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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A
Honolulu is a city in Hawaii with a population of 401,549. Honolulu is in Honolulu County and is one of the best places to live in Hawaii. Living in Honolulu offers residents an urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Honolulu there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals and retirees live in Honolulu and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Honolulu are above average.
About Honolulu...
Population
401,549

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$713,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,494
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    51%
  • Own
    49%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    135.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    2.8
    6.1
  • Rape
    34.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    97.9
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    396.3
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,211.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    393.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    7%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    20%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    15%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    24%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    28%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    23%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    10%
    13%

Working in Honolulu

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$73,447
National
$55,322
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I was born and raised in Honolulu, moved away for school, and spent several years living in Boston, NYC, and St. Louis.

Oahu is no longer how it used to be. Traffic has gotten increasing terrible as people have flocked here to live. There's been the promise of rail that has been delayed more times than I can count. And the rail stops planned will benefit very few.

Job? Expect to get paid less than any other major metropolitan area like NY. Except your cost of living will be astronomical.

Schools? There are public schools that are okay, or spend a pretty penny on private school (~25k/yr).

Diversity? Excellent! I wanted my kids to grow up around multiple cultures like I did.

Crime? Things have been getting worse as Oahu has become more populated and there is an increasing homeless problem.

Pros, when you're not working your butt off to pay rent/mortgage, beautiful weather, excellent hiking, and crowded beaches. Overall, I have weighed the pros/cons and am planning to move away.
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Aloha! What I like best about Honolulu Hawaii is that the weather is always beautiful, the people are full of aloha and are always willing to assist one anther when in need. As a isolated island Hawaii offers an impressive variation in food, culture, language, and music. The islands also attract many people from all over the world who can easily appreciate the vibrations of the island. The agriculture is breath taking from the mountains to the flowers, to the locally grown fruit. The beaches are amazing. You can enjoy a good book by the ocean, catch some waves with some surfing or boogey boards, snorkel, or just lounge around in the sun. All activities are welcomes including early morning exercise such as yoga and hula. The history of the islands are intriguing as well. Every morning while driving or walking into downtown Honolulu, one can pass by Iolani palace or give a shaka to King Kamehameha. Living in Hawaii has been a wonderful and rewarding experience. Mahalo for reading.
We're called the Aloha state for a reason! The culture in Honolulu is very friendly, and even amongst strangers, people refer to each other by "aunty," "uncle," or "cousin," which might be a bit of a culture shock for people coming from the mainland. Another point to add on that: Hawai'i is one of the most culturally diverse states—it's a smelting pot of many Asian, Pacific, Native, and European values, which some may find a comfort in.
That being said, it is also has one of the highest costs of living, which is something to pay attention to when applying for scholarships/financial aid packages. On the topic of city life, because Hawai'i is supported largely by the tourism industry, there are many attractions across the island; it's very hard to be bored here.