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Offical Name State of South Carolina
Nicknames The Palmetto State
Abbreviations SC, US-SC
Origin of Name After King Charles I of England

Official Language English
Admission to Union 23 May 1788
Time Zone Eastern
Official Web Site

Capital Columbia
Largest City Columbia
Population 4,012,012 (as of 2000 census)
Economy Agriculture: tobacco, poultry, cattle, dairy products, soybeans, hogs

Industry: textile goods, chemical products, paper products, machinery, tourism

Area 34,726 square miles (82,965 km2)
Major Rivers Edisto River, Savannah River, Santee River
Major Lakes Hartwell Lake, Lake Moultrie, Lake Murray, Lake Marion
Highest Point Sassafras Mountain - 3,560 feet (1,086 meters)
Bordering States North Carolina, Georgia
Bordering Country None
Bordering Bodies of Water Atlantic Ocean

Flag South Carolina Flag
Mottos "Dum spiro spero" - While I breathe, I hope, and, "Animis opibusque parati" - Prepared in mind and resources
Songs South Carolina on My Mind, Carolina
Music The Spiritual
Popular Music Beach Music
Opera Porgy and Bess
Waltz The Richardson Waltz
Military Academy Camden Military Academy
Botanical Garden The Botanical Garden of Clemson University
Folk Art and Crafts Center South Carolina Artisans Center
Hall of Fame South Carolina Hall of Fame
Railroad Museum South Carolina Railroad Museum
Rural Drama Center Abeville Opera House
Tobacco Museum Tobacco Museum in the City of Mullins
Animal White-tailed Deer
Dog Boykin Spaniel
Bird Carolina Wren
Wild Game Bird Wild Turkey
Insect Carolina Mantid
Butterfly Tiger Swallowtail
Spider South Carolina Wolf Spider
Fish Striped Bass
Amphibian Spotted Salamander
Reptile Loggerhead Turtle
Shell Lettered Olive
Flower Yellow Jessamine
Wildflower Goldenrod
Fruit Peach
Tree Sabal Palmetto
Grass Indian Grass
Beverage Milk
Hospitality Beverage Tea
Snack Food Boiled Peanuts
Stone Blue Granite
Gemstone Amethyst
Dance The Shag
American Folk Dance Square Dance
Lowcountry Handcraft Sweet Grass Basket
Tapestry From the Mountains to the Sea
Tartan Carolina Tartan
Poet Laureate Bennie Lee Sinclair

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