South Carolina State Facts and History

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South Carolina Quick Facts

  • Current Governor: Henry McMaster (Republican)
  • Capital: Columbia
  • Population: 5,148,714 (2019 est.)
  • Land Area: 30,060.70 sq km
  • Water Area: 1,959.79 sq km
  • Total Area: 32,020.49 SQ KM
  • Width: 200 mile
  • Length: 260 mile long
  • State Motto: “Animus Opibusque Parati (Prepared in Mind and Resources)”
  • Nickname: Palmetto State
  • Electoral votes: 9
  • Seats in U.S. House of Representatives: 7 (of 435)
  • State Song: “South Carolina on My Mind”
  • Date of Statehood: May 23, 1788
  • Time Zone: Eastern (GMT − 5 hours)
  • Official Website of South Carolina:
  • State abbreviation/Postal code: SC
  • Origin of name: South Carolina is named in honor of King Charles I of England, who first formed the English colony, with Carolus being Latin for “Charles

State Symbol of South Carolina

State American Folk DanceSquare dance
State AnimalWhite-tailed deer
State BeverageMilk
State BirdGreat Carolina wren
State ButterflyEastern tiger swallowtail
State ColorsIndigo blue
State CraftSweetgrass basket weaving
State DanceShag
State DogBoykin spaniel
State DuckWood duck
State FishStriped bass
State FlowerCarolina yellow jessamine
State FossilColumbian mammoth
State FruitPeach
State GemstoneAmethyst
State GrassIndian grass
State Heritage HorseCarolina march tacky
State Heritage Work AnimalMule
State Hospitality BeverageTea
State InsectCarolina mantid
State Marine MammalBottlenose dolphin
State Migratory Marine MammalNorthern right whale
State MottoDum spiro spero Animis opibusque parati (While I breathe, I hope Ready in soul and resource)
State MusicSpiritual
State NicknamePalmetto State
State Popular MusicBeach music
State ReptileLoggerhead sea turtle
State ShellLettered olive
State SnackBoiled peanuts
State Song“Carolina” and “South Carolina On My Mind”
State SpiderCarolina wolf spider
State StoneBlue granite
State Tapestry“From the Mountains to the Sea”
State TreeSabal palmetto (also called cabbage palm tree)
State Waltz“Richardson Waltz”
State Wild Game BirdWild turkey
State WildflowerGoldenrod

College & Universities

Academy of Hair TechnologyKenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology-North Augusta
Aiken Technical CollegeKenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology-Rock Hill
Allen UniversityKenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology-Spartanburg
Anderson UniversityLacy Cosmetology School-Aiken
Benedict CollegeLander University
Bob Jones UniversityLeGrand Institute of Cosmetology Inc
Cathedral Bible CollegeLimestone College
Central Carolina Technical CollegeLutheran Theological Southern Seminary
Centura College-ColumbiaMcLeod Regional Medical Center School of Medical Technology
Centura College-North CharlestonMedical University of South Carolina
Charleston Cosmetology InstituteMidlands Technical College
Charleston School of MassageMorris College
Charleston Southern UniversityNewberry College
Charzanne Beauty CollegeNorth Greenville University
Citadel Military College of South CarolinaNortheastern Technical College
Claflin UniversityOrangeburg Calhoun Technical College
Clemson UniversityPiedmont Technical College
Clinton Junior CollegePresbyterian College
Coastal Carolina UniversitySherman College of Straight Chiropractic
Coker CollegeSouth Carolina State University
College of CharlestonSouth University-Columbia
Columbia Beauty SchoolSoutheastern Institute-Charleston
Columbia CollegeSoutheastern Institute-Columbia
Columbia International UniversitySouthern Methodist College
Converse CollegeSouthern Wesleyan University
Conway School of Practical NursingSpartanburg Community College
Denmark Technical CollegeSpartanburg Methodist College
Erskine College and SeminaryStrand College of Hair Design
Florence-Darlington Technical CollegeStyletrends Barber and Hairstyling Academy
Forrest Junior CollegeSumter Beauty College
Francis Marion UniversityTechnical College of the Lowcountry
Furman UniversityTri-County Technical College
Golf Academy of America-Myrtle BeachTrident Technical College
Greenville Technical CollegeUniversity of South Carolina-Aiken
Harley’s Beauty and Barber Career InstituteUniversity of South Carolina-Beaufort
Horry-Georgetown Technical CollegeUniversity of South Carolina-Columbia
ITT Technical Institute-GreenvilleUniversity of South Carolina-Lancaster
Johnson & Wales University-CharlestonUniversity of South Carolina-Salkehatchie
Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology and Nails-ColumbiaUniversity of South Carolina-Sumter
Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology-ColumbiaUniversity of South Carolina-Union
Williamsburg Technical CollegeUniversity of South Carolina-Upstate
Winthrop UniversityVoorhees College
Wofford CollegeW L Bonner College
York Technical College

Popular Tourist Attractions

  1. Fort Sumter
  2. Broadway at the Beach
  3. Hilton Head Island
  4. Riverbanks Zoo
  5. Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and Promenade
  6. Barefoot Landing
  7. Frankie’s Fun Park
  8. Middleton Place
  9. Brookgreen Gardens
  10. USS Yorktown
  11. Congaree National Park
  12. South Carolina Aquarium
  13. Family Kingdom Amusement Park
  14. Myrtle Waves
  15. Peace Center
  16. Greenville Zoo
  17. Patriots Point
  18. EdVenture Children’s Museum

Famous Natives and Residents

Bernard Baruchstatesman;
Mary McLeod Bethuneeducator;
James F. Byrnes senator,jurist and secretary of state;
John C. Calhounstatesman;
Mark Clarkgeneral;
Pat Conroywriter;
Shepard Faireyartist;
Joe Frazierprize fighter;
Althea Gibsontennis champion;
Dizzy Gillespiejazz trumpeter;
DuBose Heywardpoet, playwright, and novelist;
Andrew Jacksonpresident;
Jesse Jacksoncivil rights leader;
Eartha Kittsinger;
Francis Marion (“Swamp Fox”)Revolutionary general;
Mary-Louise Parkeractor;
John Rutledgejurist;
Strom Thurmondpolitician;
Charles Townesphysicist;
William Westmorelandgeneral;
Vanna WhiteTV personality

Famous Actors And Actresses

  1. Thomas Gibson
  2. Chris Rock
  3. Jessica Stroup

Map of South Carolina

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