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Upward Mobility: Could living here hurt your child's future?

A recent study ranks Horry County as one of the worst counties in the nation for children to grow up to be successful. A recent study ranks Horry County as one of the worst counties in the nation for children to grow up to be successful.
The study shows counties with lower rates of violent crimes, better schools and fewer single parents or divorced families give your child a better shot at success. The study shows counties with lower rates of violent crimes, better schools and fewer single parents or divorced families give your child a better shot at success.
. - HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Living in a certain area could set your child up to fail, according to a study recently published.

It is called the Equality of Opportunity Project and it ranks Horry County as one of the worst counties in the nation for children to grow up to be successful.

It puts Horry, Marion, Dillon and Marlboro counties thousands of dollars below the national average, meaning your child could grow up to make less money and be less successful.

However, local economists warn the research could be misleading.

The study looks at how to improve economic opportunities for low-income children, including moving your family. It shows every year of exposure to a better environment improves a child's chances of success. It also shows those chances are lower in Horry
County.

"Our median household income in SC is about 20 percent less than the United States," explained Economist Robert Salvino. He said for that reason, the findings could be slightly off for the area.

Salvino respects the researchers with this study, often using their work as part of his lectures at Coastal Carolina University. However, he cautions the interpretation of the findings since local economies are not comparable to other big cities.

The study shows counties with lower rates of violent crimes, better schools and fewer single parents or divorced families give your child a better shot at success.

"They're finding the income is halfway between where they came from and what it is where they are," said Salvino.

While he pointed out being a tourist-based economy does mean lower wages, Salvino said that may not be the reason Horry County ranks lower.

"Track it through every county in the Southeast and you'll still see it is significantly below the national average and most counties throughout the southeast are not tourist counties," said Salvino, explaining the Southeast is historically lower in wages than the rest of the country.

To put it into perspective, Robert Salvino points to the city of Charlotte. Many people move there for better jobs and a better way of life. However, based on this study, the county Charlotte is still below the national average. This could be simply because it is in the Carolinas, Salvino points out.


There may be lower wages, but also lower taxes and cost of living which could balance out the loss of earnings. 
  

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