The annual Best Big Cities to Live study by Wallethub rated Honolulu as the Number 13 overall in its 2017 list! The study ranks the 62 largest U.S. cities based on 50 key indicators of attractiveness. Honolulu ranked 2nd overall in "Economy", which factors in indicators such as unemployment rate and job opportunities, and 8th overall in "Education & Health" which looks at the quality of individual health and life expectancy. By contrast, Honolulu was placed 56th in terms of affordability, probably due to the high cost of living. High rankings in Economy, Education & Health, Quality of Life reflect the aspirational lifestyle Honolulu provides for its citizens. Whether it is being able to take a beach swim after work or the culture embracing time spent with family and friends, we really are #luckytolivehawaii.
Read more from Pacific Business News, below:
Honolulu ranks among the top 15 best cities to live, despite a low rank for affordability, according to a new WalletHub study.
Hawaii’s largest city is ranked No. 13 overall with a score of 58.46 on the analysis, which ranked that Virginia Beach, Virginia, No. 1 among the top 62 cities studied.
The study ranked the cities according to 50 metrics, including income growth — Honolulu was 11th — and job opportunities — Honolulu was 30th.
While Honolulu was ranked second for the economy, it had the fourth-highest housing costs, after New York, Los Angeles and Miami, which was ranked 62nd.
Honolulu had the third-lowest percentage of population living below poverty level — only San Jose, California, and Virginia Beach had lower percentages. And Honolulu was also ranked third, behind Boston and Washington, D.C., for the highest percentage of insured population.