South Carolina
South Carolina
(/ˌkærəˈlaɪnə/ ( listen)) is a U.S. state in the southeastern region of the United States. The state is bordered to the north by North Carolina, to the south and west by Georgia, across the Savannah River, and to the east by the Atlantic Ocean. South Carolina
South Carolina
became the eighth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution, on May 23, 1788. South Carolina
South Carolina
became the first state to vote in favor of secession from the Union on December 20, 1860. After the American Civil War, it was readmitted into the United States on June 25, 1868. South Carolina
South Carolina
is the 40th most extensive and 23rd most populous U.S. state. Its GDP
as of 2013 was $183.6 billion, with an annual growth rate of 3.13%.[6] South Carolina
South Carolina
is composed of 46 counties. The capital is Columbia with a 2016 population of 134,309; while its largest city is Charleston with a 2016 population of 134,385. The Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin metropolitan area is the largest in the state, with a 2016 population estimate of 884,975. South Carolina
South Carolina
is named in honor of King Charles I of England, who first formed the English colony, with Carolus being Latin
for "Charles".[7] South Carolina
South Carolina
is known for its 187 miles of coastline, beautiful lush gardens, historic sites and Southern plantations, colonial, African and European cultures, and its growing economic development.


1 Geography

1.1 Lakes 1.2 Earthquakes 1.3 Climate

1.3.1 Hurricanes and tropical cyclones

1.4 Federal lands in South Carolina 1.5 Settlements and demographics

1.5.1 Major cities 1.5.2 Population centers

2 Government and politics 3 History

3.1 Precolonial period 3.2 Exploration 3.3 Colonization 3.4 The American Revolution 3.5 Antebellum 3.6 Civil War 1861–1865 3.7 Reconstruction 1865–1877 3.8 Populist and agrarian movements 3.9 20th century 3.10 21st century

4 Culture

4.1 The arts 4.2 Religion 4.3 Sports

5 Economy and infrastructure

5.1 Media 5.2 Transportation

5.2.1 Road 5.2.2 Rail     Passenger rail     Station stops     Freight

5.3 Major and regional airports

6 Education

6.1 Institutions of higher education 6.2 Universities and colleges ranked by endowment, 2010

7 Health care 8 Gallery 9 See also 10 Notes 11 References 12 External links


Table Rock State Park in the mountains of South Carolina

Francis Marion National Forest
Francis Marion National Forest
in Berkeley County

Lake Marion – Indian Bluff Park – Eutawville, South Carolina

The state can be divided into three geographic areas. From east to west: the Atlantic coastal plain, the Piedmont, and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Locally, the coastal plain is referred to as the Low Country and the other two regions as Up Country.[8] The Atlantic Coastal Plain makes up two-thirds of the state. Its eastern border is the Sea Islands, a chain of tidal and barrier islands. The border between the low country and the up country is defined by the Atlantic Seaboard fall line, which marks the limit of navigable rivers. The state's coastline contains many salt marshes and estuaries, as well as natural ports such as Georgetown and Charleston. An unusual feature of the coastal plain is a large number of Carolina bays, the origins of which are uncertain. The bays tend to be oval, lining up in a northwest to southeast orientation. The terrain is flat and the soil is composed entirely of recent sediments such as sand, silt, and clay. Areas with better drainage make excellent farmland, though some land is swampy. The natural areas of the coastal plain are part of the Middle Atlantic coastal forests
Middle Atlantic coastal forests
ecoregion.[9] Just west of the coastal plain is the Sandhills region. The Sandhills are remnants of coastal dunes from a time when the land was sunken or the oceans were higher. The Upstate region contains the roots of an ancient, eroded mountain chain. It is generally hilly, with thin, stony clay soils, and contains few areas suitable for farming. Much of the Piedmont was once farmed. Due to the changing economics of farming, much of the land is now reforested in Loblolly pine for the lumber industry. These forests are part of the Southeastern mixed forests
Southeastern mixed forests
ecoregion.[9] At the southeastern edge of the Piedmont is the fall line, where rivers drop to the coastal plain. The fall line was an important early source of water power. Mills built to harness this resource encouraged the growth of several cities, including the capital, Columbia. The larger rivers are navigable up to the fall line, providing a trade route for mill towns. The northwestern part of the Piedmont is also known as the Foothills. The Cherokee
Parkway is a scenic driving route through this area. This is where Table Rock State Park is located. Highest in elevation is the Blue Ridge Region, containing an escarpment of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which continue into North Carolina and Georgia, as part of the southern Appalachian Mountains. Sassafras Mountain, South Carolina's highest point at 3,560 feet (1,090 m), is located in this area.[10] Also located in this area is Caesars Head
Caesars Head
State Park. The environment here is that of the Appalachian-Blue Ridge forests
Appalachian-Blue Ridge forests
ecoregion.[9] The Chattooga River, located on the border between South Carolina
South Carolina
and Georgia, is a favorite whitewater rafting destination. Lakes[edit] Main article: List of lakes in South Carolina South Carolina
South Carolina
has several major lakes covering over 683 square miles (1,770 km2). All major lakes in South Carolina
South Carolina
are man-made. The following are the lakes listed by size.[11]

Lake Marion 110,000 acres (450 km2) Lake Strom Thurmond
Lake Strom Thurmond
(also known as Clarks Hill Lake) 71,100 acres (290 km2) Lake Moultrie
Lake Moultrie
60,000 acres (240 km2) Lake Hartwell
Lake Hartwell
56,000 acres (230 km2) Lake Murray 50,000 acres (200 km2) Russell Lake 26,650 acres (110 km2) Lake Keowee
Lake Keowee
18,372 acres (70 km2) Lake Wylie
Lake Wylie
13,400 acres (50 km2) Lake Wateree
Lake Wateree
13,250 acres (50 km2) Lake Greenwood 11,400 acres (50 km2) Lake Jocassee
Lake Jocassee
7,500 acres (30 km2) Lake Bowen

Earthquakes[edit] Main article: List of earthquakes in South Carolina Earthquakes in South Carolina
South Carolina
demonstrate the greatest frequency along the central coastline of the state, in the Charleston area. South Carolina averages 10–15 earthquakes a year below magnitude 3 (FEMA). The Charleston Earthquake of 1886 was the largest quake ever to hit the Southeastern United States. This 7.2 magnitude earthquake killed 60 people and destroyed much of the city.[12] Faults in this region are difficult to study at the surface due to thick sedimentation on top of them. Many of the ancient faults are within plates rather than along plate boundaries. Climate[edit] Main article: Climate of South Carolina

A map of the average annual precipitation in South Carolina

Lake Wylie
Lake Wylie
in autumn

South Carolina
South Carolina
has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa), although high-elevation areas in the Upstate area have fewer subtropical characteristics than areas on the Atlantic coastline. In the summer, South Carolina
South Carolina
is hot and humid, with daytime temperatures averaging between 86–93 °F (30–34 °C) in most of the state and overnight lows averaging 70–75 °F (21–24 °C) on the coast and from 66–73 °F (19–23 °C) inland. Winter temperatures are much less uniform in South Carolina. Coastal areas of the state have very mild winters, with high temperatures approaching an average of 60 °F (16 °C) and overnight lows around 40 °F (5–8 °C). Inland, the average January overnight low is around 32 °F (0 °C) in Columbia and temperatures well below freezing in the Upstate. While precipitation is abundant the entire year in almost the entire state, the coast tends to have a slightly wetter summer, while inland, the spring and autumn transitions tend to be the wettest periods and winter the driest season, with November being the driest month. The highest recorded temperature is 113 °F (45 °C) in Johnston and Columbia on June 29, 2012, and the lowest recorded temperature is −19 °F (−28 °C) at Caesars Head
Caesars Head
on January 21, 1985. Snowfall in South Carolina
South Carolina
is somewhat uncommon in most of the state, while coastal areas receive less than an inch (2.5 cm) annually on average. It is not uncommon for the state (especially the southern coast) to receive no recordable snowfall in a given year. The interior receives a little more snow, although nowhere in the state averages more than 12 inches (30 cm) of snow annually. The mountains of extreme northwestern South Carolina
South Carolina
tend to have the most substantial snow accumulation. Freezing rain and ice tend to be more common than snow in many areas of the state. Road bridges in South Carolina
South Carolina
are commonly marked, "Bridge ices before road." South Carolina
South Carolina
is also prone to tropical cyclones and tornadoes. Two of the strongest hurricanes to strike South Carolina
South Carolina
in recent history were Hurricane Hazel
Hurricane Hazel
(1954) and Hurricane Hugo
Hurricane Hugo

