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Posted on August 15, 2022 in Department Latest News, Newsroom

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

The book is in electronic format and is available on the DBEDT website at: 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 about Hawai’i in a single compilation. Classified 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 transport.

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

The state economist Dr. Eugene Tian added: “Our researchers have worked hard to include all available data from July 2022. Many of the data points are only available in the data book as they are produced by DBEDT researchers or specially tabulated by in the Data Book of other entities.”

Some interesting facts about this new edition include:

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

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

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

  • In 2021, 18,493 marriages were celebrated. About 60% of the marriages were people who came to Hawaii to get married. (Table 2.40)

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

  • Public school enrollment during the 2021-2022 school year was 173,178, a decrease of 1.8% compared to the previous year. (Table 3.13)

  • There were 838 Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases in 2021. This was the lowest number of cases since 2006. Chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code provides for the liquidation or sale of a debtor’s non-exempt property and s ‘applies to both companies and individuals. (Table 4.18)

  • About 67.7 million gallons of water were consumed in the state in 2021, which is 4.6% less than the 70.9 million gallons of water consumed in 2020. (Table 5.25)

  • The Hawaii The Audubon Society saw 10 more species of visiting birds, with a total of 857 visitors in 2021 compared to 312 in 2020. There were also 2,224 sightings of native birds in 2021, compared to just 108 in 2020 (Table 5.58)

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

  • The Honolulu Marathon returned for 2021 after being postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Entries for the Honolulu Marathon decreased to 11,385 in 2021 from 23,882 in 2019, and only one just over half of the registrants this year finished the race (6,241). . (Table 7.55)

  • As of March 2021, there were 64,181 full-time and part-time state government employees with 43,529 in education (primary, secondary, higher 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 a Hawaii Military construction shows total obligated authority of $650.2 million for fiscal year 2023, a 42.4 percent increase from fiscal year 2022, largely due to a Navy project of $621.2 million 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 (also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). [SNAP]) increased by 23.8% compared to 2020, surpassing 103,256 for the first time. (Table 11.03)

  • Total household debt per capita in Hawaii in 2021 it was $77,410, which ranked third among the 50 states, behind only California and Colorado. The US average in 2021 was $55,480. Among the components, Hawaii had $3,750 in credit card debt and $60,600 in mortgage debt per capita for 2nd and 3rd highest rankings, respectively. (Table 13.45)

  • CNBC’s “Top States for Business in 2022” feature ranked Hawaii at 46, which was an improvement over the 2021 ranking of 49th. ‘Cost of Living’ and ‘Cost of Doing Business’ ranked 50th in both years though Hawaii‘Life, health and inclusion’ ranked third in 2022 and second 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 out of more than 400 cities worldwide. In 2021, Honolulu was ranked 43rd. (Table 14.23)

  • The University of Hawaii in 2021 it 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, the number of passengers on the Honolulu bus system has decreased by 22.4%, from 62.5 million passengers in 2019 to 48.5 million in 2020. In 2021 , the number of passengers sank further to 27.8 million, which was only 40% of 2020. 2010-2019 averaged 68.8 million passengers per year. (Table 18.27)

  • Seed shipments for seed crops decreased 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 with 19,696, mainland buyers accounted for 5,806 homes and overseas buyers the fewest with 468. Overseas home buyers paid the most on average at 1,241,943 dollars, mainland buyers followed with $1,199,098 and local buyers paid more. at least $737,197. (Table 21.38)

  • For the 2021 contract year ending 31 May, DFS (Duty Free Shops) Hawaii generated revenue of $10,909. 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 accommodations was $328.68 in 2021. This was an increase of $61.87 per day from 2020 and an increase of $45.63 per day from 2019. (Table 23.37)

  • In 2021, Hawaii Commodity exports of $339.8 million were up from $319.8 million in 2020, but down from $460.0 million in 2019. Hawaii raw material imports in the same year amounted to $2,553.5 million, up from $1,911.7 million in 2020, but still considerably lower than $3,780.6 million in 2019. (Table 24.05 and 24.06 )


Contacts with media:

Dr. Eugeni Tian
Economic Research and Analysis Division
Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism
(808) 586-2470
[email protected]

Charlene Chan

Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism

(808) 824-0134

[email protected]


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