Spock Would HATE Hawaii: “Live Long…and Prospering Not”

Hawaii is OFTEN on the top of any list that’s published for the most expensive places to live in the USA.  If don’t believe me then here’s a list of one such article from USAToday:

  1. Hawaii

Cost of Living Index: 162.9
Grocery Index: 159.7
Housing Index: 213.1
Utilities Index: 227.8
Transportation Index: 125.3
Health Index: 113.3
Misc.: 126.6

Paradise is expensive. To live comfortably in Hawaii, you’d need a salary of over $122,000, as of late. Dinner and a movie in Honolulu will cost you around $75, which is a little high. Your grocery bill may be on the higher end in this area as well, with the price of bread and eggs averaging over $4 each.

The median home value in Hawaii is $518,800 and the median list price is a little higher at $525,000 ($420 per square foot). If you decide to rent, you’re looking payment of just under $2,000 per month, and that’s if you pay the median price. To keep the utilities running in a small apartment in Honolulu, you’re facing a cost of around $285 per month.

You may be saying that those numbers don’t look that bad.  Well, if that’s the case, then to you I say “congratulations”.  But for those of you who are like “eeeeh…it’s right on the cusp of what I could afford” then here’s a kick in the nuggets for you:  Those numbers are from 2013/2014.

Yeah, sorry.

So, here’s a look at some current numbers: https://www.expatistan.com/cost-of-living/honolulu

So, what am I trying to do?  Talk you out of making Hawaii your permanent home?  Nope.  Not at all.  There’s just been a slight shift on how I deliver the content here on Moveto-Hawaii.com

You see, when I first started this blog 3 years ago, I was so hung up on being in Hawaii and so damn excited about it that I probably didn’t convey enough about how expensive it was.  I tried.  As much as my optimistic attitude would let me.

You can read some articles below where I pretty much say how expensive it is or show how expensive it is:

The Cost of Living in Hawaii

The Price of Paradise and Who Would Hate Living in Hawaii

10 Ways to Save Money Living in Hawaii (Plus 2 Bonus Tips)


None of that means that I’m trying to get you to NOT move to Hawaii or stay forever if you’re already here.  All I want to do is to give everyone some semblance of truth about what the cost is like here.

Me?  I’m staying.  I’m comfortable and I’ve minimalized my life enough to make it possible for me to stay here and live comfortable enough to not feel pressured for money as long as I stay within budget.  Will that work for everyone?  I doubt it.

Who will have a problem moving to Hawaii?

Families.  I can only imagine the stress on nerves and the bank account that uprooting and entire family to any of the Hawaiian Islands would have.

Who will find it rather easy to move to Hawaii?

Thrifty couples or singles.  If you need little except a place to call yours and the beautiful weather (and be willing to work you butt off) then it’s a done deal.