Cost of Living in Honolulu

Cost of Living Index (Excl.Rent): 98.80
Rent Index: 65.34
Groceries Index: 110.18
Restaurants Index: 83.76
Cost of Living Plus Rent Index: 82.92
Local Purchasing Power: 92.02
Restaurants [ Edit ] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 $ 11.00-20.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 60.00 $ 50.00-80.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 8.00 $ 7.00-10.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 5.00 $ 3.00-7.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 6.50 $ 5.00-8.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.62 $ 4.00-5.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.75 $ 1.25-2.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.45 $ 1.00-2.00
Markets [ Edit ] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 6.48 $ 5.00-8.15
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 4.12 $ 3.00-5.00
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.79 $ 1.00-3.00
Eggs (12) 4.37 $ 4.00-5.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 6.05 $ 3.89-8.50
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 6.32 $ 4.00-9.00
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 6.95 $ 5.00-9.00
Apples (1 lb) 2.92 $ 2.00-3.99
Banana (1 lb) 1.63 $ 1.19-2.00
Oranges (1 lb) 2.61 $ 1.50-4.00
Tomato (1 lb) 2.78 $ 2.50-3.00
Potato (1 lb) 1.85 $ 1.00-2.99
Onion (1 lb) 2.47 $ 1.19-4.00
Lettuce (1 head) 2.90 $ 2.00-3.50
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.13 $ 1.59-2.59
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 18.00 $ 13.00-30.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.93 $ 1.50-2.50
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.75 $ 2.00-3.50
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 10.00 $ 9.50-10.50
Transportation [ Edit ] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.50 $ 2.50-2.50
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 60.00 $ 60.00-60.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.50 $ 3.10-4.50
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 5.00 $ 3.60-6.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 36.00 $ 36.00-60.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2.72 $ 2.46-3.00
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 22,000.00 $ 19,000.00-27,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 233.89 $ 141.67-350.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.18 $ 0.10-0.25
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 48.55 $ 35.00-60.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 53.75 $ 45.00-75.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 11.14 $ 0.00-30.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 11.50 $ 10.00-13.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 43.60 $ 34.00-55.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 46.56 $ 40.00-60.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 83.21 $ 70.00-100.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 105.67 $ 75.00-150.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,663.75 $ 1,300.00-1,990.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,304.17 $ 1,000.00-1,700.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 3,371.05 $ 2,600.00-4,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,688.10 $ 2,200.00-3,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 635.66 $ 475.00-739.99
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 449.27 $ 400.00-500.00
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (Net After Tax) 2,783.64 $ 2,100.00-3,500.00
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 4.03 3.25-4.90

Prices in Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

These data are based on 1112 entries in the past 18 months from 131 different contributors.
Last update: May, 2016
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Cost of living in Honolulu is 1.20% lower than in New York (Info)Our estimator (with default settings) estimate monthly expenses for a single person at 1,119.89$ and for four person family at 3,993.22$ (without rent).
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20 Comments so far
#CSanchez-Hunkin on May 10, 2016 :
I lived here all my life, born and raised in the same house. Whether your educated or not the cost of living is outrageous. 80% of Hawaii family's live pay check to pay check and all it takes is one emergency( dental, car repair etc..) to put a them out the door and on the street. Raising kids here is hard, most family's live multi-generational because housing is expensive. I will never be able to own a home here due to the cost of living and our income. I truly suggest that you do your homework before moving. Look at every avenue before you make a decision and maybe even vacation here to see what it may be like. Low Income Housing/Section 8 is a long list with people who have been waiting a long time. In my neighborhood rent is $1700 for a Studio to a 1b/1b with partial utilities.
#Anonymous on May 07, 2016 :
I lived in Hawaii when i was young. Still thinking of moving there. Cost of living seems ok to me. I use yo sit and watch the people. we will see. Aloha!
#Shane on Feb 13, 2016 :
Hi im moving from NM.. I need to know what im getting into.. I moving there in a month.. At the moment im homeless.. Im a motorcycle mechanic autobodytech.. well educated looking for a new star,, seeing the cost of living is kinda got my nerves rattled..
#Matt on Jan 08, 2016 :
It's pretty bad overall but you can manage to live here if you plan ahead. Check our Hawaii Living Guide:
#Anonymous on Jan 07, 2016 :
Advice: Don't move here. Its overcrowded and overpriced, and its getting worse every day. Too many people moving here and too many people here having too many kids.
#Joe finch on Oct 15, 2015 :
Me and my wife are very interested on moving to Hawaii. And looking for a nice place to raise our baby and would like for anyone to give any type of advice.
#tim on Oct 02, 2015 :
just paid 3.99 for basic egg mcmuffin. not a meal just a mcmuffin. then they add 4.5 percent tax on it in addition.
#Nick on Sep 20, 2015 :
Hello I am moving to oahu and am in need of a well paying job, probably like $3000-$4000 a month due to the high cost of living. Are there any companies open that pay that good or is that the normal for income on the island?
#troy on Jul 22, 2015 :
Want to come in honolulu for good job with excellent salary like
$8000/9000 per month.. Help me plz..
#peter on Mar 27, 2015 :
Wendell Abbey

