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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.

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South Carolina Missing Children

Collected data of endangered children, runaways, family and non family abductions

  • Missing: Nicholas Dehart
    Nicholas Dehart, Age Now: 16, Missing: 07/06/2019. Missing From Mount Pleasant, Sc. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Mount Pleasant Police Department (south Carolina) 1-843-743-7200.
    July 06, 2019
  • Missing: De'ta-shia Mcmillian
    De'ta-shia Mcmillian, Age Now: 12, Missing: 06/05/2019. Missing From Hopkins, Sc. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Richland County Sheriff’s Office (south Carolina) 1-803-576-3000.
    July 03, 2019
  • Missing: Victoria Music
    Victoria Music, Age Now: 17, Missing: 06/20/2019. Missing From Columbia, Sc. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Columbia Police Department (south Carolina) 1-803-545-3500.
    June 26, 2019
  • Missing: Luke Driver
    Luke Driver, Age Now: 16, Missing: 06/18/2019. Missing From West Columbia, Sc. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Lexington County Sheriff's Office (south Carolina) 1-803-785-2521.
    June 20, 2019
  • Missing: Mckenna Butcher
    Mckenna Butcher, Age Now: 11, Missing: 04/25/2019. Missing From Taylors, Sc. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Greenville County Sheriff's Office (south Carolina) 1-864-271-5210.
    June 17, 2019
  • Missing: Traciuna Fleming
    Traciuna Fleming, Age Now: 17, Missing: 06/08/2019. Missing From Spartanburg, Sc. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Spartanburg City Police Department (south Carolina) 1-864-596-2222.
    June 14, 2019

South Carolina Recent Criminal Activity Reports

Current crimes by location, description of offenses and reported police activity

South Carolina Latest Crime Records (Updated 07/18/2019)

  • Total Violent Crime:
    24,052
  • Murder And Nonnegligent Manslaughter:
    311
  • Rape:
    2,068
  • Robbery:
    3,997
  • Aggravated Assault:
    17,676
  • Total Property Crime:
    167,217
  • Burglary:
    36,721
  • Larceny Theft:
    117,594
  • Motor Vehicle Theft:
    12,902

South Carolina American Community Survey (ACS) Census Bureau (Updated 07/18/2019)

  • South Carolina's demographic and housing ACS survey of 4,727,273 being 1.5 percent of U.S. residents is comprised of 48.6% males and 51.4% of females. American Community Survey separates various ethnicities depending on the area's population of persons from less than 5 years of age to 85 years old and over. ACS is an ongoing survey with five year estimates down to the block group scale providing a summary spanning five years, from 2010 to 2014 and released in 2014. View the percentage of the population by race, including various groups of Native Americans, Asians, American Indian, Alaska Native, and two or more races.
  • The South Carolina social characteristics data of 1,795,715 households, which make up 1.55 percent of all U.S. households, are surveyed by ACS . View the number and percentages of married and divorced residents 15 years and older, including 1,204,272 families with and without children. There are 1,201,061 persons enrolled in school which are 3 years of age and over are separated by education level from nursery school to graduate and professional degrees. The state's resident social characteristics collected data include estimated percentages and totals of persons which are foreign born, Island areas, born abroad to American parent(s), citizenship status and ancestry.
  • The South Carolina American Community Survey economic characteristics displays current and past employment of 3,768,421 persons which are 16 years of age and older comprising of 1.51 percent of the United States labor force. Employment numbers of 2,274,142 civilians in various occupations from construction to information technology collected by industry. Overview of income and benefits in 2014, received from private entities and public public assistance. Population of the labor force with private or public health coverage for both employed and unemployed residents. Data regarding the percentage of families with income below poverty level are collected by age groups ranging from persons under the age of 18 to 65 years and over.
  • South Carolina housing characteristics are collected from 2,160,383 dwellings making up 1.63 percent of all U.S. housing, includes a survey of either inhabited 1,795,715 or uninhabited 364,668 domiciles. Data coverage of various rentals or owned structures containing 1 room to 9 rooms. Find out which mode of transportation 1,795,715 commuters in the state used to get to work. Look up the type of energy utilized by individual occupied residences. An overview of median monthly homeowner costs with or without mortgage. Percentage of rent versus income per household and homeowner costs as percentage of household income. Information collected begins with residence from 1969 or earlier.

