Dorchester County ranks 2nd best in S.C. for children

Dorchester County outranked both Charleston and Berkeley counties in a new list measuring child well-being. The rankings considered several factors, including education, health and poverty.

Dorchester County ranks second best in the state for child well-being, a new report shows.

The annual release of the Kids Count county-level data shows York County ranks highest for children and Allendale County ranks lowest in the state.

Berkeley County ranked sixth in the state and Charleston County ranked 13th.

The list considers several variables related to child well-being, including infant mortality rates, access to health insurance, poverty rates and education.

In Dorchester County, for example, only 19 percent of children live in poverty, compared with 24 percent in Berkeley County and 26 percent in Charleston County. The state average for children in poverty is 27 percent.

Dorchester County also scored higher for student achievement. The report shows only 14 percent of third-graders in Dorchester County tested below state standards in 2014, compared with 19 percent of students in Charleston and Berkeley counties.

A national report published earlier this year by Kids Count shows South Carolina ranks 42nd in the nation for child well-being.

Reach Lauren Sausser at (843) 937-5598.

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