Hawaiʻi’s Quality of Life (QOL)

In 2007, DBEDT and the UH Center on the Family partnered to develop a comprehensive set of Quality of Life (QOL) indicators. The UH Center on the Family and DBEDT reviewed numerous studies on quality of life and hundreds of potential indicators to arrive at the 68 metrics that comprise the Hawaiʻi quality of life measures for both the state and county levels.

These indicators provide a valuable benchmark for monitoring and improving the quality of life in Hawaiʻi and will be updated annually. They will be used to help identify strengths and weaknesses in quality-of-life factors impacting residents’ standard of living as well as factors affecting Hawaiʻi’s ability to attract and retain skilled workers and high growth companies.

The Quality of Life 2022 Update utilized data with the benchmark year ten years prior to the latest available data. However, in some cases the data does not go back ten years, and in these cases the earliest data point available is used for comparison over time analysis. Compared to the nation analysis is done for the same indicator for the most current available year. Below is a summary of the results, the full report can be found in the link above.

Overall, Hawai‘i’s Quality of Life is in good standing compared to the nation and has improved over time.

Over 66 percent of Hawai‘i’s QOL indicators performed better compared to the nation.

Hawai‘i improved over time in about 68 percent of the quality-of-life indicators.

Hawai‘i’s QOL Compared across Counties

Overall, the City and County of Honolulu ranked highest the most and Hawai‘i County ranked worse the most amongst the comparable QOL indicators.

Hawai‘i County: Hawai‘i County ranked best in 20 percent of comparable indicators amongst the counties and ranked worse in over 36 percent.

City and County of Honolulu: The City and County of Honolulu ranked best in about 53 percent of comparable indicators amongst the counties and ranked worse in almost 13 percent.

Kaua‘i County: Kaua‘i County performed mostly mid-ranked and ranked best in 20 percent of comparable indicators amongst the counties and ranked worse in over 27 percent.

Maui County: Maui County also performed mostly mid-ranked and ranked best in around 15 percent of comparable indicators amongst the counties and ranked worse in over 25 percent.

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