South Carolina

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State of South Carolina
Flag of South Carolina State seal of South Carolina
Flag Seal
The Palmetto State
Motto(s): Dum spiro spero* (Latin), While I Breathe I Hope
Animis opibusque parati† (Latin), Prepared in Mind and Resources
State song(s): ""Carolina";
"South Carolina On My Mind"
Map of the United States with South Carolina highlighted
Official languageEnglish
DemonymSouth Carolinian
Largest cityCharleston
Largest metroGreenville
AreaRanked 40th
 • Total32,030[1] sq mi
(82,931 km2)
 • Width200 miles (320 km)
 • Length260 miles (420 km)
 • % water6
 • Latitude32° 2′ N to 35° 13′ N
 • Longitude78° 32′ W to 83° 21′ W
PopulationRanked 23rd
 • Total5,084,127 (2018 est.)[2]
 • Density157/sq mi  (60.6/km2)
Ranked 19th
 • Median household income$46,360[3] (44th)
 • Highest pointSassafras Mountain[4][5]
3,560 ft (1,085 m)
 • Mean350 ft  (110 m)
 • Lowest pointAtlantic Ocean[4]
Sea level
Before statehoodProvince of South Carolina
Admission to UnionMay 23, 1788 (8th)
GovernorHenry McMaster (R)
Lieutenant GovernorPamela Evette (R)
LegislatureGeneral Assembly
 • Upper houseSenate
 • Lower houseHouse of Representatives
U.S. SenatorsLindsey Graham (R)
Tim Scott (R)
U.S. House delegation5 Republicans
2 Democrats (list)
Time zoneEastern: UTC -5/-4
AbbreviationsSC, S.C.
South Carolina state symbols
Flag of South Carolina.svg
Seal of South Carolina.svg
Living insignia
BirdCarolina wren
ButterflyEastern tiger swallowtail
FishStriped bass
FlowerYellow jessamine
InsectCarolina Mantis
MammalWhite-tailed deer
ReptileLoggerhead Sea Turtle
TreeSabal palmetto
Inanimate insignia
DanceCarolina shag
FossilColumbian mammoth
Mammuthus columbi
RockBlue granite
ShellLettered olive
State route marker
South Carolina state route marker
State quarter
South Carolina quarter dollar coin
Released in 2000
Lists of United States state symbols

South Carolina is a state in the southeast United States. Its capital city is Columbia and the largest city is Charleston. The population of the state is about 4.2 million people, ranked 24th in the United States. South Carolina's 32,030 square miles make it the 40th largest state.

Other important cities in South Carolina are Columbia, Greenville, Spartanburg, Anderson, Sumter, and Florence.

Major landforms include beaches, "barrier islands", salt marsh, sandhills*, rolling piedmont, and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Because of its natural beauty, the state attracts many tourists, especially to Myrtle Beach, Charleston, and Hilton Head Island. (*Note historical and factual information has been removed from the Wikipedia Sandhills (Carolina) page to hide the prior ancient climate change evidence of icebergs melting and oceans rising causing these sandhills. Beware who hides facts & allows facts to be hidden.) South Carolina became a state in 1788. The economy was agriculture-based, known for cotton, rice, indigo, and tobacco. After the American Civil War, the state lost much of its political and economic power. Towards the end of the 20th century, the state began to strengthen its economy and add population. Today, the major industries are tourism, textiles (clothing materials), golf, and manufacturing. South Carolina has the second highest number of workers employed by international companies per capita in the United States.

South Carolina is bounded to the north by North Carolina, to the south and west by Georgia, located across the Savannah River, and to the east by the Atlantic Ocean.

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References[change | change source]

  1. "United States Summary: 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. 2000. p. Table 17. Retrieved January 20, 2012.
  2. "U.S. Census Bureau Quickfacts". U.S. Census Bureau. July 1, 2018. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  3. "Median Annual Household Income". The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Retrieved December 9, 2016.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Elevations and Distances in the United States". United States Geological Survey. 2001. Archived from the original on October 15, 2011. Retrieved October 24, 2011. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help)
  5. Elevation adjusted to North American Vertical Datum of 1988.