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Study: Hawai‘i #2 State For Raising Kids

January 4, 2019, 11:42 AM HST
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Hawaiʻi was recently named the No. 2 state overall in the United States for raising children.  According to’s study Best States To Raise Children report, which measured factors like violence and poverty, the Aloha State is near the top of the list when it comes to safety for children.

Hawaiʻi’s silver ranking places it above other top-10 finishers like Vermont, Minnesota, Iowa and Colorado, and the state is second to only one — New Hampshire, which took the top spot.

Hawaiʻi ranked in the top 25 in all four categories covered in the study and was second to New Hampshire in the child poverty rate.  Hawaiʻi’s ranking in the four categories included:

  • Child abuse: 11th
  • Youth murders: 14th
  • School shootings: 23rd
  • Child poverty: 2nd

Below are some national highlights of the study:

  • Every 10 seconds, a report of child abuse is made in the United States.
  • Nearly three-quarters of students have seen bullying in their schools.
  • Almost 1 in 5 children live in poverty.

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