Kailua 78 Exceptional
Kailua Livability #3 ranked city in Hawaii#4,589 ranked city in the USARanks better than 84% of areas

Livability Awards

A+ Kailua Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Kailua Cost of Living Cost of living is 24% higher than Hawaii
218118% more expensive than the US average
17676% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Kailua cost of living
A Kailua Crime Total crime is 52% lower than Hawaii
Total crime
1,49042% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 6842% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-6%Year over year crime is down
Kailua crime
A- Kailua Employment Household income is 52% higher than Hawaii
Median household income
$109,08797% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$46,90157% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%38% lower than the US average
Kailua employment
D Kailua Housing Home value is 60% higher than Hawaii
Median home value
$862,100367% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$2,225134% higher than the US average
Home ownership
72%12% higher than the US average
Kailua real estate or Kailua rentals
A Kailua Schools HS graduation rate is 6% higher than Hawaii
High school grad. rates
94%13% higher than the US average
School test scores
n/aequal to the US average
Student teacher ratio
n/aequal to the US average
B Kailua User Ratings There are a total of 6 ratings in Kailua
Overall user rating
73% 6 total ratings
User reviews rating
70% 1 total reviews
User surveys rating
75% 5 total surveys
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      Living in Kailua, HI

      Kailua, Hawaii is a moderately-sized city with a population of 38,514 people. With a population density of 4,968 people per square mile, Kailua is well above the nation's average density level. If you are looking for a family friendly city, Kailua might be a good fit as 77% of the population over 15 years old are married, and 67% have kids who are 18 years old or younger.

      Whether you’re moving to a new town to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Kailua could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Hawaii if you know where to search. With useful information like amenities, cost of living, education, employment, housing and other key data points, finding the best places to live in Kailua and in the areas around Kailua is a much easier task.

      With a livability score of 81/100, Kailua is ranked #1,225 in the United States and #3 in Hawaii. Clearly, Kailua is doing something right, as this score ranks well above the average of most cities. Kailua has also earned the rare honor of ranking in the top 10 percentile among all cities. If we consider each of the categories individually, we see that Kailua ranks well for amenities (A+), crime (A), weather (A+), education (A) and employment (A-). Unfortunately for Kailua, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: cost of living (F) and housing (D).

      Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Kailua has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive.

      Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Kailua. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Kailua are affordable. Median real estate prices in Kailua come in at $862,100, which is 60.1% higher than the Hawaii average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Kailua, the home price to income ratio is 7.9, which is 5.3% higher than the Hawaii average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Kailua area were 6.1% and 5 year appreciation rates were 6.4%.

      Kailua transportation information

      Average one way commute29min27min26min
      Workers who drive to work71.8%66.6%76.4%
      Workers who carpool13.4%14.1%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit3.9%6.7%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle2.0%1.0%0.6%
      Workers who walk2.1%4.4%2.8%
      Working from home5.3%4.6%4.6%
      Airports (within 30 miles of city center)0 (2)6354
      Amtrak train stations (within 30 miles of city center)0n/a0711

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      Source: The Kailua, HI data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).