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South Carolina has a freedom of information act which allows the citizens to be informed of the activities of public officials and to have access to public documents and meetings. There are some exceptions to this rule such as trade secrets, information that would constitute unreasonable invasion of personal privacy or records in an ongoing criminal investigation. The South Carolina Code of Laws gives the list of exceptions in its entirety. South Carolina joined the United States on May 23, 1788, as the eighth state of the Union. There are 46 counties and 269 incorporated cities and towns in the state. The capital and largest city is Columbia. South Carolina is known as the first state to secede from the Union on December 20, 1860, but it was restored to the United States during reconstruction after the Civil War. Find information on property records and taxes from the South Carolina Department of Revenue. Search for South Carolina public records fast and easily using a multitude of research sources. Request copies of birth, death, marriage or divorce certificates from the Department of Health. There are wonderful facts and figures from the census bureau on the education and background history of the residents of the state. You can get an idea of the local economy by studying the data on companies and firms doing business in South Carolina as well as information on current housing and real estate data. Link to a citizens search site to request copies of criminal history records. By accessing the county websites you can learn about the local governments and check the records that they make available to the public. To get an even better feel for life in South Carolina, search the city websites to get information on the services and attractions available at the local level. The South Carolina Judicial Department has information on the state court system and how to obtain court records. Keep tabs on the the ever changing headlines and crime reports for South Carolina. Be sure to check this site frequently for new sources and updated information.

South Carolina Crime Reports (2011)
Total Violent Crime:26,760
Murder And Nonnegligent Manslaughter:320
Forcible Rape:1,612
Robbery:4,313
Aggravated Assault:20,515
Total Property Crime:182,685
Burglary:46,921
Larceny Theft:122,100
Motor Vehicle Theft:13,664
South Carolina Census Data
Information About People and Demographics
Total population of persons residing within the state in 2010 4,625,364
Estimate of the state's total residency as of April 1, 20004,011,832
Percentage change of the total resident population as of April 1, 2000 to April 1, 201015%
Net change of residents' total population from April 1, 2000 to April 1, 2010613,352
April 1, 2000 complete count of statewide resident population4,012,012
Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age311,013
July 1, 2009 estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age7%
July 1, 2009 estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age1,080,732
July 1, 2009 estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age 24%
July 1, 2009 percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older14%
July 1, 2009 estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older623,223
July 1, 2009 total estimate percentage of female residents51%
State's white resident population recorded in 20103,060,000
State's black resident population recorded in 20101,290,684
State's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations recorded in 201019,524
State's Asian resident population recorded in 201059,051
State's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population recorded in 20102,706
Statewide 2010 resident population of two or more races79,935
Statewide 2010 resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin235,682
Non Hispanic white resident population in 20102,962,740
Statewide percentage of white residents in 201066%
Statewide percentage of black residents in 201028%
Statewide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents in 20100%
Statewide percentage of Asian residents in 20101%
Statewide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander in 20100%
Statewide percentage of Two or more races in 20102%
Statewide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin in 20105%
Statewide percentage of non Hispanic white in 201064%

Vital Statistics

Births and deaths occurring in South Carolina
Births 200762,875
Deaths 200739,439
Infant death occurring within the state of persons one year of age or less in 2007539
Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more from 2005 to 200984%

Resident Background Information

Education and background history of South Carolina Residents
Percentage of foreign born population in the state from 2005 to 20094%
Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home from 2005 to 20096%
Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher from 2005 to 200982%
Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher from 2005 to 200924%
Total number of Veterans from 2005 to 2009398,340

Current Housing and Real Estate Data

Households located in South Carolina
Average time spent commuting to work for person 16 years and over not working from their personal residence between 2005-2009 23 Min
Housing unit estimates as of July 1, 20092,084,231
Net change of housing units estimates as of April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2009330,638
Housing unit estimates - percentage change, April 1, 2000 (base) to July 1, 200919%
Percentage of the state's housing units being occupied by owners between 2005 and 2009 70%
Median value of the state's housing units being occupied by owners between 2005 and 2009$128,400
Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units between 2005 and 200917%
Total number of households between 2005-20091,693,388
Average size of households between 2005-20093

