Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 19,186
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 366,000
EITC recipients: 474,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 6,800
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 66,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 42,425
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 637,216
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 99,332
Participants in all Head Start programs: 12,684
Asset poverty rate: 22.6%
Average college graduate debt: $29,490
Unbanked households: 8.9%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 22.7%
Number of Black and Hispanic children below 200% poverty: 279,000
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 36%
Senior poverty rate: 9.2%
Women in poverty: 16.8%
Children in foster care: 3,968
Number of households with grandparents responsible for grandchildren under age 18 39,461
Percent of children in immigrant families: 10%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 41%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 24
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 12.0%
Food insecurity: 13.9%
Minimum Wage: No state minimum wage law (federal applies)
Number of Black children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: 138,000
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 11.0%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 29.4%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 35.8%
Poverty rate: 15.4%
Unemployment rate: 4.2%
High school graduation rate: 80.3%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 83.2%
Percent of college graduates with debt: 58%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 27.2%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 7%
Home foreclosure rate: 1.26%
Homeless people: 3,916
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 144,000
Percent renters: 32%
Total households: 1,905,100
Justice System
Incarcerated persons per 100,000 residents 429
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 693

State governments play a significant role in developing policies that help support low-income families. Below is a list of some key South Carolina policies and a link to an organization that tracks the issue.

Tax & Asset-Building Policy

Family and Work Supports