South Carolina Census Data

  • Information About People and Demographics

  • Total population of persons residing within the state
    4,625,364
  • Estimate of the state's total residency
    4,011,832
  • Percentage change of the total resident population
    15%
  • Net change of residents' total population
    613,352
  • Complete count of statewide resident population
    4,012,012
  • Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age
    311,013
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age
    7%
  • Estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    1,080,732
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    24%
  • Percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    14%
  • Estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    623,223
  • Total estimate percentage of female residents
    51%
  • State's white resident population
    3,060,000
  • State's black resident population
    1,290,684
  • State's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations
    19,524
  • State's Asian resident population
    59,051
  • State's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population
    2,706
  • Statewide resident population of two or more races
    79,935
  • Statewide resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin
    235,682
  • Non Hispanic white resident population
    2,962,740
  • Statewide percentage of white residents
    66%
  • Statewide percentage of black residents
    28%
  • Statewide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents
    0%
  • Statewide percentage of Asian residents
    1%
  • Statewide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
    0%
  • Statewide percentage of Two or more races
    2%
  • Statewide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin
    5%
  • Statewide percentage of non Hispanic white
    64%
  • Vital Statistics


    Births and deaths occurring in South Carolina
  • Births
    62,875
  • Deaths
    39,439
  • Infant death occurring within the state of persons one year of age or less
    539
  • Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more
    84%
  • Resident Background Information


    Education and background history of South Carolina Residents
  • Percentage of foreign born population in the state
    4%
  • Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home
    6%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher
    82%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher
    24%
  • Total number of Veterans
    398,340
  • 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
    23 Min
  • Housing unit estimates
    2,084,231
  • Net change of housing units estimates
    330,638
  • Housing unit estimates - percentage change
    19%
  • Percentage of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    70%
  • Median value of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    $128,400
  • Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units
    17%
  • Total number of households
    1,693,388
  • Average size of households
    3
  • 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
    $23,196
  • Statewide income of median households in South Carolina
    $42,580
  • Percentage of persons living in poverty
    17%
  • The personal income of persons employed
    $137,006
  • Per capita income of persons employed
    $31,103
  • Labor force of civilian workers
    2,179,366
  • The unemployment of the civilian labor force
    255,307
  • The rate of unemployed civilian labor force
    12%
  • Employment of person relating to all industries
    2,507,978
  • Net change of employment in all industries
    216,740
  • People employed by the government
    393,617
  • Earnings by persons working in all industries
    97,801,027
  • Average earnings per job in all industries
    38,996
  • Number of private non farm establishments
    106,678
  • Total of non employer establishment according to NAICS
    282,855
  • Total NAICS 72 sales of accommodation and food services establishments with payrolls
    8,383,463
  • People and Businesses


    Firms and companies of South Carolina
  • Total number of firms located in the state
    360,448
  • Total percentage of black owned private firms
    12%
  • Total percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native owned firms
    1%
  • Total percentage of Asian owned firms
    2%
  • Total percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander owned firms
    0%
  • Total percentage of Native Hispanic owned private firms
    2%
  • Total percentage of Women owned private firms
    28%
  • Value for shipments from manufacturers according to NAICS 31-33
    93,977,455
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from merchant wholesalers according to NAICS 42
    40,498,047
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
    54,298,410
  • Per capita sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
    12,273
  • Land Valuation


    Property value and South Carolina territory
  • Totals of building permits for new private housing units
    15,529
  • The valuation of all new private housing units authorized by building permits
    2,534,463
  • Adjusted acres of land in farms
    4,889,339
  • Size in square miles of land
    30,109
  • Population per square mile
    154
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