Reported, compiled by Jared Rogers-Martin
Politico, an online magazine, produces a yearly ranking of each state based on demographics collected from national agencies like the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S Census Bureau. This year, Politico ranked South Carolina as the 40th best state in the United States, which fares better than most of the Southeast and is an improvement from ranking 46th in 2015. Nearby Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana were ranked 49th, 50th and 51st respectively (the report includes Washington D.C. in its rankings).
Reported well-being in South Carolina is the 23rd highest in the nation which could be a result of declining unemployment in the state. Only 5.5 percent of South Carolina’s population deals with unemployment, which is lower than Georgia, Mississippi and Alabama. The percent of the population that deals with unemployment has dropped for the third straight year, however the percent of the population living below the poverty line has increased since 2014, rising to 18 percent of the population.
South Carolina youths received a large amount of the state’s recent improvement. The high school graduation rate of all eligible students increased to 86.1 percent and has risen for the third straight year. Infant mortality rates have dropped to the 32nd lowest in the nation, only 6.46 deaths occur per 1,000 births.
The study includes an FBI report that shows the Palmetto State has the 8th highest crime rate in the United States.
Health reports from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) indicate that South Carolina has among the lowest average life expectancy at 77 years, (Hawaii is the highest with 81.3 years).