Best Place to Raise Kids in Hawaii: Waimalu

Nearby city: Honolulu
Population: 25,820
Median family income: $86,125
Avg. school math score: 64.14 (State avg.: 48.32)
Avg. school reading score: 77.26 (State avg.: 64.43)

Residents can find a mix of owner occupied and rental housing in Waimalu—a community next door to last year’s best place in Hawaii, Pearl City (which ranks second this year). According to Prudential Locations, a real estate company, the area has several excellent schools, restaurants, shopping centers with easy freeway access, and reasonably priced condominiums, including tall buildings with great views.

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