Housing well-being extends beyond meeting the basic need for shelter to encompass conditions in which an individual or family has access to a safe, private space of their own. An individual’s residence is the principal locus of their home and has a profound influence on nearly every aspect of their life. Housing provides privacy and security, defines communities, and determines accessibility to jobs, services, and networks of support.
Available indicators of Housing well being include:
Throughout the US, the cost of housing is often the largest share of a family’s monthly budget; monthly rent or mortgage payments, insurance, utilities, and associated costs are major financial considerations for both homeowners and renters. Hawaii has the highest housing costs in the nation with an average home price more than double the US average.
While housing costs are expensive throughout Hawaii, it is more expensive to live on some islands and in certain communities than others. Average home values vary by more than $650,000 between the most and least expensive communities in the state. Renters in Hawaii also carry the highest rental costs in the country, more than $500 above the national average. Paralleling trends in house prices, average monthly rents may vary by more than $1,600 between communities on different islands.
Use the interactive infographic below to explore key Housing indicators in more detail:
Our Indicators Dashboard can help you begin exploring specific measures of the 10 well-being domains. Interested in learning how each indicator varies over time and across Hawaii’s communities? Click below to head to our dashboard:
Data Plotter Tool
What’s the relationship between various well-being indicators? And how might this relationship vary from island to island, or region to region? Click below to explore the answers to these and similar questions using our Data Plotter: