These Are The 10 Stressed Places In Hawaii

We analyzed over 96 places in Hawaii to identify the ones that are going grey at a young age.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarRankings - 2 years ago

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You know that tight feeling in your chest when you start a new job? That’s stress.

And there are certain places in Hawaii that have more to stress out about then just their first day at work.

There are things like dealing with ever-longer commutes, working longer and longer hours, and just trying to find a job in the first place. But which places in Hawaii take being stressed to the next level?

It turns out the good people of Maili have earned the dubious distinction of being the most stressed out place in Hawaii. The city is at the top of the pack of the 10 most stressed out places in the Aloha State:

  1. Maili
  2. Iroquois Point
  3. Makaha
  4. Ewa Beach
  5. Waianae
  6. Ocean Pointe
  7. Nanakuli
  8. Anahola
  9. Pupukea
  10. Ewa Gentry

Read on to see why these places in Hawaii could use a Xanax.

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How We Measured Stress In Hawaii (Without Stressing Out)

In order to measure stress, we selected a set of six criteria that reflect its root causes for most people and used them to look at the 96 places in Hawaii with a population over 2,000 according to the 2010-2014 American Community Survey:

  1. Percentage of population with a long commute (over 30 minutes)
  2. Unemployment Rate
  3. Hours worked
  4. Population density
  5. Percentage of income spent on rent
  6. Percentage of population without health insurance

The higher any of these was, the more stressful the people of the place are.

Our data is from the U.S. Census’ American Community Survey for 2010-2014.

We ranked each place from 1 to 96 (with one being the most stressed side of the scale) in the six individual criteria. These ranks were then averaged into a Stress Score, the lowest of which was the most stressed out place in the Aloha State.

Below, we’ll take a look at the standout stress stats for each top 10 most stressed places, and wrap the whole thing up with a detailed ranking of all 96 places we analyzed.

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1. Maili

Maili, Hawaii

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,399People With High Rent: 74.4%
People With Long Commute: 72.3%
People Without Insurance: 6.9%

2. Iroquois Point

Iroquois Point, Hawaii

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,639People With High Rent: 58.3%
People With Long Commute: 68.2%
People Without Insurance: 4.4%

3. Makaha

Makaha, Hawaii

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,663People With High Rent: 56.0%
People With Long Commute: 70.5%
People Without Insurance: 5.8%

4. Ewa Beach

Ewa Beach, Hawaii

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,291People With High Rent: 49.7%
People With Long Commute: 67.7%
People Without Insurance: 7.2%

5. Waianae

Waianae, Hawaii

Source: Flickr

Population: 12,694People With High Rent: 61.8%
People With Long Commute: 68.0%
People Without Insurance: 6.1%

6. Ocean Pointe


Population: 10,502 People With High Rent: 62.1%
People With Long Commute: 68.5%
People Without Insurance: 4.5%

7. Nanakuli

Nanakuli, Hawaii

Source: Flickr

Population: 12,181People With High Rent: 58.9%
People With Long Commute: 60.1%
People Without Insurance: 6.4%

8. Anahola

Anahola, Hawaii

Source: Flickr

Population: 2,122People With High Rent: 64.0%
People With Long Commute: 55.2%
People Without Insurance: 11.5%

9. Pupukea

Pupukea, Hawaii

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,498People With High Rent: 54.1%
People With Long Commute: 51.1%
People Without Insurance: 12.6%

10. Ewa Gentry


Population: 22,663 People With High Rent: 57.9%
People With Long Commute: 60.9%
People Without Insurance: 5.1%