Monthly normals and extremes for various South Carolina
South Carolina





Climate data for Greenville, South Carolina
Greenville, South Carolina
(Greenville–Spartanburg Int'l), 1981–2010 normals,[a] extremes 1884–present[b]

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year

Record high °F (°C) 82 (28) 81 (27) 91 (33) 94 (34) 100 (38) 105 (41) 107 (42) 105 (41) 101 (38) 97 (36) 86 (30) 79 (26) 107 (42)

Mean maximum °F (°C) 69.4 (20.8) 72.5 (22.5) 80.8 (27.1) 86.0 (30) 90.2 (32.3) 95.1 (35.1) 97.3 (36.3) 95.9 (35.5) 91.1 (32.8) 84.4 (29.1) 77.1 (25.1) 69.5 (20.8) 98.6 (37)

Average high °F (°C) 52.4 (11.3) 56.6 (13.7) 64.5 (18.1) 72.8 (22.7) 80.2 (26.8) 87.5 (30.8) 90.3 (32.4) 88.6 (31.4) 82.2 (27.9) 72.8 (22.7) 63.5 (17.5) 54.1 (12.3) 72.1 (22.3)

Average low °F (°C) 32.0 (0) 34.9 (1.6) 41.2 (5.1) 48.3 (9.1) 57.2 (14) 65.8 (18.8) 69.4 (20.8) 68.7 (20.4) 61.8 (16.6) 50.4 (10.2) 41.3 (5.2) 34.0 (1.1) 50.4 (10.2)

Mean minimum °F (°C) 14.6 (−9.7) 19.0 (−7.2) 24.2 (−4.3) 32.6 (0.3) 42.7 (5.9) 55.0 (12.8) 61.7 (16.5) 60.7 (15.9) 47.9 (8.8) 34.1 (1.2) 26.0 (−3.3) 18.1 (−7.7) 11.8 (−11.2)

Record low °F (°C) −6 (−21) −5 (−21) 11 (−12) 22 (−6) 27 (−3) 40 (4) 53 (12) 50 (10) 32 (0) 25 (−4) 11 (−12) 3 (−16) −6 (−21)

Average precipitation inches (mm) 3.82 (97) 3.97 (100.8) 4.52 (114.8) 3.36 (85.3) 3.76 (95.5) 3.80 (96.5) 4.80 (121.9) 4.48 (113.8) 3.43 (87.1) 3.44 (87.4) 3.70 (94) 4.11 (104.4) 47.19 (1,198.6)

Average snowfall inches (cm) 2.3 (5.8) 1.0 (2.5) 0.9 (2.3) trace 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0.1 (0.3) 0.4 (1) 4.7 (11.9)

Average precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 10.2 9.2 9.6 9.0 9.7 10.4 11.7 10.4 8.1 7.2 8.9 9.8 114.2

Average snowy days (≥ 0.1 in) 1.2 0.7 0.3 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.1 0.4 2.8

Average relative humidity (%) 65.8 62.6 62.1 60.7 68.5 70.5 74.0 75.6 75.8 70.9 68.2 67.7 68.5

Mean monthly sunshine hours 176.6 182.7 236.2 264.7 269.2 270.8 267.8 253.9 229.2 235.2 184.3 169.4 2,740

Percent possible sunshine 56 60 64 68 62 62 61 61 62 67 59 55 62

Source: NOAA (relative humidity 1962–1990, sun 1961–1990)[13][14][15]


Climate data for Columbia, South Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina
(Columbia Airport), 1981–2010 normals,[c] extremes 1887–present[d]

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year

Record high °F (°C) 84 (29) 84 (29) 93 (34) 96 (36) 101 (38) 109 (43) 107 (42) 107 (42) 106 (41) 101 (38) 90 (32) 83 (28) 109 (43)

Mean maximum °F (°C) 73.7 (23.2) 77.6 (25.3) 83.9 (28.8) 89.3 (31.8) 94.0 (34.4) 98.5 (36.9) 100.2 (37.9) 98.9 (37.2) 94.5 (34.7) 88.2 (31.2) 80.9 (27.2) 75.3 (24.1) 101.6 (38.7)

Average high °F (°C) 56.0 (13.3) 60.3 (15.7) 68.2 (20.1) 76.3 (24.6) 83.8 (28.8) 90.0 (32.2) 92.7 (33.7) 90.7 (32.6) 85.2 (29.6) 76.1 (24.5) 67.3 (19.6) 58.2 (14.6) 75.4 (24.1)

Average low °F (°C) 33.7 (0.9) 36.8 (2.7) 43.0 (6.1) 50.4 (10.2) 59.5 (15.3) 68.2 (20.1) 71.6 (22) 71.0 (21.7) 64.2 (17.9) 52.1 (11.2) 42.3 (5.7) 35.3 (1.8) 52.3 (11.3)

Mean minimum °F (°C) 16.4 (−8.7) 20.6 (−6.3) 25.5 (−3.6) 33.2 (0.7) 44.1 (6.7) 56.6 (13.7) 63.5 (17.5) 62.0 (16.7) 49.0 (9.4) 34.4 (1.3) 26.2 (−3.2) 19.1 (−7.2) 14.7 (−9.6)

Record low °F (°C) −1 (−18) −2 (−19) 4 (−16) 26 (−3) 34 (1) 44 (7) 54 (12) 53 (12) 40 (4) 23 (−5) 12 (−11) 4 (−16) −2 (−19)

Average precipitation inches (mm) 3.58 (90.9) 3.61 (91.7) 3.73 (94.7) 2.62 (66.5) 2.97 (75.4) 4.69 (119.1) 5.46 (138.7) 5.26 (133.6) 3.54 (89.9) 3.17 (80.5) 2.74 (69.6) 3.22 (81.8) 44.59 (1,132.6)

Average snowfall inches (cm) 0.8 (2) 0.5 (1.3) 0.1 (0.3) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0.1 (0.3) 1.5 (3.8)

Average precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 9.9 9.1 8.6 8.0 7.7 10.5 11.8 10.5 7.3 7.0 7.3 9.0 106.7

Average snowy days (≥ 0.1 in) 0.5 0.3 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.1 1.0

Average relative humidity (%) 69.2 65.8 64.6 62.1 68.2 70.8 73.4 76.5 75.9 73.0 71.6 70.7 70.2

Mean monthly sunshine hours 172.7 180.7 237.3 269.6 292.9 280.0 286.0 263.3 239.8 235.0 193.8 175.0 2,826.1

Percent possible sunshine 55 59 64 69 68 65 65 63 64 67 62 57 64

Source: NOAA (relative humidity and sun 1961−1990)[16][17][18]


Climate data for Charleston Int'l, South Carolina
South Carolina
(1981–2010 normals,[19] extremes 1938–present)

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year

Record high °F (°C) 83 (28) 87 (31) 90 (32) 95 (35) 99 (37) 103 (39) 104 (40) 105 (41) 99 (37) 94 (34) 88 (31) 83 (28) 105 (41)

Mean maximum °F (°C) 75.3 (24.1) 78.1 (25.6) 83.5 (28.6) 88.5 (31.4) 92.7 (33.7) 96.8 (36) 98.0 (36.7) 96.5 (35.8) 92.6 (33.7) 87.1 (30.6) 81.9 (27.7) 76.8 (24.9) 99.2 (37.3)

