Charleston County Ranks Highest in South Carolina According to the New York Times

The New York Times recently published an article exposing the worst places to live in America. Using a six-point data collection process, Upshot examined each county in the United States to conclude the overall rankings. These data points included: education (percentage of residents with at least a bachelor’s degree), median household income, unemployment rate, disability rate, life expectancy and obesity.

When looking at South Carolina in relation to the rest of the nation’s rankings, Charleston County ranked highest in the state as 751 out of 3,135. Charleston County also led the state with a median income of $50,289 and a life expectancy of 77.7 years of age. Obesity in Charleston is the lowest in the state with 33% of residents being obese. Greenville is second highest ranked county in South Carolina ranking 831st. Greenville’s median income measured $48,438 with an average life expectancy of 77.6 years of age. The obesity percentage in Greenville is 35%. The third highest ranked county in South Carolina is Richland County ranking 1,250th. The median income in Richland County is $48,420 with an average life expectancy of 77.4 years of age. The obesity rate in Richland County is 37%. While these numbers are similar in measure they are vastly different from the worst counties in South Carolina, Dillon and Lee County. Lee County is ranked 3,095 out of 3,135. The median income in Lee County is $27,755 and the average life expectancy is 72.6 years of age. The obesity rate in Lee County is 48%. Dillion County is ranked 3,125 out of 3,135 making it in the worst 100 counties in the nation. Dillon County has a median income of $26,668 with an average life expectancy of 72.7 years of age. The obesity rate in Dillon County is 47%.

The importance of the health rankings allows for awareness and potential improvement not only for South Carolina but also for the Nation. Tactics such as improving health and education in South Carolina could lead to these data findings decreasing and therefore enhancing the states overall quality of living. For additional information regarding South Carolina’s rankings as well as the Nation’s click here.

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