Dead Last

You have heard it again, and again, and ...... South Carolina is at the bottom. So, here are the indicators that tell that story. These rankings are not just about statistics and public image, they about real people who suffer everyday, because we are failing. Why?

 

State rankings:
50 = Worst

High school graduation annual rate: 61.9%
49th

Healthiness rank:
43th

Mental health care, 2009 grade:
"D"

Poor mental health days
in 2011:
41st

Per capital income:
45th

Women elected to state government: 9.4%
50th

Women receiving prenatal care in 1st trimester: 67%
49th

State spending on tobacco use prevention: $5 million
32rd

Highway maintenance/improvement
50th

Cigarette tax: 57 cents
42nd

Welcome to the 2014 Spring South Carolina Rotten Egg Event! May 29 to June 6!

Hundreds of red eggs "laid" all over Columbia, each with one of 29 indicators, highlight the ongoing public health, pubic education, and public safety disaster in this state. Go on an egg hunt! Collect all 29 different indicators and get....... depressed. Isn't more than a century of having egg on our faces long enough? Egg on our state goverment to hatch a plan for real change. Tweet @scgov, @nikkihaley, or call/write/talk to friends and power brokers. Comment on twitter feed #scrotteneggs Why do we endure this travisty?

News:

1. South Carolina vaults from Number 2 to Number 1 in Men Killing Women
2. S.C. Governor Nikki Haley gets fall report card from Dead Last!!
3. South Carolina family income has dropped 6% (that's -6%) in the past three years. (U.S. $62,627 vs. S.C $52,763)

4. South Carolina moves from 6th to 4th in homicides by guns

5. South Carolina has more than 800,00 citizens without health insurance

Do you know?
27.1% of children in S.C. are hungry (292,840)

Key Indicators:
Is this what we want to “conserve”??

Key indicators help us understand how our state ranks with others in the United States, how the health status and quality of life of South Carolinians compares to others. Clearly, we have a lot of work to do. Every poor indicator translates into suffering and pain and substandard quality of life for tens of thousands of people.

     The tragedy behind these indicators is that much of this suffering is unnecessary.

     Why do we allow this situation to persist?

 

State rankings:
1 = Worst

Violent crime:
2nd

Women killed by men:
1st

Property crime:
2nd

Uninsured: 17% (803,080)
14th

Children in extreme poverty under 6 years old: 17.5%
2nd

Gun homicides:
4th

Children in poverty 18 years or younger: 24.4%
6th

Children obese or overweight: 39.2%
2nd

Hunger - Older adults: 24.4%
4th

Dysfunctional state:
5th

Adults overweight: 66.9%
5th

Adult obesity rate: 31.5%
4th

Change in S.C. family income over past 3 years
-6%

Highway deaths:
3rd

Infant deaths:
8th

Low birth weight babies:
3rd