One of the most common questions I get asked, besides which side of the island is best, is: “Can I afford to move to Kauai?” People who are deciding whether or not to move to Kauai are naturally concerned with the cost of living in Kauai.
North Shore, Kauai
The Cost of Living in Kauai Hawaii
It is true that living expenses such as food, gas, and electric are more expensive than on most of the Mainland. There are so many more variables to consider when comparing the cost of living on the Mainland to Hawaii. Yes, our electric rate is higher, but we do not have heating bills in winter or air conditioning bills in summer. I know this is a cost of hundreds of dollars each month if you are living on the Mainland.
Hanalei sunrise over taro patch
Yes, our gas rate is higher. We do not have freeways — it is a small island without too far to drive in either direction. Food in the grocery store is more expensive than on the Mainland; however, we have local farmers’ markets for produce offering a plethora of fresh, delicious local fruits and vegetables for any pallet.
Kauai has local farmers’ markets for produce offering a plethora of fresh local fruits and veggies
What is Living in Kauai Like?
Kauai life is simple and the climate tropical. You are not spending a lot of excess money on clothing and shoes. Kauai does not have amphitheaters, amusement parks, or large shopping malls. You are not spending money going to these places and events. Our entertainment, for the most part, is absolutely free. We have the most incredible beaches, mountains, hiking trails, bike paths, etc.. All of these magical breathtaking places are free for you to experience if you live in Kauai.
Na Pali Coast
If fancy restaurants are your thing then relocating to Kauai may not be a good idea since we don’t have a lot of dining options in comparison. We do have fun-filled BBQ’s — potlucks and gatherings with friends. The food is always amazing and the bond you feel from friends who truly care is hard to beat.
By the most recent numbers, there are just over 67,000 people who live on Kauai. The demographics are comprised primarily of people of white and Asian descent.
I start every morning with an early SUP surf session
Our property tax rate is generally lower than the Mainland and our sales tax of only 4%. Kauai offers many clubs for all kinds of activities that would interest most any hobby or passion. The island is diverse with many residents in the local arts, natural healing, and we have phenomenal local musicians. The talent you can find here is endless.
Working in Kauai
With Kauai being such a small island, many may be wondering about what job opportunities there are on the island. This year, the minimum wage in the state of Hawaii was raised to $10.10. The average income on Kauai is $62,946, which is significantly higher than the U.S. average of $53,482.
The main reason I feel Kauai is a good place to live is for the lifestyle. Where else can you start every single day in the ocean by 7:00 am to get your exercise? How do you put a price on health and lifestyle? Where do you fit that cost into your budget when making your decision to move or not to move to Kauai?
Perhaps the better question you should be asking yourself is…”Can I afford not to move to Kauai?”
Can you afford not to move to Kauai?
When your response is: “No, I cannot afford not to move to Kauai,” please contact me or give us a call and let Hawaii Life show you properties to suit your lifestyle.