Overall 103%
Goods & Services 27%
Housing 258%
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The cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. For example, if the cost of living is 90, then it is 10% lower than average. If the cost of living is 110, then it is 10% higher than average. The breakdown for each index is as follows: goods & services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). If the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used.
Cost of living203176100
Goods & Services127130100
Health care115122100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Kahaluu is 16% higher than the Hawaii average
  • The cost of living in Kahaluu is 103% higher than the national average
  • Kahaluu housing is 258% higher than the national average
  • Hawaii general sales tax is 18% lower than the national average
  • Hawaii state income tax is 43% lower than the national average

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      Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

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      A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living in Kahaluu is by simply calculating the maximum that should be spent on housing, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The plan is to avoid spending more than 28 percent of the gross income on costs that pertain to housing and no more than 36 percent on all expenses and debts. Kahaluu has a median income of about $104,107 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a maximum of $2,429 should be spent on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $70,938. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $1,655 on all rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

      Hawaii Sales Tax

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      Goods & Services

      ItemKahaluuNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $15.87$20.2721.7%
      Beauty Salon $66.60$40.3964.9%
      Toothpaste $3.25$2.3637.9%
      Shampoo $1.83$1.0870.0%
      Movie $14.92$10.9935.8%
      Bowling $19.60$15.4926.5%


      ItemKahaluuNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $5.44$4.3026.5%
      Fried Chicken $2.24$1.4060.1%
      Milk $3.92$2.2078.1%
      Potatoes $9.23$3.22186.8%
      Pizza $14.99$10.7439.6%
      Beer $9.56$9.600.4%

      Health Care

      ItemKahaluuNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $205.02$109.7386.8%
      Doctor $151.37$118.3427.9%
      Dentist $85.30$100.9415.5%
      Ibuprofen $12.87$9.9329.6%
      Lipitor $504.60$469.537.5%


      ItemKahaluuNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $804,100.00$184,700.00335.4%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $4,211.64$1,229.62242.5%
      Apartment Rent $1,677.00$949.0076.7%


      ItemKahaluuNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $3.67$2.7135.5%
      Tire Balancing $67.51$51.8630.2%


      ItemKahaluuNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$369.53$170.84116.3%
      Phone $181.65$187.183.0%
      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.

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      CityPopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Waipio Acres, HI5,16914949.4%
      Kailua CDP (Hawaii County), HI13,61715453.6%
      Waimalu, HI13,47815454.1%
      Waimanalo Beach, HI4,22715756.6%
      Ewa Villages, HI7,56815959.5%
      Kahaluu, HI5,009203103.4%

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      Holbrook, AZ5,011919.0%
      Whiskey Creek, FL5,0111076.9%
      Auburn, IL5,0068712.9%
      Kahaluu, HI5,009203103.4%
      Source: This data reflects 2021 and was released from C2ER in January, 2022; this is the most current data available.