NEW DATA: Teen Childbearing Cost SC Taxpayers at Least $166 Million in 2010
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
- Between 1991 and 2010 there have been 166,542 teen births in South Carolina, costing taxpayers a total of $4.5 billion over that period.
- Had it not been for significant declines in the teen birth rate in recent years, the costs to taxpayers would have been even higher.
- The teen birth rate in South Carolina declined 41% between 1991 and 2010. The progress South Carolina has made in reducing teen childbearing savedtaxpayers an estimated $172 million in 2010 alone compared to the costs they would have incurred had the rates not fallen.