SOUTH CAROLINA FACTOIDS
South Carolina is one of the original American Colonies with a rich history and culture shaped by European, African and Caribbean influences. South Carolina was the eighth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution on May 23, 1788. It offers everything from sunny beaches and recreational lakes to historic towns and scenic mountains. The many beautiful waterfalls of South Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountain Upcountry include the tallest falls in the Southeastern United States. There are 400+ golf courses in SC!
Population: South Carolina now has a population of more than 5.1 million. Greenwood County is 70,000+, and Laurens County is 69,000+. Abbeville County has 25,000+ and Newberry County 38,000+. Source: U.S. Census Bureau, December 2019.
South Carolina can be divided into three geographic areas. From east to west: the Atlantic coastal plain, the Piedmont and the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Lowcountry refers to the coastal plain region, and the other two regions as the Midlands and the Upstate respectively. The Atlantic coastal plane makes up two-thirds of the state.
Name: Named in honor of England's King Charles I
State Bird: South Carolina Wren
Largest City: Charleston
Land Area: 32,000 Square Miles
Largest Barrier Island: Hilton Head
Fall Foliage Peak Period: In South Carolina's Upcountry, plan on the 2nd-4th weeks in October as a general rule. Peak foliage for the remainder of the state occurs late October through early November.
Interstates: The two major Interstates are I-26 and I-385. For the Greenwood area, look for highways/routes 10, 25, 34, 72, 178, 221, 702, 254, & 264.
Cost of living: SC is below the national average in terms of cost of housing, groceries, utilities, transportation, health care & misc. goods.
Taxes: SC has one of the lowest per capita tax rates in the country according U.S. Bureau of the Census. A few tax details:
Education: Average expediture per pupil: $9,147. Pupil/teacher ratio: 16.0.
A Few Famous South Carolinians:
Economic Recognition & Stats: