Transportation well-being refers to the condition in which individuals are able to travel reasonably efficiently and affordably between the places that are important in their lives. These places include home, work, school, the homes of friends and family members, doctor’s offices, and commercial districts. This dimension of well-being can be supported by public transportation as well as private options including vehicles, walking, and biking.
Transportation is of particular concern in Hawaii because commuting routes and methods are limited, and high housing costs push many workers farther from their workplaces in search of affordable housing. Coupled with congested highways and limited options to get to work or school, longer commuting distances translate to lost time, higher transportation costs, more automobile exhaust, and children in childcare for longer hours, further taxing family resources.
Available indicators of Transportation well-being include:
In 2017, residents of Hawaii spent more time commuting to work than residents in 37 other states (the average commute time across the state was 27 minutes). There are large variations in the commute times shouldered by residents of different communities; averages across the state ranged from 9 to 44 minutes. Available data also points to substantial variations in the share of income that residents devote to transportation costs. In 2015, transportation accounted for between 14 and 29 percent of income for residents across the state.
The affordability and accessibility of transportation can be enhanced when public transportation options are available. Although Hawaii has in recent years ranked in the top seven states with the highest share of workers who commute either by public transportation or by walking, patterns of commuting vary widely by community.
Use the interactive infographic below to explore these key Transportation indicators in more detail:
Our Indicators Dashboard can help you begin exploring specific measures of the 10 well-being domains. Interested in learning how each indicator varies over time and across Hawaii’s communities? Click below to head to our dashboard:
Data Plotter Tool
What’s the relationship between various well-being indicators? And how might this relationship vary from island to island, or region to region? Click below to explore the answers to these and similar questions using our Data Plotter: