Over the last 20 years, the teen birth rate in South Carolina has fallen by 64% - a remarkable decline and one that should be celebrated. Between 1991-2015, teen birth rates in South Carolina declined among all ages, all races, and in all 46 counties. The most recent 15-19 year old birth rate, 26.1 per 1,000, is the lowest in recorded history. While this success is significant, we must not confuse progress with victory. South Carolina still has the 16th highest teen birth rate in the nation; more than 4,000 teens give birth in our state each year; and, as shown in the map below many individual counties still lag far behind national averages.
Rates are not shown if there were no births recorded for that year. Rates broken out by race and ethnicity are only available from 2004 forward. 2016 United States teen birth rate data broken out by race is not currently available. These data points will be updated when they become available.