For more detailed findings on a variety of issues impacting the well-being
of South Carolina's children, including County-by-County findings,
please refer to our 2021 Data Reference Book.
* All references for the data on this page can be found in the 2021 Data Reference Book linked above.
South Carolina was ranked 41st in the nation on overall child well-being by the Annie E. Casey Foundation in its 2020 KIDS COUNT Data Book. There are 1.1 million children under the age of 18 living in South Carolina, which is 22% of the total population. The most recent available data shows that in South Carolina:
57,044 children were born in 2019, and 828 (1.5%)
of the children were born to girls under age 18.
656 children died in 2019, including 29 suicide deaths.
Suicide is the 1st leading cause of death for ages 10-14 and 15-17.
from non-fatal injuries
23,998 infants and 36,327
children on average participated monthly in WIC in 2020.
8,088 children/youth were served in foster care in 2020.
104,359 students aged 3 to 17 were identified as having a disabling condition in 2020.
15,946 children/youth were victims of maltreatment in 2020.