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Upstate South Carolina>Greenville-Anderson MSAGeorgia (U.S. state)>Georgia, North CarolinaEnglish language>EnglishList of U.S. state residents names>South CarolinianHenry McMaster (R)}}Pamela Evette (R)}}South Carolina General Assembly>General AssemblySouth Carolina Senate>SenateSouth Carolina House of Representatives>House of RepresentativesLindsey Graham (R)}}{{nowrap|Tim Scott (R)}}|Representative = 5 Republicans2 Democrats| postal_code = SC|TradAbbreviation = S.C.| area_rank = 40thPUBLISHER=UNITED STATES CENSUS BUREAUACCESSDATE=JANUARY 20, 2012, Table 17, | area_total_km2 = 82,931| area_land_sq_mi = 30,109| area_land_km2 = 77,982| area_water_sq_mi = 1,911| area_water_km2 = 4,949| area_water_percent = 6| population_rank = 23rd|2010Pop = 5,084,127 (2018)| population_density_rank = 19th|2000DensityUS = 157|2000Density = 60.6TITLE=MEDIAN ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME, December 9, 2016, |IncomeRank = 43rd|AdmittanceOrder = 8th|AdmittanceDate = May 23, 1788Eastern Time Zone>Eastern| utc_offset1 = -05:00Eastern Daylight Time>EDT| utc_offset1_DST = -04:00|Latitude = 32° 2′ N to 35° 13′ N|Longitude = 78° 32′ W to 83° 21′ W| width_mi = 200| width_km = 320| length_mi = 260| length_km = 420Sassafras MountainHTTP://EGSC.USGS.GOV/ISB/PUBS/BOOKLETS/ELVADIST/ELVADIST.HTML PUBLISHER=UNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL SURVEY ACCESSDATE=OCTOBER 24, 2011 ARCHIVEURL=HTTPS://WEB.ARCHIVE.ORG/WEB/20111015012701/HTTP://EGSC.USGS.GOV/ISB/PUBS/BOOKLETS/ELVADIST/ELVADIST.HTML DF=MDY-ALL, Elevation adjusted to North American Vertical Datum of 1988.| elevation_max_ft = 3,560| elevation_max_m = 1,085| elevation_ft = 350| elevation_m = 110| elevation_min_point = Atlantic Ocean| elevation_min_ft = 0| elevation_min_m = 0| iso_code = US-SC| website =}}

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}}{{Wikivoyage|South Carolina|South Carolina}}South Carolina ({{IPAc-en|audio=en-us-South Carolina.ogg|ˌ|k|ær|ə|ˈ|l|aɪ|n|ə}}) is a state in the Southeastern United States and the easternmost of the Deep South. It is bordered to the north by North Carolina, to the southeast by the Atlantic Ocean, and to the southwest by Georgia across the Savannah River.South Carolina became the eighth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution on May 23, 1788. 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 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%.WEB,weblink Widespread Economic Growth in 2013, 2013, May 30, 2014, Bureau of Economic Analysis,weblink" title="">weblink May 2, 2014, dead, mdy-all, South Carolina is composed of 46 counties. The capital is Columbia with a 2017 population of 133,114; while its largest city is Charleston with a 2017 population of 134,875. The Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin metropolitan area is the largest in the state, with a 2017 population estimate of 895,923.South Carolina is named in honor of King Charles I of England, who first formed the English colony, with Carolus being Latin for "Charles".BOOK, N. C. Board of Agriculture, A sketch of North Carolina, 1902, Lucas-Richardson Co, Charleston, 4,weblink May 26, 2014,


{{stack|clear=true|File:TableRockMountain.jpg|thumb|Table Rock State Park in the mountains of South Carolina]]File:Francis Marion Forest.jpg|right|thumb|Francis Marion National Forest in Berkeley County ]]File:Cypress tree - Lake Marion - Indian Bluff Park - Eutawville, SC, USA.jpg|thumb|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 the Midlands and the Upstate respectively.WEB, The Geography of South Carolina,weblink 17 February 2017, 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.

Lowcountry (Atlantic Coastal Plain)

The Atlantic Coastal Plain consists of sediments and sedimentary rocks that range in age from Cretaceous to Present.The terrain is relatively flat and the soil is composed predominantly of sand, silt, and clay. Areas with better drainage make excellent farmland, though some land is swampy. An unusual feature of the coastal plain is a large number of low-relief topographic depressions named Carolina bays. The bays tend to be oval, lining up in a northwest to southeast orientation. The eastern portion of the coastal plain contains many salt marshes and estuaries, as well as natural ports such as Georgetown and Charleston.The natural areas of the coastal plain are part of the Middle Atlantic coastal forests ecoregion.JOURNAL, Olson, D. M, E. Dinerstein, Terrestrial Ecoregions of the World: A New Map of Life on Earth, BioScience, 2001, 51, 11, 933–938,weblink 10.1641/0006-3568(2001)051[0933:TEOTWA]2.0.CO;2, etal, dead,weblink" title="">weblink October 14, 2011, mdy-all, The Sandhills or Carolina Sandhills is a 15–60 km wide region within the Atlantic Coastal Plain province, along the inland margin of this province. The Carolina Sandhills are interpreted as eolian (wind-blown) sand sheets and dunes that were mobilized episodically from approximately 75,000 to 6,000 years ago. Most of the published luminescence ages from the sand are coincident with the last glaciation, a time when the southeastern United States was characterized by colder air temperatures and stronger winds.Swezey, C.S., Fitzwater, B.A., Whittecar, G.R., Mahan, S.A., Garrity, C.P., Aleman Gonzalez, W.B., and Dobbs, K.M., 2016, "The Carolina Sandhills: Quaternary eolian sand sheets and dunes along the updip margin of the Atlantic Coastal Plain province, southeastern United States": Quaternary Research, v. 86, p. 271-286;

Midlands (Piedmont)

Much of the Piedmont consists of Paleozoic metamorphic and igneous rocks, and the landscape has relatively low relief. 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 ecoregion. 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.

