Hawaii Was Recently Named The Priciest State And Here’s What That Means

Whether you call Hawaii home or are planning a vacation to the Aloha State, you are painfully aware of one fact: the Hawaiian Islands are expensive. From food and gas to housing, utilities, and various consumable goods, the cost of living — or vacationing — in Hawaii is astronomical.

In fact, just a few months ago, Hawaii was named the priciest state in America in a study conducted by CNBC as part of their annual “America’s Top States for Business” (Hawaii was No. 47 on that list). While this doesn’t shock anyone who actually calls Hawaii home, we’re also not necessarily excited about this “honor.” So, what makes Hawaii so expensive?

California, Massachusetts, New York, and Alaska round out the top five most expensive states in America.

Well, are you surprised by this recognition? If you need to reassure yourself that you’ve made an excellent decision in choosing to stay in

— or move to — Hawaii, Here Are 15 Reasons You Definitely Belong Right Here In Hawaii.