Average high °F (°C) 59.0 (15) 62.8 (17.1) 69.6 (20.9) 76.4 (24.7) 83.2 (28.4) 88.4 (31.3) 91.1 (32.8) 89.5 (31.9) 84.8 (29.3) 77.1 (25.1) 69.8 (21) 61.6 (16.4) 76.1 (24.5)

Average low °F (°C) 37.5 (3.1) 40.6 (4.8) 46.7 (8.2) 53.3 (11.8) 61.8 (16.6) 69.6 (20.9) 73.0 (22.8) 72.3 (22.4) 67.2 (19.6) 56.8 (13.8) 47.5 (8.6) 40.1 (4.5) 55.5 (13.1)

Mean minimum °F (°C) 21.4 (−5.9) 25.5 (−3.6) 30.4 (−0.9) 38.6 (3.7) 49.5 (9.7) 61.1 (16.2) 67.5 (19.7) 66.0 (18.9) 55.6 (13.1) 41.0 (5) 32.6 (0.3) 24.0 (−4.4) 18.8 (−7.3)

Record low °F (°C) 6 (−14) 12 (−11) 15 (−9) 29 (−2) 36 (2) 50 (10) 58 (14) 56 (13) 42 (6) 27 (−3) 15 (−9) 8 (−13) 6 (−14)

Average precipitation inches (mm) 3.71 (94.2) 2.96 (75.2) 3.71 (94.2) 2.91 (73.9) 3.02 (76.7) 5.65 (143.5) 6.53 (165.9) 7.15 (181.6) 6.10 (154.9) 3.75 (95.3) 2.43 (61.7) 3.11 (79) 51.03 (1,296.2)

Average snowfall inches (cm) trace 0.2 (0.5) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0.3 (0.8) 0.5 (1.3)

Average precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 9.6 8.6 7.9 7.7 7.8 11.9 13.0 13.2 10.0 7.3 7.0 8.7 112.7

Average snowy days (≥ 0.1 in) 0.1 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.2 0.5

Average relative humidity (%) 69.8 67.4 68.1 67.5 72.5 75.1 76.6 78.9 78.2 74.1 72.7 71.6 72.7

Mean monthly sunshine hours 179.3 186.7 243.9 275.1 294.8 279.5 287.8 256.7 219.7 224.5 189.5 171.3 2,808.8

Percent possible sunshine 56 61 66 71 69 65 66 62 59 64 60 55 63

Source: NOAA (relative humidity and sun 1961–1990)[20][21][22]

Climate data for Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina
(Downtown), 1981–2010 normals,[19] extremes 1893–present

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year

Record high °F (°C) 82 (28) 83 (28) 94 (34) 94 (34) 99 (37) 104 (40) 103 (39) 103 (39) 100 (38) 95 (35) 87 (31) 81 (27) 104 (40)

Mean maximum °F (°C) 71.3 (21.8) 74.6 (23.7) 79.7 (26.5) 84.6 (29.2) 90.0 (32.2) 94.0 (34.4) 96.2 (35.7) 94.2 (34.6) 91.2 (32.9) 85.2 (29.6) 79.0 (26.1) 73.9 (23.3) 97.4 (36.3)

Average high °F (°C) 56.7 (13.7) 59.6 (15.3) 65.0 (18.3) 72.0 (22.2) 78.7 (25.9) 84.5 (29.2) 87.6 (30.9) 86.4 (30.2) 82.0 (27.8) 74.6 (23.7) 67.3 (19.6) 59.5 (15.3) 72.8 (22.7)

Average low °F (°C) 42.8 (6) 45.5 (7.5) 51.6 (10.9) 58.8 (14.9) 67.1 (19.5) 74.0 (23.3) 76.9 (24.9) 76.1 (24.5) 71.8 (22.1) 62.5 (16.9) 53.6 (12) 45.6 (7.6) 60.5 (15.8)

Mean minimum °F (°C) 27.5 (−2.5) 31.6 (−0.2) 36.4 (2.4) 44.8 (7.1) 55.6 (13.1) 66.5 (19.2) 71.0 (21.7) 69.8 (21) 61.6 (16.4) 48.1 (8.9) 39.1 (3.9) 30.2 (−1) 24.8 (−4)

Record low °F (°C) 10 (−12) 7 (−14) 22 (−6) 36 (2) 45 (7) 52 (11) 61 (16) 59 (15) 50 (10) 37 (3) 17 (−8) 12 (−11) 7 (−14)

Average precipitation inches (mm) 2.94 (74.7) 2.51 (63.8) 3.30 (83.8) 2.53 (64.3) 2.16 (54.9) 4.65 (118.1) 5.40 (137.2) 6.71 (170.4) 5.76 (146.3) 3.67 (93.2) 2.19 (55.6) 2.60 (66) 44.42 (1,128.3)

Average precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 9.0 8.0 7.8 6.9 6.6 10.0 11.3 11.3 8.9 6.6 6.3 8.6 101.3

Source: NOAA[20][23]

Hurricanes and tropical cyclones[edit]

Category 4 Hurricane Hugo
Hurricane Hugo
in 1989

The state is occasionally affected by tropical cyclones. This is an annual concern during hurricane season, which lasts from June 1 to November 30. The peak time of vulnerability for the southeast Atlantic coast is from early August to early October, during the Cape Verde hurricane season. Memorable hurricanes to hit South Carolina
South Carolina
include Hazel (1954) and Hugo (1989), both Category 4 hurricanes.[24] South Carolina
South Carolina
averages around 50 days of thunderstorm activity a year. This is less than some of the states further south, and it is slightly less vulnerable to tornadoes than the states which border on the Gulf of Mexico. Some notable tornadoes have struck South Carolina, and the state averages around 14 tornadoes annually. Hail
is common with many of the thunderstorms in the state, as there is often a marked contrast in temperature of warmer ground conditions compared to the cold air aloft.[24] Federal lands in South Carolina[edit]

Congaree National Park, Hopkins

Main article: List of federal lands in South Carolina

Charles Pinckney National Historic Site
Charles Pinckney National Historic Site
at Mt. Pleasant Congaree National Park
Congaree National Park
in Hopkins Cowpens National Battlefield
Cowpens National Battlefield
near Chesnee Fort Moultrie National Monument
Fort Moultrie National Monument
at Sullivan's Island Fort Sumter National Monument
Fort Sumter National Monument
in Charleston Harbor Kings Mountain National Military Park
Kings Mountain National Military Park
at Blacksburg Ninety Six National Historic Site
Ninety Six National Historic Site
in Ninety Six Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail Fort Jackson near Columbia Joint Base Charleston
Joint Base Charleston
near Charleston Shaw Air Force Base
Shaw Air Force Base
near Sumter

Settlements and demographics[edit] Main articles: Demographics of South Carolina
Demographics of South Carolina
and List of cities and towns in South Carolina The United States
United States
Census Bureau estimates that the population of South Carolina was 5,024,369 on July 1, 2017, an 8.6 percentage increase since the 2010 census.[25]

Historical population

Census Pop.

1790 249,073

1800 345,591


1810 415,115


1820 502,741


1830 581,185


1840 594,398


1850 668,507


1860 703,708


1870 705,606


1880 995,577


1890 1,151,149


1900 1,340,316


1910 1,515,400


1920 1,683,724


1930 1,738,765


1940 1,899,804


1950 2,117,027


1960 2,382,594


1970 2,590,516


1980 3,121,820


1990 3,486,703


2000 4,012,012


2010 4,625,364


Est. 2017 5,024,369


Source: 1910–2010[26] 2016 estimate[25]

As of the 2013 census estimate, the racial make up of the state is 68.3% White (63.9% non-Hispanic white), 27.9% Black or African American, 0.5% American Indian and Alaska
Native, 1.5% Asian, 0.1% Native Hawaiian
Native Hawaiian
and other Pacific Islander, 1.7% from two or more races. 5.3% of the total population was of Hispanic or Latino origin of any race.[27]

South Carolina
South Carolina
Racial Breakdown of Population

Racial composition 1990[28] 2000[29] 2010[30] 2015[31]

White 69.0% 67.2% 66.2% 68.4%

Black 29.8% 29.5% 27.9% 27.6%

Asian 0.6% 0.9% 1.3% 1.6%

Native American 0.2% 0.3% 0.4% 0.5%

Native Hawaiian
Native Hawaiian
and other Pacific Islander – – 0.1% 0.1%

Two or more races – 1.0% 1.7% 1.8%

Population density of South Carolina.

