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South Carolina

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Location of South Carolina State


Capital: Columbia

Population: 4,723,723 (Source: 2012 U.S. Census)

Major Cities: Columbia, Charleston, North Charleston, Mount Pleasant, Rock Hill

Borders: North Carolina, Georgia, Atlantic Ocean

Gross Domestic Product (GDP): $176,217 million (2012 U.S. Department of Commerce)

Key Industries:
Agriculture including poultry, cattle, soybeans, tobacco, and peaches
Textiles, chemicals, paper, automobiles, machinery, and tourism

How South Carolina got its name: The Carolinas were named in honor of King Charles I. The Latin for Charles is translated as Carolus.

Atlas of South Carolina State
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South Carolina State Symbols

State Nickname: Palmetto State

State Slogan: Smiling Faces. Beautiful Places. Also on one of its two base license plates.

State Motto: Animis opibusque parati (Prepared in mind and resources) and Dum spiro spero (While I breathe, I hope)

State flower: Yellow Jessamine

State bird: Carolina Wren

State fish: Striped bass

State tree: Palmetto

State mammal: White-tailed deer, Boykin Spaniel

State foods: Peach, Milk, Sweet Tea

Becoming a State

Date admitted: May 23, 1788

Number admitted: 8

Prior Name: Province of South Carolina, then sovereign state in Confederation

Postal Abbreviation: SC

South Carolina State Map


The Geography of South Carolina

Total Size: 30,109 sq. miles (source: 2003 Census)

Geographical Low Point: Atlantic Ocean at Sea Level (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Geographical High Point: Sassafras Mtn. at 3,560 feet, located in the county/subdivision of Pickens (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Central Point: Located in Richland County approx. 13 miles southeast of Columbia (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Counties: 46 (source: National Association of Counties)

Bodies of Water: Atlantic Ocean, Lake Murray, Lake Marion, Lake Moultrie, Lake Hartwell, Pee Dee River, Saluda River, and Santee River

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Professional Sports Teams

There are no major professional sports teams in South Carolina. The Carolina Panthers play just across the border in Charlotte.

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