Asset poverty rate: 25.10%
Average college graduate debt: $31,902
Unbanked households: 6.70%
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 9%
Food insecurity: 10.80%
Minimum wage: $7.25
Number of Black or African American children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: 127,000
Number of Hispanic or Latino children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: 32,000
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 10.80%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 28.20%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 32.80%
Poverty rate: 13.80%
Unemployment rate: 3%
High school graduation rate: 81%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 86.60%
Percent of college graduates with debt: 74%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 28.30%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 8%
Children in foster care: 4,521
Number of households with grandparents responsible for grandchildren under age 18: 126,113
Percent of children in immigrant families: 12%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 39%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 21.60%
Home foreclosure rate: 0.92%
People experiencing homelessness: 4,287
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 148,000
Percent renters: 36%
Total housing units: 2,344,963
Justice System
Incarcerated persons per 100,000 residents: 353
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 633
Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 17,577
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 302,000
EITC recipients: 467,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 7,100
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 68,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 44,771
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 698,714
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 80,948
Participants in all Head Start programs: 11,994
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 20%
Number of Asian and Pacific Islander children below 200% poverty: N/A
Number of Black or African American children below 200% poverty: 205,000
Number of Hispanic or Latino children below 200% poverty: 69,000
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 35%
Senior poverty rate: 10.10%
Women in poverty: 15.40%

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