State of Hawaii Data Book is a Fountain of Info for Local Data Junkies

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It’s probably been a long time since you held a State of Hawaii Data Book in your hands. The annual – once an almost sacred text for offices, libraries and newsrooms that was often kept under lock and key – has been online only since 2006.

More than 840 tables are listed in the 2012 edition and its updates, the latest available, in both pdf format and, for those who like their numbers crunchy, as spreadsheets. If it can be collected and quantified, it’s likely there: population, education, geography, land use, technology, energy, manufacturing, trade and much more.

“Now that our statisticians and economists use Excel, which has allowed us to create time-series data analyses to show what’s happened over time, it’s now possible for someone to download a spreadsheet so they can manipulate the data as they like,” says David Young, communications officer and researcher at DBEDT. “Since the 2012 Data Book was issued in August, our statisticians have updated at least nine to 12 charts simply because we received new data. That’s the beauty of the Internet. We can now update the tables at anytime.”

The data book’s website gets up to 9,000 hits a month, including many visits from .edu sites, indicating researchers and students are often tapping the free resource.

Young recommends that people who dream of opening a business do their homework by reviewing stats about population, income levels, education and land values. Look at different neighborhoods, get a feel for the residents and build a dream around the statistical evidence, Young says.

“Check out our data book before you pay a (consultant) to use the same data to create their own profiles and analysis,” advises Young. “We do the work for you and it’s free.”

dbedt.hawaii.gov/economic/databook

 


 

Fewer Crimes

The number of crimes fluctuates from year to year, but the trend over the past decade has been much less crime in Hawaii. Here are actual offenses for 2002 and 2011, which include crimes that were reported to the police and were determined by the police to have actually occurred.

Source: State Department of the Attorney General

*Only category to show an increase, which was not a single-year aberration but consistent throughout the decade.

Note: State’s 2012 crime report was released Dec. 20, 2013 (too late for the Data Book entry we used), and it confirmed the same downward trend in crime. Read or download that report at tinyurl.com/kkgxou6.

 


 

Insurance Premiums and Payouts

In 2011, there were 1,009 insurance companies of all kinds licensed in Hawaii. They collected $4.17 billion in premiums and paid $3.61 billion in losses, claims and benefits.

 

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