Monday, August 22, 2011


Hawaii kids no longer above average

by Larry Geller

In Garrison Keillor’s Lake Wobegon, "all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average.”  Hawaii’s children, raised in the “health state,” used to be above average in measurements of well-being. No more.

From the latest Hawaii’s Kids Count E-Bulletin, referring to ranking in the 22nd annual Kids Count Data Book, released last week:

The Data Book ranks states based on their performance across the 10 indicators of child well-being. According to the composite index, Hawai‘i’s overall rank continues to slip, going from 11 in the mid-2000s, to 26 based on the most recent data available.

Some of the measurement points highlighted in the E-Bulletin:

An archive of Hawaii Kids Count E-Bulletins is available here. The bulletin is prepared by the Center on the Family, University of Hawaii at Mānoa.


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