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ABC Quality

ABC Quality helps address the state’s gaps in child care quality, access and affordability. It provides resources for providers within its quality rating and improvement system for child care and day care centers, in-home care providers and other caregivers for infants, babies, toddlers and children.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)

Initiated by CDC in 1984, BRFSS is a coordinated collection of state health surveys conducted by the 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and three U.S. territories. BRFSS identify and track health-related risk behaviors and chronic conditions, track health objectives, evaluate disease prevention activities, and rapidly assess emerging health problems, such as novel influenza and influenza vaccination.

County Health Ranking and Roadmaps

County Health Rankings and Roadmaps is a program of the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The program provides data, evidence, guidance, and examples to build awareness of the multiple factors that influence health and support leaders in growing community power to improve health equity.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Natural Risk Index (NRI)

The NRI was designed and built by FEMA in close collaboration with various stakeholders and partners in academia; local, state and federal government; and private industry. The NRI is a dataset and online tool to help illustrate the United States communities most at risk for 18 natural hazards including Avalanche, Coastal Flooding, Cold Wave, Drought, Earthquake, Hail, Heat Wave, Hurricane, Ice Storm, Landslide, Lightning, Riverine Flooding, Strong Wind, Tornado, Tsunami, Volcanic Activity, Wildfire, and Winter Weather.

Feeding America, Map the Meal Gap

Since 2011, Feeding America has produced estimates of local food insecurity and food costs to improve our understanding of people and places facing hunger and inform decisions that will help ensure equitable access to nutritious food for all.

Multi-Resolution Land Characteristics (MRLC) Consortium

The MRLC consortium is a group of federal agencies who coordinate and generate consistent and relevant land cover information at the national scale for a wide variety of environmental, land management, and modeling applications. The MRLC hosts land cover and land condition data from various sources, including NLCD and Rangeland Condition Monitoring Assessment and Projection (RCMAP) time-series, Ecological Potential, and projections of future fractional rangeland components.

National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), Out of Reach

The NLIHC provides up-to-date information, formulates policy, and educates the public on housing needs and strategies for solutions. The annual Out of Reach report educates local, state, and federal policymakers about the widening gap between incomes and housing costs and what it means for renters nationwide. 

National Park Service, National Register of Historic Places

Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archeological resources.

Palmetto Breeze Transit

The Lowcountry Regional Transportation Authority (LRTA), also known as Palmetto Breeze, has been providing public transportation within the Lowcountry Region for four decades, with service in five counties (Allendale, Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, and Jasper).

S.C. Department of Education, School Report Cards

A district and school report card provides information on South Carolina's school districts and public elementary, middle and high schools including school ratings and other useful information such as school safety, classroom environment, graduation rate, student academic progress, and college and career readiness and additional academic information.

S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, S.C. Works – Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS)

The Local Area Unemployment Statistics program (LAUS) is a cooperative effort between the Labor Market Information Division of the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW) and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The LAUS generates monthly estimates of employment and unemployment for the state, as well as its metropolitan areas, workforce development areas, counties, and larger cities and towns. These estimates are key indicators of local economic conditions.

S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC), S.C. Community Assessment Network (SCAN)

South Carolina Community Assessment Network (SCAN) is an interactive data retrieval system for community assessment, planning and health practices. It present statistics of health and well-being indicators including, but not limited to, birth certificate data, death certificate data, infant and child health data, and infant mortality data. 

S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC), Drug Overdose Deaths Statistical Report for South Carolina

SCDHEC releases the Drug Overdose Deaths Statistical Report annually. The report provides data and information about the fatal drug overdose deaths that occurred in South Carolina. Data were derived from death certificates registered with the SCDHEC Vital Statistics and represent deaths that occurred in the state of South Carolina regardless of the residence of the decedent.

S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR), Endangered Species Inventory

The SCDNR is responsible for regulating hunting, fishing, boating, duck stamp orders, and the conservation efforts of the state government. The conservation effort includes addressing those species that the state deemed had the greatest conservation need. Factors included rarity, threats, lack of management funding, and lack of data.

