America’s Safest Cities Ranked BY Forbes


Ranked #3 Honolulu, Hawaii BY Forbes
Car fatality rank: 7 Violent crime rank: 4 Hawaii has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation, the city is relatively affluent and that famous relaxed aloha spirit may play a role in keeping accident and violence rates low.

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习惯笑口常开 夏威夷人叁膺全美最幸福


习惯笑口常开 夏威夷人叁膺全美最幸福
2012-02-29 01:24:00 来源: 香港成报
盖洛普(Gallup)民调周一指出,夏威夷居民连续叁年被评比为「美国最幸福的居民」,原因在於夏威夷居民「笑口常开」的乐观态度,和良好的饮食及运动习惯。西弗吉尼亚州居民则被评为幸福指数最低的居民。

  本报综合报道

  盖洛普健康福利调查指数(Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index)调查2011年全美各州幸福状况显示,夏威夷居民连续叁年被评比为美国最幸福的居民,西弗吉尼亚州居民则被评比为幸福指数最低的居民。

  幸福指数最低半数在南方

  这项幸福指数评比细分为六项子指数,分别是「生活评价」、「情绪健康」、「工作环境」、「生理健康」、「健康行为」和「基本条件」。整体而言,美国在2011年的幸福指数为66.2,比2010年的66.8有些许下降。

  就地理位置而言,调查显示,美国西部各州持续维持较高的幸福指数,西部及中西部各州包办了幸福指数最高10个州裏的九个州。南方各州的幸福指数则相对较低,幸福指数最低的10个州裏有近半数是位於南方。

  变动不大经济成长续迟滞

  调查显示,夏威夷居民再度蝉联最幸福居民的原因,主要是来自「情绪健康」,他们既是最可能对别人说自己「昨天笑口常开」,也是最不会感到忧虑或压力的居民。

  此外,夏威夷居民良好的饮食、运动习惯,以及较少的吸烟人口,也让他们在「健康行为」指数上居全国之冠。

  盖洛普认为,全美幸福指数基本上仍未有太大的变动,反映出美国的经济成长持续迟滞。对於各州的领导者而言,想要提高幸福数的挑战在於如何因应金融问题、公共服务减少、公共部门裁员、减薪以及债务负担等问题,这些问题也是各州居民的难题。

  这项调查是採取电话访问,针对全美各州随机抽样的逾35万名18岁以上的成年人进行调查,抽样误差为正负一个百分点。

2012 Hawaii tourism economy off to strong start

HONOLULU — January was a good month for Hawaii’s tourism economy.

The Hawaii Tourism Authority released monthly visitor statistics Friday that show spending in January reached $1.345 billion, up 13.9 percent over January 2011. Authority President and CEO Mike McCartney called it “the highest January on record for expenditures,” which surpassed the December 2011 high of $1.298 billion.

A higher daily spending of $192 per person and a 7.7 growth in total arrivals to 643,616 visitors contributed to January’s strong increase. On a typical day in January, there were 223,452 visitors. The last time the figure was higher was in July 2005.

January is a good indicator for the year to come, McCartney said. “A strong holiday season, combined with pent up demand for travel to the Hawaiian Islands, increases in airlift and a large delegation of convention attendees were all contributing factors to the increases seen in January,” he said. Those who visited Hawaii for conventions, meetings and incentives increased 25 percent from January 2011. The American Farm Bureau Federation convention brought nearly 6,000 attendees to the islands.

Spending gains were seen across the islands, except Lanai, compared to January 2011. Among the four larger islands, Kauai led the way for January visitor arrivals, thanks to increased direct service and a charter flight from China. Kauai’s visitor arrivals were up 10 percent over 2011.

Spending by Canadian visitors continue to increase since January 2011, with last month’s expenditures increasing 22.4 percent to $165.2 million. Total expenditures by U.S. mainland visitors increased despite lower daily spending.

Meanwhile, the Japanese market continues to rebound since last year’s Japan earthquake and tsunami, with additional charter air service and an 18 percent jump in daily spending to $340 per person. Japanese spending saw a 22.9 percent jump to $218.5 million last month — the eighth consecutive month of increases since June.

HTA President and CEO Mike McCartney says January is a good indicator for 2012.