Lists of lists and South Carolina’s place on the list.
Compiled in March 2012
The following are compiled facts about South Carolina. There are some other than basic “encyclopedia” type facts in this list. I am offering without comment. There are some lists and rankings I think will be controversial. Citations are provided when I can so you can verify and challenge. I do think that any ranking has inherent biases but some truths can be gleaned by comparison in relative, if not, absolute ways.
Consider this a starting point. I may refer to this page in the future.
SC Dash is another decent site that I can cite. ; ) (I am not as proud as they that South Carolina is a “right-to-work” state. This for a later post.)
· Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services
· Employment and Workforce
· Health and Human Services
· Juvenile Justice
· Labor, Licensing, and Regulation
· Parks, Recreation and Tourism
· Probation, Parole, and Pardons
· Public Safety
· Social Services
Constitutional Officers (executive officers elected by voters. Not cabinet members)
· Sec of State
· Attorney General
· Comptroller General
· State Superintendant of Education
· Commissioner of Agriculture
· Adjutant General
Named the General Assembly
· House: 124 2 year terms.
· Senate: 46 4 year terms (approximately one for each county but not exactly)
· Supreme Court,
· Court of Appeal,
· Trial Courts (16 Circuit Courts – General Sessions for Criminal, Common Pleas for Civil) and various other courts summary, etc.
South Carolina (encyclopedia type facts, not really questionable or controversial.) According to Wikipedia and links:
· 8th to join the United States by adopting the Constitution.
· South Carolina is 40th in the nation in area
· 24th in population with 4,679,230 people
· 19th in population density 155.4 inhabitants per square mile
· 14th in population growth
· 10th in unemployment
· 31st in federal taxes collected
· 40th in state taxes collected
· 10th in poverty rate (15% - national avg. 12.6%)
· 27th in GDP
· 48th in GDP per capita
· 29th in number of billionaires with 3
· 33rd in vehicles per capita
· 25th in carbon dioxide emissions
· 42nd in life expectancy
· Has 10-15 earthquakes a year below magnitude 3
According to the University of South Carolina's Arnold School of Public Health, Consortium for Latino Immigration Studies, South Carolina's foreign-born population grew faster than any other state between 2000 and 2005.
In March 2008, "The American State Litter Scorecard," presented at the American Society for Public Administration conference, rated South Carolina a nationally "Worst" state for removing litter from public properties such as highways. The state has an extremely high fatality rate from litter/debris-related vehicle accidents, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data.
Will not be covered here.
· This is not a subject that can be easily generalized.
· As education topics are discussed, appropriate statistics and studies will be cited.
Ranked 37 overall in Top States for Business. http://www.cnbc.com/id/41666602
· 14th in the cost of doing business.
· 6th in workforce (worker training and lack of unions).
· 42nd quality of life (local attractions, the crime rate, health care, as well as air and water quality).
· 49th diverse economy, with access to the biggest players in a variety of industries. We looked at basic indicators of economic health and growth. For the first time in 2011, we measured each state’s fiscal health by looking at projected budget gaps (or surpluses) for the coming fiscal year. We also gave credit to states based on the number of major corporations located there.
· 19th infrastructure and transportation.
· 26th technology.
· 46th education.
· 29th business friendliness (Regulation and litigation are the bane of business. Sure, some of each is inevitable. But we graded the states on the perceived “friendliness” of their legal and regulatory frameworks to business.
· 35th access to capital
· 28th cost of living. housing to food and energy, wages go further when the cost of living is low.
Below is from http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/rankings.html many numbers are from 2007 and 2008.
· 40th in median income $43,625. 9th in poverty level. At 15.9%
· 17th in energy consumption per capita
· 10th in home ownership
· 1 in mobile home ownership rate at 17.9%
· 4th in traffic fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles
· 41st in average annual pay at 35,393
· 32nd in average teacher pay at 43, 891
From Best and Worst Run States
45. South Carolina
> State debt per capita: $3,379 (24th highest)
> Pct. without health insurance: 17.5% (13th highest)
> Pct. below poverty line: 17.1% (8th highest)
> Unemployment: 11% (4th highest)
Fiscally speaking, South Carolina is relatively sound. It takes in the 27th most in revenue per capita and spends the 24th most in total expenditures per capita. Its state debt per capita is slightly below average. However, the state has the eighth highest poverty rate and the fourth highest unemployment rate. It also has the fifth highest rate of violent crime, with 597.7 crime committed per 100,000 people. This is actually an improvement from last year when the state’s violent crime rate was 731 per 100,000 — the worst in the country.
South Carolina takes 74 hours work at minimum wage to pay for a fair market value 2 bedroom apartment.
Again, I offer the above as a start to discussion. Certain facts are beyond debate. Others are more contestable and debatable.
My summary is this: South Carolina is a small, low population, poor state in the US. It is a business friendly state.
The Palmetto Bug