The 2023 Kids Count Data Book is an annual publication by the Annie E. Casey Foundation that presents national and state data on our children’s overall well-being across four domains – Economic Well-Being, Education, Health, and Family and Community.
This year’s report contains comparisons between 2019 and 2021 (when available) to highlight how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our children’s well-being. Of the 16 total indicators of child well-being, 8 worsened, 4 remained the same, and 4 improved. The report also highlights racial inequities in child well-being. For example, 11% of Asian and Pacific Islander children live in poverty, but disaggregated data revealed higher percentages for Burmese (31%), Mongolian (24%), and Thai and Malaysian (23%) children.
This report also features each state’s own data profile. In 2023, Hawaiʻi fell 3 spots in ranking to place 25 out of 50 in Overall Child Well-Being. Across the four domains, Hawaiʻi ranked:
- 8th in Family and Community: The number of teen births per 1,000 decreased from 16 in 2019 to 12 in 2021.
- 13th in Health: Child and teen deaths per 100,000 decreased from 24 in 2019 to 17 in 2021.
- 19th in Education: The percent of fourth-graders not proficient in reading decreased from 66% in 2019 to 65% in 2022.
- 44th in Economic Well-Being: The percent of children whose parents lack secure employment increased from 24% in 2019 to 31% in 2021.
View the 2023 Kids Count Data Book, Data Profile for Hawaiʻi, and the Interactive Data Book here.