since you have lived on Hawaii can you please contact me via e-mail, since i would like to move their too. I would have a few questions to ask if you dont mind. Please contact me, thanks in advance, greetings Peter
#L. on Mar 19, 2015 :
Please send me info on the cost of living for Kailua Kona.
Thank you we appreciate it.
#Anonymous on Jan 07, 2015 :
Looking to move to Honolulu. I recently graduated with my EMT Cert and would like to eventually become a PM then RN. Would it be wiser to do my PM training here in FL or should I make the move, begin working as an EMT and train down there? I know they have Equivilency Forms which is how I plan to transfer my EMT credits.
#Wendell Abbey on Nov 10, 2014 :
Hello, Im from Honolulu, Hawaii and used to live in Kapahulu. Back in the 1950s Id walk to the Waikiki beach and surf and paddle canoe. I surfed with Rabitt Kekai, Jama Kekai, Duke Kahanamoku and worked with some of the surfboard businesses. Then I used to paddle canoe with Waikiki Outrigger and Healani Outrigger club. When I graduated frome Roosevelt High school in 1958 I moved to Southern California in 1959. I did a lots of surfing and paddeleing over there and got married to one local Hawaiian girl. I moved to Las Vegas in 2002 and joined the Hawaiian civic club. I play music in the Hula and Ukulele classes over here in Las Vegas. I now live in a Senior citizens appartment and want to move back home. Im a member of Jehovahs Witnesses and would like to move back home and transfer to a Kingdom Hall over there. I would like to move near to Waikiki Beach, and I know where a Kingdom Hall is. It is at Monsrate and Campbell Ave. I have their phone number and will give them a call for some questions about moving over there to join that hall. Mr. Wendell Abbey
#shawn on Oct 07, 2014 :
#Kimmi B. Look towrard Makakilo, Millilani, Kaneohe or parts of Ewa. Stay away from Section 8 here. Avoid Waipahu, Makaha, Waianae, Kalihi.

There truly is no middle class in Honolulu. It cost $1200 for the cheapest studio that would be considered (projects) or low income housing on the mainland. You either live in a slum, or you live in a Million dollar home.

Your best option would be to find a room for rent in a family home...they have many houses with "ohana or inlaw suites). These will still range from $700-$900 per month.

The only way we survive here is by sharing housing with others. I have 5 roommates and i'm almost 40 years old and make $60k a year.

Electricity at our house is almost $1000 monthly on the highest end, but $500 monthly on the lowest end. Our KWH rate is almost 3x what people pay in the mainland.

This would be tolerable if there were jobs for people that payed higher wages. There are not many jobs have to be local/bi lingual to work at many of the resorts. You have to be good looking to work in the bars.

If youre coming from the east coast, you will find the work easy...the work ethic here is unbelievalbly lazy compared to the east coast.

Bottom line...its beautiful...its expensive, its hot, its humid, full of BIG ROACHES & RATS (even the million dollar homes are infested)

After 10 years, I'm finally wising up and leaving this paradise. Goodluck.
#kimo Sabey on Sep 19, 2014 :
The Jones Act makes everything we buy and power almost twice as much as the average in the rest of the country. We could pay so much less if shipping had competition from all shipping companies.
#kimmi b on Aug 17, 2014 :
have to move to honolulu. daughter got accepted to hp. need to find 2 bd in like section 8 or low income housing. help
#anon on Jun 26, 2014 :
tennis courts are free all over the city- there's no cost to rent.
#Moderator on Mar 13, 2014 :
Added references for tennis club rates (current rate around 20$ per hour per court).
#Anonymous on Mar 12, 2014 :
Why is there no CPI for Hawaii?
#brandon thomas on Mar 06, 2014 :
way too much money!!!!!!!!

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