Well-Being of South Carolina’s Children

South Carolina ranks 41 overall in the U.S. for child well-being. KIDS COUNT measures child well-being in four domains: Economic Well-Being, Education, Health, Family and Community.



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Economic Well-Being

South Carolina ranks 37

  • Children living
    in poverty

    2014

    27%

    289,000 Children

    Worsened

    2008 – 22%

  • Children whose parents lack secure employment

    2014

    33%

    356,000 Children

    Worsened

    2008 – 30%

  • Children living in high home cost burden

    2014

    32%

    346,000 Children

    Worsened

    2008 – 31%

  • Teens not in school and not working

    2013

    7%

    19,000 Children

    Improved

    2008 – 8%


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Education

South Carolina ranks 43

  • Young children not in school

    2012 – 2014

    56%

    70,000 Children

    Worsened

    2007 – 2009, 50%

  • Fourth graders not proficient in reading

    2015

    67%

    N.A.

    Improved

    2007 – 74%

  • Eighth graders not proficient in math

    2015

    74%

    N.A.

    Worsened

    2007 – 68%

  • High school students not graduating on time

    2012/2013

    26%

    N.A.

    Improved

    2007/2008 – 38%


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Health

South Carolina ranks 37

  • Low-birthweight
    babies

    2014

    9.4%

    5,435 Babies

    Improved

    2008 – 9.9%

  • Children without health insurance

    2014

    6%

    60,000 Children

    Improved

    2008 – 13%

  • Children and teen deaths per 100,000

    2014

    31

    357 Deaths

    Improved

    2008 – 35

  • Teens who abuse alcohol or drugs

    2013 – 2014

    5%

    18,000 Teens

    Improved

    2007 – 2008, 7%


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Family and Community

South Carolina ranks 42

  • Children in single-parent families

    2014

    43%

    432,000 Children

    Worsened

    2008, 39%

  • Children in families where household head lacks high school diploma

    2014

    14%

    152,000 Children

    Unchanged

    2008 – 14%

  • Children living in high-poverty areas

    2010 – 2014

    15%

    167,000 Children

    Worsened

    2006 - 2010, 12%

  • Teen births
    per 1,000

    2014

    28

    4,297 Births

    Improved

    2008, 51

Source: Annie E Casey Data Center 2016



South Carolina County Profiles

View child well-being profiles for all South Carolina Counties.

S.C. County Profiles

Overall Child Well-Being in South Carolina 2016

S.C. and U.S. Data Profiles 2016 - PDF

KIDS COUNT South Carolina Infographic

The following infographic is a visual representation of our 2016 KIDS COUNT ranking and and work.

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