Lucky we live in Hawaii

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David and I at the Taj Mahal (in Agra, India) last month.

Can you imagine the real property tax on the Taj, if it were located in the United States?  Well, it would depend on which state it was located in.  For instance, Pat’s mother paid $12,000 in property tax for her house in Virginia, and I know my in-laws in Boston paid more than $10,000 for theirs.  However, in Hawaii, the property tax rate is much lower.  For us, our property tax amounts to just $1,700, despite the fact that our property is comparable to those of Pat’s mother and my in-laws.  What a discrepancy!  Lucky we live in Hawaii.

Where does the government here get most of its revenue?  From tourism and the military, the two biggest industries in Hawaii.  With the demise of the sugar cane and pineapple plantations, agriculture plays only a very small role in our economy.

I am so glad I live in Hawaii, which is considered the second healthiest state, behind Vermont.  People here are taken care of very well.  There is even outreach to the homeless, who are offered shelter, food, health benefits, and job counseling and training.

We count our blessings!

12 Responses to “Lucky we live in Hawaii”

  1. NRIGirl Says:

    That’s very impressive! Sounds like an attractive offer if we ever consider moving. 🙂

    Our neighbors actually sold their home and bought a similar one for much the same price though. May be the tax is what attracted them.

  2. Jeanie Says:

    It is a good thing to be happy where you live…..we are pretty happy here in Colorado, even though it is very cold right now.

  3. DrumMajor Says:

    But didn’t you hear, Gigi, back in ’83, that the agriculture of marijuana in Hawaii brought in more funds than tourism? Maybe an option for the future? Yes, you’re lucky: the snow is speeding by my window, horizontally, at 50 mph right now! DrumMajor

  4. R.Ramakrishnan Says:

    Wow the taxes are so low in Hawaii ! Maybe I shall migrate to Hawaii too. Taxes in India are outrageous 🙂

  5. DJan Says:

    I thought Colorado was the healthiest state. I lived there for a long time and rarely saw morbidly obese people. Here in Washington state I’ve grown accustomed to the sight on a daily basis. I wonder if one of the reasons Hawaii is so healthy is being able to be outdoors so much of the time. Here in Washington we rarely see the sun all winter long!

  6. Suzanne Says:

    It seems tourism is up too this year (based on traffic) which is good.

  7. Christine Says:

    that’s really low property tax! Nice photo of you both.

  8. kavitasaharia Says:

    Touch wood! Hawaii surely is a great place to live.

  9. SchmidleysScribbling Says:

    For health and taxes one must look below the state level. Arlington County where I live is the healthiest county in the country. Of course most of our population is comprised of young adults and some children. As for taxes, our county property taxes are the lowest in the Washington DC metro area. Your sister’s MIl must live out in Fairfax County.

  10. Grannymar Says:

    I am way behind with blog reading so I have read the last six posts and leave one comment here. It is the only way I will ever get up to date. Loved all the India posts and the photos. Hawaii sounds like a wonderful place to live for many reasons, property taxes being only one. I must try the muffin recipe recipe in the next day or so!

  11. Linda Reeder Says:

    To each his, or her, own. Hawaii is lovely, but not for me.
    On property taxes, ours go mostly for schools and local services. They are moderately high, about $4000 a year for us. Some areas in the city limits, or with view property, are much higher.

  12. DrumMajor Says:

    David didn’t go swimming in the Taj pool did he? DrumMajor

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