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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    C-
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A-
Hilo is a town in Hawaii with a population of 46,284. Hilo is in Hawaii County. Living in Hilo offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Hilo there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many young professionals and retirees live in Hilo and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Hilo are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$319,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,013
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    39%
  • Own
    61%
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Hilo Rankings

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

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
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
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    11%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    11%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    23%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    29%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%

Working in Hilo

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$60,120
National
$55,322
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Hilo Reviews

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As a person who was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, I can speak on its behalf and say that our small town is great! Every place in Hilo can be easily commuted to and fro within little time. In fact, the furthest place in Hilo would only take about 20-25 minutes to get to (with traffic). There are many unique places to see and a prolific amount of fun activities to partake in. Some of my personal favorites are the countless [secret] waterfalls that you can find, the Volcano National Park, and our beautiful beach spots. Within the town, diversity thrives amongst the people who reside here. One of the main things that I absolutely love most about the town (and Hawaii in general) is the spirit of kindness and "Aloha" that people share with each other. Since Hilo is a very tiny community, the people here treat each other like family and with respect, even if they are strangers. I feel that this is something you wouldn't find anywhere else, which is what makes (Hilo) Hawaii so unique.
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If you are looking for quaint country life a stones throw from a bustling college town, look no further than Hilo, Hawai'i. Located on the east side of Hawai'i's largest island of the same name, Hilo is home to a variety of family-friendly activities. From the Imi Loa Astronomy Center (complete with planetarium) to the hugh variety of beach parks and playgrounds scattered throughout and around the Hilo area, there is no shortage of indoor and outdoor diversions. There are also numerous restaurants, okazuya, diners, local breweries, and eateries for everyone to find something they enjoy. The leeward side insures a lush, green environment wherever you go, boasting spectacular natural formations, tropical rainforests, waterfalls, and many more breathtaking views and sights. The 'Aloha Spirit' is truly alive and well in Hilo-town, and one visit to this paradise will make it a fast favorite.
Hilo is a town in Hawaii that may seem to be very small from a far view, but if you actually go there in person, it is very big in diversity and personalities. Hilo is very warm and welcoming, everyone is very friendly and treat you like family. An example of this is if im at the store shopping and I help a resident with a item on the shelf they would start a full on conversation with you for no reason, there just that friendly!