Report: Poverty among children on the rise in South Carolina, mirroring national trends


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COLUMBIA, South Carolina — South Carolina still ranks near the bottom in the overall wellbeing of its children.

That's a finding from the latest Kids Count survey released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

The ranking of 45th overall in children's ability to succeed is the same as last year's report.

The report uses a variety of indicators to come up with a state's ranking, like economics, education and health.

The findings show that poverty among South Carolina's children has gotten worse. About 23 percent of the state's children were in poverty in 2005, rising to 27 percent in 2012.

The report shows that 23 percent of children across the United States are living in poverty.

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