South Carolina Facts

South Carolina Facts

  • State Number of Counties: 46

    * Abbeville * Aiken * Allendale * Anderson * Bamberg * Barnwell * Beaufort * Berkeley * Calhoun * Charleston * Cherokee * Chester * Chesterfield * Clarendon * Colleton * Darlington * Dillon * Dorchester * Edgefield * Fairfield * Florence * Georgetown * Greenville * Greenwood * Hampton * Horry * Jasper * Kershaw * Lancaster * Laurens * Lee * Lexington * Marion * Marlboro * McCormick * Newberry * Oconee * Orangeburg * Pickens * Richland * Saluda * Spartanburg * Sumter * Union * Williamsburg * York *

  • State Largest Cities: Columbia, Charleston, North Charleston, Rock Hill, Mount Pleasant, Greenville, Spartanburg, Summerville, Hilton Head Island, Florence

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  • State Flag: Adopted in 1861

  • State Motto: "Dum Spiro Spero" - While I breathe, I hope

  • State Capital: Columbia

  • State Abbreviation: SC

  • State Name of Residents: South Carolinians

  • Date State Entered the Union: May 23, 1788

  • State Size: 32,007 square miles

  • State Song: Carolina

  • State Dance: The shag

  • State Folk Dance: The square dance

  • State Waltz: The Richardson waltz

  • State Nick Name: Palmetto State

  • State Tree: Sabal Palmetto

  • State Flower: Yellow Jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens)

  • State Fruit: Peach

  • State Animal: Whitetail deer

  • State Dog: Boykin spaniel

  • State Bird: Carolina wren

  • State Game Bird: Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)

  • State Fish: Striped bass

  • State Reptile: Loggerhead Turtle

  • State Amphibian: Spotted salamander

  • State Shell: Lettered Olive

  • State Insect: Carolina Mantid (Stagmomantis carolina )

  • State Butterfly: Eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly

  • State Spider: Carolina wolf spider

  • State Gem Stone: Amethyst

  • State Rock: Blue granite

  • State Soil: Lynchburg

  • State Beverage: Milk

  • State Hospitality Beverage: Tea

  • State Major Rivers: Santee River, Edisto River, Savannah River

  • State Major Lakes: Lake Marion, Lake Moultrie, Lake Murray, Hartwell Lake

  • State Highest Point: Sassafras Mountain - 3,560 feet (1,085 m) above sea level

  • Bordering States: Georgia, North Carolina

  • State Bordering Body of Water: Atlantic Ocean

  • State Name Origin: South Carolina was named to honor King Charles I.

  • State Largest City: Columbia

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