State Facts

Nickname: The Palmetto State

Motto: “Dum Spiro Spero” – “While I breathe, I hope”.  Adopted in 1776.

Geography: South Carolina is bordered to the north by North Carolina, to the south and west by Georgia, and to the east by the Atlantic Ocean.

Coastline: 187 miles

Time Zone: Eastern

State Capital: Columbia

Population: 4,625,364, as of 2010 Census (24th-largest state.  Roughly the size of Ireland)

Size: 32,020 square miles (40th-largest state.  Roughly the size of Austria)

Number of Counties: 46

Major MSA Populations (2009):

  • Columbia: 744,730
  • Greenville-Mauldin-Easley: 639,617
  • Charleston-North Charleston: 659,191
  • Spartanburg: 286,228
  • Myrtle Beach-North Myrtle Beach-Conway: 263,868
  • Florence: 200,653
  • Anderson: 184,901
  • Sumter: 104,495

Major Industries (by percentage of total employment):

  • Government, 19.6%
  • Professional and Business Services, 11.6%
  • Leisure & Hospitality, 10.6%
  • Retail Trade, 12.3%
  • Manufacturing, 11.6%
  • Education & Health Services, 11.7%
  • Construction, 4.4%
  • Financial Insurance & Real Estate, 7.2%
  • Transportation, Warehousing & Utilities, 3.2%
  • All other,  7.8%