In the brand new issue of “Honolulu Magazine” that just hit newstands here, the cover asks this question: Is Hawaii Worth it?
It then cleverly lists the pros and cons:
Sunshine……………………………..$5.00 gallon milk
3rd Safest City in the U.S………Solid Gold Electric Bill
Mangoes from Neighbors……….Living w/ your parents till age 35
Surf’s Up!…………………………….You just can’t get there from here (anywhere!)
Then: “I Stay Broke” (local pidgin for I’m always broke!)
And: Median Single-Family Home Price: $597,000. ($625,00 Honolulu). Cost in Witchita? $155,200. In St. Louis: $126,800.
From Editor A. Kam Napier’s Page in Honolulu Magazine, Titled “Paying the Paradise Tax:
“Unlike the residents of 49 other states, who can only dream of living in Hawaii, we actually know what it’s like to live here. While there’s much to be grateful for, we know that Hawaii is not always a bed of roses, or even a lei of plumeria. Mainly, this is because we have what a friend of mine calls America’s “most expensive ordinary life.” According to MetroTrends, an online publication from the Washington, D.C.-based think tank, Urban Institute, Honolulu lost more residents between 2004 and 2010 through out-migration to other U.S. cities than it gained from in-migration. (Top three places to which Honoluluans fled: Los Angeles, San Diego and—shocking, I know—Las Vegas.) We also earned a D grade from MetroTrends for economic security, mainly for housing unaffordability.”
So what do you think? Is Hawaii really worth it? Would it be worth it to you?
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