STUDY: Hawai‘i No. 2 in US for Child Safety

January 6, 2019, 10:00 AM HST
* Updated January 7, 6:30 AM
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How safe is it to raise kids in Hawai‘i? According to a new national study, the Aloha State ranks No. 2 in the U.S. among the Best States to Raise Children.

Conducted by, the analysis measured for factors like violence and poverty. In four broad categories, Hawai‘i ranked as follows (1=safest, 50=most dangerous):

  • Child abuse: 11th
  • Youth murders: 14th
  • School shootings: 23rd
  • Child poverty: 2nd

The study also reported the following alarming figures on child safety nationwide:

  • Every 10 seconds, a report of child abuse is made in the U.S.;
  • Nearly three-quarters of students have seen bullying in their schools;
  • Nearly one in five children live in poverty.

Rates of child abuse. Infographic by

The U.S. has among the worst rates of child abuse and neglect in the industrialized world, according to Repeated studies show childhood abuse and neglect—including parent incarceration, mental illness and addiction in families—can lead to lasting emotional and psychological scars in adulthood that can affect health and lifespan.

Cases of child abuse and neglect can be reported to the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1 (800) 422-4453.

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