The 2015 State of Hawaii Data Book came out on Aug. 17 with a bevy of statistic that reflect changes in everything from population and education to labor and tourism. The resource–a product of the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism–is available on the DBEDT website and may be downloaded in whole or in part as either PDF or Excel files.
The state’s Data Book is the most comprehensive statistical book about Hawaii in a single compilation. With more than 800 data tables, it covers a broad range of statistical information in areas such as population, education, labor, energy, business enterprises, government, tourism and transportation.
“The state’s Data Book provides comprehensive information from all sources, both public and private,” said DBEDT Director Luis P. Salaveria. “It’s the most popular product on the DBEDT website and has been consistently produced for 47 years.”
The data in the 2015 book reveals that about 60 percent of people moving to Hawaii from the Mainland were between the ages of 20 and 44; in 2016 there were 1,047 licensed child care centers in the state, double the number of centers in 2004 (523); and Foreign Agricultural Exports, on a farm receipts-basis, have grown from $151.5 million in 2000 to $400.4 million in 2014.
“We try to add more data series to the Data Book to accommodate a wide range of data needs,” said Chief State Economist, Dr. Eugene Tian. “Among the new data series in this Data Book are the Hawaii homes purchased by origin of buyers.”
According to the data, a majority of the more than 19,000 home purchases in 2015 were by local buyers (78 percent) with an average sales price of $546,146; followed by mainland buyers (19 percent) with an average sales price of $751,210; and lastly foreign buyers (3 percent) with an average sales price of $783,774.
In the income realm, the data revels that the occupation with greatest employment in Hawaii in 2015 was “retail salesperson” with 24,770 employment and $11.46 average hourly salary. The next highest occupation was “waiters and waitresses” with 15,299 employment, followed by cashiers (14,790 employment) and general office clerks (13,660 employment).
And when it comes to expenditures, the numbers reflect the crunch many Hawaii residents feel in their checkbooks. According to the Regional Price Parities from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, the “all Items” price level in Hawaii was 16.8 percent higher than the overall national price level in 2014; “goods” component was 8.9 percent higher while “services: rents” component was 58.4 percent higher than the national average in the year.
Still, tourism holds strong with another record year in the State of Hawaii for hotel occupancy and room rates; in 2015, the average hotel occupancy reached 78.8 percent, a 1.8 percentage point increase; and the average daily room rate reached $243.93, a 3.9 percent increase compared to the previous year.
DBEDT’s Research and Economic Analysis Division (READ) also maintains the historical series of tables and updates the data continuously throughout the year.