Upstate (Blue Ridge)

The Blue Ridge consists primarily of Precambrian metamorphic rocks, and the landscape has relatively high relief. The Blue Ridge Region contains an escarpment of the Blue Ridge Mountains, that continues into North Carolina and Georgia, as part of the southern Appalachian Mountains. Sassafras Mountain, South Carolina's highest point at {{convert|3560|ft|m}}, is in this area.WEB, April 29, 2005,weblink Elevations and Distances in the United States, U.S Geological Survey, November 7, 2006, dead,weblink" title="">weblink January 16, 2008, mdy-all, Also in this area is Caesars Head State Park. The environment here is that of the Appalachian-Blue Ridge forests ecoregion. The Chattooga River, on the border between South Carolina and Georgia, is a favorite whitewater rafting destination.


South Carolina has several major lakes covering over {{convert|683|sqmi|km2}}. All major lakes in South Carolina are man-made. The following are the lakes listed by size.WEB,weblink South Carolina SC – Lakes,, July 31, 2010,


Earthquakes in 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.Abridged from Seismicity of the United States, 1568–1989 (Revised), by Carl W. Stover and Jerry L. Coffman, U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1527, United States Government Printing Office, Washington: 1993. 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.


{{stack|float=left|File:SCprecipitation.gif|thumb|left|A map of the average annual precipitationprecipitationFile:Lake Wylie in autumn.jpg|thumb|left|Lake WylieLake Wylie}}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 is hot and humid, with daytime temperatures averaging between {{convert|86|-|93|F|C}} in most of the state and overnight lows averaging {{convert|70|-|75|F|C}} on the coast and from {{convert|66|-|73|F|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 {{convert|60|°F|°C|abbr=on}} and overnight lows around 40 Â°F (5–8 Â°C). Inland, the average January overnight low is around {{convert|32|°F|°C|abbr=on}} 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 {{convert|113|F|C}} in Johnston and Columbia on June 29, 2012, and the lowest recorded temperature is {{convert|-19|F|C}} at Caesars Head on January 21, 1985.Snowfall in 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 {{convert|12|in|cm}} of snow annually. The mountains of extreme northwestern 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 are commonly marked, "Bridge ices before road."South Carolina is also prone to tropical cyclones and tornadoes. Two of the strongest hurricanes to strike South Carolina in recent history were Hurricane Hazel (1954) and Hurricane Hugo (1989).{{South Carolina weatherbox}}

Hurricanes and tropical cyclones

(File:Hurricane Hugo 1989 sept 21 1844Z.jpg|thumb|Category 4 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 include Hazel (1954), Florence (2018), and Hugo (1989), all Category 4 hurricanes.NOAA National Climatic Data Center. Retrieved on October 24, 2006.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.

Federal lands in South Carolina

File:Congaree swamp.jpg|right|thumb|Congaree National ParkCongaree National Park


{{US Census population|1790= 249073|1800= 345591|1810= 415115|1820= 502741|1830= 581185|1840= 594398|1850= 668507|1860= 703708|1870= 705606|1880= 995577|1890= 1151149|1900= 1340316|1910= 1515400|1920= 1683724|1930= 1738765|1940= 1899804|1950= 2117027|1960= 2382594|1970= 2590516|1980= 3121820|1990= 3486703|2000= 4012012|2010= 4625364|estimate= 5084127|estyear= 2018|align-fn=centerTITLE=RESIDENT POPULATION DATA – 2010 CENSUSACCESSDATE=DECEMBER 31, 2014ARCHIVEURL=HTTPS://WEB.ARCHIVE.ORG/WEB/20121220045933/HTTP://2010.CENSUS.GOV/2010CENSUS/DATA/APPORTIONMENT-POP-TEXT.PHPDF=MDY-ALL, 2018 estimateHTTPS://WWW.CENSUS.GOV/QUICKFACTS/FACT/TABLE/SC,US/PST045218>TITLE=QUICKFACTS SOUTH CAROLINA; UNITED STATESWEBSITE=2018 POPULATION ESTIMATESUNITED STATES CENSUS BUREAU, POPULATION DIVISION>DATE=FEBRUARY 11, 2019, February 11, 2019, }}{| class="wikitable sortable collapsible" style="font-size: 90%;"|+ South Carolina Racial Breakdown of Population! Racial composition !! 1990WEB,weblink Historical Census Statistics on Population Totals By Race, 1790 to 1990, and By Hispanic Origin, 1970 to 1990, For The United States, Regions, Divisions, and States, United States Census Bureau, October 9, 2014, dead,weblink" title="">weblink July 25, 2008, mdy-all, !! 2000Population of South Carolina: Census 2010 and 2000 Interactive Map, Demographics, Statistics, Quick Facts{{dead link|date=March 2017 |bot=Beta7 |fix-attempted=yes }}!! 2010WEB,weblink 2010 Census Data, United States Census Bureau, October 9, 2014, !! 2017WEB, South Carolina,weblink Census Bureau, Census Bureau, July 25, 2018, White American>White 69.0% 67.2% 66.2% 68.5%African American>Black 29.8% 29.5% 27.9% 27.3%Asian American>Asian 0.6% 0.9% 1.3% 1.7%Native Americans in the United States>Native American 0.2% 0.3% 0.4% 0.5%Native Hawaiian andPacific Islander>other Pacific Islander – – 0.1% 0.1%Multiracial American>Two or more races – 1.0% 1.7% 1.9%(File:South Carolina population map.png|thumb|left|Population density of South Carolina)The United States Census Bureau estimates the population of South Carolina was 5,084,127 on July 1, 2018, an 9.92 percentage increase since the 2010 census.As of the 2017 census estimate, the racial make up of the state is 68.5% White (63.8% non-Hispanic white), 27.3% Black or African American, 0.5% American Indian and Alaska Native, 1.7% Asian, 0.1% Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander, 1.9% from two or more races. 5.7% of the total population was of Hispanic or Latino origin of any race.WEB,weblink South Carolina QuickFacts from the US Census Bureau,, July 25, 2018, According to the 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."The Economic and Social Implications of the Growing Latino Population in South Carolina," A Study for the South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs prepared by The Consortium for Latino Immigration Studies, University of South Carolina, August 2007. Retrieved June 4, 2008.""Mexican Immigrants: The New Face of the South Carolina Labor Force," {{webarchive|url= |date=October 1, 2008 }} Moore School of Business, Division of Research, IMBA Globilization Project, University of South Carolina, March 2006. South Carolina has banned sanctuary cities.WEB,weblink Florida is about to ban sanctuary cities. At least 11 other states have, too, CNN, Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN, May 9, 2019, An August 2011 Public Policy Polling survey found 21% of South Carolina voters thought 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 48% of 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.Public Policy Polling: "SC against gay marriage, Tea Party; Dems want Hillary in '16," September 9, 2011, Retrieved September 9, 2011 As of 2017, past the legalization of same-sex marriage nationwide, public opinion has become more supportive, with 53% of South Carolinians now approving of same-sex marriage, leaving Mississippi and Alabama as the only states where a plurality or majority oppose the practice.WEB,weblink PRRI – American Values Atlas,, 2019-06-04,

