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Hawaii More Expensive--Yes
In response to 140799: hawaii more expensive, posted by Jim MC50 on Monday, 3 April 2017, at 12:36 p.m.
Remember with the humidity in Hawaii vs. many mainland areas (e.g.-West Coast, SW) that cars, appliances, air conditioning systems, etc. wear/rust out much, much quicker and/or require lots more maintenance. The body of my 8 year old car in western Wash. has no rust and paint and interior are perfect. (We live in western Wash.) And the gas I put in the tank is less expensive than in Hawaii. And Harry, FYI, it's Washington that has no income tax, Oregon does have income tax, but no sales tax. Property taxes were significantly reduced with Measure 8 in Oregon many years ago. We don't buy new outfits every winter, but I do buy frozen food, TP, kleenex, breakfast food, yogurt, eggs, milk, butter, etc. all the time and they are pricy in Hawaii. And when I go on vacation, often can just take my own car and not a plane, and often do not have to rent cars or buy airline tickets, etc.---overall Hawaii has a much higher cost of living than living in Washington state, IMHO. Folks moving to Hawaii need to recognize it, but living in Hawaii may be worth it for many. And we have not talked salaries....before I retired, I made at least 30% more in Wash. than in the identical job in Hawaii.
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