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These Are The 10 Smartest Communities In Hawaii
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These Are The 10 Smartest Cities In Hawaii

From Zippia.com, October, 2017

We used data and science to determine the brainiacs around Hawaii.

One of the many qualities that people look for in a potential location or company is the intelligence of those around them. This factor can play a huge role in one's experience at a particular company and can make or break an employee's time there.

So finding a city with an intelligent population makes sense for both companies and employees. That's where Zippia comes in; to help you identify those places in Hawaii that might have skipped a grade... or two.

You may be wondering, "How does one determine how intelligent a town really is?"

Well we went to the source of all things demographic data - the census - to figure out what criteria about a place would identify it is a smart cookie.

We set upon the percentage of adults (over 25) with at least a college degree and the percentage of high school dropouts (aged 15-17) for the 32 largest cities in Hawaii with data. We then crunched the numbers and were left with this set of the brightest cities in the Aloha State:

  1. Ocean Pointe
  2. East Honolulu
  3. Mililani Mauka
  4. Makakilo
  5. Ewa Gentry
  6. Kalaoa
  7. Kaneohe
  8. Halawa
  9. Waimea Cdp (Hawaii County)
  10. Mililani Town

Read on to see why these places got into a four-year college or skip to the end to see a full chart of all the places in our analysis. If you want to put your smarts to work, you can start your job seach with Zippia here.

How we determined the smartest places in the Aloha State?

Before we could dive into the potential IQs of various places in Hawaii, we needed to know which places to look at in the first place. We settled upon any place with over 10,000 people and data available for every criteria.

This left us with 32 places in Hawaii.

We then looked at the following criteria to determine the cream from the crop when it comes to smarts:

  • Percentage of adults with at least a college education (Higher is smarter)
  • Percentage of teenagers that are high school dropouts (Lower is smarter)

Our data comes directly from the latest American Community Survey from the Census.

We thought this criteria was representative of the current state of smarts with the potential for a place to improve the education levels of the next generation. And, for reference, only about 30% of Americans over 25 have graduated from college.

In order to determine the smartest, we ranked all the cities for each criteria from one to 32 with one being the "smartest" in any category.

We took the average rank across the criteria, with the place posting the highest overall score being given the diploma for "Smartest City In Hawaii".

If your city or town isn't among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart. Otherwise, learn more about how the top ten cities achieved their potential.

In the end, Ocean Pointe ended up being the the smartest city in the Aloha State.

And that's how you graduate in style

There you have it folks, the 10 Smartest Cities in the state Hawaii. They have the numbers to back it up so go ahead and visit them to soak up some of the smarts around town.

If you're curious enough, here are the least smart places in Hawaii:

  1. Ewa Beach
  2. Waianae
  3. Kailua CDP (Hawaii County)

Detailed List Of The Smartest Cities In Hawaii

Rank - City

  1. Ocean Pointe
  2. East Honolulu
  3. Mililani Mauka
  4. Makakilo
  5. Ewa Gentry
  6. Kalaoa
  7. Kaneohe
  8. Halawa
  9. Waimea Cdp (Hawaii County)
  10. Mililani Town
  11. Urban Honolulu
  12. Kapaa
  13. Kailua Cdp (Honolulu County)
  14. Kapolei
  15. Royal Kunia
  16. Waipio
  17. Waimalu
  18. Schofield Barracks
  19. Pearl City
  20. Lahaina
  21. Hilo
  22. Wahiawa
  23. Hawaiian Paradise Park
  24. Wailuku
  25. Waipahu
  26. Kihei
  27. Kahului
  28. Nanakuli
  29. Kaneohe Station
  30. Kailua Cdp (Hawaii County)
  31. Waianae
  32. Ewa Beach
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