Major cities

In 2017, the US Census Bureau released 2017 population estimates for South Carolina's most populous cities.WEB,weblink South Carolina - 2017 Populations, February 11, 2019, {{Largest cities| name = South Carolina's largest cities| country = South CarolinaDATE=JULY 1, 2017PUBLISHER=CITY POPULATION, February 11, 2019, | list_by_pop =| class = nav| div_name =| div_link = Counties of South Carolina{{!}}County| city_1 = Charleston, South Carolina{{!}}Charleston| div_1 = Charleston County, South Carolina{{!}}Charleston| pop_1 = 134,875| img_1 = BroadStreetCharleston.jpg| city_2 = Columbia, South Carolina{{!}}Columbia| div_2 = Richland County, South Carolina{{!}}Richland| pop_2 = 133,114| img_2 = Fallskyline of Columbia SC from Arsenal Hill.jpg| city_3 = North Charleston, South Carolina{{!}}North Charleston| div_3 = Charleston County, South Carolina{{!}}Charleston| pop_3 = 110,861| img_3 = City of North Charleston city hall.JPG| city_4 = Mount Pleasant, South Carolina{{!}}Mount Pleasant| div_4 = Charleston County, South Carolina{{!}}Charleston| pop_4 = 86,668| img_4 = BooneHall2.jpg| city_5 = Rock Hill, South Carolina{{!}}Rock Hill| div_5 = York County, South Carolina{{!}}York| pop_5 = 73,068| img_5 = | city_6 = Greenville, South Carolina{{!}}Greenville| div_6 = Greenville County, South Carolina{{!}}Greenville| pop_6 = 68,219| img_6 = | city_7 = Summerville, South Carolina{{!}}Summerville| div_7 = Dorchester County, South Carolina{{!}}Dorchester| pop_7 = 50,388| img_7 = | city_8 = Goose Creek, South Carolina{{!}}Goose Creek| div_8 = Berkeley County, South Carolina{{!}}Berkeley| pop_8 = 42,619| img_8 = | city_9 = Hilton Head Island, South Carolina{{!}}Hilton Head Island| div_9 = Beaufort County, South Carolina{{!}}Beaufort| pop_9 = 40,055| img_9 = | city_10 = Sumter, South Carolina{{!}}Sumter| div_10 = Sumter County, South Carolina{{!}}Sumter| pop_10 = 39,982| img_10 = | city_11 = Florence, South Carolina{{!}}Florence| div_11 = Florence County, South Carolina{{!}}Florence| pop_11 = 37,778| img_11 = | city_12 = Spartanburg, South Carolina{{!}}Spartanburg| div_12 = Spartanburg County, South Carolina{{!}}Spartanburg| pop_12 = 37,498| img_12 = | city_13 = Myrtle Beach, South Carolina{{!}}Myrtle Beach| div_13 = Horry County, South Carolina{{!}}Horry| pop_13 = 32,795| img_13 = | city_14 = Greer, South Carolina{{!}}Greer| div_14 = Spartanburg County, South Carolina{{!}}Spartanburg| pop_14 = 30,899| img_14 = | city_15 = Aiken, South Carolina{{!}}Aiken| div_15 = Aiken County, South Carolina{{!}}Aiken| pop_15 = 30,721| img_15 = | city_16 = Anderson, South Carolina{{!}}Anderson| div_16 = Anderson County, South Carolina{{!}}Anderson| pop_16 = 27,293| img_16 = | city_17 = Mauldin, South Carolina{{!}}Mauldin| div_17 = Greenville County, South Carolina{{!}}Greenville| pop_17 = 25,130| img_17 = | city_18 = Hanahan, South Carolina{{!}}Hanahan| div_18 = Berkeley County, South Carolina{{!}}Berkeley| pop_18 = 24,885| img_18 = | city_19 = Conway, South Carolina{{!}}Conway| div_19 = Horry County, South Carolina{{!}}Horry| pop_19 = 23,714| img_19 = | city_20 = Greenwood, South Carolina{{!}}Greenwood| div_20 = Greenwood County, South Carolina{{!}}Greenwood| pop_20 = 23,262| img_20 = }}