South Carolina Employment Data

Income, earnings and payrolls of people residing within the State
Per capita income in the past 12 months in dollars adjusted to inflation in 2009 $23,196
2009 statewide income of median households in South Carolina$42,580
Percentage of persons living in poverty in the year 200917%
The personal income of persons employed in 2007$137,006
Per capita income of persons employed in 2007$31,103
Labor force of civilian workers in 20092,179,366
The unemployment of the civilian labor force in 2009255,307
The rate of unemployed civilian labor force in 2009 12%
Employment of person relating to all industries in 2007 2,507,978
Net change of employment in all industries between 2000 and 2007 216,740
People employed by the government in 2007 393,617
Earnings by persons working in all industries in 200797,801,027
Average earnings per job in all industries in 200738,996
Number of private non farm establishments in 2008 106,678
The employment of non farm pay for the period of March 12, 2008 1,654,414
Percentage change of private nonfarm employment for the pay period of March 12, 2008 3%
Total of non employer establishment in 2008 according to NAICS 282,855
Total NAICS 72 sales of accommodation and food services establishments with payrolls in 20078,383,463

People and Businesses

Firms and companies of South Carolina
Total number of firms located in the state for the year 2007360,448
Total percentage of black owned private firms in 200712%
Total percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native owned firms in 20071%
Total percentage of Asian owned firms in 20072%
Total percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander owned firms in 2007 0%
Total percentage of Native Hispanic owned private firms in 20072%
Total percentage of Women owned private firms in 200728%
Value for shipments from manufacturers according to NAICS 31-33 in 2007 93,977,455
Sales of establishments with payroll from merchant wholesalers according to NAICS 42 in 200740,498,047
Sales of establishments with payroll from retailers in 2007 54,298,410
Per capita sales of establishments with payroll from retailers in 2007 12,273

Land Valuation

Property value and South Carolina territory
2009 totals of building permits for new private housing units in 2009 15,529
The valuation of all new private housing units authorized by building permits in 2009 2,534,463
Adjusted 2007 acres of land in farms4,889,339
Total expenditures by the federal government for the 2008 fiscal year38,831,638
Per capita total expenditures by the federal government for the 2008 fiscal year8,668
Size in square miles of land as of 200030,109
Population per square mile in the year 2010154
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South Carolina Most Wanted
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Temekia Monique Warren
Name: Temekia Monique Warren Height: 5'6' Weight: 168 DOB: 11/28/1992 Charge: Receiving Stolen Goods x 2, Falsifying Information to Obtain Metal Permit, Bench Warrants for DUI 1st and DUI 2nd Last known Address: 1124 Travis Lane, Manning,  SC If you have any information on Warren's whereabouts you should contact us immediately, 803-436-2000 or 803-436-2718.
April 02 2014 - Source: http://www.sumtersheriff.org/wanted/2014/4/2/temekia-monique-warren.html

Sean Joseph Crowder
Name: Sean Joseph Crowder Height: 5'7' Weight: 200 DOB: 5/28/1975 Charge: Attempted Burglary, Burglary 3rd, and Assault & Battery 3rd Degree Last known Address: 106 Agnes Street, Sumter, SC If you have any information on Crowder's whereabouts you should contact us immediately, 803-436-2000 or 803-436-2718.  
April 02 2014 - Source: http://www.sumtersheriff.org/wanted/2014/4/2/sean-joseph-crowder.html

Kevin Leshawn Coard
Name: Kevin Leshawn Coard Height: 5'7' Weight: 185 DOB: 4/9/1990 Charge: Distribution of Marijuana Last known Address: 5785 Bethel Church Rd. Pinewood, SC 29152 If you have any information on Coard's whereabouts you should contact us immediately, 803-436-2002 or 803-436-2718.
March 25 2014 - Source: http://www.sumtersheriff.org/wanted/2014/3/25/kevin-leshawn-coard.html

