The Cost of Food
Food is very expensive in Hawaii. What drives the cost of food is the fact that 90% of Hawaii’s food is imported. It is purely Supply vs. Demand that makes the cost of food in Hawaii so high.
A gallon of milk in Hawaii is anywhere from $4.99 to $7.49. Eggs are $1.99 to 2.69 a carton. Ground beef costs $2.68 to $3.29 a pound. Chicken ranges from $1.49 to $2.06 a pound. A 12 pack of Coke can cost anywhere from $3.65 to $6.19.
The cost to drive is a huge factor in Hawaii. We have some of the highest gas prices in the nation here. The cost of gas varies depending on where you live and they are in constant flux. Gas right now is ranging from $4 to $5 per gallon.
Although home values have gone down due to the recession Hawaii is still in the top tier. The medium home price is 438k. In the Hilo metro area it’s around 212k, the most affordable of all. This is much lower than 3 years ago.
Why is the price of living in Hawaii is so much higher? The answer is simple, it is Hawaii! Hawaii is a huge tourist destination and for good reason. Many folks would love to live here. But the lack of a job market and cost of living derail those hopes.
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