Population centers

{{see also|South Carolina statistical areas}}The following table shows the major metropolitan areas of South Carolinaweblinkweblink{| class="wikitable"! Rank! Metropolitan Area! Population! Counties|1Upstate South Carolina>Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC MSA895,923Greenville County, South Carolina>Greenville, Anderson County, South Carolina, Laurens County, South Carolina>Laurens, Pickens|2Columbia metropolitan area (South Carolina)>Columbia, SC MSA825,033Calhoun County, South Carolina>Calhoun, Kershaw County, South Carolina, Fairfield County, South Carolina>Fairfield, Richland County, South Carolina, Lexington County, South Carolina>Lexington, Saluda|3Charleston, South Carolina metropolitan area>Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC MSA775,831Charleston County, South Carolina>Charleston, Dorchester County, South Carolina, Berkeley County, South Carolina>Berkeley|4Myrtle Beach metropolitan area>Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC MSA464,165Horry County, South Carolina>Horry, Georgetown County, South Carolina, Brunswick County, North Carolina>Brunswick|5Spartanburg County, South Carolina>Spartanburg, SC MSA334,391Spartanburg County, South Carolina>Spartanburg|6| Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC MSA215,302Beaufort County, South Carolina>Beaufort, Jasper|7Florence, South Carolina metropolitan area>Florence, SC MSA205,831Florence County, South Carolina>Florence, Darlington|8Sumter County, South Carolina>Sumter, SC MSA106,847Sumter County, South Carolina>Sumter{| class="wikitable"! Rank! Combined Statistical Area! Population! Counties|1Upstate South Carolina>Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson, SC CSA1,460,036Greenville County, South Carolina>Greenville, Spartanburg County, South Carolina, Anderson County, South Carolina>Anderson, Pickens County, South Carolina, Oconee County, South Carolina>Oconee, Laurens County, South Carolina, Cherokee County, South Carolina>Cherokee, Union|2Columbia metropolitan area (South Carolina)>Columbia-Orangeburg-Newberry, SC CSA950,997Richland County, South Carolina>Richland, Lexington County, South Carolina, Orangeburg County, South Carolina>Orangeburg, Kershaw County, South Carolina, Newberry County, South Carolina>Newberry, Fairfield County, South Carolina, Saluda County, South Carolina>Saluda, Calhoun|3Myrtle Beach metropolitan area>Myrtle Beach-Conway-Georgetown, SC CSA525,772Horry County, South Carolina>Horry, Brunswick County, North Carolina, Georgetown County, South Carolina>Georgetown

Government and politics

{| class="wikitable" style="float:right; margin:1em; font-size:95%;"Gubernatorial election resultsWEB,weblink General Election Results – South Carolina, United States Election Atlas, November 18, 2016, Leip, David, style="background:lightgrey;"! Year ! Democratic! Republican1950 99.9% 50,633 –1954 99.9% 214,204 –1958 99.9% 77,714 –1962 99.9% 253,704 –1966 58.2% 255,854 41.8% 184,0881970 52.1% 251,151 45.9% 221,2361974 47.0% 248,861 50.3% 266,3381978 61.3% 384,898 37.7% 236,9461982 69.8% 468,787 30.2% 202,806 1986 47.9% 361,328 51.0% 384,5651990 27.8% 212,048 69.5% 528,8311994 47.9% 447,002 50.4% 470,7561998 53.2% 570,070 45.2% 484,0882002 47.0% 521,140 52.9% 585,4222006 44.8% 489,076 55.1% 601,8682010 46.9% 630,534 51.4% 690,5252014 41.4% 516,166 55.9% 696,6452018 45.9% 784,182 54.0% 921,342{| class="wikitable" style="float:right; margin:1em; font-size:95%;"Presidential election results style="background:lightgrey;"! Year! Democratic! Republican 1952 50.7% 173,004 49.3% 168,082 1956 45.4% 136,372 25.2% 75,700 1960 51.2% 198,129 48.8% 188,558 1964 41.1% 215,700 58.9% 309,048 1968 29.6% 197,486 38.1% 254,062 1972 27.9% 189,270 70.6% 478,427 1976 56.2% 450,825 43.1% 346,140 1980 48.0% 427,560 49.6% 441,207 1984 35.6% 344,470 63.6% 615,539 1988 37.6% 370,554 61.5% 606,443 1992 39.9% 479,514 48.0% 577,507 1996 43.9% 504,051 49.9% 573,458 2000 40.9% 566,039 56.8% 786,426 2004 40.9% 661,699 58.0% 937,974 2008 44.9% 862,449 53.9% 1,034,896 2012 44.1% 865,941 54.6% 1,071,645 2016 40.7% 855,373 54.9% 1,155,389File:SCCapitol0270.jpg|thumb|left|South Carolina State HouseSouth Carolina State HouseFile:United States presidential election in South Carolina, 2016.svg|thumb|left|TreemapTreemapSouth 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 has historically had a weak executive branch and a strong legislature. Before 1865, governors in 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 formerly 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. 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.Tyler (1998), "The South Carolina Governance Project", p. 222The federal court case, Reynolds v. Sims (1964), "established the one-man, one-voteconcept for electoral representation at the state level. Legislators were now supposed to representmore or less equal numbers of people." 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.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.WEB,weblink South Carolina Voter Registration Demographics, South Carolina State Election Commission, February 19, 2016, WEB,weblink Voter Registration ('By County and Precinct'), South Carolina State Election Commission, February 19, 2016, dead,weblink" title="">weblink March 4, 2016, mdy-all,


Precolonial period

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 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.BOOK, Liefermann, Henry, Horan, Eric, South Carolina, 2000, Compass American Guides, Oakland, CA, 978-0-679-00509-4, 13–47, 252–254, 3rd, registration,weblink Up the rivers of the eastern coastal plain lived about a dozen tribes of Siouan background. Along the 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. The Cherokee lived in wattle and daub houses made with wood and clay, roofed with wood or thatched grass.NEWS,weblink What type of dwellings did the Cherokee Indians live in?, Reference, 2017-02-12, en, File:Anonimo portoghese, carta navale per le isole nuovamente trovate in la parte dell'india (de cantino), 1501-02 (bibl. estense) 02.jpg|thumb|Top left, the shores of Florida and the future Carolina explored in 1500 and showed in 1502 on the Cantino planisphereCantino planisphereAbout a dozen separate small tribes summered on the coast harvesting oysters and fish, and cultivating corn, peas and beans. Travelling inland as much as {{convert|50|mi|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.


