Honolulu, Hawaii

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Honolulu is almost certainly the toughest U.S. metro to do justice to in a ranking like ours (although, like many other high-ranking small metros, it is both the state capital and home of the flagship public university). Quality of life drives its No. 7 slot. Island tourism ensures a plethora of dining and entertainment options, and Chinatown provides a vibrant nightlife. Rents are highest among the small metros, and its economic climate ranks in the bottom tier. On the upside, youth unemployment is below average. Honolulu has the one of the highest diversity scores of any small metro because of its majority-minority and international population. But none of our statistics describe Honolulu half as well as the photo accompanying this slide.

#7 Honolulu, Hawaii

POPULATION: 992,095
STUDENTS: 79,091
RANKING DETAIL:
#13 COLLEGE EDUCATED
#1 DIVERSITY

Quality of life

#3 CITY ACCESS
#8 ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
#12 BARS AND RESTAURANTS

Economics

#7 YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT
#7 LABOR FORCE
#17 INNOVATION
#19 RENT

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