The Happiest, Healthiest, Wealthiest and Dumbest State: How Hawaii Fares in Nationwide Rankings


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America might be known as the 50 United States, but there’s nothing we like better than a little interstate competition. From cost-of-living to obesity rates—if you can measure it, there’s a list, ranking the states from best to worst. How does Hawaii stack up? We’re the best! And the worst! If you ever wanted to quantify exactly how it feels to live in the Islands, compared with all those Mainland states, check out this round-up of national lists we show up on—the good, the bad, and the just-plain weird.

 

Cost of Living

What’s the price of Paradise? Too damn high!


 

States with the Highest Gas Prices

No. 1 - Hawaii

America’s Most Overpriced Cities

No. 1 - Honolulu

Most Expensive U.S. Metropolitan Areas

No. 2 - Hawaii

25 Most Expensive Cities in America

No. 3 - Honolulu

11 Best States to Retire

No. 3 - Hawaii

America’s Richest States

No. 5 - Hawaii

Most Expensive Cities in the U.S. for Room Service

No. 11 - Honolulu

Best & Worst States for Military Retirees

No. 12 - Honolulu

Best Places to Retire

No. 46 - Honolulu

Most & Least Energy-Expensive States

No. 51 - Hawaii

 

 

Economics

A lot of people want to live in Hawaii. Making a living, that’s the tough part.


 

Worst State to Make a Living

No. 1 - Hawaii

Five Worst States for Doing Business in the U.S.

No. 2 - Hawaii

Worst U.S. States to Die In

No. 4 - Hawaii

Unemployment Rates for States Ranked Low to High, June 2014

No. 7 - Hawaii

Best State for Business 2014

No. 43 - Hawaii

The Best Cities to Find a Job

No. 57 - Honolulu

 

 

Transportation

Island roads might not take you very far, but they’ll drive you crazy anyways.

Photo: Dallas Nagata White
 

Worst Cities for Parking Your Car

No. 6 - Honolulu

Worst Cities for Car Drivers

No. 9 - Honolulu

Bicycle Friendly State

No. 40 - Hawaii

 

 

Education

Never mind three R’s, we’ve got the three S’s: Sand, Surf and Sea.


 

Education Rankings by State

No. 13 - Hawaii

U.S. States Ranked: Smart to Dumb

No. 42 - Hawaii

 

 

Weather

Finally, a category we can dominate —wait, worst sky conditions?

Photo: Ambika Castle
 

Mild Year-Round Weather

No. 45 - Honolulu, East Honolulu, Pearl City

Worst Sky Conditions

No. 592 - Hilo

 

 

Quality of Life

Our wallets might be empty, but at least we’re happy. (cue the Pharrell soundtrack!)
 

Photo: Ambika Castle

The 10 Best Cities for Child-Free Living

No. 1 - Honolulu

Top 10 States, Gallup Standard of Living Index, 2013

No. 3 - Hawaii

2014’s Safest States to Live In

No. 4 - Hawaii

Residents’ View of Their State as the Best Place to Live

No. 6 - Hawaii

Best States for Young People

No. 6 - Hawaii

Top 10 States with Lowest Obesity Rates

No. 9 - Hawaii

25 Happiest, Healthiest Cities In America

No. 10 - Honolulu

What Are the Safest States in America?

No. 24 - Hawaii

States with the Lowest Obesity Rates

No. 47 - Hawaii

 

 

Natural Beauty

Life’s a beach, and we’ve got lots of really great ones.


 

World’s 50 Best Surf Spots

No. 1 - Pipeline, Oahu

Dr. Beach: America’s Top 10 Beaches

No. 1 - Duke Kahanamoku Beach, Oahu

TripAdvisor: Top 10 Beaches in the U.S.

No. 1 - Lanikai Beach, Oahu

TripAdvisor: Top 10 Beaches in the U.S.

No. 2 - Kaanapali Beach, Maui

TripAdvisor: Top 10 Beaches in the U.S.

No. 4 - Hanalei, Kauai

Dr. Beach: America’s Top 10 Beaches

No. 4 - Waimanalo State Beach Park, Oahu

Dr. Beach: America’s Top 10 Beaches

No. 5 - Hamoa Beach, Maui

TripAdvisor: Top 10 Beaches in the U.S.

No. 5 - Waianapanapa State Park, Maui

TripAdvisor: Top 10 Beaches in the U.S.

No. 6 - Wailea Beach, Maui

Best Summer Honeymoon Destinations for Your Wallet

No. 6 - Honolulu

TripAdvisor: Top 10 Beaches in the U.S.

No. 8 - Maniniowali Beach, Big Island

TripAdvisor: Top 10 Beaches in the World

No. 8 - Lanikai Beach, Oahu

TripAdvisor: Top 10 Beaches in the World

No. 10 - Hanauma Bay, Oahu

World’s 100 Best Beaches

No. 27 - Hanalei Bay, Kauai

 

 

Offbeat

Our food is great, we love Obama, we’ve got Aloha spirit. Lucky we live Hawaii!

Photo: David Croxford
 

% Obama Approval

 

Hawaii (61.3%)

National Average (46.5%)

Lowest Voter Turnout Rate in the Country in 2008

No. 1 - Hawaii

Five Least Stressed States

No. 1 - Hawaii

Top 10 Liberal States

No. 6 - Hawaii

15 States with the Highest Share of Immigrants in their Population

No. 6 - Hawaii

Top 10 Most Expensive Coffee in the World

No. 8 - Hawaiian Kona Coffee

Which States Have the Most State Pride?

No. 12 - Hawaii

Every State in the USA, Ranked by its Food/Drink

No. 16 - Malassadas

 

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