HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu is paradise, but the "best place to live" in the United States? Not by a long shot, according to a new U.S. News and World Report ranking.
In fact, Honolulu ranked 26th in a ranking of the nation's 100 most populous metro areas.
Denver was actually ranked no.1, followed by Austin, Texas, and Fayetteville, Ark.
The biggest downside of living in Honolulu, report said, will come as no surprise: "Living in paradise will cost you. Unfortunately, Honolulu is one of the most expensive places to rent in the country."
The city's high cost of living meant Honolulu's value index was just 5.2, out of a possible 10.
But Honolulu scored a 10 on desirability, and a 7.5 on job market.
The city's quality of life – 6.3 – was dragged down by traffic congestion and long commutes. On the plus side, Honolulu has a lower crime rate than similarly-sized cities. But Honolulu's schools didn't rate as favorably.
Importantly, for the purposes of the ranking, Honolulu actually encompassed all of Oahu.