Palmetto State: Poor Mom Central
“IT’S A GREAT DAY …”
South Carolina has the third-highest rate of poor mothers in America, according to data released this month by the U.S. Census Bureau – yet another disappointing economic indicator for the Palmetto State.
A whopping 38.7 percent of South Carolina mothers aged 15-50 live in poverty – placing the Palmetto State behind only Montana (41.3 percent) and Mississippi (42 percent). Nationally, 28.1 percent of mothers are poor.
South Carolina also seems to be cranking out babies at a record clip … at least as far as young mothers are concerned.
According to the Census data, 6.1 percent of women aged 15 to 22 in the Palmetto State have had a baby within the last year – second only to Oklahoma’s 6.3 percent. That’s well above the national average of 4.2 percent.
Nationally, 73 percent of live births to young mothers are out of wedlock …
FITS has written repeatedly in the past regarding the strain all of this places on taxpayers – as more than half of all live births in South Carolina are covered by Medicaid.