Demetrius Delmore Johnson
Name: Demetrius Delmore Johnson Height: 5' 9' Weight: 175 DOB: 10/4/1985 Charge: Assault/Assault & Battery of a High & Aggravated Nature Last known Address: 983 Club Lane.  Sumter, SC 29154  If you have any information on Johnson's whereabouts you should contact us immediately, 803-436-2002 or 803-436-2718.  
January 27 2014 - Source: http://www.sumtersheriff.org/wanted/2014/1/27/demetrius-delmore-johnson-1.html

O'Brian Antony Spann
Name: O'Brian Antony Spann Height: 5'07' Weight: 150 DOB: 11/09/1985 Charge: Kidnapping (5) Counts, CDVHAN, CDV 1st, Malicious Injury To Property, and Grand Larceny ($2000 - $10,000) Last known Address: 2430 Kolb Rd. Sumter, SC 29150  If you have any information on Spann's whereabouts you should contact us immediately, 803-436-2002 or 803-436-2718. *USE CAUTION*
October 10 2013 - Source: http://www.sumtersheriff.org/wanted/2013/10/10/obrian-antony-spann.html

Brandon Tywan McCormick
Name: Brandon Tywan McCormick Height: 5'11' Weight: 145 DOB: 3/27/1984 Charge: Trafficking Crack Cocaine, Trafficking Cocaine, PWID Marijuana, Failure To Stop Blue Light and Siren, Possession of a Weapon During Violent Crime Last known Address: 1184M Hatcher Road. Pinewood, SC  If you have any information on McCormick's whereabouts you should contact us immediately, 803-436-2002 or 803-436-2718.
October 17 2012 - Source: http://www.sumtersheriff.org/wanted/2012/10/17/brandon-tywan-mccormick.html

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South Carolina Missing Children
Collected data of endangered children, runaways, family and non family abductions
Missing: KELSEY WHITE (SC)
KELSEY WHITE, Age Now: 15, Missing: 04/03/2014. Missing From COLUMBIA, SC. ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT: Lexington County Sheriff's Office (South Carolina) 1-803-785-8230.
April 08 2014 - Source: http://www.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PubCaseSearchServlet?act=viewChildDetail&LanguageCountry=en_US&searchLang=en_US&caseLang=en_US&orgPrefix=NCMC&caseNum=1230525&seqNum=1

Missing: CAROLINE SPIGNER (SC)
CAROLINE SPIGNER, Age Now: 13, Missing: 03/20/2014. Missing From CAMDEN, SC. ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT: Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (South Carolina) 1-803-425-1512.
March 31 2014 - Source: http://www.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PubCaseSearchServlet?act=viewChildDetail&LanguageCountry=en_US&searchLang=en_US&caseLang=en_US&orgPrefix=NCMC&caseNum=1230209&seqNum=1

Missing: ZALIA CHAS (SC)
ZALIA CHAS, Age Now: 18, Missing: 02/22/2014. Missing From CHARLESTON, SC. ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT: Charleston Police Department (South Carolina) 1-843-577-7434.
March 27 2014 - Source: http://www.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PubCaseSearchServlet?act=viewChildDetail&LanguageCountry=en_US&searchLang=en_US&caseLang=en_US&orgPrefix=NCMC&caseNum=1230107&seqNum=1

Missing: JESTINE JACKSON (SC)
JESTINE JACKSON, Age Now: 17, Missing: 02/05/2014. Missing From COLUMBIA, SC. ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT: Richland County Sheriff's Office (South Carolina) 1-803-576-3000.
March 27 2014 - Source: http://www.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PubCaseSearchServlet?act=viewChildDetail&LanguageCountry=en_US&searchLang=en_US&caseLang=en_US&orgPrefix=NCMC&caseNum=1228293&seqNum=1

