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Hawaii – Top State Where Americans Want To Live

Hawaii, top state where americans want to live

Honolulu from the air. This years Harris poll named Hawaii the top state for Americans to live in. -- Image from Wikipedia, used with permission.

A new Harris poll looked at Americans favorite cities and states to live in.  I was NOT surprised to see Hawaii, top state where Americans want to live.

Hawaii has been in the top 10 most desirable states since 1997,  This is the first year that Hawaii topped the charts at the state where most Americans would live, (not counting their current state).

Here’s the way The Pacific Business News reported the Harris poll.

Hawaii – Top State Where Americans Want To Live

Hawaii has knocked California from the top of a poll that asks Americans where they would most like to live, not counting their current state.

California had dominated the No. 1 spot since 2001, with Hawaii and Florida rounding out the top three the last eight times the question had been answered in The Harris Poll    .

But Hawaii was the No. 1 answer this year to the question: “If you could live in any state in the country, except the state you live in now, what state would you choose to live in?”

Hawaii was No. 2 in 2010 and 2006, and No. 3 in 2001-05 and 2007 and 2009. The poll was not conducted in 2008.

The poll by Harris Interactive    surveyed 2,463 adults online between Oct. 10-17.


If you want to live in Hawaii, there are some important things to know. Here is Aloha Tony reporting on ten things you should know before moving to Hawaii.

Just because it’s the top state where Americans want to live does not mean that there are not some serious down-sides to wanting to live in Hawaii.

1)Hawaii is an island state.
That means it’s harder to get some of the things you like. Things are more expensive to ship and slower to arrive by Fedex. Fedex overnight means 2 days here. Even if there are a few stores on Oahu that carry what you want, that doesn’t mean that they’ll have it in stock on a given day.

2)Oahu is paradise on earth, but it’s not heaven.
There is still traffic and crime, and there are still some rude people in Hawaii like anywhere else. People tend to live for about a year in the honeymoon stage, still euphoric about living in Hawaii. Then reality sets in. People in Hawaii still get sick. Life still throws you a curve ball in paradise, and your stuff begins to rust, no matter where you live on the island.

3) If you’re not local, you’re haole.
If you didn’t grow up here and have parents of somewhat Hawaiian/Asian decent, you’re a haole. It’s not racial, not usually. However, most haoles fit right in, make lots of friends that are locals, and even get elected governor.

4)Housing is expensive.
$800,000 will buy you a small house in Manoa or a large condo in Waikiki. It might be single wall construction, meaning there are no studs in the walls. Your yard might be smaller than you’re used to, especially in Honolulu, and the dirt will be bright red. However, if you go out a bit to the west side you can get a great home for about $500k in Ewa, Kapolei, Royal Kunia, and Makakilo.

5)The ocean in Hawaii is wonderful, but you won’t be in it as much as you think.
People ask me if I surf everyday. They think I sit on Waikiki beach and type my blog or handle my escrows, etc. Nope, I sit at a desk in my office, just like you. We do go to the beach often, maybe 3-5 times a month. We prefer Kailua Beach to Waikiki, and sometimes we go to Portlock’s small beach. There are still plenty of empty beaches in Oahu, and if you buy a house here, I’ll show you some of them!

6)It rains a lot, suddenly, for about 10 minutes at a time.
If you live in Manoa, Maunawili, the North Shore, or Kailua, it rains more than in town, the Leeward side, or Hawaii Kai. Usually within a few minutes the sun will come out and dry everything off. So stop walking around with an umbrella, you look like a tourist.

7)Everything rusts,
especially on the windward side of Oahu, which means Kailua and Kaneohe. Things rust quite a bit in Manoa, where it rains most of the year. Everything has to be replaced more often because of the salty, humid air. My bike took 1 year to turn rust. Your car will be dirty most of the time. You might repaint every few years. Mold will grow in 2 days if you leave anything wet anywhere.

8)All your friends will visit
you the first year, and you’ll have to cart them to the North Shore, to Waikiki, to the Dole plantation, and Kailua Beach. You’ll have less visitors in the second year, until finally you get 1 or 2 visitors a year—forever. It helps if you visit them once a year, and have them visit you once a year.

9)Everything takes longer in Hawaii.
Things that take 5 minutes will take 10 here. Things you might get instantly in L.A. could take days in Hawaii. You need a contractor to come give you an estimate? How about 2 weeks from now? You need a dentist appointment? How about next month? Life in Hawaii is in sometimes in slow motion, and we like it that way. Even in our real estate transactions, we work slow. Our average escrow is 45-60 days. Learn to drive slow, walk slow, and live slow. We enjoy the drive along the coast at 35mph, just enjoying the beautiful Hawaiian views.

10)Some people end up leaving Hawaii after a few years, and then regret it for the rest of their lives.
Whatever the reason, many people who move here end up leaving after only a few years. And one person every week tells me how much they regret ever leaving Hawaii. Most people who sold their Hawaii real estate would have made hundreds of thousands of dollars if they would have held onto it. So don’t come thinking, “I’m going to try out Hawaii.” Instead, make up your mind and say, “I will make it work no matter what, I will buy a house in Hawaii, I will make it my home.” People give up their dream of living in Hawaii everyday, they quit and leave paradise. For those of us who make it, it becomes more like paradise than we thought at first. Original story here.

Do you want to live in Hawaii?

It’s beautiful here, with a slower lifestyle.  It’s not for everyone, but I love it.  People got it right this year about HawaiiThe top state where Americans want to live is also one of the best places to live.

~~ Aloha nui loa


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