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South Carolina Adolescent Reproductive Health Facts

South Carolina was ranked 16 out of 51 (50 states + the District of Columbia)1 on final 2015 teen births rates among females aged 15-19 (with 1 representing the highest rate and 51 representing the lowest rate).RH1

1Rank calculated from birth rates for this publication.

Number of births to females under 20 years of age, 2015 RH3

Total1 South Carolina United States
Females under 20 years of age 4,087 232,215
Females aged South Carolina United States
Under 15 66 2,500
15-17 1,043 61,184
18-19 2,978 168,531
15-19 4,021 229,715
Mother's race/ethnicity South Carolina United States
Non-Hispanic white2 2,000 91,415
Non-Hispanic black2 1,676 50,884
American Indian or Alaska Native2,3 27 4,791
Asian or Pacific Islander2,3 23 4,334
Hispanic4 361 81,350
1
Includes all births, including those with Hispanic origin not stated and not shown separately.
2
Race and Hispanic origin are reported separately on birth certificates. Persons of Hispanic origin may be of any race. Race categories are consistent with the 1977 Office of Management and Budget (OMB) standards.
3
Includes persons of Hispanic, non-Hispanic and origin not stated according to mother's reported race.
4
Includes all persons of Hispanic origin of any race.

Teen birth rate (births per 1,000 females aged 15–19), 2015 RH1

Total1 South Carolina United States
Females aged 15-19 26.2 22.3
Females aged South Carolina United States
15-17 11.4 9.9
18-19 47.8 40.7

Percent changea in the teen birth rate, 1991-2015 and 2014-2015 RH1, RH3

Total South Carolina United States
Change in rate to females aged 15-19 (1991 to 2015) -64% -64%
Change in rate to females aged 15-19 (2014 to 2015) -6% -8%

a State-level change calculated for this webpage.

The U.S. teen birth rate peaked in 1991 at 61.8 births per 1,000 teen females aged 15-19.


Of all births to females under 20 years of age, percenta by race/ethnicity, 2015 RH1, RH3

Mother's race/ethnicity1 South Carolina United States
Non-Hispanic white2 49% 39%
Non-Hispanic black2 41% 22%
American Indian or Alaska Native2,3 1% 2%
Asian or Pacific Islander2,3 1% 2%
Hispanic4 9% 35%
a
Percentage calculated for this webpage.
1
Includes all births, including those with Hispanic origin not stated and not shown separately.
2
Race and Hispanic origin are reported separately on birth certificates. Persons of Hispanic origin may be of any race. Race categories are consistent with the 1977 Office of Management and Budget (OMB) standards.
3
Includes persons of Hispanic, non-Hispanic and origin not stated according to mother's reported race.
4
Includes all persons of Hispanic origin of any race.

Of all births to females under 20 years of age, percent repeat births, 2015 RH1RH3

Total1 South Carolina United States
Females under 20 years of age 15% 17%
Mother's race/ethnicity South Carolina United States
Non-Hispanic white2 14% 14%
Non-Hispanic black2 16% 17%
American Indian or Alaska Native2,3 * 18%
Asian or Pacific Islander2,3 * 16%
Hispanic4 18% 18%
a
 Percentage calculated for this webpage.

1
Includes all births, including those with Hispanic origin not stated and not shown separately.
2
Race and Hispanic origin are reported separately on birth certificates. Persons of Hispanic origin may be of any race. Race categories are consistent with the 1977 Office of Management and Budget (OMB) standards.
3
Includes persons of Hispanic, non-Hispanic and origin not stated according to mother's reported race.
4
Includes all persons of Hispanic origin of any race.

Percenta low birthweight births, among females under 20 years of age, 2015 RH1, RH3

Total South Carolina United States
Females under 20 years of age 11.2% 9.5%

a  Percentage calculated for this webpage.

Low birth weight is defined as less than 2,500 grams (about 5.5 pounds or 5 pounds and 8 ounces).


Teen pregnancy rate (pregnancies per 1,000 females aged 15-19), 2011 RH2

Total South Carolina United States
Females aged 15-19 59% 52
Females aged South Carolina United States
15-17 31% 27
18-19 95 89

Percent changea in the teen pregnancy rate, 1988-2011 RH2

Total South Carolina United States
Change in rate to females aged 15-19 (1988 to 2011) -49% -53%

a  Percent change calculated for this webpage.

In 1998, the teen pregnancy rate was 115 pregnancies per 1,000 females aged 15-19 in South Carolina, and 111 in the U.S. The U.S. teen pregnancy rate peaked in 1990 at 117.6 pregnancies per 1,000 females aged 15-19, but state data are not available for that year.


Teen abortion rate (abortions per 1,000 females aged 15-19), 2011 RH2

Total South Carolina United States
Female aged 15-19 11% 14
Females aged South Carolina United States
15-17 7% 8
18-19 15% 22

Percent changea in the teen abortion rate, 1988-2011 RH2

Total South Carolina United States
Change in rate to females aged 15-19 (1988 to 2011) -67% -68%

a  Percent change calculated for this webpage.

The U.S. teen abortion rate peaked in 1988 at 44.0 abortions per 1,000 females aged 15-19. The teen abortion rate for South Carolina was 33 abortions per 1,000 females aged 15-19 in 1988.


Sexual behaviors among high school students (grades 9-12), 2015 RH4

Percent of high school students who report they have ever had sexual intercourse South Carolina United States
Total 40% 41%
Male 44% 43%
Female 37% 39%
Percent of high school students who report they had sexual intercourse for the first time before 13 years of age South Carolina United States
Total 6% 4%
Male 11% 6%
Female 2% 2%
Percent of high school students who report they have had sexual intercourse with 4 or more persons South Carolina United States
Total 9% 11%
Male 13% 14%
Female 5% 9%
Percent of high school students who report they drank alcohol or used drugs before last sexual intercourse South Carolina United States
Total 19% 21%
Male 22% 25%
Female 16% 16%

Birth control use among sexually active high school students (grades 9-12), 2015 RH4

Percent of high school students who report they or their partner used a condom during last sexual intercourse South Carolina United States
Total 59% 57%
Male 68% 62%
Female 50% 52%
Percent of high school students who report they or their partner used birth control pills before last sexual intercourse South Carolina United States
Total 20% 18%
Male 18% 15%
Female 23% 21%
Percent of high school students who report they or their partner used an IUD (e.g., Mirena or ParaGard) or implant (e.g., Implanon or Nexplanon) before last sexual intercourse South Carolina United States
Total 4% 3%
Male 2% 2%
Female 6% 5%
Percent of high school students who report they or their partner used a shot (e.g., Depo-Provera), patch (e.g., OrthoEvra), or birth control ring (e.g., NuvaRing) before last sexual intercourse South Carolina United States
Total 7% 5%
Male 3% 3%
Female 10% 8%
Percent of high school students who report they or their partner used birth control pills; an IUD or implant; or a shot, patch, or birth control ring before last sexual intercourse South Carolina United States
Total 31% 27%
Male 24% 20%
Female 39% 34%
Percent of high school students who report they or their partner used birth control pills; an IUD or implant; or a shot, patch, or birth control ring before last sexual intercourse South Carolina United States
Total 14% 9%
Male 12% 6%
Female 17% 12%
Percent of high school students who report they or their partner did not use any method to prevent pregnancy during last sexual intercourse South Carolina United States
Total 12% 14%
Male 9% 12%
Female 14% 15%

Relationship violence among high school students who report dating in the past 12 months (grades 9-12), 2015 RH4

Percent of high school students who report they experienced physical dating violence, including being hit, slammed into something, or injured with an object or weapon on purpose by someone they were dating or going out with (during the 12 months before the survey) South Carolina United States
Total 8% 10%
Male 8% 7%
Female 8% 12%
Percent of high school students who report they experienced sexual dating violence, including kissing, touching, or being physically forced to have sexual intercourse (when they did not want to) by someone they were dating or going out with (during the 12 months before the survey) South Carolina United States
Total 8% 11%
Male 5% 5%
Female 10% 16%

Forced sex among high school students (grades 9-12), 2015 RH4

Percent of high school students who report they were ever physically forced to have sexual intercourse (when they did not want to) South Carolina United States
Total 7% 7%
Male 6% 3%
Female 8% 10%

DATA NOTES

All percentages (other than percent low birthweight births), have been rounded to the nearest whole number.
* Figure does not meet standards of reliability or precision; based on fewer than 20 births in the numerator.
N/A: data do not exist on this measure for this state.
1
Includes all births, including those with Hispanic origin not stated and not shown separately.
2
Race and Hispanic origin are reported separately on birth certificates. Persons of Hispanic origin may be of any race. Race categories are consistent with the 1977 Office of Management and Budget (OMB) standards.
3
Includes persons of Hispanic, non-Hispanic and origin not stated according to mother's reported race.
4
Includes all persons of Hispanic origin of any race.

DATA SOURCES

RH1
Birth data are from: Martin, J. A., Hamilton, B.E., Osterman, M. J. K., Driscoll, A.K., and Mathews, T. J. (2017). Births: Final data for 2015. National Vital Statistics Reports, 66(1). Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. Retrieved January 6, 2017, from https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr66/nvsr66_01.pdf
RH2
Pregnancy and abortion rate data are from: Kost, K. and Maddow-Zimet, I. (2016) U.S. Teenage Pregnancies, Births and Abortions, 2011: National Trends by Age, Race and Ethnicity, New York: Guttmacher Institute. July 10, 2016, from https://www.guttmacher.org/sites/default/files/report_pdf/us-teen-pregnancy-trends-2011_0.pdf
RH3
State-level birth data by race/ethnicity and select age groups are from: United States Department of Health and Human Services (US DHHS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), Division of Vital Statistics, Natality public-use data 2007-2015, on CDC WONDER Online Database. Retrieved January 6, 2017, from https://wonder.cdc.gov/natality-current.html
RH4
High school data are from: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2016). 1991-2015 High School Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System Data. Retrieved July 22, 2016, from http://nccd.cdc.gov/YouthOnline/App/Default.aspx

 

Content created by Office of Adolescent Health
Content last reviewed on May 30, 2017