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Carolina statistics sources
Here is a list of sources for South Carolina statistics in a Nov.
13 commentary. Please note: Some of the links may become out of
date as newspapers update their Web sites:
- 50th in job growth. Federal
Deposit Insurance Corporation.
Also see The
Greenville News, 10/7/05.
- 50th in high school graduation rate. Manhattan Institute.
Post and Courier, 2/16/05: "South Carolina has long
lingered near the bottom in many national rankings of public education.
But none offers a more worrying indicator of the state's future
than our low standing in high school graduation rates-- now last
among all 50 states, according to a new report by the Manhattan
- 50th in inmate funding. S.C. Corrections Department Director
Greenville News, 4/15/2005: "During the past five
years, our Legislature has cut funding for Corrections lower than
any other state's. While South Carolina ranks 19th in the nation
in spending per child on education, we rank 50th in funding per
- 49th in average SAT scores. The College Board. See The
Post and Courier, 8/31/05: "In test results released Tuesday
by The College Board, South Carolina's average SAT score increased
seven points to 993, or 35 points below the national average of
1,028. The Palmetto State's average score on the college entrance
test tied with Georgia for 49th place, topping only Washington,
D.C." More: http://www.charleston.net/stories/?newsID=38348§ion=stateregion
- 49th in campaign disclosure. Campaign Disclosure Project.
See The State, 11/3/05: http://www.thestate.com/mld/state/news/opinion/13067154.htm
- 48th worst in low birthweight babies. Kids Count survey
- 47th in low infant mortality. Kids Count survey (http://www.aecf.org/kidscount/sld/databook.jsp)
- 45th in computers. U.S. Department of Commerce. See The
State, 6/20/05: "The October 2003 survey, released last year
by the branch of the U.S. Department of Commerce, said: South
Carolina ranked 45th among states in the percentage of households
with computers." More: http://www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/business/11931792.htm
- 9th in child deaths. Kids Count survey (http://www.aecf.org/kidscount/sld/databook.jsp)
Also see The Greenville News, 7/27/05: "More than half of
all childhood deaths are the result of unintentional injuries,
the latest KIDS COUNT report shows, and children in South Carolina
are more likely to die of unintentional injuries than those in
41 other states." More: http://greenvilleonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050727/NEWS05/507270317/1004/NEWS01
- 7th in child poverty. Kids Count survey (http://www.aecf.org/kidscount/sld/databook.jsp)
6th worst place for kids. Kids Count survey (http://www.aecf.org/kidscount/sld/databook.jsp)
Also see The State, 7/27/05: "The state ranked 45th in the
2005 report and has consistently been among the worst states in
previous years." More: http://www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/news/local/12231502.htm
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- 6th in domestic violence. Violence Policy Center. See
The Post and Courier, 9/27/05: http://www.charleston.net/stories/?newsID=42030§ion=localnews
- 4th in unemployment. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,
- 4th in fire deaths. The U.S. Fire Administration. More:
- 2nd in mortgage fraud. Mortgage Asset Research Institute.
See Hilton Head Island Packet, 8/12/05: "A healthy property
market and lack of legislation has led South Carolina to a second
in the nation ranking in mortgage fraud, according to a recent
Mortgage Asset Research Institute report." More: http://www.islandpacket.com/news/business/story/5094934p-4640471c.html
- 2nd in violent crime rate. FBI. Also see The State, 10/18/05:
"South Carolina had the second-highest violent crime rate
in the nation in 2004 despite a drop in the number of murders
and rapes, according to FBI figures released Monday." More:
- Top causes of death. S.C. Indicators Project. More: http://www.ipspr.sc.edu/scip/pubhealth/defaultph.asp
- First in speeding deaths. National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration and U.S. Transportation
Department. See Hilton Head Island Packet, 7/5/2005 "A recent
federal study shows that South Carolina has a higher rate of speed-related
deaths than any other state. The ranking has changed slightly
in the past seven years, but this isn't new information for the
nation or South Carolinians." More: http://www.islandpacket.com/editorial/story/4999904p-4565192c.html
- First in high college tuition. Chronicle of Higher Education.
See the Myrtle Beach Sun News, 9/15/05: " South Carolina's
average tuition was ranked the highest in the nation by the Chronicle
of Higher Education when compared to percentage of per-capita
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