S.C. Vital Records Data and Statistics

NEW! 2018 Infant Mortality

  • 2018 Infant Mortality: 7.2 infant deaths per 1,000 live births

Leading Causes of Infant Death (2018)

Cause of death (ICD-10 Code) Total
All deaths 406
Congenital Malformations, Deformations, etc. (Q00-Q99) 82
Disorders relating to Short Gestation and Low Birthweight, NEC (P07) 58
Accidents (V01-X59,Y85-Y86) 38
Newborns affected by Maternal Complications of Pregnancy (P01) 23
Bacterial Sepsis of Newborn/Infections of Prenatal Period (P36) 14
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (R95) 14
Intrauterine hypoxia and birth asphyxia (P20-P21) 10
Respiratory Distress of Newborn (P22) 10
Newborn Affected by Maternal Complications of Placenta 9
Assault (homicide) (X85-Y09, Y87.1) 9
All other Causes 139

For detailed information see 2018 Infant Mortality Annual Report. (For previous years reports see SC Vital Records Publications and Reports: 1999-2018.)


NEW! 2018 Birth and Death Data

2018 Death Statistics

For more detailed 2018 Death data, please go to DHEC's SCAN Death Module: SC Deaths 1999-2018 Interactive Table

  • Deaths: 50,633
  • Male deaths: 26,307
  • Female deaths: 24,324
  • Death rate: 10.08 per 1,000 population
  • Month with the most deaths: January (5,045)
  • Month with the least deaths: June (3,852)
  • The oldest person that died: 112 years old

Top 10 leading causes of deaths (2018):

Cause of death (ICD-10 Code) Total
All deaths 50,633
Diseases Of Heart (I00-I09,I11,I13,I20-I51) 10,460
Malignant Neoplasms (C00-C97) 10,360
Accidents (V01-X59,Y85-Y86) 3,368
Chronic Lower Respiratory Diseases (J40-J47) 2,990
Cerebrovascular Diseases (I60-I69) 2,819
Alzheimer's Disease (G30) 2,617
Diabetes Mellitus (E10-E14) 1,581
Nephritis, Nephrotic Syndrome and Nephrosis (N00-N07,N17-N19,N25-N27 985
Septicemia (A40-A41) 947
Pneumonia and Influenza (J09-J18) 882
All other Causes 13,624

For detailed information see SC Vital Records Publications and Reports: 1999-2018.


2018 Birth Statistics

  • For more detailed 2018 Birth data, please go to DHEC's SCAN Birth Module: SC Births Interactive Table.
  • Births: 56,668
  • Baby boys: 29,080
  • Baby girls: 27,588
  • Birth rate: 11.4 births per 1,000 population
  • The month with most births: August (5,156)
  • The month with least births: February (4,165)
  • Births to teen mothers age 10 to 19: 3,515
  • Teen birth rate: 11.1 per 1,000 females age 10 to 19
  • Youngest mother: 12 years old
  • Oldest mother: 55 years old

For more information, contact nitchedk@dhec.sc.gov.

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