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Union Community Indicators. Introducing the inaugural report. Union Community Indicators. Goal: Identify and examine the key human service and social issues affecting Union County. Union, SC. about the process.

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union community indicators

Union Community Indicators

Introducing the inaugural report

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Union Community Indicators

Goal:

Identify and examine the key human service and social issues affecting Union County

Union, SC

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about the process

Consensus on the most pressing issues facing Union County began with informal discussions with community leaders.

The discussions yielded the 5 broad areas of emphasis: Education, Economics, Environment & Recreation, Family and Health

Committees were formed around each area, chaired by local leaders and included members from various walks of life

Each committee was given the task of identifying 5 or 6 indicators that give residents a picture of the community’s performance in the 5 selected areas

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about the process

Each indicator must be:

  • an accurate measurement of the issue being discussed;
  • obtained from a reliable source;
  • scientifically defensible;
  • understood and accepted by the community;
  • readily available and easily obtainable; and
  • unambiguous in interpretation
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about the process

Each committee developed a comprehensive list of potential statistics to illustrate Union’s successes and challenges

Committees then gathered public input

  • focus groups
  • live surveys at the Union Day festival
  • survey in Union Daily Times
  • electronic survey
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about the process

Interpreting the data:

Local, state, and national agencies accumulate and report the quantitative data necessary for benchmarking

Rates per population, US Census Bureau estimates were used

Source for each indicator is noted in the text

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about the process

Reviewing the indicators:

  • Designed to compare the community to itself over time, not to evaluate against progress of other communities
  • Provide quantitative data from publicly-accessible sources
  • Some important dimensions to issues are not included because data is not readily available
  • Mere pieces of a much larger picture
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education

1. EXIT EXAM PERFORMANCE

English/Language Arts Scores

Mathematics Scores

South Carolina Dept. of Education

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education

2. DROP OUT RATE 3. EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT

Drop Out Rate

Educational Attainment

Annie E. Casey Foundation

Kids Count Online

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education

3. EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT

(continued)

These percentages apply to the population in Union County who is 25 years old and over. According to the 2000 US Census, 20,222 individuals made up this group:

Less than 9th grade 13.5%

9th grade – 12th grade, no diploma 19.6%

High school graduate (includes equivalency) 36.4%

Some college, no degree 15.1%

Associate degree 5.6%

Bachelor’s degree 6.7%

Graduate or professional degree 3.1%

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education

4. FIRST GRADE READINESS ASSESSMENT

Measures the percent of children testing not ready for first grade. Thanks to initiatives such as First Steps Union and other early-intervention programs through the schools and library, the number of children assessed as “not ready for first grade” has declined over the past 20 years.

Annie E. Casey Foundation

Kids Count Online

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education

5. TEACHERS WITH ADVANCED DEGREES

Following the trends in SC, the percentage of teachers with advanced degrees has risen in Union County.

South Carolina Dept. of Education

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education

Successes in EDUCATION

USC Union

Union County Adult Education

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economics

1. PER CAPITA INCOME 2. MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME

Per Capita Income

Median Household Income

SC Employment Security Commission

United States Census Bureau

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economics

3. UNEMPLOYMENT

Shows the average percentage of unemployed residents as compared to SC and US averages. Statistics from August 2006 through July 2007 show that Union’s unemployment rate tops both SC and US percents.

SC Employment Security Commission

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economics

4. SKILLED / UNSKILLED WORKFORCE

The percent of the population age 25 and older with no high school diploma is an indication of the skill of a community’s workforce. The percentages from 2000 show that 33 percent of Union County residents within this group lack a high school diploma or GED.

United States Census Bureau

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economics

5. HOMEOWNERSHIP

The following graphs show the percentage of the population that owns the home in which they live and the median value (half of th e prices above and half of the prices below) of those owner-occupied homes. Statistics come from the 2000 Census.

5. HOMEOWNERSHIP

United States Census Bureau

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economics

Successes in ECONOMICS

Dollar General Stores Distribution Center

LSP Automotive Systems LLC

USC Union/Spartanburg Community College Robotics and Technology Center

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environment/recreation

1. YOUTH ATHLETICS PARTICIPATION

According to the Union County Recreation Department the following graph represents the following graph represents the number of youth who participated in an organized athletics program through the Union County Recreation Department or the Union YMCA during 2007.

