South Carolina Population Distribution Map

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South Carolina

page last updated on August 8, 2011


   Introduction    South Carolina


Settled by the English in 1670, South Carolina was based on a plantation culture with an aristocratic, wealthy society that was dependent on black slave labor. One of the original 13 colonies, South Carolina was first formed in 1729 when the Carolina colony was divided in two to form North and South Carolina. The attack on Fort Sumter in the Charleston harbor launched the Civil War. After the war, the structure of the state changed. Today, South Carolina is a growing research center and banking state. It is fitting that the state tree of the "Palmetto State" is the cabbage palmetto, which also appears on the state flag. The flower is the yellow jessamine, and the capital is Columbia.

   Miscellaneous    South Carolina


State Flower: Carolina yellow jessamine

State Motto: Prepared in mind and resources; While I breathe, I hope

State Nickname: Palmetto State

State Bird: Carolina wren

   Geography    South Carolina


Land area, 2000 (square miles): 30,109

Length: 260 miles

Width: 200 miles

10 largest cities, 2010:
  1. Columbia, 129,272
  2. Charleston, 120,083
  3. North Charleston, 97,471
  4. Mount Pleasant, 67,843
  5. Rock Hill, 66,154
  6. Greenville, 58,409
  7. Summerville, 43,392
  8. Sumter, 40,524
  9. Hilton Head Island, 37,099
  10. Florence, 37,056

Geographic Center: 13 miles southeast of Columbia

Geographic Center County: Richland

Highest Point: 3,560 ft. — Sassafras Mt.

Lowest Point: sea level — Atlantic Ocean

Number of counties: 46

State forests: 4 (80,177 ac.)

State parks: 50 (61,726 ac.)

Persons per square mile, 2010: 153.6

   People    South Carolina

Population, 2010: 462536400.00%
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010: 0
Population, 2000: 401183200.00%
Persons under 5 years old, percent, 2009: 6.80%
Persons under 18 years old, percent, 2009: 23.70%
Persons 65 years old and over, percent, 2009: 13.70%
Female persons, percent, 2009: 51.30%

White persons, percent, 2010 (a): 66.20%
Black persons, percent, 2010 (a): 27.90%
American Indian and Alaska Native persons, percent, 2010 (a): 0.40%
Asian persons, percent, 2010 (a): 1.30%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, percent, 2010 (a): 0.10%
Persons reporting two or more races, percent, 2010: 1.70%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin, percent, 2010 (b): 5.10%
White persons not Hispanic, persons, 2010: 64.10%

Living in same house 1 year ago, pct 1 yr old & over, 2005-2009: 84.10%
Foreign born persons, percent, 2005-2009: 4.40%
Language other than English spoken at home, pct age 5+, 2005-2009: 6.20%
High school graduates, percent of persons age 25+, 2005-2009: 82.20%
Bachelor's degree or higher, pct of persons age 25+, 2005-2009: 0
Veterans, 2005-2009: 398,340
Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16+, 2005-2009: 23.2

Housing units, 2009: 208423100.00%
Homeownership rate, 2005-2009: 70.30%
Housing units in multi-unit structures, percent, 2005-2009: 17.00%
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2005-2009: $128,400

Households, 2005-2009: 1,693,388
Persons per household, 2005-2009: $3
Per capita money income in past 12 months (2009 dollars) 2005-2009: $23,196
Median household income, 2009: $42,580
Persons below poverty level, percent, 2009: 17.10%


(a) Includes persons reporting only one race.
(b) Hispanics may be of any race, so also are included in applicable race categories.

D: Suppressed to avoid disclosure of confidential information
F: Fewer than 100 firms
FN: Footnote on this item for this area in place of data
NA: Not available
S: Suppressed; does not meet publication standards
X: Not applicable
Z: Value greater than zero but less than half unit of measure shown



GDP Data — Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
Population and Economic Data — US Census Bureau
Government Data — Congress.Org




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