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17.4% in S.C. lacking insurance

17.4% in S.C. lacking insurance

Mt. P. ranks 22 nationwide while N. Chas. ranks 481

The Post and Courier
Wednesday, September 23, 2009

When it comes to health insurance in America’s cities, you don’t have to look far for contrasts.

Mount Pleasant had the lowest percentage of people lacking health insurance in 2008 among relatively large cities in the Southeast. Its 6.2 percent ranked 22nd among all U.S. cities.

Across the Cooper River, that picture is much bleaker. North Charleston ranked 481st in the nation with 25.1 percent of its 84,902 residents without health insurance. Among adults ages 18 to 64 living in the city, 30.5 percent are uninsured.

The figures come from the U.S. Census Bureau, which obtained data from the nation’s 532 cities with populations of at least 65,000.

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