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?

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now: https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/nominate/

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.