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State of the Family in South Carolina

The United States Family Belonging Index is 46 percent, with a corresponding Family Rejection Index of 54 percent, based on 2008-2012 data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. The action of parents determines the Family Belonging or Rejection Index within a nation, region, state, or racial or ethnic group—whether they marry and belong to each other, or whether they reject one another through divorce or other means. Rejection leaves children without married parents committed to one another and to their children.

The Index of Family Belonging is determined by the fraction of children aged 15 to 17 in a given area who live with both their biological parents, who have been married since before or around the time of their birth.

1. Index of Belonging

South Carolina has a Family Belonging Index of 39.6 percent. In other words, 39.6 percent of South Carolina teenagers aged 15 to 17 have lived with their always-married parents since their birth, whereas 60.4 percent of these adolescents were raised in a non-intact family. South Carolina ranks 42nd on the state ranking of the Index of Belonging and Rejection.1)

South Carolina State Ranking

2. Outcomes by Index of Belonging

South Carolina Outcomes

2.1 Youth Outcomes

South Carolina Youth Outcomes

3. Mapping South Carolina

See Effects of Family Structure on Policy Outcomes

3.1 Family Intactness

Fraction of Families Intact South Carolina Family Intactness

3.2 Teenage Out-of-Wedlock Births

Fraction of teenage out-of-wedlock births out of all births South Carolina Teenage Out-of-Wedlock Births

3.3 High School Graduates

Fraction of 19- to 20-year-olds who are high school graduates South Carolina High School Graduates

3.4 Employment

Fraction of 25- to 54-year-old men working South Carolina Male Employment

3.5 Earnings

Average earnings per 25- to 54-year-old male South Carolina Male Earnings

3.6 Homeowners

Fraction of households owning a home South Carolina Homeowners

3.7 Poverty

See Effects of Family Structure on Poverty

Fraction of the overall population below poverty South Carolina Overall Poverty Fraction of 25- to 54-year-old females below the poverty line South Carolina Female Poverty Fraction of minors below the poverty line South Carolina Minor Poverty

3.8 Government Dependence

See Effects of Family Structure on Government Dependency and Effects of Welfare on Families

Fraction of households receiving food stamps South Carolina Food Stamp Recipients Average TANF and State Welfare Transfers per 25- to 54-year-old females South Carolina TANF and State Welfare Transfers Average Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) per 25- to 54-year-olds South Carolina Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) Average Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) per 25- to 54-year-old male South Carolina Male Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) Average Supplemental Security Income (SSI) per 25- to 54-year-old male South Carolina Male Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Average Supplemental Security Income (SSI) per 25- to 54-year-old female South Carolina Female Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

3.9 Healthcare

See Effects of Family Structure on Healthcare Coverage

Fraction of 25- to 54-year-olds receiving public healthcare South Carolina Public Healthcare Recipients Fraction of minors receiving public healthcare South Carolina Minor Public Healthcare Recipients Fraction of 25- to 54-year-olds covered by private healthcare South Carolina Private Healthcare Coverage Fraction of minors covered by private healthcare South Carolina Minor Private Healthcare Coverage