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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 Free Public Records Directory

Departments which record, maintain and provide official documents, certificates or information requested by the general public.

South Carolina Free Court Records Search

Recent court criminal actions, civil lawsuits and bankruptcy filings.

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Questions, Answers and Comments About South Carolina

  • Question: Unemployment by race in sc
    By anonymous
    May 21, 2016
    Reply:

    Look up the research materials below: South Carolina American Community Survey (ACS) 2014 Census Bureau/South Carolina Selected Economic Characteristics data. You can narrow your search to cities and counties and their individual data. This data is published in between national census events that take place every ten years.

    By AdamWest
    Sep 22, 2017
  • Question: Can I get a transcript of a court case?criminal
    By Sherri
    Oct 10, 2016
    Reply:

    Try accessing the court's site directly, most cases are county level and their clerks are in charge of records. There are others asking the same question and shared what they did. Type in the keyword "transcripts" in search box above and you will see a list of answers to similar questions. Select all states, even with other states, the system/process is similar and will give a good idea of what to do.

    By tory
    Oct 10, 2016
  • Question: Where can I get a copy of my birth certificate
    By K
    May 03, 2016
    Reply:

    If you're over eighteen y/o, you can request it directly from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. There are four ways to get the birth record, over the counter which takes less than an hour according to their site. By mail, which take 2 to 4 weeks, by phone, taking 5 to 7 working days, and online which takes the same amount of time. There's an online form for requestors and what you need to show, id and so on.

    By adm
    Jun 30, 2016
  • Question: How do I find out what charges I have against me that has a hold on my drivers license
    By Robert
    Feb 01, 2016
    Reply:

    I would start with magistrate's office at your local courthouse. You can also request a 10 yr driving record from the SCDMV. Any suspensions & there cause are typically listed. Note that there is a $10 fee. You can do it online & view instantly.

    By Ken3ie
    Feb 28, 2016
  • Question: I was lost in the woods in 1984, by the AFB. My sister and I made front page news 2 days in a row. How can I find it??
    By Jennifer
    Sep 26, 2015
    Reply:

    Check into the library near that area, they will usually carry local papers/periodicals in microfish, or some other format that makes looking up reports better. Many have computerized their systems.

    By admn-resp
    Oct 06, 2015
  • Question: Marriage record
    By Donna
    Oct 15, 2015
    Reply:

    You can get marriage records between 1950 to 12/2012 from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. Or the probate court for marriages dating further back. You can either walking and order one, online, by phone or mail.

    By adm
    Oct 19, 2015
  • Question: I cannot contact a friend & have been told he was arrested sometime since yesterday, how do I find out the details so I can help him?
    By Me
    Oct 02, 2015
    Reply:

    If you don't know where the arrest happened, maybe crime mapping can help, or any other source that shows crimes by general location. If you do know where the arrest happened, then you'll know which department made the arrest, or at the least which has the person in custody. The local police departments which make a majority of the arrests have websites with inmate searches. You can simply do a web search for: inmates and the name of the city/area/county. Larger police departments are more likely to have better online free sources. If the city police does not show its arrests or inmates, look into the county sheriffs. Detention center searches are online and open to anyone.

    By adm
    Oct 06, 2015
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South Carolina Missing Children

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

  • Missing: Kerrith Belote
    Kerrith Belote, Age Now: 16, Missing: 08/14/2018. Missing From Winnsboro, Sc. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Fairfield County Sheriffs Office (south Carolina) 1-803-635-5511.
    November 14, 2018
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Shealyn Lee
    Shealyn Lee, Age Now: 17, Missing: 10/20/2018. Missing From Conway, Sc. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Horry County Police Department (south Carolina) 1-843-248-1520.
    November 14, 2018
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Jason Lawson
    Jason Lawson, Age Now: 14, Missing: 07/04/2018. Missing From Rock Hill, Sc. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Rock Hill Police Department (south Carolina) 1-803-329-7200.
    October 26, 2018
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Sierra O'bryant
    Sierra O'bryant, Age Now: 17, Missing: 10/12/2018. Missing From Spartanburg, Sc. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Spartanburg Police Department (south Carolina) 1-864-596-2222.
    October 26, 2018
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Xavier Darby
    Xavier Darby, Age Now: 16, Missing: 10/19/2018. Missing From Columbia, Sc. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Richland County Sheriff's Office (south Carolina) 1-803-576-3000.
    October 24, 2018
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Caitlyn Joy
    Caitlyn Joy, Age Now: 16, Missing: 10/02/2018. Missing From Anderson, Sc. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Anderson Police Department (south Carolina) 1-864-260-4444.
    October 22, 2018
    Source: missingkids.com

South Carolina Recent Criminal Activity Reports

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

South Carolina Latest Crime Records (Updated 11/18/2018)

  • 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 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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