South Carolina's economy was ranked the 25th largest in the United States based on GDP (Gross Domestic Product) in 2020. The current GDP for South Carolina is 244,881.70 (October 2021). South Carolina has employed over 2 million people. Currently, the unemployment rate for South Carolina is 4.3%.
|Top 10 Exports in SC|
|Plastics & Rubber Products|
|Machinery, except Electrical|
|Computer & Electronic Products|
|Electrical Equipment, Appliances & Components|
|Fabricated Metal Products, Nesoi|
|Food & Kindred Products|
|Textiles & Fabrics|
|Leading Industries in SC|
|Aerospace and Aviation|
Capital of South Carolina: Columbia
Governor: Henry McMaster
Lieutenant Governor: Pamela Evette
Secretary of State: Mark Hammond
Treasurer: Curtis Loftis
Attorney General: Alan Wilson
U.S. Representatives: Joe Wilson, Tom Rice, Jim Clyburn, Nancy Mace, Ralph Norman, Jeff Duncan, and William Timmons
U.S. Senators: Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott
South Carolina has two official mottoes:
Animis Opibusque Parati (ah-ni-mis oh-pi-boos-kwe pah-rah-tee) means prepared in minds and resources.
Dum Spiro Spero (doom spee-roh spey-roh) means while I breathe, I hope.
South Carolina is the 23rd largest state in population in the United States. The 2021 population is 5,179,334. Below is a table of the most populated cities and counties in South Carolina.
|Most Populated SC Cities|
|Charleston - 150,227|
|Columbia - 136,632|
|North Charleston - 114,852|
|Mount Pleasant - 90,801|
|Rock Hill - 74,372|
|Greenville - 70,720|
|Summerville - 50,915|
|Goose Creek - 45,946|
|Sumter - 43,463|
|Florence - 39,899|
|Most Populated SC Counties|
|Greenville - 525,534|
|Richland - 416,147|
|Charleston - 408,235|
|Horry - 351,029|
|Spartanburg - 327,997|
|Lexington - 293,991|
|York - 282,090|
|Berkeley - 229,861|
|Anderson - 203,718|
|Beaufort - 187,117|
The indigenous Spotted Salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) was designated as the State Amphibian by ACT Number 79 of 1999 as a result of a campaign by a third-grade class at Woodlands Heights Elementary School in Spartanburg.
The White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) can be seen bounding through South Carolina's woods year-round. They are plentiful in our state, and in 1972 the legislature named them the official state animal
Milk was designated as the official State Beverage by Act Number 360 of 1984 because dairy farmers are found in almost every county in the state. The dairy industry is a one hundred million dollar enterprise for the state of South Carolina.
The Carolina Wren was designated as the official State Bird by Act Number 693 of 1948. This Act repealed an earlier Act designating the Mockingbird as the State Bird. The Carolina Wren is found in all areas of South Carolina. It is a small bird with a conspicuous white stripe over the eyes.
The 295-acre South Carolina Botanical Garden at Clemson University was designated the State Botanical Garden by Act Number 288 of 1992.
The beautiful Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) butterfly was designated the official Butterfly of the State by Act Number 319 of 1994. The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail can be seen in deciduous woods, along streams, rivers and wooded swamps, and in towns and cities throughout South Carolina.
Indigo Blue was designated as the official Color of the State by Act Number 200 of 2008. The purplish-blue-hued Indigo plant formed a significant part of the South Carolina economy from the late 1740s to the late 1790s.
The Shag (Carolina Shag) was designated the official State Dance by Act Number 329 of 1984. The basic step for this upbeat, quick, and smooth dance is a six-count, eight-step pattern danced in a slot.
The Boykin Spaniel is the only dog initially bred by South Carolinians and has developed into a breed of superb hunting instincts and mild temperament. In 1985, the Boykin Spaniel was designated the official State Dog of South Carolina.
The Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) was designated the official State Duck by Act Number 58 of 2009. Wood Ducks tend to habitat in woodland ponds, lakes, swamps, and marshes feeding on the vegetation and insects.
The versatile Striped Bass (Morone saxatilis) was designated the official State Fish by Act Number 1333 of 1972. The Striped Bass can live in both freshwater and saltwater environments.
The General Assembly adopted the current version of South Carolina's flag on January 28, 1861. This version added the Palmetto tree to the original design by Colonel William Moultrie in 1775 for use by South Carolina troops during the Revolutionary War.
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The indigenous fragrant Yellow Jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens) was adopted by the General Assembly as the official State Flower on February 1, 1924. It is a climbing woody vine with evergreen leaves and blooms small, fragrant yellow flowers.
The Square Dance was designated the official State Folk Dance by Act Number 329 of 1994. The dance is designed to be for four couples arranged in a square, with one couple on each side, facing the middle of the square.
The Columbian Mammoth (Mammuthus columbi) was designated as the official State Fossil by Act Number 177 of 2014. The Columbian mammoth was named after Christopher Columbus. The discovery of fossilized mammoth teeth in a South Carolina swamp in 1725 was credited as the first scientific identification of a North American vertebrate fossil.
The fuzzy sweet Peach (Prunus persica) was designated as the official State Fruit by Act Number 360 of 1984. South Carolina has over 18,000 acres of peach farms across the state.
The gobbling, clucking and purring Wild Turkey was designated as the official State Wild Game Bird by Act Number 508 of 1976. Wild Turkeys are found in forests throughout the State of South Carolina
The semi-precious quartz, Amethyst, was designated as the official State Gemstone by Act Number 345 of 1969. South Carolina is known to be the home to some of the world's highest-quality amethyst.
