SC seventh worst for underprivileged children, national study says

...Horry County schools, the need is significant. Sixty-three percent of Horry schools’ 41,000 students live in poverty, Elsberry said.

The study by WalletHub, primarily a financial advice website, relied partly on Kids Count data to rank South Carolina as 45th for the percent of children in households with below-poverty income, 32nd in the percent of maltreated children, 41st in the child food insecurity rate, 42nd in the infant death rate and 39th for the percent of children without health insurance.

“We consistently rank in the bottom,” Sue Williams, CEO of Children’s Trust of South Carolina, said of the Kids Count statistics. “The highest South Carolina has ever been is 41st.”

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