Worst Small Towns In Hawaii For 2020


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 2020. This is our sixth 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 56 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 2020? 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.

The 10 Worst Small Towns In Hawaii For 2020

Hawaiian Ocean View, HI

Source: Wikipedia
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4
/10

Population: 4,891
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $140,000 (2nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 21.9% (2nd worst)
More on Hawaiian Ocean View:  Data | Photos

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4
/10

Population: 1,601
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $173,000 (5th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 13.8% (5th worst)
More on Fern Acres:  Data

Ainaloa, HI

Source: Wikipedia
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 3,342
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $165,900 (4th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 8.3% (7th worst)
More on Ainaloa:  Data | Photos

Orchidlands Estates, HI

Source: Wikipedia
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 3,197
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $252,900 (14th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 6.0% (20th worst)
More on Orchidlands Estates:  Data | Photos

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5
/10

Population: 4,736
Rank Last Year: -
Median Home Value: $188,400 (8th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 21.9% (1st worst)
More on Hawaiian Beaches:  Data | Photos

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5
/10

Population: 1,995
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $137,800 (1st worst)
Unemployment Rate: 5.2% (27th worst)
More on Nanawale Estates:  Data

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,708
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $212,300 (11th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 11.0% (6th worst)
More on Leilani Estates:  Data

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,636
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $179,900 (7th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 17.0% (3rd worst)
More on Makaha Valley:  Data

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,140
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $295,700 (17th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 16.0% (4th worst)
More on Discovery Harbour:  Data

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,536
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $253,800 (15th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 3.2% (43rd worst)
More on Pepeekeo:  Data

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 2020

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 2014-2018 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 - 56 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.

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. 4,613)
  2. Heeia (Pop. 4,669)
  3. Maunawili (Pop. 2,023)

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 4,891 21.9% $140,000
2 Fern Acres 1,601 13.8% $173,000
3 Ainaloa 3,342 8.3% $165,900
4 Orchidlands Estates 3,197 6.0% $252,900
5 Hawaiian Beaches 4,736 21.9% $188,400
6 Nanawale Estates 1,995 5.2% $137,800
7 Leilani Estates 1,708 11.0% $212,300
8 Makaha Valley 1,636 17.0% $179,900
9 Discovery Harbour 1,140 16.0% $295,700
10 Pepeekeo 1,536 3.2% $253,800
11 Pahala 1,804 8.2% $215,000
12 Kualapuu 1,771 5.2% $173,800
13 Waimea Cdp (Kauai County) 1,952 7.5% $442,200
14 Mountain View 3,269 0.3% $203,500
15 Anahola 2,175 4.1% $432,800
16 Honaunau-Napoopoo 2,457 4.2% $545,700
17 Wainaku 1,358 4.9% $282,200
18 Kapaau 1,770 7.1% $375,900
19 Honalo 2,162 3.0% $391,200
20 Captain Cook 3,987 5.2% $473,700
21 Koloa 2,859 4.8% $562,500
22 Kaunakakai 3,719 2.4% $309,400
23 Honokaa 2,301 3.7% $336,400
24 Hawi 1,312 6.6% $355,400
25 Keaau 2,493 7.8% $305,100
26 Wailua 2,742 6.8% $445,400
27 Lanai City 2,802 3.7% $410,300
28 Kealakekua 1,889 5.8% $478,400
29 Punaluu 1,186 5.7% $604,700
30 Volcano 3,218 3.6% $199,200
31 Whitmore Village 4,254 5.3% $546,500
32 Kurtistown 1,319 1.0% $297,400
33 Hauula 3,549 5.4% $622,200
34 Kilauea 2,579 1.6% $700,300
35 Omao 1,445 6.1% $698,700
36 Haleiwa 4,040 6.4% $705,400
37 Hanapepe 2,870 4.7% $408,900
38 Kahaluu-Keauhou 4,002 6.8% $624,700
39 Waialua 3,587 3.0% $651,500
40 Keokea 2,251 3.4% $522,900
41 Lawai 2,211 4.2% $557,700
42 Paia 2,412 2.0% $686,900
43 Mokuleia 1,807 3.0% $612,300
44 Princeville 1,952 4.1% $861,500
45 Puhi 3,911 2.2% $427,800
46 Waikapu 3,483 1.6% $603,500
47 Kekaha 3,394 2.5% $396,000
48 Waimanalo Beach 3,826 5.1% $517,300
49 Kahuku 2,245 2.2% $567,400
50 Kahaluu 4,339 5.3% $884,400
51 Kaaawa 1,181 3.4% $660,700
52 Eleele 2,970 1.2% $424,400
53 Ko Olina 1,625 6.7% $660,800
54 Pupukea 4,613 0.9% $1,199,400
55 Heeia 4,669 0.4% $892,600
56 Maunawili 2,023 2.2% $1,020,600

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