Detailed List Of Stressed Places In Hawaii

City Rank Population People With High Rent People With Long Commute People Without Insurance
Maili 1 9,399 74.4% 72.3% 6.9%
Iroquois Point 2 3,639 58.3% 68.2% 4.4%
Makaha 3 8,663 56.0% 70.5% 5.8%
Ewa Beach 4 14,291 49.7% 67.7% 7.2%
Waianae 5 12,694 61.8% 68.0% 6.1%
Ocean Pointe 6 10,502 62.1% 68.5% 4.5%
Nanakuli 7 12,181 58.9% 60.1% 6.4%
Anahola 8 2,122 64.0% 55.2% 11.5%
Pupukea 9 5,498 54.1% 51.1% 12.6%
Ewa Gentry 10 22,663 57.9% 60.9% 5.1%
Whitmore Village 11 5,254 45.6% 48.5% 9.5%
Waipahu 12 40,532 52.8% 57.4% 7.2%
Hawaiian Beaches 13 4,467 66.7% 64.8% 7.9%
Haleiwa 14 3,883 56.1% 41.7% 9.0%
Waimanalo 15 5,807 59.1% 52.7% 11.1%
Wahiawa 16 17,473 52.5% 49.2% 7.3%
Honokaa 17 2,522 52.0% 57.0% 8.1%
Schofield Barracks 18 19,525 76.6% 9.2% 1.1%
Ewa Villages 19 7,141 59.6% 62.0% 5.6%
Ainaloa 20 3,645 44.5% 45.5% 12.8%
Makakilo 21 19,819 51.9% 59.8% 4.2%
Hauula 22 3,767 50.2% 51.9% 6.9%
Mililani Town 23 28,217 62.1% 53.1% 3.6%
Royal Kunia 24 14,779 58.5% 50.1% 6.3%
Princeville 25 2,511 60.1% 18.0% 9.8%
Makawao 26 6,674 54.0% 36.9% 8.5%
Captain Cook 27 4,265 65.7% 42.7% 9.7%
Hawaiian Acres 28 2,155 64.5% 53.1% 11.9%
Waikoloa Village 29 6,841 48.4% 45.8% 10.1%
Ahuimanu 30 8,728 53.7% 63.4% 3.8%
Kahului 31 27,339 45.7% 28.2% 10.8%
West Loch Estate 32 5,971 49.6% 62.4% 2.3%
Kailua CDP (Honolulu County) 33 39,353 45.1% 51.7% 6.4%
Kihei 34 22,314 51.4% 22.7% 10.5%
Pearl City 35 47,277 53.9% 44.5% 4.9%
Hawaiian Ocean View 36 3,927 58.3% 59.4% 10.8%
Kapolei 37 16,890 53.1% 63.2% 2.6%
Wailuku 38 16,196 47.1% 18.7% 8.8%
Wheeler AFB 39 2,541 64.5% 16.0% 1.3%
Kaneohe 40 33,443 53.6% 50.6% 4.2%
Hawaiian Paradise Park 41 11,623 40.4% 57.8% 12.6%
Mililani Mauka 42 21,051 55.2% 54.5% 1.6%
Urban Honolulu 43 345,130 50.9% 31.1% 6.9%
Waikapu 44 3,689 63.6% 27.9% 7.9%
Waialua 45 3,929 43.9% 59.8% 5.3%
Waikele 46 7,868 46.4% 52.6% 3.9%
Kapaa 47 10,582 44.2% 45.4% 13.1%
Lahaina 48 11,941 55.0% 12.6% 9.4%
Waipio 49 11,424 46.9% 50.6% 4.2%
Holualoa 50 9,098 55.5% 15.5% 9.2%
Waimanalo Beach 51 4,439 29.8% 66.1% 5.2%
Wailea 52 6,107 58.6% 28.8% 7.9%
Kahaluu-Keauhou 53 3,807 50.5% 22.8% 10.6%
Kilauea 54 3,441 65.9% 18.2% 16.8%
Wailua Homesteads 55 5,521 49.4% 48.7% 7.1%
Kula 56 6,687 61.6% 49.3% 7.5%
Waihee-Waiehu 57 9,663 44.0% 32.4% 6.2%
Kalaoa 58 10,257 59.4% 24.7% 11.5%
Puhi 59 3,572 53.7% 15.5% 5.7%
Napili-Honokowai 60 6,491 46.5% 9.3% 9.4%
Waipio Acres 61 4,807 51.3% 50.4% 3.9%
Orchidlands Estates 62 3,315 27.3% 34.5% 13.1%
Kaneohe Station 63 11,342 82.7% 8.5% 0.0%
Aiea 64 9,181 43.9% 46.8% 3.8%
Kekaha 65 2,616 26.6% 38.5% 7.0%
Halawa 66 14,363 38.3% 40.6% 4.9%
Wailua 67 2,361 58.5% 27.3% 4.9%
Kailua CDP (Hawaii County) 68 12,727 45.9% 19.8% 9.4%
Waimalu 69 12,680 45.4% 39.2% 2.7%
Haiku-Pauwela 70 7,689 38.7% 41.1% 8.7%
Hickam Housing 71 8,573 74.0% 11.1% 0.7%
Hanamaulu 72 4,398 51.1% 27.1% 6.0%
Pukalani 73 8,067 40.0% 37.5% 10.7%
Honalo 74 2,822 28.2% 26.9% 9.5%
Koloa 75 2,806 33.1% 15.2% 8.6%
Kahaluu 76 4,514 45.7% 59.7% 2.8%
Kalaheo 77 4,127 50.2% 31.1% 6.7%
Keaau 78 2,541 36.7% 26.7% 6.0%
Hilo 79 44,549 52.7% 12.1% 6.2%
Eleele 80 2,723 34.7% 36.0% 4.9%
East Honolulu 81 48,926 41.4% 53.0% 3.0%
Kahuku 82 2,391 42.8% 37.7% 4.7%
Lihue 83 6,955 48.0% 19.4% 7.9%
Maunawili 84 2,114 48.7% 51.4% 1.9%
Paia 85 2,542 37.5% 32.1% 10.8%
Waimea CDP (Hawaii County) 86 9,642 43.1% 46.2% 3.7%
Laie 87 5,447 29.6% 18.1% 8.9%
Honaunau-Napoopoo 88 2,792 29.8% 56.4% 8.2%
Kualapuu 89 2,061 41.2% 11.3% 6.1%
Heeia 90 4,713 23.8% 62.5% 1.8%
Volcano 91 2,603 46.1% 26.4% 7.3%
Lanai City 92 3,514 25.0% 4.6% 4.5%
Hanapepe 93 2,488 17.9% 34.0% 4.2%
Lawai 94 2,209 34.0% 22.9% 5.7%
Kaunakakai 95 3,239 32.9% 7.0% 6.8%
Mountain View 96 3,078 25.9% 47.1% 8.6%

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