will always be grateful for. However, Kauai isn’t somewhere I would choose to spend the rest of my life. I personally don’t enjoy the humidity and the tourism is a major problem. With rising rates of tourists and people moving here from the mainland, the price to live here is worse than ever before. I don’t think I would ever be able to afford a house here even just to rent. More and more locals are having to move to the mainland and almost everyone I know lives in a multi-generational household because we can’t afford anything different. All in all I love that I’ve been born and raised on Kauai but the drawbacks are too costly to justify staying after I graduate.
Kauai is an astonishingly beautiful place. We are filled with picturesque beaches, fun hiking trails, and 360-degree views. If you are looking for a slow, relaxing life in the tropics, Kauai may be the place for you! The "Aloha Spirit" is real and alive, in my opinion, more so than the other islands in the chain. Most here are friendly and enjoy island life. However, island fever is something to take into consideration. Kauai is very small, especially if you're moving from a city or a place with access to one. We are a collection of small towns and suburban neighborhoods, so if you're into shopping and vibrant nightlife, you'll probably get pretty bored. All of our restaurants close at 8 pm, maybe 9 pm on the weekends. Houses are crazy expensive, and so is everything else. All my relatives who visit are always shocked to see the price of a gallon of milk (it nears $6 sometimes). That being said, Kauai has a sort of magical energy and many who come to visit end up moving here!