and South Carolina’s Status and Position
a daily basis the citizens of South Carolina are exposed to
various statistics that claim to indicate how the state is
performing on some aspect of life.
More often than not these statistics indicate that the
state is performing poorly in comparison with the rest of the
these numbers are generally presented as a criticism of
government performance. The
source of these statistics is not always clear.
And like any statistic, the numbers are subject to
interpretation and misinterpretation. And because the numbers
are used in a political context, the statistics and the
interpretations are very often in conflict.
how is South Carolina really performing on key policy areas?
How can the state’s policy makers and citizens gauge
progress over time? What measures should be used? The South
Carolina Indicators (SCI) Project provides
citizens and policy makers with valid, reliable and comparable
statistical indicators of how South Carolina is performing in
five key policy areas: education, the economy, public safety, public health
and social welfare,
SCI Project Website
navigate the SCI Project web site, simply choose the topic or
policy area of interest below or on the adjacent navigation
each policy area (education, the economy, etc.), you will find
relevant indicators presented in summary form within a table
format on the “At-a-Glance” page. Most data on this site
are comparable to other states and historical data are
state rankings are also provided. Where references are made
comparing South Carolina (SC) to the southeast (SE), it should
be noted that the southeastern states include Alabama,
Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South
Carolina, and Tennessee.
the data sources are indicated via hyperlink for each
indicator where possible. In other cases, sources are simply
referenced. Further, in some cases, a brief narrative or
discussion provides some analysis for each indicator. In
selected instances, more in-depth discussion is quoted from
various sources. Suggested
readings may be additionally provided to explain the technical
definitions, use, limitations, etc. of the data. Finally,
endnotes are included—as appropriate—for citation or
We welcome comments and
suggestions from government
officials, legislators, and the
general public. To make suggestions,
recommend additional indicators, or
to report problems or broken links,
please direct your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2011 - The Education, Economy, Health and
Safety, and Transportation and Infrastructure indicators have been
updated. Updates of Demographic indicators are coming
Current data, as well as useful historical data, on
South Carolina’s employment status. Access by
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