Well-Being of South Carolina’s Children

South Carolina ranks 39 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 33

  • Children in poverty

    2015

    24%

    256,000 Children

    Better

    2010 – 26%

  • Children whose parents lack secure employment

    2015

    31%

    332,000 Children

    Better

    2010 – 37%

  • Children living in high housing cost burden

    2015

    31%

    321,000 Children

    Better

    2010 – 35%

  • Teens not in school and not working

    2015

    7%

    19,000 Children

    Better

    2010 – 9%


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Education

South Carolina ranks 37

  • Young children not in school

    2013 – 2015

    55%

    68,000 Children

    Worse

    2009 – 2011, 50%

  • Fourth graders not proficient in reading

    2015

    67%

    N.A.

    Better

    2009 – 70%

  • Eighth graders not proficient in math

    2015

    74%

    N.A.

    Worse

    2009 – 70%

  • High school students not graduating on time

    2014/2015

    20%

    N.A.

    Better

    2010/2011 – 26%


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Health

South Carolina ranks 34

  • Low-birthweight
    babies

    2015

    9.5%

    5,535 Babies

    Better

    2010 – 9.9%

  • Children without health insurance

    2015

    4%

    44,000 Children

    Better

    2010 – 10%

  • Children and teen deaths per 100,000

    2015

    32

    373 Deaths

    Same

    2010 – 32

  • Teens who abuse alcohol or drugs

    2013 – 2014

    5%

    18,000 Teens

    Better

    2009 – 20108, 6%


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Family and Community

South Carolina ranks 37

  • Children in single-parent families

    2015

    40%

    413,000 Children

    Better

    2010, 42%

  • Children in families where household head lacks high school diploma

    2015

    12%

    126,000 Children

    Better

    2010 – 14%

  • Children living in high-poverty areas

    2011 – 2015

    14%

    153,000 Children

    Same

    2008 - 2012, 14%

  • Teen births
    per 1,000

    2015

    26

    4,021 Births

    Better

    2010,43

Source: Annie E Casey Data Center 2017



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 2017

S.C. and U.S. Data Profiles 2017 (PDF)