South Carolina State Facts, Symbols and History
South Carolina Fast Facts
Capital: Colombia (popularity). 124,818 (2008 est.)
South Carolina population: 4,723,723 ( 2012 est.) (24th)
South Carolina Quarter: The South Carolina Quarter was the eighth quarter released in the United States Mint’s 50 State Quarters® Program.South Carolina was admitted to the Union on May 23, 1788, becoming our Nation’s 8th State. Called “South Carolina”, South Carolina quarter features key state symbols of Palmetto Tree, Carolina Wren, Yellow Jasmine, outline of the state, nicknames of the state and a star indicating the capital, Columbia.
Language: English, others
Largest Cities: (by population) Columbia, Charleston, Rock Hill, Spartanburg, Greenville
Name: Name, South Carolina, in honor of Charles I of England (Carolus is Latin for Charles),
Statehood: May 23, 1788 (8th state)
Symbols of South Carolina
- Amphibian: spotted salamander
- Bird: Carolina Wren
- Butterfly: eastern forked tiger tail
- Fish: striped bass
- Flag of South Carolina
- Flower: Carolina Jessamine
- Fruit: peach
- Gemstone: amethyst
- Motto: DUM SPIRO SPERO , “while I inhale me, I Hope” and ANIMIS OPIBUSQUE PARATHI , “Ready in soul and resource”
- Nicknames: (most used) South Carolina, Rice State, Swamp State
- Song: Carolina
- State seal
- Wood: palmetto
South Carolina is a state in the southeastern United States, one of the so-called South Atlantic states. According to the US Census Bureau, as of 2006, 4,723,723 people live in South Carolina (2012 data). See cities and towns in South Carolina.
State capital: Columbia.
Motto: “As long as I breathe, I hope.”
Nickname: “The State of Dwarf Palms”
In 1663, King Charles II of England granted the lands of North and South Carolina to eight English lords. In 1670, the first European settlement was founded on the territory of South Carolina – Charles Taunt (modern Charleston). In 1729, the Carolinas were divided into North and South. South Carolina became an independent royal colony.
- AbbreviationFinder: Demonstrates how the two-letter acronym of SC stands for South Carolina and a list of frequently used abbreviations related to the state of South Carolina.
Climate of South Carolina
The state is dominated by a subtropical climate, the signs of which are most noticeable in close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. Summer temperatures range from 19-23°C inland to 21-23°C on the coast. In winter, the thermometer drops to -2 ° C, while snowfall, as a rule, is not observed; precipitation falls in the form of hail.
Hurricanes that originate in the Atlantic Ocean often pass through the state. The state was hit hard by Hurricane Hazel in 1954 and by Hurricane Hugo in 1989. Also in South Carolina, about 14 tornadoes are observed annually.
After the end of the Revolutionary War, the colony became the eighth state of the new state. South Carolina was an agricultural state dominated by cotton slave plantations. In 1860, South Carolina became the first Southern state to secede from the United States in protest against the abolition of slavery. About 60,000 residents of the state participated in the Civil War. After the lost war began the period of Reconstruction. Industrialization began in the state. In agriculture, cotton was replaced by the production of soybeans and corn.