Most Americans have never been to Hawaii. However, as the people who live there know, Hawaii is an awesome state.
But is it all roses? Definitely not. Just like any other state, Hawaii has its trouble spots. This article aims to determine, using science, the absolute worst small towns to live in the Aloha State. Don’t shoot the messenger, this is all using data.
After analyzing more than 22 of Hawaii’s smallest cities, we came up with this list as the 10 worst small towns in Hawaii where you’d never want to live:
- Fern Forest
- Eden Roc
Of course, many of these cities would rank highly if they were in other states, since Hawaii has its stuff figured out.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers, or scroll to the bottom to see how your town ranked.
How do you decide if a place is lousy or not?
In order to rank the worst small towns to live in Hawaii, we had to determine what criteria people like or dislike about a place. It isn’t a stretch to assume that people like low crime, solid education, things to do and a stable economy.
So we scraped the internet for those criteria, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.
How we crunched the numbers
We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the Census’s 2010-2014 American Community Survey, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:
- Population Density (The lower the worse)
- Highest Unemployment Rates
- Low housing costs (meaning there’s no demand)
- Adjusted Median Income (Median income adjusted for the cost of living)
- Education (Number of high school dropouts)
- High Crime
We looked at cities with populations between 100 and 1,000 people, of which, there were a lot – 22 to be exact.
Additional note: We get the crime numbers from the FBI, which gets its crime numbers from the cities themselves. Dropout numbers are based on the adult population, not just the current graduation rates of teenagers.
1. Fern Forest
Population: 669 Median Income: $16,538
Median Home Value: $110,300
2. Eden Roc
Population: 599 Median Income: $19,375
Median Home Value: $111,500
Population: 168 Median Income: $31,111
Median Home Value: $210,700
Population: 731 Median Income: $29,773
Median Home Value: $228,900
Population: 459 Median Income: $23,000
Median Home Value: $233,800
Population: 170 Median Income: $30,000
Median Home Value: $1,812,500
Population: 318 Median Income: $61,250
Median Home Value: $242,100
Population: 172 Median Income: $32,250
Median Home Value: $556,800
Population: 215 Median Income: $32,656
Median Home Value: $814,500
Population: 632 Median Income: $63,571
Median Home Value: $359,500
There You Have It – The Worst Small Towns In Hawaii
If you’re analyzing teeny places in the Aloha State with the worst economic situations, where there’s high crime and there’s not a lot to do, this is an accurate list.
If you’re curious enough, here are the best small towns to live in Hawaii, according to science.
- Best: Mahinahina
- 2nd Best: Launiupoko
- 3rd Best: Kalihiwai
For more reading, check out:
Ranking Of The 100 Worst Small Towns In Hawaii