S.C. Vital Records Data and Statistics

NEW! 2017 Infant Mortality

  • 2017 Infant Mortality: 6.5 infant deaths per 1,000 live births

Leading Causes of Infant Death (2017)

Cause of death (ICD-10 Code) Total
All deaths 371
Congenital Malformations, Deformations, etc. (Q00-Q99) 64
Disorders relating to Short Gestation and Low Birthweight, NEC (P07) 52
Accidents (V01-X59,Y85-Y86) 34
Newborns affected by Maternal Complications of Pregnancy (P01) 34
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (R95) 28
Newborn Affected by Maternal Complications of Placenta (P02) 13
Diseases of Circulatory System (100-199) 11
Bacterial Sepsis of Newborn/Infections of Prenatal Period (P36) 8
Intrauterine hypoxia and birth asphyxia (P20-P21) 8
Respiratory Distress of Newborn (P22) 8
All other Causes 111

For detailed information see 2017 Infant Mortality Annual Report . ( For previous years reports see SC Vital Records Publications and Reports: 1997-2017 .)


NEW! 2017 Birth and Death Data

2017 Death Statistics

For more detailed 2016 Death data, please go to DHEC's SCAN Death Module: SC Deaths 1999-2017 Interactive Table

  • Deaths: 49,408
  • Male deaths: 25,848
  • Female deaths: 23,560
  • Death rate: 9.8 per 1,000 population
  • Month with the most deaths: December (4,538)
  • Month with the least deaths: September (3,914)
  • The oldest person that died: 109 years old

Top 10 leading causes of deaths (2017):

Cause of death (ICD-10 Code) Total
All deaths 49,408
Diseases Of Heart (I00-I09,I11,I13,I20-I51) 10,412
Malignant Neoplasms (C00-C97) 10,346
Accidents (V01-X59,Y85-Y86) 3,143
Chronic Lower Respiratory Diseases (J40-J47) 2,980
Cerebrovascular Diseases (I60-I69) 2,690
Alzheimer's Disease (G30) 2,549
Diabetes Mellitus (E10-E14) 1,535
Nephritis, Nephrotic Syndrome and Nephrosis (N00-N07,N17-N19,N25-N27 948
Septicemia (A40-A41) 884
Suicide (X60-X84,Y87.0) 838
All other Causes 13,083

For detailed information see SC Vital Records Publications and Reports: 1997-2017.


2017 Birth Statistics

  • For more detailed 2017 Birth data, please go to DHEC's SCAN Birth Module: SC Births Interactive Table .
  • Births: 57,030
  • Baby boys: 29,315
  • Baby girls: 27,715
  • Birth rate: 11.4 births per 1,000 population
  • The month with most births: August (5,356)
  • The month with least births: April (4,279)
  • Births to teen mothers age 10 to 19: 3,446
  • 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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