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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Housing
    D-
  3. Nightlife
    B+
  4. Good for Families
    B-
  5. Diversity
    A+
  6. Jobs
    B-
  7. Weather
    NG
  8. Cost of Living
    D
  9. Health & Fitness
    A
  10. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  11. Commute
    B+
Kauai County is located in Hawaii with a population of 71,377. 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.
Population
71,377

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$546,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,333
National
$949
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    37%
  • Own
    63%
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Kauai County Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    282.7
  • Murder
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    7%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    15%
  • 65+ years
    19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    9%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    20%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    32%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    30%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    8%
    13%

Working in Kauai County

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$78,482
National
$55,322

Kauai County Reviews

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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!
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Overall a wonderful place to call home. The diversity of cultures brings different food, languages, and customs to the table. This brings new and different experiences. Community feels like one big family, as everyone knows everyone here. So much fun things to do, from going to the beach, going to different cultural ceremonies, etc. However, things are getting more and more expensive, along with safety being an upcoming issue with recent shooting and bomb threats going throughout schools.
Kaua`i is truly special. Only 552 sq. miles, the island is small enough to "see" in a day, but dense enough so that one could live their entire life on it without experiencing all it has to offer. As the oldest of the Hawaiian Islands, it is filled with the most abundant forestry as well as old volcanic matter, or red dirt. The only island to remain independent from King Kamehameha's mission to conquer and unite all of the Hawaiian Islands hundreds of years ago, Kaua`i still has the feel of it being its own territory. Genuine aloha is apparent island-wide as long as mutual respect is shared. A healing place, the `aina (or land) of Kaua`i encourages its people to live humbly and presently.