HONOLULU — The State Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism (DBEDT) has released the 2009 edition of the State of Hawai‘i Data Book at http://www.hawaii.gov/dbedt.

The state’s Data Book is the most comprehensive statistical book about Hawai‘i in a single compilation.  It covers a broad range of statistical information in areas such as population, education, labor, energy, business enterprises, government, tourism and transportation.

“Our Data Book is a great tool for business planning, research, policy making, and those who need to know Hawai‘i in depth,” said DBEDT Director Theodore E. Liu. “Last year, the on-line version of the Data Book received 53,827 page views.”

CD and DVD versions of the Data Book are available for special applications.  The Research and Economic Analysis Division (READ) also maintains historical series of the tables and keeps updating the data throughout the year.  The historical series and the update can be found in the “economic information” section of the DBEDT website.

This data book is the 42nd edition of its series and produced by the Department’s Research and Economic Analysis Division.  Some of the data in this newest edition show that:

·        During the 2006 to 2008 period, the top language other than English spoken at home was Tagalog, with about 52,600 people speaking this language at home (Table 1.48).

·        On a typical day in Hawai‘i in 2009, there were 1,391,017 people on the Hawaiian islands; 165,082 of them were visitors.  In another words, for each 100 people on the islands in 2009, 12 were visitors.  That was the lowest rate since 2000 (Table 1.04).

·        In 2009, the median age of Hawai‘i’s felon population was 35.7 years as compared with 10 years earlier when the median age was 33.7 years (Table 4.20).

·        Statewide, the number of building permits decreased by 14.2 percent, from 21,150 in 2008 to 18,154 in 2009.   Total value of the construction projects decreased by 31.1 percent during the same period (Table 21.01).

·        Fall 2009 enrollment for the University of Hawai‘i Community Colleges reached a record high at 32,203 students, a 13.2 percent increase from Fall 2008.  Maui and Kaua‘i Community Colleges each experienced more than 20 percent increases in student enrollment (Table 3.22).

·        In 2009, airlines carried a total of 7.7 million passengers to Hawai‘i, 1.3 million fewer than the peak year of 2006 (Table 7.01).

·        Hawai‘i’s per capita personal income in 2009 was $42,009, 7.3 percent higher than the U.S. average (Table 13.06).

·        Honolulu consumer inflation in 2009 was 0.5 percent, the lowest since 1998 (Table 14.03).

·        Statewide electricity rate for residential users in 2009 was $0.24 per kWh, a decrease of 8.3 cents from 2008 (Table 17.09).

The State of Hawai‘i Data Book 2009 is available on the DBEDT Internet site, at http://www.hawaii.gov/dbedt.  Tables there may be viewed as pdf files or downloaded in Excel format.  Historical data for selected tables and updates of the tables may also be accessed from this site.

Submitted by DBEDT