Our Social Environment Goal

Our community will be characterized by stable families, low crime, affordable housing, and access to opportunity.


Where We Are Now

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    27.2% of Spartanburg County's children were living below the poverty level in 2012.

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    Spartanburg County's violent crime rate was down to 43.5 crimes per 10,000 residents in 2012.

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    The rate of substantiated investigations for child abuse and neglect has increased by 20.8% since 2008.

Where We're Headed



  • up arrowEstablish an annual training program for child protection professional teams
  • 3% reduction in violent crime
  • 3% reduction in repeat teen births
  • up arrow5% increase in Neighborhood Watch Groups
  • 3% reduction in infant mortality
  • - Established a supportive county-wide prevention program for families at risk of child maltreatment


    - Instituted Adolescent Family Life Program for School Districts

  • - Installed Child Advocacy Attorney in public schools
  • - Opened two mulitgenerational community centers
  • - Instituted Warrior 101 program for at-risk youth
  • - Established Triple P (Positive Parenting Program)
  • - Founded Project Best Community Collaborative on Childhood Trauma
  • - Organized Parents Anonymous support group
  • - Promoted public use of Leads Online for property recovery
  • - Created Child Advocacy Studies program at USC Upstate
  • - Developed Youth Empowerment Program for first-time shoplifters

Making A Difference In Our Social Environment

Child Advocacy Training

Spartanburg County has high rates of child abuse and neglect,

but YOU can make a difference.

  • Connect with the Child Advocacy Studies Program at USC Upstate.
  • Learn about the signs of abuse and neglect, when and where to report, and ways you can be a positive, caring relationship in a child's life that helps them build resilience to succeed. 
  • Fund training for professionals who work with children every day.

Social Environment Community Leaders


The Spartanburg Community Indicators Project partners with Indicator Area Leaders to improve outcomes in each of its seven Indicator Areas.  These organizations set improvement goals based on indicator data and lead individuals, businesses and community groups to coordinate efforts and information, thus facilitating steady progress in quality of life improvement.


The Social Environment Coalition serves as the Indicator Area Leader for the Social Environment Indicator Area. The Coalition is a group of professional and nonprofit groups working together to improve social environment outcomes in Spartanburg County. The groups coordinate their efforts through a council and have developed goals in three social priority areas to be reached by 2018.  Each priority area's work is guided by a Priority Group.

Leading Indicators

Secondary Indicators

Crosscutting Indicators

Key variables that are most reflective of the state of the Social Environment and are useful predictors of Social Environment trends.

Child Welfare

All Spartanburg children will thrive in healthy, safe, stable environments.


Indicators: Income, Housing & Poverty, Mother Educational Attainment, Child Abuse & Neglect, Foster Care


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Crime Prevention

Our community will reduce crime through education, enforcement and community involvement to improve our overall quality of life.


Indicators: Violent Crime, Property Crime, Juvenile Crime, Criminal Domestic Violence


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Thriving Families

Families of all types will enjoy increased county-wide multigenerational programs and resources to help them thrive.


Indicators: Income, Poverty, Household Types, Elder Abuse, Institutionalized Individuals


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Variables that have direct impact on or are tangentially reflective of the state of the Social Environment.

Population Demographics

Both children and seniors represent growing portions of Spartanburg County's population.

Indicators: Age Distribution, Population by Race, Population Median Age

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Senior Adults

Seniors comprise a slightly higher percentage of the population in Spartanburg County as compared with the national average.

Indicators: Senior Age Demographics, Elder Abuse, Grandparents Responsible for Grandchildren

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Institutionalized Individuals

A significant number of individuals reside in "group quarters" that house those who are primarily ineligible, unable or unlikely to participate in the labor force while residents.

Indicators: Correctional Facilities, Juvenile Facilities, Nursing Facilities, College Housing, Emergency/Transitional Shelters, Adult Group Homes

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Vehicle Availability

The availability of transportation determines, in part, employment status, health status and economic status.

Indicators: Vehicle Availability for Workers 16 and Older

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Indicators in more than one Indicator Area that have tangential or predictive impact on the Social Environment.

Educational Attainment

The educational status of a community co-varies with and predicts community challenges such as low income, stalled economic development, high reliance on public and non-profit welfare systems, high crime and poor public health outcomes.

Indicators: Adult Educational Attainment, Median Earnings by Educational Attainment

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Teen Pregnancy

Teen childbearing is strongly associated with family poverty and reliance on social welfare systems.  Children born of teenage mothers are significantly more likely to experience compromised health and well-being, including low education, low workforce readiness and continued poverty.

Indicators: Teen Pregnancy Rates

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Infant Mortality

The infant mortality rate is arguably the single most robust measure of public health in a community since it reflects social and economic factors in the community.  Infant mortality is defined as death within the first year of life.

Indicators: Infant Mortality Rates

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Substance Abuse

Although there is no way to accurately estimate the full scope of substance abuse in Spartanburg County, numbers of county residents who received services through the South Carolina Department of Drug, Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services give a sense of it.

Indicators: Admissions by Primary Problem

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What Can I Do?


Stay Informed

Connect with us by email or mail and follow us Facebook and Twitter.  Our handle is Spartanburg CIP.


Volunteer With Our Partners

Find and post volunteer opportunities on United Way of the Piedmont's Get Connected site.

Attend an Event

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