South Carolina

State of South_Carolina

Key Health Indicators
key health indicators
Fertility Rate 58.0 (births per 1,000 women 15-44 years of age)
Teen Birth Rate 21.6 (births per 1,000 females 15-19 years of age)
Infant Mortality Rate 7.0 (infant deaths per 1,000 live births)
Life Expectancy (at Birth) 76.5 years (2018)
Marriage Rate 6.3 (marriages per 1,000)
Divorce Rate 2.6 (divorces per 1,000)
Leading Cause of Death Heart Disease
Drug Overdose Death Rate 22.7 (per 100,000)¹
Firearm Injury Death Rate 19.9 (per 100,000)¹
Homicide Rate 11.0 (per 100,000)¹
COVID-19 Death Rate (Q4, 2020) 116.3 (per 100,000)²
COVID-19 Death Rate (12 months ending in Q4 2020) 78.7 (per 100,000)²
Other Birth Data
birth data
South Carolina Birth Data 2019 State Rank*
Percent of Births to Unmarried Mothers 46.7 8th*
Cesarean Delivery Rate 33.2 12th*
Preterm Birth Rate 11.5 8th*
Low Birthweight Rate 9.8 5th*

¹Death rates are age-adjusted. Refer to source notes below for more detail.

²Data are provisional and subject to change. Quarterly estimates reflect geographic changes in the pandemic’s toll over each three-month period. The 12-month period ending in December 2020 includes the pre-pandemic period in the first weeks of 2020.

* Rankings are from highest to lowest.



Page last reviewed: March 17, 2021