South Carolina

State Motto

Dum spiro spero (While I breathe, I hope)

State Motto of South Carolina

South Carolina, located in the southeastern region of the United States, is a state steeped in history, culture, and natural beauty. Known for its warm hospitality, the state boasts a diverse landscape that includes coastal plains, lush forests, and the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains. South Carolina played a pivotal role in American history, with Charleston, one of its prominent cities, being the site of significant Revolutionary War battles. The state is renowned for its Gullah Geechee heritage, vibrant music scene, and delectable cuisine, especially its renowned barbecue and seafood. With a mix of historic charm and modern attractions, South Carolina offers residents and visitors a unique blend of tradition and progress, making it a captivating place to explore and call home.

What's in a name?

Named in honor of King Charles I of England.

State Nickname of South Carolina


Map of the State of South Carolina

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Area: 32,020 sq mi (82,932 kmĀ²), 40th
Highest Point: Sassafras Mountain; 3,554 ft (330 m), 29th
Lowest Point: Atlantic Ocean; Sea Level, 0 ft (0 m)
Bordering States: Georgia, North Carolina
Area Codes: Area Codes of South Carolina
Zip Codes: Zip Codes of South Carolina

South Carolina boasts a diverse geography that encompasses coastal plains, rolling hills, and the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains. To the east, the state features an extensive coastline along the Atlantic Ocean, known for its picturesque beaches, marshlands, and estuaries. The coastal region is dotted with historic cities like Charleston and Myrtle Beach. Inland, the landscape transitions to the Piedmont region, characterized by gently rolling hills and fertile farmland. Towards the northwest, the state is graced by the Appalachian Mountains, particularly the Blue Ridge Mountains, which offer stunning vistas, lush forests, and outdoor recreational opportunities. This varied geography contributes to South Carolina's rich natural beauty and diverse ecosystems, making it a state of scenic and environmental significance.


South Carolina's economy is diverse and characterized by a mix of industries, including manufacturing, agriculture, tourism, and services. The state is home to major automobile manufacturing plants, with companies like BMW, Volvo, and Boeing having a significant presence. Agriculture plays a vital role, with crops like soybeans, cotton, and poultry contributing to the state's agricultural output. Tourism is a significant driver of South Carolina's economy, with attractions such as beautiful beaches, historic sites, and golf resorts drawing visitors year-round. The state's ports, especially the Port of Charleston, are essential for trade and commerce. While South Carolina has seen steady economic growth, it also faces challenges such as income inequality and a need for workforce development to meet the demands of its expanding industries.


  • Soybeans
  • Corn
  • Wheat


  • Aerospace
  • Automotive Manufacturing
  • Tourism

State Symbols

State Flag

State Flag of South Carolina

State Seal

State Seal of South Carolina

State Quarter

State Quarter of South Carolina

State Bird

State Bird of South CarolinaCarolina Wren

State Flower

State Flower of South CarolinaYellow Jessamine

State Tree

State Tree of South CarolinaSabal Palmetto

State Mammal

State Mammal of South CarolinaWhite-Tailed Deer

State Fish

State Fish of South CarolinaStriped Bass

State Insect

State Insect of South CarolinaCarolina Mantid
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