Published on August 15, 2022 in Latest news from the department, Press room

HONOLULU — The Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism (DBEDT) today released the 2021 edition of the “State of Hawaii Data Book.”

The book is in electronic form and is available on the DBEDT website at: dbedt.hawaii.gov/economic/databook. The data can be downloaded in whole or in part as PDF or Excel files.

The Hawai’i State Data Book is the most comprehensive statistical book on Hawai’i in a single compilation. Organized into 24 sections with 850 data tables, it covers a wide range of information in areas such as population, education, environment, economy, energy, real estate, construction, commercial enterprises, government, tourism and transportation.

“The Data Book provides detailed information on all aspects of our condition. Along with historical trends, readers can learn about the impact of COVID-19 on our lives and the economy over the past two years and the progress of the recovery,” said DBEDT Director Mike McCartney. “The Data Book is one of the popular data products produced by DBEDT and has over 50 years of history.”

State Economist Dr. Eugene Tian added: “Our researchers have worked hard to include all available data as of July 2022. Many data points are only available in the Data Book as they are either produced by DBEDT researchers, or specially tabulated for the Data Book by other entities.”

Some interesting data in this new edition includes:

  • In 2021, HawaiiThe de facto population was 1,559,442, a decrease of 4.5% compared to 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic, but an increase of 4.6% compared to 2020, during which it there were COVID-19 related travel restrictions to the islands. The de facto population includes all persons in the state, including visitors and excluding temporarily absent residents. (Table 1.04)

  • There were 273 public hospital beds for fiscal year 2021. This was the first increase in the number of licensed hospital beds since 2008. Between 2008 and 2020, there were 202 hospital beds. (Table 2.31)

  • In February 2022, there were 11,427 physicians and surgeons licensed to Hawaii, a 6.9% increase from February 2021; however, there were 27,620 registered nurses licensed to Hawaii in 2022, a decrease of 3.8% compared to 2021. (Table 2.35)

  • There were 18,493 marriages celebrated in 2021. About 60% of marriages were people who came Hawaii to marry. (Table 2.40)

  • In 2021, federal funding for Hawaii public schools was $1.1 billion, a 286% increase from $277 million in 2020. (Table 3.11)

  • Public school enrollment in the 2021-2022 school year was 173,178, down 1.8% from the previous school year. (Table 3.13)

  • There were 838 Chapter 7 bankruptcies in 2021. This is the lowest number since 2006. Chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code provides for the liquidation or sale of a debtor’s non-exempt assets and is applies to businesses and individuals. (Table 4.18)

  • About 67.7 million gallons of water were consumed in the state in 2021, down 4.6% from the 70.9 million gallons of water consumed in 2020. (Table 5.25)

  • The Hawaii Audubon Society saw 10 other visiting bird species, totaling 857 visitors in 2021 compared to 312 in 2020. There were also 2,224 sightings of native birds in 2021, while only 108 were sighted in 2020. (Table 5.58)

  • The Honolulu Zoo saw a decline in attendance in 2021, from 387,103 patrons in 2020 to 341,469 in 2021, an 11.8% drop in attendance. (Table 7.44)

  • The Honolulu Marathon has returned for 2021 after being postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Honolulu Marathon registrations have increased from 23,882 in 2019 to 11,385 in 2021, and only slightly more half of this year’s registrants (6,241) finished the race. . (Table 7.55)

  • In March 2021, there were 64,181 full-time and part-time state government employees, of which 43,529 were in education (elementary, secondary, tertiary and other, but excluding libraries). Education accounted for 67.8% of employees but 62.2% of payroll. (table 9.66)

  • The US Department of Defense budget for Hawaii military construction shows total committed authority of $650.2 million for fiscal year 2023, an increase of 42.4% over fiscal year 2022, largely due to a project of $621.2 million Navy dollars for dry dock replacement at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. (Table 10.12)

  • In 2021, the average number of monthly cases served by the Food Stamp Program (otherwise known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program [SNAP]) increased by 23.8% compared to 2020, exceeding the hundred thousand for the first time to 103,256. (table 11.03)

  • Total household debt per capita in Hawaii in 2021 was $77,410, which ranked 3rd out of the 50 states, surpassed only by California and Colorado. The US average in 2021 was $55,480. Among the components, Hawaii held $3,750 in credit card debt and $60,600 in mortgage debt per capita for a ranking of 2nd and 3rd respectively. (table 13.45)

  • CNBC’s 2022 “Top States for Business” Feature Ranked Hawaii at 46, which was an improvement from the 2021 ranking of 49th. “Cost of living” and “cost of doing business” ranked 50th in both years, but Hawaii‘Life, health and inclusion’ ranked 3rd in 2022 and 2nd in 2021. (Table 14.13)

  • The annual Global Cost of Living Survey conducted in March 2022 by Mercer LLC ranked Honolulu the 20th most expensive city out of over 400 cities worldwide. In 2021, Honolulu was ranked 43rd. (Table 14.23)

  • The University of Hawaii in 2021 received $35.1 million more in research and non-research funding and received 84 more funding awards than in 2020. (Table 17.22)

  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Honolulu’s bus system ridership decreased by 22.4%, from 62.5 million passengers in 2019 to 48.5 million passengers in 2020. In 2021 , ridership fell further to 27.8 million passengers, just 40% of the 2010-2019 average of 68.8 million passengers per year. (Table 18.27)

  • Seed shipments for seed crops decreased by 11.4%, from 3.6 million pounds of seed in 2020 to 3.2 million pounds of seed in 2021. (Table 19.12)

  • In 2021, local home buyers bought the most homes at 19,696, mainland buyers accounted for 5,806 homes and overseas buyers the least at 468. Overseas home buyers paid the most on average at 1,241,943 $, mainland buyers followed at $1,199,098 and local buyers paid the most. less at $737,197. (table 21.38)

  • For contract year 2021 ending May 31, DFS (duty-free stores) Hawaii generated $10,909 in revenue. In contract year 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic, there was $105,462,229 in DFS Hawaiiincome. (table 23.09)

  • The average daily room rate for visitor accommodation was $328.68 in 2021. This is an increase of $61.87 per day from 2020 and $45.63 per day compared to 2019. (Table 23.37)

  • In 2021, Hawaii Commodity exports totaled $339.8 million, up from $319.8 million in 2020, but down from $460.0 million in 2019. Hawaii commodity imports in the same year totaled $2,553.5 million, down from $1,911.7 million in 2020, but still considerably less than $3,780.6 million in 2019. (Tables 24.05 and 24.06)

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Media contacts:

Dr Eugene Tian
Economic Research and Analysis Division
Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism
(808) 586-2470
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Charlene Chan

Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism

(808) 824-0134

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