According to the United States
United States
Census Bureau, as of 2014, South Carolina had an estimated population of 4,896,146, which is an increase of 63,664 from the prior year and an increase of 270,782, or 5.85%, since the year 2010. Immigration from outside the United States resulted in a net increase of 36,401 people, and migration within the country produced a net increase of 115,084 people. According to the University of South Carolina's Arnold School of Public Health, Consortium for Latino Immigration Studies, South Carolina's foreign-born population grew faster than any other state between 2000 and 2005.[32][33] An August 2011 Public Policy Polling
Public Policy Polling
survey found that 21% of South Carolina voters thought that same-sex marriage should be legal, while 69% thought it should be illegal and 10% were not sure. A separate question on the same survey found that 48% of South Carolina
South Carolina
voters supported the legal recognition of same-sex couples, with 19% supporting same-sex marriage, 29% supporting civil unions but not marriage, 51% favoring no legal recognition and 2% not sure.[34] Major cities[edit] In 2017, the US Census Bureau released 2016 population estimates for South Carolina's most populous cities.[35]


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Largest cities or towns in South Carolina Source:[36]

Rank Name County Pop. Rank Name County Pop.


Columbia 1 Charleston Charleston 134,385 11 Florence Florence 38,317

North Charleston

Mount Pleasant

2 Columbia Richland 134,309 12 Spartanburg Spartanburg 37,876

3 North Charleston Charleston 108,304 13 Myrtle Beach Horry 32,240

4 Mount Pleasant Charleston 81,317 14 Aiken Aiken 30,937

5 Rock Hill York 72,937 15 Greer Spartanburg 29,000

6 Greenville Greenville 67,453 16 Mauldin Greenville 25,188

7 Summerville Dorchester 48,848 17 Hanahan Berkeley 23,439

8 Sumter Sumter 40,816 18 Greenwood Greenwood 23,320

9 Goose Creek Berkeley 40,633 19 North Augusta Aiken 22,932

10 Hilton Head Island Beaufort 40,512 20 Simpsonville Greenville 21,314

Population centers[edit] [37]

Rank Metropolitan Area Population Counties

1 Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin 884,975 Greenville, Anderson, Laurens, Pickens

2 Columbia 810,068 Calhoun, Kershaw, Fairfield, Richland, Lexington, Saluda

3 Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville SC MSA 744,526 Charleston, Dorchester, Berkeley

4 Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach SC MSA 309,199 Horry, Georgetown, Brunswick

5 Spartanburg, SC MSA 297,302 Spartanburg

6 Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord NC-SC MSA 251,195 Mecklenburg, Union, Gaston, Cabarrus, Anson, York

7 Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC metropolitan area 207,413 Beaufort, Jasper

8 Florence 206,448 Florence, Darlington

9 Sumter, SC MSA 107,480 Sumter

Total 3,818,606

Rank Combined Statistical Area Population Counties

1 Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson 1,442,117 Greenville, Spartanburg, Anderson, Pickens, Oconee, Laurens, Cherokee, Union

2 Columbia-Orangeburg-Newberry 943,470 Richland, Lexington, Orangeburg, Kershaw, Newberry, Fairfield, Saluda, Calhoun

3 Myrtle Beach-Conway-Georgetown 510,694 Horry, Brunswick, Georgetown

4 Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia 426,314 (2,205,935 in NC) York, Lancaster, Chesterfield, Chester

Total 3,322,595

Government and politics[edit] Main article: South Carolina
South Carolina
government and politics

South Carolina
South Carolina
State House

of the popular vote by county, 2016 presidential election.

South Carolina's state government consists of the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches. Also relevant are the state constitution, law enforcement agencies, federal representation, state finances, and state taxes. South Carolina
South Carolina
has historically had a weak executive branch and a strong legislature. Before 1865, governors in South Carolina
South Carolina
were appointed by the General Assembly, and held the title "President of State." The 1865 Constitution changed this process, requiring a popular election. Local governments were also weak. But, the 1867 Constitution, passed during the Reconstruction era, extended democratization by establishing home rule for counties, which were established from the former designated districts of the state. The 1895 state constitution overturned this, reducing the role of counties and strengthening the relative role of the state legislature; essentially the counties were agents of the state and ruled by the General Assembly through the legislative delegation for each county.[38] They are geographically comprehensive; all areas of the state are included in counties. As each county had one state senator, that position was particularly powerful. This status continued until 1973, when the state constitution was amended to provide for home rule for the counties. During this time the state had changed, with increasing urbanization, but rural counties retained proportionally more power as the legislature was based in representatives elected from counties rather than population districts.[39] The federal court case, Reynolds v. Sims
Reynolds v. Sims
(1964), "established the one-man, one-vote concept for electoral representation at the state level. Legislators were now supposed to represent more or less equal numbers of people."[39] Residents of urban areas had been found to be markedly underrepresented in the legislature under the county-based system. Reapportionment made obvious the need for other changes to county structure, leading to the legislature passing the constitutional amendment. The Home Rule Act of 1975 implemented the amendment giving more power to the counties. With urbanization their governments have become increasingly important in the state.[39] Several changes to the state constitution have affected the office of the governor and the cabinet. In 1926 the governor's term was extended from two to four years; in 1982 the governor was allowed to run for a second succeeding term. In 1993, the state passed an amendment requiring a limited cabinet (all of whom must be popularly elected). As of January 2, 2016, there were 2,948,772 registered voters.[40][41] History[edit] Main article: History of South Carolina Precolonial period[edit] There is evidence of human activity in the area about 40,000 years ago. At the time Europeans arrived, marking the end of the Pre-Columbian era
Pre-Columbian era
around 1600, there were many separate Native American tribes, the largest being the Cherokee, and the Catawba, and the total population being up to 20,000.[42] Up the rivers of the eastern coastal plain lived about a dozen tribes of Siouan background. Along the Savannah River
Savannah River
were the Apalachee, Yuchi, and the Yamasee. Further west were the Cherokee, and along the Catawba River, the Catawba. These tribes were village-dwellers, relying on agriculture as their primary food source.[42] The Cherokee lived in wattle and daub houses made with wood and clay, roofed with wood or thatched grass.[43]

Top left, the shores of Florida
and the future Carolina explored in 1500 and showed in 1502 on the Cantino planisphere.

About a dozen separate small tribes summered on the coast harvesting oysters and fish, and cultivating corn, peas and beans. Travelling inland as much as 50 miles (80 km) mostly by canoe, they wintered on the coastal plain, hunting deer and gathering nuts and fruit. The names of these tribes survive in place names like Edisto Island, Kiawah Island, and the Ashepoo River.[42] Exploration[edit]

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The Spanish were the first Europeans in the area. From June 24 to July 14, 1521, they explored the land around Winyah Bay
Winyah Bay
named, according to the captive Francisco, Chicora, in struggle with nineteen other neighboring peoples whose names have been also transmitted without it being possible to identify them with certainty. On October 8, 1526 they founded San Miguel de Gualdape, near what is now Georgetown, South Carolina. It was the first European settlement in what is now mainland USA. Established with five hundred settlers, it was abandoned eight months later by one hundred and fifty survivors. In 1540, Hernando de Soto
Hernando de Soto
explored the region and the main town of Cofitachequi, where he captured the queen of the Maskoki and the Chelaque who had welcomed him.