The Spanish were the first Europeans in the area. From June 24 to July 14, 1521, they explored the land around Winyah Bay. On October 8, 1526, they founded San Miguel de Gualdape, near present-day 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 explored the region and the main town of Cofitachequi, where he captured the queen of the Maskoki (Muscogee) and the Chelaque (Cherokee) who had welcomed him.File:Floride francaise Pierre du Val.jpg|thumb|Later map of French FloridaFrench FloridaIn 1562 French Huguenots established a settlement at what is now the Charlesfort-Santa Elena archaeological site on Parris Island. Many of these settlers preferred a natural life far from civilization and the atrocities of the Wars of Religion. The garrison lacked supplies, however, and the soldiers (as in the France Antarctique) soon ran away. The French returned two years later but settled in present-day Florida rather than South Carolina.


(File:Wpdms carolina colony grant.png|thumb|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.BOOK, Danforth Prince, Frommer's The Carolinas and Georgia,weblink 10 March 2011, John Wiley & Sons, 978-1-118-03341-8, 11, Anthony Ashley Cooper, one of the Lord Proprietors, planned the Grand Model for the Province of Carolina and wrote the Fundamental Constitutions of Carolina, which laid the basis for the future colony.Wilson, Thomas D. The Ashley Cooper Plan: The Founding of Carolina and the Origins of Southern Political Culture. Chapter 1. His utopia was inspired by John Locke, an English philosopher and physician, widely regarded as one of the most influential of Enlightenment thinkers and commonly known as the "Father of Liberalism".In the 1670s, English planters from Barbados established themselves near what is now Charleston. Settlers from all over Europe built rice plantations in the South Carolina Lowcountry, east of the Atlantic Seaboard fall line. Plantation labor was done by African slaves who formed the majority of the population by 1720.WEB, South Carolina Information: History and Culture,weblink SC State Library, 12 February 2017, Another cash crop was the Indigo plant, a plant source of blue dye, developed by Eliza Lucas.Meanwhile, 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' rule, seeking more direct representation. In 1719, the colony was officially made a crown colony. In 1729, North Carolina was split off into a separate colony.South Carolina prospered from the fertility of the Low Country and the harbors, such as 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 was one of the richest of the Thirteen Colonies.

The American Revolution

On March 26, 1776, the colony adopted the Constitution of South Carolina,WEB,weblink The Avalon Project : Constitution of South Carolina – March 26, 1776,, June 30, 1906, December 19, 2012, electing John Rutledge as the state's first president. In February, 1778, South Carolina became the first state to ratify the Articles of Confederation,WEB, South Carolina State and Local Government,weblink The Green Papers, October 25, 2016, the initial governing document of the United States, and in May 1788, South Carolina ratified the United States Constitution, becoming the eighth state to enter the union.During the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783), about a third of combat action took place in South Carolina,BOOK, Gordon, John W., South Carolina and the American Revolution : a battlefield history, 2007, University of South Carolina Press, Columbia, 978-1570036613, Paperback, more than in any other state. Inhabitants of the state endured being invaded by English forces and an ongoing civil war between loyalists and partisans that devastated the backcountry. It is estimated 25,000 slaves (30% of those in South Carolina) fled, migrated or died during the war.Peter Kolchin, American Slavery: 1619–1877, New York: Hill and Wang, 1994, p.73


File:Millford Plantation HABS color 2.jpg|thumb|Millford Plantation (1839–41), an example of Greek Revival architectureGreek Revival architectureAmerica'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,Nell Porter Brown, "A 'portion of the People'", Harvard Magazine, January–February 2003 the latter being the country's fifth largest city.WEB, POP Culture: 1800,weblink United States Census Bureau, 14 February 2017, 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.WEB, South Carolina Constitution of 1790,weblink 14 February 2017, 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 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 was enacted to use whatever military force necessary to enforce federal law in the state, bringing South Carolina back into line.In the 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.Avery Craven, The Growth of Southern Nationalism, 1848–1861, 1953. {{ISBN|978-0-8071-0006-6}}, p. 391, 394, 396.Lincoln was elected president on 6 November 1860. The state House of Representatives immediately passed the "Resolution to Call the Election of Abraham Lincoln as U.S. President a Hostile Act, 9 November 1860",WEB, Resolution to Call the Election of Abraham Lincoln as U.S. President a Hostile Act, 9 November 1860,weblink Teaching American History in South Carolina, 14 February 2017,weblink" title="">weblink March 1, 2017, dead, mdy-all, and within weeks South Carolina became the first state to declare secession from the US.

Civil War 1861–1865

File:Broad Street Charleston South Carolina 1865.jpg|thumb|right|upright=0.9|Charleston in ruins after the Civil War, 1865]]On April 12, 1861, Confederate (southern) batteries began shelling the Union (federal, northern, or US) 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, 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.WEB, The Port Royal Experiment (1862–1865),weblink Virginia Commonwealth University, 15 February 2017, 2014-02-24, 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,WEB, Civil War in South Carolina,weblink Palmetto History, 14 February 2017,weblink" title="">weblink May 25, 2017, dead, mdy-all, and the state lost nearly one-third of the white male population of fighting age.BOOK, Walter B., Edgar, South Carolina: A History, Columbia, South Carolina, University of South Carolina Press, 1998, 375, 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

After the war, South Carolina was restored to the 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|date=June 2015}}In Texas vs. White (1869), the Supreme Court ruled the ordinances of secession (including that of South Carolina) were invalid, and thus those states had never left the Union. However, 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 was the last state to choose its electors in this manner. On October 19, 1871 President Ulysses S. Grant suspended habeas corpus in nine South Carolina counties under the authority of the Ku Klux Klan Act.McFeely (1981), Grant: A Biography, pp. 367–374 Led by Grant's Attorney General Amos T. Akerman, hundreds of Klansmen were arrested while 2000 Klansmen fled the state. This was done to suppress Klan violence against African-American and white voters in the South. 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 that ended Reconstruction.

