By Sonia Isotov
The State Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism (DBEDT) yesterday released the 43rd edition of its popular statistical book, the State of Hawaii Data Book, and can be downloaded at http://www.hawaii.gov/dbedt.
This book of more than 800 data tables is the most comprehensive compilation of statistics and demographics on the state of Hawaii, and includes county and sometimes smaller area numbers. It covers a broad range of statistical information in areas such as population, education, labor, energy, business enterprises, government, tourism and transportation.
The data book can be can be downloaded in whole or in part as pdf or Excel files. Historical data for selected tables may also be accessed from this site.
“Our Data Book is a valuable tool for business planners, researchers, policy makers, and anyone who wants or needs to know more about trends and data related to Hawai‘i,” said DBEDT Director Richard C. Lim, in a written statement. “This data becomes increasingly important in an economic environment where we are striving to be efficient in providing services. It is also a key took for business analysts seeking to identify trends and target audiences.”
Some of the data in this newest edition show that:
- Over the last 60 years, the average number of persons per household has decreased from 4.14 persons per household in 1950 to 2.89 persons per household in 2010 (Table 1.47).
- Between 2000 and 2010, there was a net migration of over 55,600 people into the State of Hawaii, with the largest number (about 26,500) moving into the County of Hawaii (Table 1.56).
- Total visitor days increased by 8.9 percent to 65.6 million days in 2010 from 2009, of which 15.2 million days were international visitor days represented a 15.4 percent increase from a year earlier (Table 7.05).
- In Fiscal year 2010, the total amount of municipal solid waste delivered reached a 20 year low of 777,069 tons (Table 5.30).
- The most inquiries to the Better Business Bureau in 2010 were about general contractors (9,600), followed by inquiries about roofing contractors (about 8,200 inquiries) (Table15.33).
- The number of housing units increased by over 31% in the County of Hawaii between 2000 and 2010, which was the largest increase among all Hawaii counties (Table 21.20).
- On July 1, 2010 One-way Adult cash fare for “The Bus” on Oahu reached $2.50, 10 times the amount it started on March 1, 1971 when it cost a mere quarter for an adult fare (Table 18.26).
CD and DVD versions of the Data Book are available for special applications. The Research and Economic Analysis Division (READ) also maintains the historical series of tables and updates the data continuously throughout the year. The historical series and the update can be found in the “economic information” section of the DBEDT website.