These Are The 10 Worst Small Towns In Hawaii For 2019


Using science and data, we can tell you which teeny specks in Hawaii are the pits.

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Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for . This is our fourth time ranking the worst small places to live in Hawaii.

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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 60 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:

So what is the worst small town to call home in Hawaii for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Hawaiian Ocean View is the worst small town to live in Hawaii.

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.

And if you already know about the small towns, check out the best places to live in Hawaii or the worst places to live in Hawaii.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the worst cities in America or the worst states in America.

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 determined the worst small towns to live in Hawaii for 2019

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data and the Census’s 2013-2017 American Community Survey, 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 1,000 and 5,000 people, of which, there were a lot – 60 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.

This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased.

Hawaiian Ocean View, HI

Source: Wikipedia
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4
/10

Population: 4,726
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $141,400 (1st worst)
Unemployment Rate: 17.0% (2nd worst)
More on Hawaiian Ocean View:  Data | Photos

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4
/10

Population: 1,560
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $165,900 (4th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 15.1% (4th worst)
More on Fern Acres:  Data

Orchidlands Estates, HI

Source: Wikipedia
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 3,310
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $240,600 (13th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 5.2% (26th worst)
More on Orchidlands Estates:  Data | Photos

Ainaloa, HI

Source: Wikipedia
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 3,099
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $155,600 (3rd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 11.7% (6th worst)
More on Ainaloa:  Data | Photos

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,766
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 4)
Median Home Value: $150,500 (2nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 7.9% (11th worst)
More on Nanawale Estates:  Data

Hawaiian Acres, HI

Source: Wikipedia
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,889
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $191,200 (8th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 6.2% (20th worst)
More on Hawaiian Acres:  Data | Photos

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,655
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $228,700 (12th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 12.2% (5th worst)
More on Leilani Estates:  Data

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,576
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $167,200 (5th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 18.8% (1st worst)
More on Makaha Valley:  Data

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,005
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $287,800 (17th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 16.2% (3rd worst)
More on Discovery Harbour:  Data

Kualapuu, HI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,013
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $203,800 (9th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 6.9% (14th worst)
More on Kualapuu:  Data | Photos

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:

  1. Pupukea (Pop. 4,823)
  2. Maunawili (Pop. 2,020)
  3. Heeia (Pop. 4,811)

For more Hawaii reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Worst Small Towns In Hawaii

Rank Town Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Hawaiian Ocean View 4,726 17.0% $141,400
2 Fern Acres 1,560 15.1% $165,900
3 Orchidlands Estates 3,310 5.2% $240,600
4 Ainaloa 3,099 11.7% $155,600
5 Nanawale Estates 1,766 7.9% $150,500
6 Hawaiian Acres 2,889 6.2% $191,200
7 Leilani Estates 1,655 12.2% $228,700
8 Makaha Valley 1,576 18.8% $167,200
9 Discovery Harbour 1,005 16.2% $287,800
10 Kualapuu 2,013 6.9% $203,800
11 Waimea Cdp (Kauai County) 1,870 6.8% $386,600
12 Pepeekeo 1,605 10.2% $244,800
13 Kealakekua 1,938 5.9% $472,900
14 Anahola 1,986 3.7% $430,400
15 Haliimaile 1,031 10.3% $445,800
16 Mountain View 3,836 0.0% $205,700
17 Wainaku 1,278 6.8% $263,600
18 Koloa 2,741 6.8% $526,400
19 Honalo 2,288 3.6% $376,800
20 Papaikou 1,121 1.1% $169,000
21 Volcano 3,060 4.7% $185,500
22 Lanai City 3,185 5.2% $399,600
23 Honokaa 2,299 4.0% $334,400
24 Pahala 1,719 4.5% $227,900
25 Kapaau 1,782 8.9% $348,800
26 Keaau 2,627 11.7% $310,600
27 Kaunakakai 3,494 2.0% $317,800
28 Captain Cook 3,949 0.9% $487,300
29 Haleiwa 3,625 6.5% $641,000
30 Hana 1,047 5.5% $449,300
31 Princeville 1,945 7.6% $797,900
32 Wailua 2,906 6.3% $435,100
33 Hauula 3,464 5.1% $596,500
34 Hawi 1,242 2.9% $331,200
35 Kurtistown 1,381 5.0% $287,100
36 Punaluu 1,226 5.1% $605,200
37 Kilauea 2,261 2.5% $631,400
38 Whitmore Village 4,496 6.1% $515,000
39 Kekaha 3,243 3.6% $371,500
40 Omao 1,352 6.9% $651,400
41 Paia 2,638 1.8% $623,300
42 Keokea 2,282 1.6% $450,000
43 Waimanalo Beach 3,860 5.6% $468,000
44 Waialua 3,733 3.5% $671,500
45 Hanapepe 2,876 4.0% $401,800
46 Kaaawa 1,119 3.4% $652,300
47 Eleele 2,863 1.1% $415,900
48 Waikapu 3,294 2.7% $560,300
49 Kahuku 2,353 2.8% $537,000
50 Mokuleia 1,780 2.6% $570,800
51 Lawai 1,985 2.2% $586,500
52 Poipu 1,068 1.4% $931,100
53 Kahaluu 4,926 4.9% $842,200
54 Puhi 4,013 2.1% $421,000
55 Mahinahina 1,075 0.0% $625,000
56 West Loch Estate 4,949 4.9% $545,700
57 Ko Olina 1,655 4.6% $622,000
58 Pupukea 4,823 0.5% $1,172,900
59 Maunawili 2,020 2.3% $948,400
60 Heeia 4,811 1.6% $843,500

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