S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism (SCPRT), the Economic Impact of Travel on South Carolina State and Counties

The SCPRT’s Economic Impact of Travel study provides the direct economic impact of domestic travel on South Carolina and each of South Carolina’s 46 counties. The direct impacts include tourism spending, tourism generated employment, payroll income, and state and local government tax receipts.

S.C. Department of Public Safety (SCDPS), Traffic Collision Fact Book

The SCDPS maintains the South Carolina traffic collision database and is the core of data analysis within the Office of Highway Safety. The database serves as the basis for the majority of traffic safety programs in the State. The SCDPS provides two publications annually that are produced and disseminated throughout the state, the South Carolina Traffic Collision Fact Book and the South Carolina Commercial Motor Vehicle Traffic Collision Fact Book.

S.C. Department of Revenue (SCDOR), Annual Reports (SCDOR)

One of the SCDOR’s roles is to collect various taxes and fees that are directly allocated to local governments and other state agencies. Most notable are local option sales taxes.

S.C. Department of Social Services (SCDSS), Child Protective Services Data

The SCDSS is part of our state’s public safety system. DSS is responsible for protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and neglect by their parents, guardians, caretakers or other relatives. DSS works to keep children and vulnerable adults safe in their own homes with supportive services.

S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT), Traffic Counts

The SCDOT’s Traffic Analysis and Data Application provides traffic count information at over 170 Continuous Count Stations (CCS) statewide. These stations collect hourly traffic count data through permanent sensors installed in the roadway. In addition, Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT) volumes are available from over 12,000 locations across South Carolina.

S.C. Election Commission (SEC), Voter Registration Demographics

The SEC mission is to ensure every eligible citizen has the opportunity to register to vote, participate in fair and impartial elections, and have the assurance that their vote will count.

S.C. Power Team, Labor Study

The South Carolina Power Team is a non-profit economic development organization representing the state’s 20 consumer-owned electric cooperatives serving two-thirds of the state. The mission of the South Carolina Power Team is to facilitate the growth of jobs, investment and electric load through the attraction of new industrial and commercial activity, as well as the expansion and retention of existing businesses and facilities in the service areas of the electric cooperatives throughout South Carolina.

S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED), Crime in South Carolina Book

The SLED is a statewide investigative law enforcement agency. It provides manpower and technical assistance to other law enforcement agencies and conducts investigations on behalf of the state as directed by the Governor and Attorney General. The SLED’s Crime in South Carolina contains general information about crime trends, provides crime data at the county level for the most recent year available, and provides descriptive information about criminality.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW)

The QCEW produces a comprehensive data on the number of establishments, monthly employment and quarterly wages for workers covered by State unemployment insurance (UI) laws and Federal workers covered by the Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) program. BLS publishes data from the QCEW program every quarter.

U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey

The U.S. Census Bureau is responsible for producing data about the American people and economy. It provides public a platform to access demographic and economic data and digital content via American Community Survey is a nationwide, continuous survey designed to provide communities with reliable and timely social, economic, housing, and demographic data every year.

U.S. Census Bureau, Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD) (OnTheMap)

OnTheMap is a web-based mapping and reporting application that enables access to the LEHD Origin-Destination Employment Statistics (LODES) dataset, showing where people work and where workers live. 

U.S. Department of Defense, Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation

The U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation (OLDCC) partnered with the Library of Congress’s Federal Research Division (FRD) to produce the Defense Spending by State report. The report presents the results of a state-by-state analysis of the DOD contract and personnel spending during each fiscal year. The report presents a range of findings, such as total spending figures, categories of contracted goods and services, major defense vendors, and numbers and types of defense personnel. 

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Database

Created by the Tax Reform Act of 1986, the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program gives State and local LIHTC-allocating agencies the equivalent of approximately $9 billion in annual budget authority to issue tax credits for the acquisition, rehabilitation, or new construction of rental housing targeted to lower-income households. The federal and state LIHTC programs are administered by the South Carolina Housing. 

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Environmental Quality Index (EQI)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) created the Environmental Quality Index (EQI) to capture the broader environmental context. The EQI is a national-level index that helps improve understanding of how multiple environmental conditions affect the counties across the U.S.