Populist and agrarian movements

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.Richard H. Pildes, "Democracy, Anti-Democracy, and the Canon", Constitutional Commentary, Vol.17, 2000, p.12. Retrieved March 10, 2008. The 1900 census demonstrated the extent of disenfranchisement: the 782,509 African American citizens comprised more than 58% of the state's population, but they were essentially without any political representation in the Jim Crow society.Historical Census Browser, 1900 US Census, University of Virginia {{webarchive|url= |date=August 23, 2007 }}. Retrieved March 15, 2008.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.Charlie B. Tyler, "The South Carolina Governance Project", University of South Carolina, 1998, pp. 221–222Governor "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 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."All Niggers, More or Less!," The News and Courier, Oct. 17 1895, 5Joel Williamson, New People: Miscegenation and Mulattoes in the United States (New York, 1980) 93Lerone Bennett Jr., Before the Mayflower: A History of Black America, 6th rev. ed. (New York, 1993) 319Theodore D. Jervey, The Slave Trade: Slavery and Color (Columbia: The State Company, 1925), p. 199The 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

(File:Some of the children who go to school half a day.jpg|thumb|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 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, millions of African Americans left South Carolina and other southern states for jobs, opportunities and relative freedom in U.S. cities outside the former Confederate states. 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"South Carolina: The Decline of Agriculture and the Rise of Jim Crowism", infoplease (Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia), 2012 for the first time since 1708.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 experienced a much less violent movement than other Southern states.Mickey, Robert; Paths Out of Dixie: The Democratization of Authoritarian Enclaves in America's Deep South, 1944-1972, p. 29 {{ISBN|0691149631}} This tranquil transition from a Jim Crow society occurred because the state's white and black leaders were willing to accept slow change rather than being utterly unwilling to accept change at all.Edgar, Walter; South Carolina in the Modern Age, pp. 104, 107 {{ISBN|087249831X}} Other South Carolinians, like Sen. Strom Thurmond, on the other hand, were among the nation's most radical and effective opponents of social equality and integration.

21st century

{{advert section|date=May 2019}}As of 2015, 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%).WEB,weblink Women in state legislatures for 2015,, April 9, 2015, In 2011, South Carolina ranked first in the country in the rate of women killed by men.WEB,weblink South Carolina worst in country, The State newspaper, September 25, 2013, August 23, 2014, dead,weblink" title="">weblink August 25, 2014, As the 21st century progresses, 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.Pro Business Environment {{webarchive|url= |date=January 19, 2016 }} SC Department of Commerce, Accessed on May 10, 2012Starting January 1, 2013, 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 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.WEB,weblink Non Payment Policy for Deliveries Prior to 39 weeks: Birth Outcomes Initiative | SC DHHS, December 20, 2012, On November 20, 2014, South Carolina became the 35th state to legalize same-sex marriages, when a federal court ordered the change.WCNC Same-sex marriage begins in South Carolina {{webarchive|url= |date=November 29, 2014 }} 2014/11/19



{{see also|South Carolina literature}}South Carolina has many venues for visual and performing arts. The 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 also has performing art venues including the Peace Center in Greenville, the 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. Several large venues can house major events, including Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, 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 Arts Commission, creative industries generate $9.2 billion annually and support over 78,000 jobs in the state.WEB,weblink The South Carolina Arts Commission – Economic Impact,, 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.


{{Pie chart |thumb = rightWEBSITE=PEW RESEARCH CENTERACCESSDATE=MARCH 17, 2018, |label1 = Evangelical Protestant|value1 = 35|color1 = DodgerBlue|label2 = Mainline Protestant|value2 = 16|color2 = DeepSkyBlue|label3 = Historically Black Protestant|value3 = 15|color3 = SteelBlue|label4 = Catholic|value4 = 10|color4 = DarkBlue|label5 = Other Christian|value5 = 2 |color5 = Blue|label6 = Other |value6 = 2|color6 = Green|label7 = Unaffiliated ("none")|value7 = 19|color7 = Red|label8 = Don't Know|value8 = 1|color8 = Yellow}}According to the Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA), in 2010 the largest denominations were the Southern Baptist Convention with 913,763 adherents, the United Methodist Church with 274,111 adherents, and the Roman Catholic Church with 181,743 adherents. Fourth largest is the 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.WEB,weblink The Association of Religion Data Archives | State Membership Report,, December 5, 2013,weblink" title="">weblink February 9, 2014, dead, As of 2010, South Carolina is the American state with the highest per capita proportion of Baha'is with 17,559 adherents,WEB,weblink Religious Congregations & Membership Study,, August 23, 2014, making the Baha'i Faith the second largest religion in the state.WEB,weblink Baha'i infusion Louis G. Gregory was a key Baha'i figure in Charleston, Jennifer Berry, Hawes, {{clear}}


Although no major league professional sports teams are based in South Carolina, the Carolina Panthers do have training facilities in the state and played their inaugural season's home games at Clemson's Memorial Stadium, however, they currently play in North Carolina. 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 is also a top destination for golf and water sports.South Carolina is also home to one of NASCAR's first tracks and its first paved speedway, Darlington Raceway northwest of Florence.

Economy and infrastructure

{{See also|South Carolina locations by per capita income}}File:Arthur Ravenel Bridge (from water).jpg|thumb|The Arthur Ravenel Jr. BridgeArthur Ravenel Jr. BridgeAccording 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.WEB,weblink "The 24th worst state" Truth in Accounting, 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.Gross Domestic Product by State {{webarchive|url= |date=July 7, 2010 }}, June 5, 2008. Retrieved March 15, Retrieved May 10, 2012 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.Economy at a Glance South Carolina, Accessed on May 10, 2012During 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.Databases, Tables & Calculators by Subject, May 5, 2012. Retrieved May 10, 2012(File:Margate Tower 6-7-17.png|thumb|upright|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 is a right-to-work stateWEB,weblink List of Right To Work States | Right to Work States Meaning,, December 19, 2012, dead,weblink" title="">weblink December 14, 2012, mdy-all, and many businesses utilize staffing agencies to temporarily fill positions. Domtar, in Rock Hill, is the only Fortune 500 company headquartered in South Carolina.Exxon Mobil Corporation, Retrieved May 10, 2012 The Fortune 1000 list includes SCANA, Sonoco Products and ScanSource.South Carolina also benefits from foreign investment. There are 1,950 foreign-owned firms operating in South Carolina employing almost 135,000 people.South Carolina Tennessee {{Webarchive|url= |date=May 25, 2017 }}, Retrieved May 10, 2012 Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) brought 1.06 billion dollars to the state economy in 2010.weblink" title="">FDI in south Carolina a five year report, Retrieved May 10, 2012 Since 1994, BMW has had a production facility in Spartanburg County near Greer and since 1996 the Zapp Group operates in Summerville near Charleston.


