These Are The 10 Hardest Working Places In Hawaii

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by Chris Kolmar
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America has been known as the land of opportunity for as long as I can remember. It’s the one place in the world where if you bare down and keep your nose to the grindstone, you can make a better life for your family and yourself.

And while everyone in Hawaii works hard, there’s a certain part of the Aloha State that takes the Puritan work ethic to the extreme — the hardest working places in Hawaii .

Who’s the leader of this work around the clock ethos? That would be Waikele which takes top honors for the hardest working place in Hawaii. People work so hard there they manage to make getting to work a job.

So what other places burn the midnight oil to bring home a large piece of bacon? You’re going to have to get to the office early and stay late on Fridays to beat out these places in Hawaii for a promotion:

  1. Waikele
  2. Mililani Mauka
  3. Aiea
  4. Ewa Gentry
  5. Maunawili
  6. Ocean Pointe
  7. Laie
  8. East Honolulu
  9. Heeia
  10. Kaneohe Station

So listen up Hawaiian Beaches as we explain how we created this ranking, you could learn some things from the rest of the state.

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How We Determined The Hardest Working Places In The Aloha State

Like all problems here at Zippia, we start with the data to answer the hard questions. Some might even consider us the hardest working data-crunchers this side of the Mississippi.

In this particular case, we went to the latest version of the American Community Survey looking for answers. As luck would have it, the Census Bureau just released the 2009-2014 5-Yr Estimate which would make this analysis the first of its kind with the new data.

After scrolling through what seemed like hundreds of criteria, we settled on this set for each State:

  • Average hours worked
  • Average commute time
  • Workers per household (Employed labor force divided by the number households)
  • Labor force participation rate
  • Adults with a college degree

Our thinking went something along the lines of if you are spent the many years getting a degree, are actively seeking employment, work a ton of hours when employed, and spend forever getting to work, you get the Zippia hardworking stamp of approval.

After we got the data for all 96 places in Hawaii, we ranked each place from 1 to 96 for each of the criteria with 1 being the “hardest working”.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each to create a hardworking index.

Finally, we crowned the place with the lowest hard working index the “Hardest Working Place In Hawaii”. And, at the end of the day, Waikele had its hard work pay off.

Read the detailed chart below to learn a bit more about why each place ranked where it did.

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1. Waikele


Population: 7,868 College Graduates: 44.8%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.3
Workers Per Household: 1.8

2. Mililani Mauka


Population: 21,051 College Graduates: 47.6%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.8
Workers Per Household: 1.7

3. Aiea

Aiea, Hawaii

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,181College Graduates: 34.6%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 41.3
Workers Per Household: 1.8

4. Ewa Gentry


Population: 22,663 College Graduates: 29.9%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.7
Workers Per Household: 1.9

5. Maunawili

Maunawili, Hawaii

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,114College Graduates: 61.7%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.5
Workers Per Household: 1.6

6. Ocean Pointe


Population: 10,502 College Graduates: 37.7%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 42.7
Workers Per Household: 1.8

7. Laie

Laie, Hawaii

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,447College Graduates: 44.3%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 29.8
Workers Per Household: 3.1

8. East Honolulu


Population: 48,926 College Graduates: 54.2%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.3
Workers Per Household: 1.5

9. Heeia


Population: 4,713 College Graduates: 46.2%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 37.3
Workers Per Household: 1.7

10. Kaneohe Station

Kaneohe Station, Hawaii

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,342College Graduates: 25.8%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 46.7
Workers Per Household: 2.5

