South Carolina Data

40: Teen Birth Rate
48: Decline In Teen Birth Rate
39: Teen Pregnancy Rate

Please note: Rank of 1 = lowest; Rank of 50 = highest

The Story

Teen pregnancy and childbearing are at historic lows and there has been impressive progress on both fronts in all 50 states.

The teen birth rate in South Carolina declined 70% between 1991 and 2018. Even so, in 2018 there were 3,481 births to teens. Most teen births in South Carolina (75%) are to older teens (age 18-19). It is also the case that 14% of all teen births were to teens who already had a child. The public savings in 2015 due to declines in the teen birth rate totaled $85 million. Teen birth rates have fallen for all racial and ethnic groups, and in some cases the gap in teen birth rates by race/ethnicity has narrowed, but disparities remain.

The teen pregnancy rate, which includes all pregnancies rather than just those that resulted in a birth, has also fallen steeply, by 58 % between 1988 and 2013 (the most recent data available). As of 2013 there were 7,230 pregnancies among teens age 15 to 19 in South Carolina.

When looking at women in South Carolina overall, not just teens, 50% of all pregnancies are described by women themselves as unplanned.

Notes: the data here represents the most recently available from a variety of sources. The most recent year available varies by indicator. For more detail on the incidence of teen and unplanned pregnancy and childbearing, sexual activity and contraception, as well as data sources and methods, please see https://powertodecide.org/data