{{Expand section|date=March 2017 }}There are 36 TV stations (including PBS affiliates) serving South Carolina with terrestrial, and some online streaming access. Markets in which the stations are located include Columbia, Florence, Charleston, Allendale, Myrtle Beach, Greenville, Charleston, Conway, Beaufort, Hardeeville, Spartanburg, Greenwood, Anderson and Sumter.{{See also|:Category:South Carolina media}}



(File:I-26 (SC).svg|right|40px) (File:US 76.svg|right|40px) (File:South Carolina 9.svg|right|40px)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.WEB, South Carolina Department of Transportation,weblink SCDOT: Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, July 16, 2009, June 24, 2013, On secondary roads, South Carolina uses a numbering system to keep track of all non-interstate and primary highways that the South Carolina Department of Transportation maintains. Secondary roads are numbered by the number of the county followed by a unique number for the particular road.


Passenger railAmtrak 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 routes serve the low country cities.Station stops{|class="wikitable"!Station!ConnectionsCamden (Amtrak station)>Camdensystem=Amtrak|line=Silver Star}}Charleston, South Carolina (Amtrak station)>North Charlestonsystem=Amtraksystem=Amtrak|line=Silver Meteor}}Columbia station (South Carolina)>Columbia{{rail color boxline=Silver Star}}Clemson (Amtrak station)>Clemsonsystem=Amtrak|line=Crescent}}Denmark (Amtrak station)>Denmarksystem=Amtrak|line=Silver Star}}Dillon (Amtrak station)>Dillonsystem=Amtrak|line=Palmetto}}Florence (Amtrak station)>Florencesystem=Amtraksystem=Amtrak|line=Silver Meteor}}Greenville (Amtrak station)>Greenvillesystem=Amtrak|line=Crescent}}Kingstree (Amtrak station)>Kingstreesystem=Amtraksystem=Amtrak|line=Silver Meteor}}Spartanburg (Amtrak station)>Spartanburgsystem=Amtrak|line=Crescent}}Yemassee (Amtrak station)>Yemasseesystem=Amtraksystem=Amtrak|line=Silver Meteor}}FreightCSX Transportation and 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

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.2007 PRELIMl passenger ranking{{dead link|date=July 2010}}{{cbignore}} Just across the border in North Carolina is Charlotte/Douglas International Airport, the 30th busiest airport in the world, in terms of passengers.WEB,weblink Airports Council International,, January 27, 2011, {{Div col}} {{Div col end}}


As of 2010, South Carolina is one of three states that has not agreed to use competitive international math and language standards.NEWS,weblink New York Times, A $5 billion bet on better education, August 23, 2009, Albert R., Hunt, May 23, 2010, In 2014, the South Carolina Supreme Court ruled 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.NEWS, Click, Carolyne, Hinshaw, Dawn, SC Supreme Court finds for poor districts in 20-year-old school equity suit,weblink March 25, 2016, The State, November 12, 2014, South Carolina has 1,144 K–12 schools in 85 school districts with an enrollment of 712,244 as of fall 2009.South Carolina – Fast Facts Retrieved May 10, 2012NEA Rankings and Estimates Page 11, Retrieved May 10, 2012 As of the 2008–2009 school year, South Carolina spent $9,450 per student which places it 31st in the country for per student spending.NEA Rankings and Estimates Page 54, Retrieved May 10, 2012In 2015, the national average SAT score was 1490 and the South Carolina average was 1442, 48 points lower than the national average.WEB, Average SAT Scores By State (US),weblink LEAP blog, March 25, 2016, dead,weblink" title="">weblink October 15, 2015, mdy-all, 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.WEB, SC should privatize school bus fleet,weblink Lowcountry Source, January 24, 2017, 2016-12-17, 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 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.WEB, Update South Carolina's decrepit school bus fleet,weblink The Post and Courier, January 24, 2017, On January 5, 2017, the 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.WEB, EPA Awards South Carolina $1.1 Million For Cleaner School Buses,weblink South Carolina Department of Education, January 24, 2017,

