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State Profile

South Carolina

Population (2023): 5,373 million

South Carolina scores among top performing states for emergency preparedness. Its outcomes on two key health measures are mixed. The state placed in the high performance tier for public health emergency preparedness in TFAH’s 2024 Ready or Not: Protecting the Public’s Health from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism report. Deaths within the state due to drug misuse, alcohol, or suicide outpace the country as a whole. Based on 2022 data, the percentage of adults with obesity rank higher than the U.S. median. In addition, the rates of diabetes and hypertension rank higher than the U.S. median.

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South Carolina at a glance


Alcohol-related deaths (per 100,000), 2021


Drug-related deaths (per 100,000), 2021


Suicide deaths (per 100,000), 2021


Deaths related to alcohol, drugs, or suicide (per 100,000), 2021


Percent of adults who have obesity, 2022


Percent of children age 10-17 who have obesity, 2020-21


Percent of adults who have diabetes, 2022


Percent of adults who have hypertension, 2022

High Tier

Public health emergency preparedness performance tier (High, Middle, Low), 2023


Percent of population (age 6 months or older) who received seasonal flu vaccination, 2022-23

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