South Carolina tenth worst state to live in, report says

NEW YORK (WCBD) — Based on social and economic conditions, including measures of educational attainment, poverty, and health, 24/7 Wall St. has identified South Carolina as the 10th worst state to live in.

South Carolina ranks as the 10th worst state to live in based on its high poverty, low educational attainment, and relatively low life expectancy. Most states that share these three characteristics also tend to have above average violent crime rates, and South Carolina is no different. Over 500 violent crimes were committed per 100,000 state residents last year, significantly higher than the national violent crime rate of 373 incidents per 100,000 Americans.

High crime has been shown to have a negative impact on populations, not just on victims but on entire neighborhoods by causing stress, depressing property values, and making areas less attractive to businesses.

America’s 10 Worst States to Live In (click on the state for an individual report). 

  1. Mississippi
  2. West Virginia
  3. Louisiana
  4. Arkansas
  5. Alabama
  6. Kentucky
  7. Oklahoma
  8. Tennessee
  9. New Mexico
  10. South Carolina

America’s 10 Best States to Live In (click on the state for an individual report). 

  1. Massachusetts
  2. Connecticut
  3. New Hampshire
  4. Minnesota
  5. New Jersey
  6. Colorado
  7. Vermont
  8. Maryland
  9. Hawaii
  10. Virginia

Click here to read 24/7 Wall St.’s article.


To identify the best and worst states in which to live, 24/7 Wall St. devised an index composed of three socioeconomic measures for each state: poverty rate, the percentage of adults who have at least a bachelor’s degree, and life expectancy at birth. The selection of these three measures was inspired by the United Nations’ Human Development Index. Poverty rates and bachelor attainment rates came from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2015 American Community Survey. Life expectancies at birth are from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and are as of 2012, latest year for which data is available. Unemployment rates are from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and are for October 2016, the most recent available month of data.

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