SC in bottom 10 of ranking for best states to raise a family
High crime, poverty and debt among the reasons
While Greenville may be on a number of best cities lists, South Carolina once again finds itself in the bottom 10 — this time in a national ranking of best states to raise a family, a new study shows.
Seven of the 10 worst states were in the South.
The research, conducted by WalletHub, was based on 42 indicators, including salary, housing affordability, child care costs, unemployment, infant mortality rate, violent crime, poverty, life expectancy and divorce.
Other measures included air pollution, water quality, high school graduation rate, quality of schools, the number of pediatricians and children’s hospitals, and fitness and recreational sports centers, according to the personal financial website.
South Carolina, which ranked 44th overall, scored 47th for median non-mortgage debt, 46th for median credit score and foreclosure rate, 45th for property crime rate, 44th for child day care services per 100,000 people and for share of young families with children, 43rd for day care quality and median family income, 42nd for life expectancy and 41st for violent crime.
It scored 39th for share of families living below the poverty rate, 36th for number of pediatricians, 35th for quality of public schools, 33rd for high school graduation rates, and 25th for housing affordability and median mortgage debt.
On the other hand, South Carolina ranked 3rd for child care costs, 4th for paid family leave, 11th for job security, 16th for water quality, 22nd for number of children’s hospitals, and 25th for air pollution.
The top 10 states were Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Vermont, Wisconsin, New York, Iowa, Nebraska and California, according to the study.
Minnesota had the highest annual income at $80,399, compared with $44,295 in Hawaii, which was lowest, the study showed. South Carolina's was $59,104.
New Hampshire had the lowest share of families in poverty — 5.3 percent — compared with Mississippi, which had the highest at 17.4 percent.
New Hampshire also had the lowest infant morality rate — 4.18 percent, compared with Mississippi, where it’s 9.29 percent, the highest. South Carolina ranked 36th, with 6.97 percent.
Mississippi had the lowest early child care costs, compared with the highest cost state, New York.
In the area of violent crime, Maine had the lowest rate, 1.23 per 1,000 residents, compared with Alaska, which had the highest rate at 8.04.
The lowest and highest divorce rates went to two western states — Utah had the lowest at 16.18 percent, and Nevada had the highest at 26.57 percent. South Carolina ranked 37th, with 23 percent.
In addition to South Carolina, the worst states in the ranking were Nevada, Georgia, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, West Virginia, Alabama, and Mississippi, with New Mexico coming in last.
To read the full report, go to http://bit.ly/2j7PMit.