Institutions of higher education

{{See also|List of colleges and universities in 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
File:Furman-Belltower2.jpg|thumb|upright|Furman University bell tower near Greenville ]]
  • Furman University is a private, coeducational, non-sectarian, liberal arts university in Greenville. Founded in 1826, Furman enrolls approximately 2,900 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 is a private, coeducational liberal arts college 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 is a state-supported, comprehensive college in Charleston. Founded in 1842, it 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, the Citadel Graduate College offers evening certificate, undergraduate and graduate programs to civilians. The Citadel has 2,200 undergraduate cadets in its residential military program and 1,200 civilian students in the evening programs.
  • Wofford College is a small liberal arts college 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". It is one of the few four-year institutions in the southeastern United States founded before the American Civil War that operates on its original campus.
  • Newberry College is a small liberal arts college in Newberry. Founded in 1856, Newberry is a co-educational, private liberal-arts college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) on a historic 90-acre (36 ha) campus in Newberry, South Carolina. It has roughly 1,110 students and a 14:1 student-teacher ratio. According to U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges, 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 is a public liberal arts university in Greenwood. Lander was founded in 1872 as Willamston Female College.WEB,weblink About Lander University, May 19, 2013, dead,weblink" title="">weblink July 2, 2012, The school moved 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 enrolls approximately 3,000 undergraduates.
  • Presbyterian College (PC) is a private liberal arts college founded in 1880 in Clinton. Presbyterian College enrolls around 1000 undergraduate students and around 200 graduate students in its pharmacy school. In 2007, Washington Monthly ranked PC as the No. 1 Liberal Arts College in the nation.WEB,weblink Our Third Annual College Rankings,, July 31, 2010, dead,weblink" title="">weblink December 4, 2010,
  • Winthrop University, founded in 1886 as an all-female teaching school in Rock Hill, became a co-ed institution in 1974. It is now a public university with an enrollment of just over 6,100 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 in Clemson. It has more than 19,000 undergraduate students and 5,200 graduate 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 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 an enrollment of around 2,500 undergraduates.
  • South Carolina State University, founded in 1896, is a historically black university in Orangeburg. SCSU has an 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 in Anderson, that offers bachelor's and master's degrees in approximately 50 areas of study. Anderson University enrolls around 2,900 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.Fast Facts – Bob Jones University {{webarchive |url= |date=December 11, 2004 }}
  • Coastal Carolina University, founded in 1954, became an independent state-supported liberal arts university in 1993. The university enrolls approximately 10,500 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 Baptist Convention. Charleston Southern (CSU) is 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 3,400 students.
  • Francis Marion University,(formerly Francis Marion College), is a state-supported liberal arts university near Florence, South Carolina. It was founded in 1970 and achieved university status in 1992.

Universities and colleges ranked by endowment, 2010{| class"wikitable sortable" style"text-align: center;"

! style="width:60px;"| StateRank! style="width:70px;"| NationalRank! style="width:220px;"| Institution! style="width:170px;"| Location! style="width:100px;"| Public orPrivate! style="width:150px;"| Endowment Funds! style="width:90px;"| Percentage Change YOY| 1| 142| Furman UniversityGreenville, South Carolina>Greenville| Private| $650,000,000| 7.8%| 2| 151| University of South CarolinaColumbia, South Carolina>Columbia ®ional campuses| Public| $625,186,000| 6.0%| 3| 153| Clemson UniversityClemson, South Carolina>Clemson| Public| $623,200,000| 9.5%| 4| 236| Medical University of South CarolinaCharleston, South Carolina>Charleston| Public| $272,319,000| 13.7%| 5| 270The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina>The CitadelCharleston, South Carolina>Charleston| Public| $244,000,000| 8.1%| 6| 324| Wofford CollegeSpartanburg, South Carolina>Spartanburg| Private| $166,619,000| 10.2%| 7| 447| Presbyterian CollegeClinton, South Carolina>Clinton| Private| $97,590,000| 11.0%| 8| 530| Converse CollegeSpartanburg, South Carolina>Spartanburg| Private| $78,240,000| 6.4%| 9| 782| Winthrop UniversityRock Hill, South Carolina>Rock Hill| Public| $43,600,000| 13.6%| 10| 658| Coker CollegeHartsville, South Carolina>Hartsville| Private| $37,660,000| 4.9%As of June 30, 2010. WEB, U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2010 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2009 to FY 2010, 2010 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments, National Association of College and University Business Officers,weblink February 17, 2010, dead,weblink" title="">weblink July 17, 2012, mdy-all,

Health care

For overall health care, 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.Commonwealth Fund, State Scorecard {{webarchive |url= |date=June 10, 2015 }} 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.WEB,weblink Kaiser State Health Facts, 2006,, July 31, 2010, The state's infant mortality rate was 9.4 deaths per 1,000 births compared to the US average of 6.9 deaths.US Census, US National Center for Health Statistics, 2005 Archived copy at the Portuguese Web Archive (July 10, 2009).There were 2.6 physicians per 1,000 people compared to the US average of 3.2 physicians.WEB,weblink Kaiser State Health Facts, based on Amer. Medical Association data, 2008,, July 1, 2008, July 31, 2010, dead,weblink" title="">weblink July 28, 2011, There was $5,114 spent on health expenses per capita in the state, compared to the US average of $5,283.WEB,weblink Kaiser State Health Facts, based on Center for Medicare and Medicaid Statistics, 2007,, July 31, 2010, dead,weblink" title="">weblink July 28, 2011, 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.WEB,weblink Kaiser State Health Facts, 2008–2008,, July 31, 2010, dead,weblink" title="">weblink July 28, 2011, And, 34 percent of children were overweight or obese, compared to the US average of 32 percent.WEB,weblink Kaiser State Health Facts, based on Nat Survey of Children's Health, 2009,, July 31, 2010, dead,weblink" title="">weblink July 28, 2011,


{{Gallery cleanup}}File:South Carolina state coat of arms (illustrated, 1876).jpg|The historical coat of arms of South Carolina in 1876File:Going to the gin, by J. A. Palmer.jpg|A cotton farmer and his children pose before taking their crop to a cotton gin, ca. 1870File:Arcadia Plantation 1893 Georgetown County.jpg|Arcadia Plantation, circa 1893, Georgetown CountyFile:Beachcombers at Myrtle Beach, 2012 IMG 4504.JPG|Beachcombers at Myrtle Beach photographed from the ninth floor of a resort hotelFile:WaterFallsTableRockStatePark.jpg|Midlands Mountain trail during winter, in Harbison State ForestFile:Fort Sumter National Monument sign IMG 4524.JPG|Access to Fort Sumter in Charleston harbor, where the American Civil War began in 1861, requires a half-hour ferry ride each way.File:Charlestonhome.jpg|A historic home on "The Battery", a neighborhood/park area in the Downtown historic district of the peninsula of Charleston, South CarolinaFile:East bay street 2222.JPG|Coastal towns and cities often have hurricane-resistant Live oaks overarching the streets in historic neighborhoods, such as these on East Bay Street, Georgetown.File:Pink-house-charleston-sc1.jpg|The Pink House, the oldest stone building in Charleston

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