These 3 Hawaii Cities Were Just Named The Worst In America — But We Disagree

Based on data gathered by 24/7 Wall St. from around the country, including an index of more than two dozen measures, USA Today recently released a list of the 50 worst places in America to live. The cities listed are said to have high crime rates, poverty, weak job markets, and little in the way of cultural attractions or entertainment options. Mendota, California was listed as the No. 1 Worst City of America, and three neighboring Oahu communities made the list: Makaha ranked at No. 4, Maili was ranked at No. 23, and Nanakuli was listed at No. 25. These three census-designated places are all nestled along Oahu’s often overlooked leeward coast, and to say we disagree with these rankings would be an understatement.

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:

This incredible coastline is known for its breathtaking beaches, heavenly hiking trails, and awesome attractions, some of which were featured in this previous article.

Tell us, what do you think of these rankings? Do you live in Makaha, Maili, or Nanakuli?