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WalletHub: Hawai’i State Capital Ranked Among the ‘Worst’

February 23, 2016, 1:59 PM HST
* Updated February 23, 1:20 PM
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PIXABAY honoluluHawai’i’s capital, Honolulu, was recently ranked poorly in a nation-wide analysis conducted by the financial website WalletHub.

In a ranking of 2016’s Best & Worst State Capitals, Hawai’i ranked an overall 44th on the list, which included all 50 states.

The state’s lack of affordability, which ranked 50 on the list; lowest median income, ranking 48; highest debt percentage of median income, ranking 45; and the state’s rank of 46 when it comes to millennial newcomers contributed to the lower overall score.

Honolulu, however, ranked first in most attractions and tied with multiple capitals for lowest unemployment rate.

Austin, Texas was recorded in the analysis as the “best” state capital.


Boston, Mass.; Baton Rouge, La.; Dover, Del.; Honolulu, Hawai’i; Trenton, N.J.; Providence, R.I.; Jackson, Miss.; Montgomery, Ala.; Carson City, Nev.; and Hartford, Conn. rounded out the top 10 “Worst State Capitals.”


Data used to create the rankings was collected from the United States Census Bureau, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Council for Community and Economic Research, Areavibes, Renwood Realtytrac, TransUnion, GreatSchools.org, U.S. News & World Report, the Health Resources and Services Administration, County Health Rankings, Walk Score, the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, the Allstate Insurance Company, Yelp, TripAdvisor, and WalletHub research.

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