Later map of French Florida.

In 1562 French Huguenots established a settlement at what is now the Charlesfort-Santa Elena archaeological site on Parris Island. The garrison lacked supplies and the soldiers (as in the France Antarctique) ran away, some settlers preferring a natural life far from civilization and the atrocities of the Wars of Religion. In May 1564, a second expedition explored the shore from the Jordan River up to the Dolphins river and took possession of the territory from the coast to the Palassi Mountains, a middle French transcription of the Appalachian Mountains. On June 20, 1564, they founded Fort Caroline, named in honor of the King of France Charles IX.

Map of 1584 showing Guasile, Chalaqua and Joara
in the north west of the Spanish Florida
that the conquistadors Juan Pardo and Hernando Moyano violently explored in 1567.

On August 28, 1565, the Spanish built a fort on the site of St. Augustine and, few days later, exterminated the French colonists on the shore of the Massacre River. Because they were not Catholic, the two hundred men left to guard Fort Caroline
Fort Caroline
were executed on September 20, 1565. Three years later, a punitive expedition led by Dominique de Gourgue provoked a general insurrection of the natives which permanently expelled the Spaniards from the Piedmont and the Cumberland region, that they had begun to invest from Joara. Confined to St. Augustine, they were then confronted with hostilities from the English navy.[42] Colonization[edit]

The Carolina Colony grants of 1663 and 1665

Sixty years later, in 1629, King of England Charles I established the Province of Carolina, an area covering what is now South and North Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee. In 1663, Charles II granted the land to eight Lords Proprietors in return for their financial and political assistance in restoring him to the throne in 1660.[44] Anthony Ashley Cooper plans the Grand Model for the Province of Carolina
Province of Carolina
and writes the Fundamental Constitutions of Carolina.[45] His utopia is inspired by John Locke, the major investor in the English slave-trade through the Royal African Company. In the 1670s, English planters from Barbados
established themselves near what is now Charleston. Settlers built rice plantations in the South Carolina
South Carolina
Lowcountry, east of the Atlantic Seaboard fall line. Settlers came from all over Europe. Plantation labor was done by African slaves who formed the majority of the population by 1720.[46] Another cash crop was the Indigo plant, a plant source of blue dye, developed by Eliza Lucas. Meanwhile, in Upstate South Carolina, west of the Fall Line, was settled by small farmers and traders, who displaced Native American tribes westward. Colonists overthrew the proprietors' (absentee English landowners) rule, seeing more direct representation. In 1719, the colony was officially made a crown colony. In 1729 North Carolina was split off into a separate colony. Southern Carolina prospered from the fertility of the Low Country and the harbors, such as that at Charleston. It allowed religious toleration, encouraging Settlements spread, and trade in deerskin, lumber, and beef thrived. Rice cultivation was developed on a large scale. By the second half of the 1700s South Carolina
South Carolina
was one of the richest of what were about to become the Thirteen Colonies.[46] The American Revolution[edit] On March 26, 1776, the colony adopted the Constitution of South Carolina,[47] electing John Rutledge
John Rutledge
as the state's first president. In February, 1778, South Carolina
South Carolina
became the first state to ratify the Articles of Confederation,[48] the initial governing document of the United States, and in May 1788, South Carolina
South Carolina
ratified the United States Constitution, becoming the eighth state to enter the union. During the American Revolutionary War
American Revolutionary War
(1775–1783), about a third of combat action took place in South Carolina,[49] more than in any other state.[46] Inhabitants of the state endured being invaded by English forces and an ongoing civil war between loyalists and partisans that devastated the backcountry.[49] It is estimated that 25,000 slaves (30% of those in South Carolina) fled, migrated or died during the war.[50] Antebellum[edit] Main article: Antebellum South Carolina

Millford Plantation
Millford Plantation
(1839–41), an example of Greek Revival architecture.

America's first census in 1790 put the state's population at nearly 250,000. By the 1800 census the population had increased 38 per cent to nearly 340,000 of which 146,000 were slaves. At that time South Carolina had the largest population of Jews in the 16 United States, mostly based in Savannah and Charleston,[51] the latter being the country's fifth largest city.[52] In the Antebellum period (before the Civil War) the state's economy and population grew. Cotton became an important crop after the invention of the cotton gin. While nominally democratic, from 1790 until 1865, wealthy male landowners were in control of South Carolina. For example, a man was not eligible to sit in the State House of Representatives unless he possessed an estate of 500 acres of land and 10 Negroes, or at least 150 pounds sterling.[53] Columbia, the new state capital was founded in the center of the state, and the State Legislature
first met there in 1790. The town grew after it was connected to Charleston by the Santee Canal
Santee Canal
in 1800, one of the first canals in the United States. As dissatisfaction with the federal government grew, in the 1820s John C. Calhoun became a leading proponent of states' rights, limited government, nullification of the US Constitution, and free trade. In 1832, the Ordinance of Nullification declared federal tariff laws unconstitutional and not to be enforced in the state, leading to the Nullification Crisis. The federal Force Bill
Force Bill
was enacted to use whatever military force necessary to enforce federal law in the state, bringing South Carolina
South Carolina
back into line. In the United States
United States
presidential election of 1860 voting was sharply divided, with the south voting for the Southern Democrats and the north for Abraham Lincoln's Republican Party. Lincoln was anti-slavery, did not acknowledge the right to secession, and would not yield federal property in Southern states. Southern secessionists believed Lincoln's election meant long-term doom for their slavery-based agrarian economy and social system.[54] Lincoln was elected president on 6 November 1860. The state House of Representatives immediately passed the "Resolution to Call the Election of Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln
as U.S. President a Hostile Act, 9 November 1860",[55] and within weeks South Carolina
South Carolina
became the first state to declare secession from the US.[46] Civil War 1861–1865[edit]

The Southern economy had been ruined by the war. Charleston, South Carolina: Broad Street, 1865