Missing: TABITHA BIVENS (SC)
TABITHA BIVENS, Age Now: 17, Missing: 03/22/2014. Missing From NORTH CHARLESTON, SC. ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT: North Charleston Police Department (South Carolina) 1-843-743-7200.
March 26 2014 - Source: http://www.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PubCaseSearchServlet?act=viewChildDetail&LanguageCountry=en_US&searchLang=en_US&caseLang=en_US&orgPrefix=NCMC&caseNum=1230038&seqNum=1

Missing: MICHAEL WOODWARD (SC)
MICHAEL WOODWARD, Age Now: 51, Missing: 04/23/1972. Missing From FORT JACKSON, SC. ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT: Fort Jackson Army Base Military Police (South Carolina) 1-803-751-1418.
March 21 2014 - Source: http://www.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PubCaseSearchServlet?act=viewChildDetail&LanguageCountry=en_US&searchLang=en_US&caseLang=en_US&orgPrefix=NCMC&caseNum=604941&seqNum=1

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South Carolina Public Information
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Harman funeral services announced
Funeral services for Lexington County Coroner Harry Harman will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Stephen's Lutheran Church in Lexington.Click to Continue »
Happening April 19 2014 - Source: http://www.thestate.com/2014/04/19/3397219/harman-funeral-services-announced.html#storylink=rss

Knights Stadium signs on I-77 to be removed
The large signs on I-77 directing traffic to Knights Stadium will soon be coming down. The Knights are now playing in their new Charlotte ballpark after a 25-year run in…Click to Continue »
Happening April 19 2014 - Source: http://www.thestate.com/2014/04/19/3397209/knights-stadium-signs-on-i-77.html#storylink=rss

Police: Argument over beer leaves neighbor blind
A Rock Hill man was blinded in one eye after deputies say his neighbor pummeled him in the face this week because the victim allegedly refused to grab him a…Click to Continue »
Happening April 19 2014 - Source: http://www.thestate.com/2014/04/19/3397199/police-argument-over-beer-leaves.html#storylink=rss

Man assaulted by large group after reportedly making racial and sexually offensive comments
A 33-year-old white man was assaulted by up to 40 men Thursday night after reportedly yelling racial slurs.Click to Continue »
Happening April 19 2014 - Source: http://www.thestate.com/2014/04/19/3397197/man-assaulted-by-large-group-after.html#storylink=rss

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South Carolina Missing People
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South Carolina Crime News
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Group discusses 'stand your ground' laws in Greenville forum
The South Carolina chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America joined South Carolina State Senator Karl Allen in a "stand your ground" forum Saturday.
April 19 2014 - Source: http://www.wmbfnews.com/story/25289533/group-discusses-stand-your-ground-laws-in-greenville-forum

Gov. Haley spars with woman senator on Facebook
Gov. Nikki Haley and state Sen. Katrina Shealy sparred last week on their Facebook pages over the embattled director of the South Carolina Department of Social Services
April 19 2014 - Source: http://www.independentmail.com/news/2014/apr/19/gov-haley-spars-with-woman-senator-on-facebook/?partner=yahoo_feeds

Flash Flood Warning continues for Charleston, Berkeley counties
The National Weather Service has extended a Flash Flood Warning for Charleston and Berkeley Counties from 11:30 p.m. until 2:15 a.m. Saturday.
April 18 2014 - Source: http://www.wistv.com/story/25284000/storm-expected-to-bring-heavy-rain-to-the-lowcountry-friday-night

SC police chief says firing was because she's gay
The police chief of the Dillon County town of Latta has been fired and she says it is because she is gay.
April 18 2014 - Source: http://www.wistv.com/story/25286410/sc-police-chief-says-firing-was-because-shes-gay

Former police officer charged with criminal domestic violence
Agents of the S.C. Law Enforcement Division Friday arrested a former Williamston, S.C. police officer in connection with an April 16 domestic incident in Anderson County.
April 18 2014 - Source: http://www.wistv.com/story/25286191/former-police-officer-charged-with-criminal-domestic-violence

