East Honolulu cost of living index

In the event that the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used. Each cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. If the amount is below 100, it is lower than the national average. If the amount is above 100, it is higher than the national average.
IndexEast HonoluluHawaiiNational
Cost of living index214175100
IndexEast HonoluluHawaiiNational
Goods & Services index125127100
Groceries index164155100
Health care index113115100
Housing index379247100
Transportation index134134100
Utilities index202207100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the East Honolulu, HI cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Hawaii and cities across the country, the cost of living index in East Honolulu, HI is 214, which is 23% higher than the Hawaii average and 114% higher than that for the entire country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in East Honolulu, HI are 1% lower than the average for Hawaii and 25% higher than the rest of the country.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in East Honolulu is 23% higher than the Hawaii average.
  • The cost of living in East Honolulu is 114% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in East Honolulu is 279% higher than the national average.
  • Hawaii general sales tax is 21% lower than the national average.
  • Hawaii state income tax is 37% lower than the national average.

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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$115,726$9,644$2,700$3,472
Renters$83,706$6,976$1,953$2,511
One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in East Honolulu, HI by the percentage of a person’s income that he or she spends on the monthly housing, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). To stay on the safe side and keep one’s head above the water, a consumer should never spend more than 28 percent of his or her gross income on housing-related expenses and costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. Homeowners in East Honolulu, HI have a median income of $115,726. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $2,700 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $83,706, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $1,953.

Hawaii Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Hawaii4%4.5%

Hawaii Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Hawaii1.4%11%
For those who live in East Honolulu, HI and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the Hawaii income tax rate and the Hawaii sales tax rate. By sales tax, we mean the taxes that are included whenever a person is purchasing any goods or services. The amount that is taxed depends upon the particular state, where some states have a sales tax of zero percent while others can have a tax higher than seven percent. In Hawaii, the sales tax is 4%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 4.5%. There is also income tax to consider, which is based upon the amount of money made in a year. Just like sales tax, income tax depends upon the particular state but also depends upon what tax bracket the person is in. Income tax for the state can be higher than nine percent in some states to zero percent in others. For those that live in Hawaii, the income tax rate ranges between 1.4% to 11%.

Goods & Services

ItemEast HonoluluNational avg.Difference
Haircut $16.00$15.562.8%
Beauty Salon $53.37$36.1147.8%
Toothpaste $3.66$2.4748.2%
Shampoo $1.72$0.9678.2%
Movie $11.71$10.1315.6%
Bowling $3.85$4.7418.7%

Groceries

ItemEast HonoluluNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.88$3.9822.4%
Fried Chicken $2.16$1.4153.7%
Milk $3.79$2.0683.5%
Potatoes $5.38$2.9880.5%
Pizza $11.99$9.4726.6%
Beer $8.76$8.790.4%

Health Care

ItemEast HonoluluNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $146.94$101.0445.4%
Doctor $110.63$107.443.0%
Dentist $94.66$90.424.7%
Ibuprofen $13.56$9.2846.1%
Lipitor $477.26$426.5011.9%

Housing

ItemEast HonoluluNational avg.Difference
Home Price $788,400.00$175,700.00348.7%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $3,634.21$1,133.23220.7%
Apartment Rent $2,001.00$920.00117.5%

Transportation

ItemEast HonoluluNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.58$1.9929.2%
Tire Balancing $65.52$45.7643.2%

Utilities

ItemEast HonoluluNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$455.51$163.81178.1%
Phone $28.95$28.392.0%
Although the cost of living data is updated regularly, this cost of living information is to be used as estimates only as prices can change on an ongoing basis.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Kailua, HI12,72715454%
Waipio Acres, HI4,80715656%
Waimanalo Beach, HI4,43915757%
Waimalu, HI12,68015959%
Ewa Villages, HI7,14116060%
East Honolulu, HI48,926214114%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Logan, UT48,93392-8%
Sheboygan, WI48,91892-8%
Edina, MN48,94013131%
La Mirada, CA49,03814343%
Poway, CA49,04015151%
East Honolulu, HI48,926214114%
Source: The East Honolulu, HI cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.