Hawaii is arguably the most unique state in the United States. It’s the only state located outside of North America, but it’s also the only tropical state and the only island state in the entire country. The state of Hawaii is also 2,486 miles from Los Angeles, making it the most remote state in the union as well. Nevertheless, Hawaii remains one of the most sought after tourist destinations in the country, with millions of visitors each year — in 2019, over 10 million people came to visit Hawaii. With its abundance of natural beauty, idyllic weather and laid-back culture, it’s no wonder Hawaii is the dream destination for so many. Visitors to Honolulu’s Oahu island alone enjoy attractions such as Waikiki Beach, Pearl Harbor National Monument, Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve and Manoa Falls, not to mention the plethora of wonders on the other six major Hawaiian islands.
How We Determined the Safest Cities in Hawaii
We narrowed down the safest cities in each state based on two primary categories. First, we evaluated public safety factors including violent, property and hate crimes in each area to help determine the safest areas to live. We then evaluated financial and socioeconomic factors including household income, average rent and health insurance. In addition, we evaluated each state for natural disaster safety and public health safety. You can find a detailed breakdown of our methodology and links to sources here.
Here are the public safety factors we counted for each city:
*Public safety data is based on a population of 10,000 (for example, a “2” means two incidents for every 10,000 people).
- Property crime – Number of property crimes reported in the city (FBI Crime Report)
- Violent crime – Number of violent crimes reported in the city (FBI Crime Report)
- Aggravated assaults – Number of aggravated assaults reported in the city (FBI Crime Report)
- Hate crime – Number of hate crimes reported in the city (FBI Hate Crime Report)
- Officer-related incidents – Number of officer-involved shootings reported in the city (Gun Violence Archive)
- Mass shootings – Incidents in which four or more people are shot/killed in the city (Gun Violence Archive)
Here are the financial safety factors we counted for each city:
- Annual rent – Annualized median rent
- Unemployment rate – The average rate of unemployed residents in each city
- Cost of living – The average annual rent and household income per city
- Poverty rate – Percentage of families that reported experiencing poverty in the last 12 months
- Uninsured employed – Percentage of employed residents that reported not having health insurance
- Uninsured unemployed – Percentage of unemployed residents that reported not having health insurance
1 Safest Cities in Hawaii
No. 1 Honolulu
Honolulu is the capital and by far the largest city in Hawaii, with a population of over 345,000. Despite being the gateway to one of the country’s most sought after destinations, the crime rate in Honolulu is comparable to other large cities. It’s only rated safer than 8% of cities in the nation, according to Neighborhood Scout. Markers for financial security in Honolulu are good, with unemployment similar to the national average, access to internet higher than average, and median household income well over $100,000 a year. Still, cost of living is higher than most of the country, with median annual rent approaching $30,000.
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Total Violent Crime Aggravated Assault Property Crime Hate Crime Officer Incident Mass Shootings 6.364439 (1st) 6.394988 (1st) 147.879 (1st) 0.448057 (1st) 0.448057 (1st) 0 (1st)
Annual Rent Household Income Unemployment Rate Poverty Uninsured Employed Uninsured Unemployed 29364 (1st) 112797 (1st) 0.045 (1st) 0.027 (1st) 0.012 (1st) 0.1 (1st)
Hawaii State Safety
Natural Disaster Safety
Even though Hawaii is a veritable paradise, the islands are still at risk for a variety of natural disasters. Flooding, hurricanes, tsunamis, lava flows and earthquakes are all real threats in Hawaii. Most common among these are flash floods, which can come suddenly, turning small rivers into raging torrents very quickly. Meanwhile, Hawaii is the state with the greatest risk of tsunamis, recording about one per year, with major damage occurring about every seven years.
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Like the rest of the country, Hawaii’s most common causes of death are heart disease and cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Drug related deaths are comparatively low in Hawaii, but they do happen — there were 13.3 drug deaths per 100,000 residents in 2019, which ranks Hawaii 12th-healthiest in the nation in this category. Meanwhile, the state ranks eighth in the country in access to medical doctors, with 193.9 primary care physicians per 100,000 residents. Hawaii sits in the middle of the pack when it comes to mental health, ranking 24th with 250 mental health providers per 100,000 residents. Clean air is abundant in Hawaii — the archipelago ranks sixth in the country in air quality, in a tight race with the top five states.
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Top 1 Safest Cities in Hawaii