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State Profile

South Carolina

Population (2019): 5.148 million

South Carolina’s public health outcomes generally lag those of the United States, but it has taken several steps that strengthened its preparedness for public health emergencies. Deaths owed to drug misuse, alcohol, or suicide outpace the country as a whole. Its rates of obesity and related conditions indicate an area of concern, with the percentage of adults with obesity higher than the U.S. median, as rates of diabetes and hypertension rank high. Finally, the state achieved a score of six out of a possible 10 measures of public health preparedness for diseases, disasters, and bioterrorism.

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South Carolina at a glance


Alcohol-related deaths (per 100,000), 2018


Drug-related deaths (per 100,000), 2019


Suicide deaths (per 100,000), 2019


Deaths related to alcohol, drugs, or suicide (per 100,000), 2019


Percent of adults who have obesity, 2020


Percent of children age 10-17 who have obesity, 2017-18


Percent of adults who have diabetes, 2019


Percent of adults who have hypertension, 2019

Low Tier

Public health emergency preparedness performance tier (High, Medium, Low), 2020


Percent of population (age 6 months or older) who received seasonal flu vaccination, 2018-19

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