Main article: South Carolina
South Carolina
in the American Civil War On April 12, 1861, Confederate (southern) batteries began shelling the Union (federal, northern, or US) Fort Sumter
Fort Sumter
in Charleston Harbor, after US troops refusal to leave the fort peacefully, and the American Civil War began. In November of that year the Union attacked Port Royal Sound and soon occupied Beaufort County and the neighboring Sea Islands. For the rest of the war this area served as a Union base and staging point for other operations. Whites abandoned their plantations,[56] leaving behind about 10,000 slaves. Several Northern charities partnered with the federal government to help these people run the cotton farms themselves under the Port Royal Experiment. Workers were paid by the pound harvested and thus became the first former slaves freed by the Union forces to earn wages.[57] Although the state was not a major battleground, the war ruined the economy. Under conscription, all men aged 18–35 (later 45) were drafted for Confederate service. More than 60,000 served,[56] and the state lost nearly one-third of the white male population of fighting age.[58] At the end of the war in early 1865, the troops of General William Tecumseh Sherman marched across the state devastating plantations and most of Columbia. Reconstruction 1865–1877[edit] After the war, South Carolina
South Carolina
was restored to the United States
United States
during Reconstruction. Under presidential Reconstruction (1865–66), freedmen (former slaves) were given limited rights. Under Radical reconstruction (1867–1877), a Republican coalition of freedmen, carpetbaggers and scalawags was in control, supported by Union Army forces. They established public education, welfare institutions, and home rule for counties, expanding democracy.[citation needed] In Texas vs. White
Texas vs. White
(1869), the Supreme Court ruled that the ordinances of secession (including that of South Carolina) were invalid, and thus those states had never left the Union. However, South Carolina
South Carolina
did not regain representation in Congress until that date. Until the 1868 presidential election, South Carolina's legislature, not the voters, chose the state's electors for the presidential election. South Carolina
South Carolina
was the last state to choose its electors in this manner. On October 19, 1871 President Ulysses S. Grant
Ulysses S. Grant
suspended habeas corpus in nine South Carolina
South Carolina
counties under the authority of the Ku Klux Klan Act.[59] Led by Grant's Attorney General Amos T. Akerman, hundreds of Klansmen were arrested while 2000 Klansmen fled the state.[59] This was done in order to suppress Klan violence against African-American and white voters in the South.[59] In the mid to late 1870s, white Democrats used paramilitary groups such as the Red Shirts to intimidate and terrorize black voters. They regained political control of the state under conservative white "Redeemers" and pro-business Bourbon Democrats. In 1877, the federal government withdrew its troops as part of the Compromise of 1877
Compromise of 1877
that ended Reconstruction. Populist and agrarian movements[edit] The state became a hotbed of racial and economic tensions during the Populist and Agrarian movements of the 1890s. A Republican-Populist biracial coalition took power away from White Democrats temporarily. To prevent that from happening again, Democrats gained passage of a new constitution in 1895 that effectively disfranchised almost all blacks and many poor whites by new requirements for poll taxes, residency, and literacy tests that dramatically reduced the voter rolls. By 1896, only 5,500 black voters remained on the voter registration rolls, although they constituted a majority of the state's population.[60] The 1900 census demonstrated the extent of disenfranchisement: the 782,509 African American
African American
citizens comprised more than 58% of the state's population, but they were essentially without any political representation in the Jim Crow
Jim Crow
society.[61] The 1895 constitution overturned local representative government, reducing the role of the counties to agents of state government, effectively ruled by the General Assembly, through the legislative delegations for each county. As each county had one state senator, that person had considerable power. The counties lacked representative government until home rule was passed in 1975.[38] Governor "Pitchfork Ben Tillman", a Populist, led the effort to disenfranchise the blacks and poor whites, although he controlled Democratic state politics from the 1890s to 1910 with a base among poor white farmers. During the constitutional convention in 1895, he supported another man's proposal that the state adopt a one-drop rule, as well as prohibit marriage between whites and anyone with any known African ancestry. Some members of the convention realized that prominent white families with some African ancestry could be affected by such legislation. In terms similar to a debate in Virginia
in 1853 on a similar proposal (which was dropped), George Dionysius Tillman said the following in opposition:

If the law is made as it now stands respectable families in Aiken, Barnwell, Colleton, and Orangeburg will be denied the right to intermarry among people with whom they are now associated and identified. At least one hundred families would be affected to my knowledge. They have sent good soldiers to the Confederate Army, and are now landowners and taxpayers. Those men served creditably, and it would be unjust and disgraceful to embarrass them in this way. It is a scientific fact that there is not one full-blooded Caucasian on the floor of this convention. Every member has in him a certain mixture of… colored blood. The pure-blooded white has needed and received a certain infusion of darker blood to give him readiness and purpose. It would be a cruel injustice and the source of endless litigation, of scandal, horror, feud, and bloodshed to undertake to annul or forbid marriage for a remote, perhaps obsolete trace of Negro blood. The doors would be open to scandal, malice and greed; to statements on the witness stand that the father or grandfather or grandmother had said that A or B had Negro blood in their veins. Any man who is half a man would be ready to blow up half the world with dynamite to prevent or avenge attacks upon the honor of his mother in the legitimacy or purity of the blood of his father.[62][63][64][65]

The state postponed such a one-drop law for years. Virginian legislators adopted a one-drop law in 1924, forgetting that their state had many people of mixed ancestry among those who identified as white. 20th century[edit]

Children in Port Royal, South Carolina, ca 1912. Some of the children went to school half a day, and worked before school, and several hours after school, and eight or nine hours on Saturday

Early in the 20th century, South Carolina
South Carolina
developed a thriving textile industry. The state also converted its agricultural base from cotton to more profitable crops; attracted large military bases through its powerful Democratic congressional delegation, part of the one-party South following disfranchisement of blacks at the turn of the century; and created tourism industries. During the early part of the 20th century, thousands of African Americans left South Carolina
South Carolina
and other southern states for jobs and better opportunities in northern, Midwestern and western cities. In total from 1910 to 1970, 6.5 million blacks left the South in the Great Migration. By 1930 South Carolina had a white majority[66] for the first time since 1708. South Carolina
South Carolina
was one of several states that initially rejected the Nineteenth Amendment (1920) giving women the right to vote. The South Carolina legislature later ratified the amendment on July 1, 1969. The struggle of the civil rights movement took place in South Carolina as they did in other Southern states. However, South Carolina experience a much less violent movement than Mississippi, Alabama, North Louisiana, or North Florida.[67] This tranquil transition from a Jim Crow
Jim Crow
society occurred because the state’s white and black leaders were willing to accept slow change rather than, as with such cases as “Bull” Connor or the White Citizens Councils
White Citizens Councils
in Mississippi, being utterly unwilling to accept change at all.[68] 21st century[edit] As of 2015, South Carolina
South Carolina
had one of the lowest percentages among all states of women in state legislature, at 13.5% (only Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Wyoming
had a lower percentage; the national average is 24.3%; with the highest percentage being in Colorado
at 41%).[69] In 2011, South Carolina
South Carolina
ranked first in the country in the rate of women killed by men.[70] As the 21st century progresses, South Carolina
South Carolina
attracts new business by having a 5% corporate income tax rate, no state property tax, no local income tax, no inventory tax, no sales tax on manufacturing equipment, industrial power or materials for finished products; no wholesale tax, no unitary tax on worldwide profits.[71] Starting January 1, 2013, South Carolina
South Carolina
was one of the first states that no longer pays for 'early elective' deliveries of babies, under either Medicaid
and private insurance. The term early elective is defined as a labor induction or Cesarean section
Cesarean section
between 37–39 weeks that is not medically based. This change is intended to result in healthier babies and fewer unnecessary costs for South Carolina.[72] On November 20, 2014, South Carolina
South Carolina
became the 35th state to legalize same-sex marriages, when a federal court ordered the change.[73] For further information see: Same-sex marriage in South Carolina. Culture[edit] The arts[edit] See also: South Carolina
South Carolina
literature South Carolina
South Carolina
has many venues for visual and performing arts. The Gibbes Museum of Art
Gibbes Museum of Art
in Charleston, the Greenville County Museum of Art, the Columbia Museum of Art, Spartanburg Art Museum, and the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia among others provide access to visual arts to the state. There are also numerous historic sites and museums scattered throughout the state paying homage to many events and periods in the state's history from Native American inhabitation to the present day. South Carolina
South Carolina
also has performing art venues including the Peace Center in Greenville, the Koger Center for the Arts
Koger Center for the Arts
in Columbia, and the Newberry Opera House, among others to bring local, national, and international talent to the stages of South Carolina. There are several large venues in the state that can house major events, such as Colonial Life Arena
Colonial Life Arena
in Columbia, Bon Secours Wellness Arena
Bon Secours Wellness Arena
in Greenville, and North Charleston Coliseum. One of the nation's major performing arts festivals, Spoleto Festival USA, is held annually in Charleston. There are also countless local festivals throughout the state highlighting many cultural traditions, historical events, and folklore. According to the South Carolina
South Carolina
Arts Commission, creative industries generate $9.2 billion annually and support over 78,000 jobs in the state.[74] A 2009 statewide poll by the University of South Carolina Institute for Public Service and Policy Research found that 67% of residents had participated in the arts in some form during the past year and on average citizens had participated in the arts 14 times in the previous year. Religion[edit]

Religion in South Carolina[75]    Evangelical Protestant
Evangelical Protestant
(35%)    Mainline Protestant
Mainline Protestant
(16%)   Historically Black Protestant (15%)   Catholic (10%)   Other Christian (2%)   Other (2%)   Unaffiliated ("none") (19%)   Don't Know (1%)

