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South Carolina Facts

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South Carolina Location In The US South Carolina State Map

This page contains a wealth of information on the state of South Carolina. Please click on the type of the fact that you are interested in:



Geography & Demographics

State Abbreviation SC
State Capital Columbia
State Size Total (Land + Water): 32,020 sq miles; Land Only: 30,110 sq miles
Number of Counties 46
Time Zone Eastern Time Zone
Bordering States Georgia, North Carolina
Highest Point Sassafras Mountain, 3,560 feet
National Parks Congaree National Park
State Population (2015) 4,896,146
State Population Density 162.6 people / square mile
Area Codes 803, 843, 864
Top 5 Cities (2010 population) Columbia (129,272) 
Charleston (120,083) 
North Charleston (97,471) 
Mount Pleasant (67,843) 
Rock Hill (66,154)

Government & Legislature

Statehood May 23, 1788
Electoral Votes 9
State Flag South Carolina State Flag
Governor Official South Carolina Governor Website
U. S. Senators List of U. S. Senators From South Carolina
U. S. Representatives List of U. S. Representatives From South Carolina
State Senators List of South Carolina State Senators
State Representatives List of South Carolina State Representatives
State Government Official Site
State Constitution South Carolina State Constitution
Same-Sex Marriage Legalization Date November 20, 2014
Road Conditions South Carolina Road Conditions
State Quarter Issue Date May 22, 2000

State Symbols

State American Folk Dance Square dance
State Animal White-tailed deer
State Beverage Milk
State Bird Great Carolina wren
State Butterfly Eastern tiger swallowtail
State Colors Indigo blue
State Craft Sweetgrass basket weaving
State Dance Shag
State Dog Boykin spaniel
State Duck Wood duck
State Fish Striped bass
State Flower Carolina yellow jessamine
State Fossil Columbian mammoth
State Fruit Peach
State Gemstone Amethyst
State Grass Indian grass
State Heritage Horse Carolina march tacky
State Heritage Work Animal Mule
State Hospitality Beverage Tea
State Insect Carolina mantid
State Marine Mammal Bottlenose dolphin
State Migratory Marine Mammal Northern right whale
State Motto Dum spiro spero Animis opibusque parati (While I breathe, I hope Ready in soul and resource)
State Music Spiritual
State Nickname Palmetto State
State Popular Music Beach music
State Reptile Loggerhead sea turtle
State Shell Lettered olive
State Snack Boiled peanuts
State Song "Carolina" and "South Carolina On My Mind"
State Spider Carolina wolf spider
State Stone Blue granite
State Tapestry "From the Mountains to the Sea"
State Tree Sabal palmetto (also called cabbage palm tree)
State Waltz "Richardson Waltz"
State Wild Game Bird Wild turkey
State Wildflower Goldenrod

Sports Teams

Major Sports Teams None
NCAA Division I Schools College of Charleston (Colonial Athletic Association) 
Charleston Southern University (Big South) 
The Citadel (Southern) 
Clemson University (ACC) 
Coastal Carolina University (Big South) 
Furman University (Southern) 
Presbyterian College (Big South) 
University of South Carolina (SEC) 
South Carolina State University (Mid-Eastern Athletic) 
University of South Carolina Upstate (Atlantic Sun) 
Winthrop University (Big South) 
Wofford College (Southern)

Popular Tourist Attractions

Famous People Born In South Carolina

Nobel Prize Winners

  • Charles H. Townes (Physics, 1964)
  • Joseph L. Goldstein (Physiology or Medicine, 1985)
  • Robert F. Furchgott (Physiology or Medicine, 1998)

United States Presidents

  • Andrew Jackson (7th President)

Pro Football Hall Of Fame Members

  • Art Shell (Offensive Tackle. Inducted in 1989)
  • Harry Carson (Linebacker. Inducted in 2006)

Baseball Hall Of Fame Players

  • Larry Doby (Center Fielder. Inducted in 1998)
  • Ben Taylor (First Baseman. Inducted in 2006)
  • Jim Rice (Left Fielder. Inducted in 2009)

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall Of Fame Players

  • Alex English (Forward. Inducted in 1997)
  • Katrina McClain (Forward. Inducted in 2012)

Famous Actors And Actresses

  • Thomas Gibson
  • Chris Rock
  • Jessica Stroup

Famous Singers

  • Lee Brice
  • James Brown
  • Darius Rucker

South Carolina Fun Facts

  • The Carolina colony was established by British and it was split in 1729 into North and South Carolina as it was deemed to big to govern effectively. Carolina is named after King Charles I. Carolus is the Latin word for Charles.
  • The first opera performed in the United States, a comic ballad opera called Flora, opened in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1735.
  • The Charleston Tea Plantation, located on Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina, is the only working tea plantation in the United States.
  • Morgan Island in South Carolina houses the only colony of free-ranging rhesus monkeys in the United States. Morgan Island is also known as Monkey Island. There are about 3,500 monkeys in the colony.
  • The Charleston Museum in Charleston, South Carolina, is the first museum in America. It was founded in 1773 and opened to the public in 1824.
  • Johnston, South Carolina, is known as the Peach Capital of the World.
  • The largest Gingko farm in the world is located in Sumter, South Carolina.
  • The first battle of the Civil War took place at Fort Sumter, South Carolina.
  • On November 2, 1954, Strom Thurmond became the first US senator elected by write-in vote. Thurmond received 63.1% of the votes to win the election.
  • In South Carolina, a person must be 18 years old to legally play a pinball machine.

This page was last updated on October 01, 2017.

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