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Study: South Carolina ranks among worst states for families

January 11, 2019

A recent study places South Carolina among one of the worst states in the country to start or raise a family, based on a variety of factors affecting overall quality of life.

Personal finance website WalletHub conducted its annual review of the best and worst states to raise a family in, using “49 key indicators of family-friendliness” that included variables such as median family income, unemployment rate, and housing affordability, according to a press release.

Overall, South Carolina ranks 43rd out of 50 states to raise a family in, according to the study.

This is partially due to the state’s high infant mortality rate. According to the Department of Health and Environmental Control, infant mortality has overall decreased over the past two years. However, South Carolina’s infant mortality rate is still relatively high compared to other states.

Poverty, income, and violent crime were other factors listed in the study. South Carolina was ranked 41st in median family salary adjusted for cost of living, which offsets a relatively affordable housing market. The state ranked among the worst in violent crime and poverty.

Previous studies done by the same organization have ranked South Carolina among the worst in education. This reflects data from other studies, like U.S. World News & Report, which ranked S.C. 48th in 2018 in education.

That was a bump for South Carolina in rankings. In 2017, the state came in dead last.

To read the full report, visit wallethub.com.

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