According to the Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA), in 2010 the largest denominations were the Southern Baptist Convention
Southern Baptist Convention
with 913,763 adherents, the United Methodist Church
United Methodist Church
with 274,111 adherents, and the Roman Catholic Church
Roman Catholic Church
with 181,743 adherents. Fourth largest is the African Methodist Episcopal Church
African Methodist Episcopal Church
with 564 congregations and 121,000 members and fifth largest is the Presbyterian Church (USA) with 320 congregations and almost 100,000 members.[76] As of 2010, South Carolina
South Carolina
is the American state with the highest per capita proportion of Baha'is with 17,559 adherents,[77] making the Baha'i Faith
Baha'i Faith
the second largest religion in the state.[78]

Sports[edit] Main article: Sports in South Carolina Although no major league professional sports teams are based in South Carolina, the Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers
do have training facilities in the state and played their Inaugural Season's home games at Clemson's Memorial Stadium. The Panthers consider themselves "The Carolinas' Team" and refrained from naming themselves after Charlotte or either of the Carolinas. The state is also home to numerous minor league professional teams. College teams represent their particular South Carolina institutions, and are the primary options for football, basketball and baseball attendance in the state. South Carolina
South Carolina
is also a top destination for golf and water sports. South Carolina
South Carolina
is also home to one of NASCAR's first tracks and its first paved speedway, Darlington Raceway
Darlington Raceway
northwest of Florence. Economy and infrastructure[edit] See also: South Carolina
South Carolina
locations by per capita income

The Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge
Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge
from Charleston Harbor

According to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, South Carolina's gross state product (GSP) in current dollars was $97 billion in 1997 and $153 billion in 2007. Its per-capita real gross domestic product (GDP) in chained 2000 dollars was $26,772 in 1997 and $28,894 in 2007; that represents 85% of the $31,619 per-capita real GDP
for the United States overall in 1997, and 76% of the $38,020 for the U.S. in 2007. The state debt in 2012 was calculated by one source to be $22.9bn, or $7,800 per taxpayer.[79] Major agricultural outputs of the state are tobacco, poultry, cotton, cattle, dairy products, soybeans, hay, rice, and swine. Industrial outputs include textile goods, chemical products, paper products, machinery, automobiles, automotive products and tourism.[80][81] According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of March 2012, South Carolina had 1,852,700 nonfarm jobs of which 12% are in manufacturing, 11.5% are in leisure and hospitality, 19% are in trade, transportation, and utilities, and 11.8% are in education and health services. The service sector accounts for 83.7% of the South Carolina economy.[82] During the economic downturn in the Late 2000s Recession, South Carolina's Unemployment Rate peaked at 12.0% in November and December 2009. It is continuing a steady decline with an unemployment rate of 8.9% as of March 2012.[83]

Margate Hotel Tower in Myrtle Beach

Many large corporations have moved their locations to South Carolina. Boeing opened an aircraft manufacturing facility in Charleston in 2011, which serves as one of two final assembly sites for the 787 Dreamliner. South Carolina
South Carolina
is a right-to-work state[84] and many businesses utilize staffing agencies to temporarily fill positions. Domtar, located in Rock Hill, is the only Fortune 500 company headquartered in South Carolina.[85] The Fortune 1000 list includes SCANA, Sonoco Products
Sonoco Products
and ScanSource. South Carolina
South Carolina
also benefits from foreign investment. There are 1,950 foreign-owned firms operating in South Carolina
South Carolina
employing almost 135,000 people.[86] Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) brought 1.06 billion dollars to the state economy in 2010.[87] Since 1994, BMW
has had a production facility in Spartanburg County near Greer. Media[edit]

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South Carolina
media Transportation[edit] Road[edit]

The state has the fourth largest state-maintained system in the country, consisting of 11 Interstates, numbered highways, state highways, and secondary roads, totalling approximately 41,500 miles.[88] On secondary roads, South Carolina
South Carolina
uses a numbering system to keep track of all non-interstate and primary highways that are maintained by the South Carolina
South Carolina
Department of Transportation. Secondary roads are numbered by the number of the county followed by a unique number for the particular road. Rail[edit]     Passenger rail[edit] Amtrak
operates four passenger routes in South Carolina: the Crescent, the Palmetto, the Silver Meteor, and the Silver Star. The Crescent route serves the Upstate cities, the Silver Star serves the Midlands cities, and the Palmetto and Silver Meteor
Silver Meteor
routes serve the low country cities.     Station stops[edit]

Station Connections


  Silver Star

North Charleston

  Palmetto   Silver Meteor


  Silver Star




  Silver Star




  Palmetto   Silver Meteor




  Palmetto   Silver Meteor




  Palmetto   Silver Meteor

    Freight[edit] CSX Transportation
CSX Transportation
and Norfolk Southern
Norfolk Southern
are the only Class I railroad companies in South Carolina, as other freight companies in the state are short lines. Major and regional airports[edit] Main article: List of airports in South Carolina There are seven significant airports in South Carolina, all of which act as regional airport hubs. The busiest by passenger volume is Charleston International Airport.[89] Just across the border in North Carolina is Charlotte/Douglas International Airport, the 30th busiest airport in the world, in terms of passengers.[90]

Columbia Metropolitan Airport
Columbia Metropolitan Airport
– Columbia Charleston International Airport
Charleston International Airport
– North Charleston Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport
Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport
– Greenville/Spartanburg Florence Regional Airport
Florence Regional Airport
– Florence Myrtle Beach International Airport
Myrtle Beach International Airport
– Myrtle Beach Hilton Head Airport
Hilton Head Airport
– Hilton Head Island/Beaufort Rock Hill/York County Airport – Rock Hill

Education[edit] As of 2010, South Carolina
South Carolina
is one of three states that has not agreed to use competitive international math and language standards.[91] In 2014, the South Carolina Supreme Court ruled that the state had failed to provide a "minimally adequate" education to children in all parts of the state as required by the state's constitution.[92] South Carolina
South Carolina
has 1,144 K–12 schools in 85 school districts with an enrollment of 712,244 as of fall 2009.[93][94] As of the 2008–2009 school year, South Carolina
South Carolina
spent $9,450 per student which places it 31st in the country for per student spending.[95] In 2015, the national average SAT score was 1490 and the South Carolina average was 1442, only around 50 points lower than the national average.[96] South Carolina
South Carolina
is the only state which owns and operates its own statewide school bus system. As of December 2016, the state maintains a 5,582 bus fleet with the average vehicle in service being 15 years old with 236,000 miles, compared to the national average of 6 years.[97] Half of the state's school buses are more than 15 years old and some are reportedly up to 30 years old. In 2017 in the budget proposal, Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman requested that the state lease to purchase 1,000 buses to replace the most decrepit vehicles. An additional 175 buses could be purchased immediately through the State Treasurer's master lease program.[98] On January 5, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
awarded South Carolina more than $1.1 million to replace 57 school buses with new cleaner models through its Diesel Emissions Reduction Act program.[99] Institutions of higher education[edit] See also: List of colleges and universities in South Carolina South Carolina
South Carolina
has a diverse group of institutions of higher education, from large state-funded research universities to small colleges that cultivate a liberal arts, religious or military tradition, including the following:

Listed in order of date of founding

The College of Charleston, founded in 1770 and chartered in 1785, is the oldest institution of higher learning in South Carolina, the 13th oldest in the United States, and the first municipal college in the country. The college is in company with the Colonial Colleges
Colonial Colleges
as one of the original and foundational institutions of higher education in the United States. Its founders include three signers of the United States Declaration of Independence and three signers of the United States Constitution. The college's historic campus, which is listed on the U.S. Department of the Interior's National Register of Historic Places, forms an integral part of Charleston's colonial-era urban center. The Graduate School of the College of Charleston
College of Charleston
offers a number of degree programs and coordinates support for its nationally recognized faculty research efforts. The University of South Carolina, located in Columbia, is a flagship, public, co-educational, research university with seven satellite campuses. The institution was founded in 1801 as South Carolina College, and its original campus, The Horseshoe, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The university's main campus covers over 359 acres (1.5 km2) in the urban core less than one city block from the South Carolina
South Carolina
State House. The University of South Carolina
South Carolina
maintains an enrollment of over 32,800 students on the Columbia campus.