Community comes together to help bring teen who died in Ohio boating accident home
The search continued on Lake Erie Friday as a South Carolina community in mourning came together to help a grieving family.
April 18 2014 - Source: http://www.wistv.com/story/25286054/community-comes-together-to-help-bring-teen-who-died-in-ohio-boating-accident-home



South Carolina Latest Questions and Answers
Q: Are records of the deceased still considered private? When are records deemed historical?
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Q: list of arrest made on March 24, 2014 Pageland, Chesterfield, SC
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Q: where are public offering statements for homeowner associations
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Q: Where do I find the database to research unsolved sexual assault cases from the 1980s?
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Q: WHO ARE THE JUDGES FOR OCONEE CO.,SOUTH CAROLINA?
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Q: how do i find the owner of a property
by liz
A: Various counties throughout the U.S. have land/property record departments. Some states call the department 'county recorders' and some others. It is basically the county clerk in charge of recorded documents, some may have a division within the department named something else.
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Q: looking for birth records in Marlboro County, South Carolina
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Q: I live at 927 Miles Road, Jefferson, S.C. There is a vacant lot next to my property. I would like to know who owns this lot as I am interested in buying it.
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A: Chesterfield County, SC Assessor's website allows the public a free online search of properties by name, address or map number http://chesterfieldcountysc.com/assessor.aspx. A deed search can be conducted here https://www.sclandrecords.com/sclr_sc025/controller.
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Q: What are the laws/ordinances of raising chickens in West Columbia 29170?
by Dave
A: You can begin here http://www.westcolumbiasc.gov/codecompliance.html. The codes for the city are provided by the city's official site. There may be other codes to look up at the county or state levels also.
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Q: current population/city/county
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Q: trying to locate a sc relative, whose phone has been discon. fear that she is no longer alive. how to find out
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A: You can do a simple people finder search that is offered freely online. There after you can do some homework with search newswires or periodicals of obituaries and read about the area's deaths. You can search deeds, mortgages, plats and fed/state tax liens here http://www.greenwoodsc.gov/docsearch/default.aspx. You can look up death records if you believe that the person has since deceased. Here's South Carolina's department of health vital records services http://www.scdhec.gov/administration/vr/death.htm. The fee for this service is minimal, there are restrictions regarding who can obtain this information. Once the record is fifty years or older, it will be open to the public.
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Q: BLYTHEWOOD,SC ARRESTS 3/17/2013
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A: Richland county online has an inmate query freely open to the public https://jail.richlandonline.com/public/default.aspx. This one is for Richland county SC. The town does not seem to have a way to conduct a search of the inmates, so this is an example of a search of persons that could have been arrested in Blythewood. This town is in 2 counties, Richland and Fairfield.
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Q: When was Bates Middle School built? (Sumter SC)
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A: Many archived data are on microfilm or recorded otherwise in libraries local to the school. There may be stories about the developments in the area's historical news wires.
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Q: My sister and I jointly own a few acres of property with two houses on it. Can I divide and sell half without her consent? I don't want to have to take her to court. (Kershaw SC)
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Q: Was there ever a murder or a death of a child in the house of 2490 old tram rd Aynor SC 29511 its a little white house on a corner now by the over pass
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Q: are teacher emails public information?
by Amy
A: According to the law, they should be. The freedom of information act FOIA allows for the public to view them. You may have to make an official request and go through the proper procedures.
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Q: Are bankruptcy records in a personal or individual background check?
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A: If you are interested in a full and comprehensive background check from the start, look at the coverage first. Not all companies provide the same information. Bankruptcy records contain numerous bits of personal information protected by privacy laws. Due to the laws protecting an individual's private information, available bankruptcy records fall in a narrow range between public's right to know and privacy. Here is information and a place to start your search http://www.scb.uscourts.gov/case_information.html#caseinfo. The PACER system, Public Access to Court Electronic Records is a known bankruptcy resources site used by the government as well. Searches and requests can be requested online. If the only records you are looking for are related to bankruptcies, this may be the only site you need to use and get exactly what you want without the extra cost of records you would usually pay for.
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A: Law enforcement agencies maintain a log of arrests.
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