SC ranking on children’s well-being improves slightly

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A national report shows the overall wellbeing of South Carolina’s children improved slightly, even while poverty continues to worsen.

The latest Kids Count survey released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows that South Carolina ranks 42nd overall in a child’s chance of succeeding. That’s up from 45th last year and the highest ranking South Carolina’s achieved in the report’s 25-year existence.

The annual findings cover a variety of indicators, including economics, education and health.

In South Carolina, more than one in four children lives in poverty, or about 292,000 children.

The parents of more than one in three children lack job security. More than 40 percent of children live in single-parent homes.

Children’s health is the only area where South Carolina shows across-the-board improvement, ranking 36th nationwide.

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