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Health indicators reflect the existence and success of efforts to promote healthy lifestyles and the avoidance of disease and injury. It also includes safety indicators which provide a measure of law enforcement’s response to crime and also provide estimates of criminal offenses. Health and safety indicators include data relevant to length of life, quality of life, access to care, and crime.

What does this measure?

  • Infant: Live births by race and ethnicity (the complete expulsion or extraction from its mother of a product of human conception, irrespective of the duration of pregnancy) and deaths occurring to infants under one year of age per 1,000 live births.
  • Mortality: Deaths per 1,000 population and cause of death.
  • Life Expectancy: Average number of years a person can expect to live.
  • Quality of Life: Population with their health-related risk behaviors, chronic health conditions, and use of preventive services.
  • Health Insurance: Population with and without health insurance and types of health insurance for insured population.
  • Health Care Provider: Ratio of population to primary care physician, to dentist, and to mental health provider.
  • Child Care Provider: A list of child care providers with their quality level and capacity. 
  • Violent Crime: Violent crimes per 10,000 inhabitants and types of violent crimes.
  • Property Crime: Property crimes per 10,000 inhabitants and types of property crimes.
  • Child Abuse: Children under 18 years old in substantiated (abused or neglected) investigations.
  • Drug Abuse: Deaths due to drug overdose per 100,000 population.
Why is this important?

Measuring health and safety indicators provides communities with needed information on risks, disease and mortality patterns, and health-related trends over time. These indicators can play a vital role in preventing illnesses, injuries, and fatalities and strengthening other health and safety outcomes in communities.

Data Notes

The data and analysis that are featured on “Health and Safety” use first-party data, where possible in order to minimize potential variations between data points, and to offer more reliable comparison across counties. The data sources are from ABC Quality, S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Census Bureau, County Health Ranking and Roadmaps, S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED), and S.C. Department of Social Services (SCDSS).

Complete definitions for terms and data sources that are used for Health can be found in Glossary of Terms and Data Sources pages.