South Carolina Facts


South Carolina Location In The US South Carolina State Map

South Carolina is known for:

  • Beaches
  • Fishing and hunting
  • Golf courses
  • Historic districts
  • Lowcountry cuisine
  • The first state to sucede from the Union, leading to the Civil War

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
Tallest Building Capitol Center in Columbia, 349 feet
Largest StadiumMemorial Stadium in Clemson, capacity 81,500
National ParksCongaree National Park
State Population (2020)5,118,425
State Population Density170.0 people / square mile
Area Codes 803, 839, 843, 864
Top 5 Cities (2020 population) Charleston (139,714)
Columbia (132,130)
North Charleston (118,752)
Mount Pleasant (92,799)
Rock Hill (76,318)

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
Same-Sex Marriage Legalization DateNovember 20, 2014
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)

Table Tennis Clubs in South Carolina

City Table Tennis Club
AikenAiken Table Tennis Association
Myrtle BeachMyrtle Beach Table Tennis Club
North AugustaGreater North Augusta Table Tennis Society
TaylorsGreenville Table Tennis Club

Popular Tourist Attractions

Festivals and Events

Top festivals and events in South Carolina. They are listed in approximate order of when they take place during the year.

Festival / Event When Location
Lowcountry Oyster Festival February Mount Pleasant
Charleston Wine + Food Festival March Charleston
Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival March Hilton Head Island
ArtFields April Lake City
South Carolina Strawberry Festival April to May Fort Mill
Charleston Hot Air Balloon Festival May Charleston
Freedom Weekend Aloft May Anderson
Spoleto Festival USA May to June Charleston
Beaufort Water Festival July Beaufort
South Carolina Peach Festival July Gaffney
Hot Air Affair Rising Above Cancer September Anderson
Fall for Greenville October Greenville
South Carolina State Fair October Columbia

Popular Iconic South Carolina Foods

South Carolina is famous for the following foods:

  • South Carolina-Style Barbecue
  • Boiled Peanuts
  • Frogmore Stew
  • Oyster Roast
  • Collard Greens
  • Shrimp and Grits
  • Pimento Cheese
  • Okra
  • Hoppin' John
  • She-Crab Soup

Famous People Born In South Carolina

Nobel Prize Winners

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)
  • Donnie Shell (Safety. Inducted in 2020)
  • Richard Seymour (Defensive Tackle / Defensive End. Inducted in 2022)

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)
  • Kevin Garnett (Forward. Inducted in 2020)
  • Pearl Moore (Guard. Inducted in 2021)

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.

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