5. HOMEOWNERSHIP

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environment/recreation

2. RECYCLING CENTERS

There are 3.35 recycling centers for every 10,000 people in Union County vs. 1.54 recycling centers for every 10,000 people in SC. Statistics are from the SC Dept. of Health and Environmental Control and the US Census Bureau.

5. HOMEOWNERSHIP

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environment/recreation

3. AIR QUALITY 4. WATER QUALITY

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environment/recreation

Successes in ENVIRONMENT/RECREATION

Timken Sports Complex

Rose Hill Plantation

Union County Museum

Cross Keys House

Union County Arts Council

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family

1. YOUTH IN POVERTY

Compares the percent of the population under the age of 18 living in poverty. From 1990 to 2000, the percent of youth in poverty has decreased across the board, but Union County still remains behind SC and the US in the percentage of children and youth living in poverty situations.

5. HOMEOWNERSHIP

Annie E. Casey Foundation Kids Count

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family

2. TEEN PREGNANCY

Between 1994 and 2004, Union County improved its incidence (rate) of pregnancy per 1,000 youth and teens between the ages of 10 and 19 by 33.4 percent.

5. HOMEOWNERSHIP

SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy 2006

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family

3. CHILDREN IN SINGLE PARENT FAMILIES

Measures the percent of children living in single-parent households, comparing 1990 and 2000. For the purposes of these statistics, children are defined as people under the age of 18who are the son or daughter of the householder by birth, marriage (stepchild) or adoption.

5. HOMEOWNERSHIP

Annie E. Casey Foundation Kids Count

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family

4. INCIDENCE OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Measures the reported incidences of domestic violence per 10,000 citizens. Union County’s reported incidences are far below the number reported in the state.

5. HOMEOWNERSHIP

SAFE Homes/Rape Crisis Coalition and the SC Attorney General’s Office

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family

5. HOMELESSNESS

The Salvation Army is the primary provider of shelter for homeless individuals and families in Union County. The indicator counts the number of nights of shelter provided (i.e. if a family of four was provided shelter for 7 days, that would represent 28 shelter nights provided.)

5. HOMEOWNERSHIP

Union County Salvation Army

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family

Successes in FAMILY

Union County Disabilities and Special Needs Board

Union County Children’s Museum Advisory Committee

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health

1. DRUG AND ALCOHOL ABUSE & TREATMENT

Information shows the total number of clients served in one of the Union County Center for Alcohol and Drug Abuse’s programs and the number and corresponding percentage of people who were discharged after successful treatment. Clients in most of programs and services were included in these statistics.

5. HOMEOWNERSHIP

57% 58% 49%

Union County Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse

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health

2. OVERWEIGHT / OBESITY

Measures the percentage of obese or overweight individuals as defined as people with Body Fat Mass Index (BFMI) equal to 25% or more.

5. HOMEOWNERSHIP

South Carolina Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

and the National Center for Disease Control

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health

3. INCIDENCE OF DEATH FROM CHRONIC DISEASES

Includes Union County and South Carolina comparisons of the rate of death from specific chronic diseases per 100,000 residents. Statistics from 2005 indicate that Union County has a higher rate of death in all areas – cancer, stroke, diabetes and heart disease – than the state as a whole. Heart disease is the number one killer, followed by cancer, stroke, and diabetes.

5. HOMEOWNERSHIP

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

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health

Successes in HEALTH

Wallace Thomson Hospital Obstetrics Nursery reopening

WTH Outpatient Education – Diabetes Self-Management and Education

Union County YMCA

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Union Community Indicators

WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

Union Indicators provides information about the status of the community and points to a range of strategic issues that, if addressed, could greatly improve the quality of life in the county.

By sharing this information, the Union Community Indicators committee hopes to provide common ground to engage the public in ways to work together to address these and other related issues.

The first step is to share this information and ask hard questions about what causes conditions in our county to get better or worse. This publication should inspire the further research and dialogue necessary for the community to come together as advocates for positive change.

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Union Community Indicators

The inaugural Union Community Indicators report was made possible through the financial support of:

Milliken Foundation

Timken

The City of Union

The County of Union

United Way of the Piedmont

Upstate Workforce Investment Board