South Carolina Facts

South Carolina is a Beautiful place. When many hear of South Carolina, they think of Myrtle Beach. Millions of tourist visit Myrtle Beach each year. Myrtle Beach is Famous World Wide. The beaches and the golf courses are the two main attractions that bring tourist to Myrtle Beach. Myrtle Beach has around 1500 restaurants. So you are sure to find something you would like. Myrtle Beach has around 15 golf courses. You’re sure to find the one to suit your taste.

Columbia is the largest city in South Carolina. The population of Columbia is around 120,000. In 1786 Columbia became the Capitol of South Carolina. Columbia was chosen to be the new Capitol of South Carolina because it was located it the center of the State. In 1786 when Columbia was named the new capitol the population was around 6,000 people. Columbia has really grown in size.

Charleston was the original State Capitol. Back when it was the State Capitol it was called Charles Town. Charleston is the second largest city in South Carolina. Charleston population is around 88,000.

South Carolina has 46 counties. The largest county is Horry County, which is 1,133 sq. miles. Horry County has a population of about 227,000.

South Carolina coastline is 187 miles long.

The longest river in South Carolina is the Savannah River, which is 238 miles long.

South Carolina State Symbols:

  • State Bird – Carolina Wren
  • State Song – Carolina
  • State Animal – Whitetail Deer
  • State Dance – The Shag
  • State Fish – Striped Bass
  • State Flower – Yellow Jasmine
  • State Fruit – Peach
  • State Tree – Palmetto
  • State Nickname – The Palmetto State
  • State Motto – “While I Breathe, I Hope”

South Carolina was named in Honor of King Charles I of England. South Carolina was one of the original thirteen colonies. South Carolina was the eighth state to enter the Union. South Carolina entered the Union on May 23, 1788.

Some unique cities, towns, and crossroads names in South Carolina:

  • Ashepoo
  • Fingerville
  • Nine Times
  • Ninety Six
  • Coward
  • Pumpkintown
  • Boiling Springs
  • Five Forks
  • Plum Branch

Other quick facts about South Carolina:

  • Four South Carolina Delegates signed the Declaration of Independence.
  • South Carolina seceded from the Union in 1860.
  • Strom Thurmond was the longest serving US Senator in History.
  • Colonel William Moultrie was the first American to defeat the British during the Revolutionary War.
  • The first shots of the Civil War were fired in South Carolina at Fort Sumter.
  • The first Department Store in the world is located in Charleston, South Carolina.
  • The most Famous Militia leader from South Carolina was Francis Marion, also known as The Swamp Fox.
  • Hurricane Hugo was the worst Hurricane to hit South Carolina.
  • John Rutledge was the First South Carolina Govenor.

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