Detailed List Of Hardest Working Places In Hawaii

City Rank Population College Graduates Average Hours Worked Per Week Workers Per Household
Waikele 1 7,868 44.8% 40.3 1.8
Mililani Mauka 2 21,051 47.6% 40.8 1.7
Aiea 3 9,181 34.6% 41.3 1.8
Ewa Gentry 4 22,663 29.9% 40.7 1.9
Maunawili 5 2,114 61.7% 39.5 1.6
Ocean Pointe 6 10,502 37.7% 42.7 1.8
Laie 7 5,447 44.3% 29.8 3.1
East Honolulu 8 48,926 54.2% 39.3 1.5
Heeia 9 4,713 46.2% 37.3 1.7
Kaneohe Station 10 11,342 25.8% 46.7 2.5
Paia 11 2,542 35.0% 37.1 1.9
Pupukea 12 5,498 40.3% 39.5 2.0
Halawa 13 14,363 27.3% 39.4 1.9
Kapolei 14 16,890 28.8% 38.3 2.0
Royal Kunia 15 14,779 24.3% 39.9 2.1
Hickam Housing 16 8,573 41.8% 42.2 1.6
Hanapepe 17 2,488 27.0% 38.5 1.8
Ahuimanu 18 8,728 43.1% 37.7 1.8
West Loch Estate 19 5,971 26.8% 37.7 2.2
Kailua CDP (Honolulu County) 20 39,353 46.2% 39.2 1.7
Kaneohe 21 33,443 33.8% 38.6 1.7
Makakilo 22 19,819 30.6% 38.8 2.0
Kalaheo 23 4,127 38.3% 39.7 1.3
Mililani Town 24 28,217 33.8% 38.2 1.7
Waipio 25 11,424 28.5% 38.7 1.7
Waimalu 26 12,680 31.6% 40.2 1.4
Eleele 27 2,723 19.4% 39.5 1.9
Pearl City 28 47,277 28.3% 39.7 1.7
Waialua 29 3,929 24.6% 41.2 1.8
Kilauea 30 3,441 33.5% 35.3 1.9
Kula 31 6,687 42.5% 37.9 1.4
Lihue 32 6,955 26.2% 40.1 1.5
Napili-Honokowai 33 6,491 30.6% 40.6 1.6
Ewa Villages 34 7,141 10.4% 37.1 2.9
Kahaluu 35 4,514 30.6% 36.2 1.7
Waikapu 36 3,689 23.5% 39.3 2.0
Waipio Acres 37 4,807 25.7% 39.2 1.4
Urban Honolulu 38 345,130 35.2% 38.5 1.5
Pukalani 39 8,067 24.1% 37.1 1.6
Waipahu 40 40,532 14.8% 37.2 2.5
Honaunau-Napoopoo 41 2,792 22.4% 34.6 1.9
Kahuku 42 2,391 21.0% 35.7 2.1
Puhi 43 3,572 19.4% 38.5 2.0
Mountain View 44 3,078 27.1% 36.8 1.1
Hanamaulu 45 4,398 9.0% 37.0 2.1
Waikoloa Village 46 6,841 28.3% 40.7 1.6
Wailua 47 2,361 26.7% 38.4 1.4
Lawai 48 2,209 32.3% 38.3 1.4
Waimea CDP (Hawaii County) 49 9,642 30.5% 37.9 1.6
Wailea 50 6,107 42.8% 37.8 1.0
Kalaoa 51 10,257 27.6% 35.4 1.8
Lahaina 52 11,941 21.4% 37.1 2.2
Iroquois Point 53 3,639 21.2% 43.2 1.7
Hauula 54 3,767 31.9% 36.7 1.7
Kahaluu-Keauhou 55 3,807 40.2% 38.6 1.1
Whitmore Village 56 5,254 16.6% 38.1 2.5
Volcano 57 2,603 37.2% 36.4 1.2
Haiku-Pauwela 58 7,689 36.3% 36.8 1.5
Schofield Barracks 59 19,525 19.1% 50.1 2.3
Waihee-Waiehu 60 9,663 20.6% 37.0 2.4
Ewa Beach 61 14,291 12.7% 37.3 2.2
Waimanalo Beach 62 4,439 15.8% 36.9 1.9
Wahiawa 63 17,473 18.6% 38.5 1.6
Waimanalo 64 5,807 13.5% 36.4 2.0
Captain Cook 65 4,265 27.0% 37.9 1.5
Wailua Homesteads 66 5,521 32.7% 35.6 1.6
Haleiwa 67 3,883 19.3% 38.4 1.8
Hawaiian Paradise Park 68 11,623 30.7% 36.3 1.0
Holualoa 69 9,098 30.9% 36.0 1.6
Lanai City 70 3,514 22.0% 40.6 1.6
Kahului 71 27,339 17.2% 37.0 2.0
Waianae 72 12,694 8.3% 37.7 1.9
Kekaha 73 2,616 13.7% 37.8 1.6
Kihei 74 22,314 26.0% 36.6 1.6
Princeville 75 2,511 41.0% 38.1 1.1
Orchidlands Estates 76 3,315 21.9% 36.1 1.7
Maili 77 9,399 12.9% 38.1 1.8
Kailua CDP (Hawaii County) 78 12,727 23.0% 36.6 1.6
Hilo 79 44,549 28.8% 35.8 1.3
Nanakuli 80 12,181 7.2% 35.8 2.2
Kapaa 81 10,582 25.8% 35.0 1.5
Keaau 82 2,541 20.4% 35.4 1.8
Honalo 83 2,822 18.5% 38.1 1.6
Anahola 84 2,122 14.3% 38.8 1.5
Koloa 85 2,806 19.8% 34.1 1.8
Wailuku 86 16,196 23.3% 37.4 1.5
Wheeler AFB 87 2,541 22.1% 49.6 1.3
Honokaa 88 2,522 12.9% 36.1 1.7
Makawao 89 6,674 19.3% 37.0 1.6
Kualapuu 90 2,061 17.7% 36.0 1.7
Makaha 91 8,663 14.9% 37.6 1.5
Hawaiian Ocean View 92 3,927 11.8% 33.7 1.0
Hawaiian Acres 93 2,155 17.1% 34.8 1.0
Kaunakakai 94 3,239 19.6% 35.1 1.1
Ainaloa 95 3,645 17.2% 36.5 1.1
Hawaiian Beaches 96 4,467 15.7% 34.5 1.3