The Marsh Tacky is a rare colonial Spanish horse breed found only in South Carolina. In 2010, the Marsh Tacky was designated as the official State Heritage Horse of South Carolina.
Tea was designated as the official State Hospitality Beverage by Act Number 31 of 1995. South Carolina was the first state to grow tea in the United States and the birthplace of the sweet tea beverage.
The native Carolina Mantid (Stagmomantis Carolina) was designated as the official State Insect by Act Number 591 of 1988. As a beneficial insect, the Carolina Mantid consumes pest insects that could otherwise damage or destroy flowers and produce.
The intelligent Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) was designated as the official State Marine Mammal by Act Number 58 of 2009. The bottlenose dolphins are protected in U.S. waters under the Marine Mammal Protection Act.
The Spiritual was designated as the official State Music by Act Number 64 of 1999. A spiritual is a type of religious folksong that is most closely associated with the struggles of slavery and the hope of freedom for the enslaved Africans in the American South.
Porgy and Bess was designated as the official Opera of the State by Act Number 94 of 2001. Porgy and Bess is an opera based on the novel Porgy written by South Carolina native Edwin Dubose Heyward.
Barbecue was designated as the official State Picnic Cuisine by Act Number 231 of 2014. Each region of South Carolina has a unique way of preparing and cooking barbecue that can be explored through South Carolina's "BBQ Trail."
The official State Poet Laureate was designated by Joint Resolution Number 736 of 1934. This resolution allows the Governor to appoint a Poet Laureate for the State. In 2003, former Governor Mark Sanford named Marjory Heath Wentworth as South Carolina's sixth Poet Laureate.
Beach Music was designated as the official State Popular Music by Act Number 15 of 2001. Beach music is primarily a rhythm and blues style based on 4/4 rhythms with a moderate to fast-paced tempo.
The Loggerhead Turtle (Caretta caretta) was designated as the official State Reptile by Act Number 588 of 1988 as a result of a request by a fifth-grade class from the town, Ninety-six in Greenwood County. South Carolina's coast is one of the Loggerhead nesting areas, and nest protection projects have been established along the South Carolina coast to increase hatchling productivity.
South Carolina's State Seal was designed by William Henry Drayton and Arthur Middleton in 1776. John Rutledge, the President of the Provincial Congress of South Carolina, used the Seal for the first time on May 22, 1777. The current seal is made up of two elliptical areas linked by branches of the palmetto tree. The left oval is the palmetto tree with a fallen oak at the base. The right oval is the goddess Spes (Hope) walking on the beach at dawn over discarded weapons.
The Lettered Olive (Olive Sayana) was designated as the official State Shell by Act No. 360 of 1984. The shell has a smooth, shiny, cylindrical shape and is typically found in shallow waters near the shore.
The Boiled Peanut was designated as the official State Snack by Act Number 270 of 2006. This South Carolina delicacy is a snack found throughout South Carolina at roadside stands, festivals, produce stands, and stores.
South Carolina has two official State Songs: "Carolina" and "South Carolina on My Mind."
"Carolina" was written by Henry Timrod and set to music by Anne C. Burgess. On February 11, 1911, the song was designated as the State Song by a Concurrent Resolution.
"South Carolina on My Mind" was composed and recorded by Hank Martin and Buzz Arledge in 1980. On March 8, 1984, the song was designated as the State Song by Act Number 302 of 1984.
The skittish Carolina Wolf Spider (Hogna carolinensis) was designated as the official State Spider by Act Number 389 of 2000. The Carolina Wolf Spider is the largest species of wolf spider in North America. While skittish and large, the wolf spider is generally not aggressive.
Blue Granite is a type of igneous rock that is one of the hardest substances in the world. The Blue Granite was designated as the official State Stone by Act Number 345 of 1969. Surprisingly, South Carolina was known to have been one of the nation's top producers of granite.
The hardy Palmetto Tree (Inodes palmetto or Sabal palmetto) was designated as the official State Tree by Joint Resolution Number 63 on March 17, 1939. It is believed that the Palmetto tree was symbolical of the defeat of the British fleet at Fort Moultrie on Sullivan's Island due to the fact that the Palmetto logs absorbed the impact of the cannonballs.
Big, green, and leafy, Collard Greens (Brassica oleracea var. viridis) was designated as the official State Vegetable by Act Number 38 of 2011, as a result of efforts by Mary Grace Wingard, a third-grader from Lexington, South Carolina. South Carolina ranks second in the nation in collard green production.
The Richardson Waltz was designated as the official State Waltz by Act Number 389 of 2000. The waltz had been created and preserved for generations by members of the Richardson family.
The weedy herb, Goldenrod (Solidago), was designated as the official State Wildflower by Act Number 31 of 2003. The Goldenrod is a hardy plant with tiny bright yellow flowers that bloom in late summer and early fall.
South Carolina is known as the Palmetto State in honor of the Palmetto tree, but did you know that South Carolina was nicknamed the Iodine State at one point? South Carolina received this name due to the large percentage of iodine found in the vegetation growing in the state.
The South Carolina House of Representatives Mace is the oldest legislative mace in use in the United States. The Mace was made in London by Magdalen Feline in 1756. Upon the opening of the session, the Sergeant-at-Arms will bear the mace ahead of the Speaker and lay it upon a specially prepared rack on the rostrum in front of the Speaker. The Mace remains on its rack until recess or adjournment.
The State Sword of South Carolina is a symbol for the South Carolina Senate and is placed in a cradle on the Senate rostrum whenever the Senate is in session. The current Sword was presented to the Senate on February 20, 1951, as a gift to South Carolina by Lord Halifax, former British ambassador to the United States, after learning of the theft of the original sword.