Best Cities 2010: Honolulu, HI

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Best Cities 2010: Honolulu, HI

Honolulu is a center for Hawaiian music and theatre, where residents lead active lifestyles, and obesity rates are below the national average.

City: Honolulu

State: Hawaii

Best Cities Overall Rank: 26

About Honolulu:The Bishop Museum is the largest of Honolulu’s museums. It holds the state’s largest collection of natural history specimens and the world’s largest collection of Hawaiian and Pacific culture artifacts.

Honolulu is a center for Hawaiian music and theatre. Many Honolulu residents lead active lifestyles, and obesity rates are below the national average. In 2004, Men’s Fitness magazine named Honolulu the fittest city in the United   States. The Honolulu economy is powered by tourism, military, the defense contracting industry, manufacturing and research and development. The city’s unemployment rate is 6.9 percent, which is the eighth lowest nationally compared with the national rate of 9.7 percent during March.

County: Honolulu

Population: 374,676

Official website for city visitors’ bureau/city: Visitor’s bureau website 

Newspaper with the largest circulation: Honolulu Advertiser

Honolulu blogs: Honolulu Advertiser 

Homespun Honolulu

The Tasty Island 

Honolulu‘s Facebook page: Follow Honolulu on Facebook 

Honolulu‘s Twitter page: Follow Honolulu on Twitter 


Education rank: 33

High School graduation rate 2008: 60.1%

Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 13

Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 3.47

NEAYC-accredited preschools: 25

NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 6.67

NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 255

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 15.8

Total Expenditures Per Student: $12,171


Health rank: 12

Quality children’s hospitals: 2

Hospitals per 100,000 people: 0.54

Quality Pediatricians: 1

Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 0.27

Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 0


Safety rank: 47

Violent Crimes, 2008: 2575

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 687.26

Sex Offenders: 611

Sex Offenders per 100,000: 163.07


Economy rank: 18

Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 23           

Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 6         

Best Performing Cities Job Index: 986.91

Median Home Sale Price: $414,000                   


Percent of homes sold for a loss: 16.50%      


Recreation Rank:  44

Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 5318          

Parkland per 100,000: 1419.36