South Carolina Facts



South Carolina Location In The US South Carolina State Map

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 PointSassafras Mountain, 3,560 feet
National ParksCongaree National Park
State Population (2015)4,896,146
State Population Density162.6 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 Votes9
State Flag South Carolina State Flag
GovernorOfficial South Carolina Governor Website
U. S. SenatorsList of U. S. Senators From South Carolina
U. S. RepresentativesList of U. S. Representatives From South Carolina
State SenatorsList of South Carolina State Senators
State RepresentativesList of South Carolina State Representatives
State GovernmentOfficial Site
State ConstitutionSouth Carolina State Constitution
Road ConditionsSouth Carolina Road Conditions
State Quarter Issue Date May 22, 2000

State Symbols

State American Folk DanceSquare dance
State AnimalWhite-tailed deer
State BeverageMilk
State Bird Great Carolina wren
State ButterflyEastern tiger swallowtail
State ColorsIndigo blue
State CraftSweetgrass basket weaving
State DanceShag
State DogBoykin spaniel
State DuckWood duck
State FishStriped bass
State Flower Carolina yellow jessamine
State FossilColumbian mammoth
State FruitPeach
State GemstoneAmethyst
State GrassIndian grass
State Heritage HorseCarolina march tacky
State Heritage Work AnimalMule
State Hospitality BeverageTea
State InsectCarolina mantid
State Marine MammalBottlenose dolphin
State Migratory Marine MammalNorthern right whale
State Motto Dum spiro spero Animis opibusque parati (While I breathe, I hope Ready in soul and resource)
State MusicSpiritual
State Nickname Palmetto State
State Popular MusicBeach music
State ReptileLoggerhead sea turtle
State ShellLettered olive
State SnackBoiled peanuts
State Song"Carolina" and "South Carolina On My Mind"
State SpiderCarolina wolf spider
State StoneBlue 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 BirdWild turkey
State WildflowerGoldenrod

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)

Taxes

State Gas Tax$0.1675 / Gallon
State Cigarette Tax$0.57 / Pack

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.

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