Furman University
Furman University
bell tower near Greenville.

Furman University
Furman University
is a private, coeducational, non-sectarian, liberal arts university in Greenville. Founded in 1826, Furman enrolls approximately 2,600 undergraduate and 500 graduate students. Furman is the largest private institution in South Carolina. The university is primarily focused on undergraduate education (only two departments, education and chemistry, offer graduate degrees). Erskine College
Erskine College
is a private, coeducational liberal arts college located in Due West, South Carolina. The college was founded in 1839 and is affiliated with the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, which maintains a theological seminary on the campus. The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina
The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina
is a state-supported, comprehensive college located in Charleston. Founded in 1842, the college is best known for its undergraduate Corps of Cadets military program for men and women, which combines academics, physical challenges and military discipline. In addition to the cadet program, civilian programs are offered through The Citadel Graduate College with its evening certificate, undergraduate and graduate programs. The Citadel enrolls 2,200 undergraduate cadets in its residential military program and 1,200 civilian students in the evening programs. Wofford College
Wofford College
is a small liberal arts college located in Spartanburg. Wofford was founded in 1854 with a bequest of $100,000 from the Rev. Benjamin Wofford (1780–1850), a Methodist minister and Spartanburg native who sought to create a college for "literary, classical, and scientific education in my native district of Spartanburg." Wofford is one of the few four-year institutions in the southeastern United States
United States
founded before the American Civil War
American Civil War
and still operating on its original campus. Newberry College
Newberry College
is a small liberal arts college located in Newberry.Newberry was founded in 1856 and is a co-educational, private liberal-arts college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) located on a historic 90-acre (36 ha) campus in Newberry, South Carolina. The college has 1,042 students and a 14:1 student-teacher ratio. According to U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges, Newberry College
Newberry College
ranks among the nation's top colleges in the southern region. Claflin University, founded in 1869 by the American Missionary Association, is the oldest historically black college in the state. After the Democratic-dominated legislature closed the university in 1877, before passing a law to restrict admission to whites, it designated Claflin as the only state college for blacks. Lander University
Lander University
is a public liberal arts university located in Greenwood. Lander was founded in 1872 as Willamston Female College.[100] The school relocated to Greenwood in 1904 and was renamed Lander College in honor of its founder, Samuel Lander. In 1973 Lander became part of the state's higher education system and is now a co-educational institution. The university is focused on undergraduate education and currently enrolls approximately 3,000 undergraduates. Presbyterian College
Presbyterian College
(PC) is a private liberal arts college founded in 1880 in Clinton. Presbyterian College
Presbyterian College
is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church USA, and enrolls around 1300 undergraduate students. In 2007, Washington Monthly ranked PC as the No. 1 Liberal Arts College in the nation.[101] Winthrop University, founded in 1886 as an all-female teaching school in Rock Hill, became a co-ed institution in 1974. Winthrop is now a public university that has an enrollment of just over 6,000 students. It is one of the fastest growing universities in the state, with several new academic and recreational buildings being added to the main campus in the past five years, as well as several more planned for the near future. The Richard W. Riley College of Education is still the school's most well-known area of study. Clemson University, founded in 1889, is a public, coeducational, land-grant research university located in Clemson. The school currently enrolls more than 18,000 students from all 50 states and from more than 70 countries. Clemson is also the home to the South Carolina Botanical Garden. North Greenville University, founded in 1891, is a comprehensive university located in Tigerville. It is affiliated with South Carolina Baptist Convention and the Southern Baptist Convention, and is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. It has a current enrollment of around 2260 undergraduates. South Carolina
South Carolina
State University, founded in 1896, is a historically black university located in Orangeburg. SCSU has a current enrollment of nearly 5,000, and offers undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate degrees. SCSU boasts the only Doctor of Education program in the state. Anderson University, founded in 1911, is a selective comprehensive university located in Anderson, offering bachelor's and master's degrees in approximately 50 areas of study. Anderson University currently enrolls around 2,300 students. Webster University, founded in 1915 in St. Louis, MO, with 5 extended campuses in SC, offers undergraduate and graduate degrees. Bob Jones University, founded in 1927, is a non-denominational University founded on fundamentalist Christian beliefs (e.g., inspiration and inerrancy of the Scriptures, the creation of man by the direct act of God, the fall of man, the "young earth" and flood geology, and man's need for personal faith in the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ). BJU also offers over 60 undergraduate majors and has over 70 graduate programs.[102] Coastal Carolina University, founded in 1954, became an independent state-supported liberal arts university in 1993. The university enrolls approximately 10,000 students on its 307-acre (1.24 km2) campus in Conway, part of the Myrtle Beach metropolitan area. Baccalaureate programs are offered in 51 major fields of study, along with graduate programs in education, business administration (MBA), and coastal marine and wetland studies. Charleston Southern University, founded in 1969, is a liberal arts university, and is affiliated with the South Carolina
South Carolina
Baptist Convention. Charleston Southern (CSU) is located on 300 acres, formerly the site of a rice and indigo plantation, in the City of North Charleston one of South Carolina's largest accredited, independent universities, enrolling approximately 3,200 students. Francis Marion University,(formerly Francis Marion College), is a state-supported liberal arts university located near Florence, South Carolina. It was founded in 1970. It achieved its university status in 1992.

Universities and colleges ranked by endowment, 2010[edit]

State Rank National Rank Institution Location Public or Private Endowment Funds Percentage Change YOY

1 142 Furman University Greenville Private $650,000,000 7.8%

2 151 University of South Carolina Columbia & regional campuses Public $625,186,000 6.0%

3 153 Clemson University Clemson Public $623,200,000 9.5%

4 236 Medical University of South Carolina Charleston Public $272,319,000 13.7%

5 270 The Citadel Charleston Public $244,000,000 8.1%

6 324 Wofford College Spartanburg Private $166,619,000 10.2%

7 447 Presbyterian College Clinton Private $97,590,000 11.0%

8 530 Converse College Spartanburg Private $78,240,000 6.4%

9 782 Winthrop University Rock Hill Public $43,600,000 13.6%

10 658 Coker College Hartsville Private $37,660,000 4.9%

[103] Health care[edit] For overall health care, South Carolina
South Carolina
is ranked 33rd out of the 50 states, according to the Commonwealth Fund, a private health foundation working to improve the health care system.[104] The state's teen birth rate was 53 births per 1,000 teens, compared to the average of 41.9 births for the US, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.[105] The state's infant mortality rate was 9.4 deaths per 1,000 births compared to the US average of 6.9 deaths.[106] There were 2.6 physicians per 1,000 people compared to the US average of 3.2 physicians.[107] There was $5,114 spent on health expenses per capita in the state, compared to the US average of $5,283.[108] There were 26 percent of children and 13 percent of elderly living in poverty in the state, compared to 23 percent and 13 percent, respectively, doing so in the US.[109] And, 34 percent of children were overweight or obese, compared to the US average of 32 percent.[110] Gallery[edit]

A cotton farmer and his children pose before taking their crop to a cotton gin, ca. 1870.

Arcadia Plantation, circa 1893, Georgetown County

Beachcombers at Myrtle Beach photographed from the ninth floor of a resort hotel

Midlands Mountain trail during winter, in Harbison State Forest

Access to Fort Sumter
Fort Sumter
in Charleston harbor, where the American Civil War began in 1861, requires a half-hour ferry ride each way.

An historic home on "The Battery", a neighborhood/park area in the Downtown historic district of the peninsula of Charleston, South Carolina.

Coastal towns and cities often have hurricane-resistant Live oaks overarching the streets in historic neighborhoods, such as these on East Bay Street, Georgetown.

The Pink House, the oldest stone building in Charleston.

See also[edit]

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Outline of South Carolina
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