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South Carolina Almanac

The South Carolina Almanac presents a general overview of the State of South Carolina.

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The United States Census Bureau, July 10, 2001.
South Carolina. So-Sz, Vol. 18. Chicago: World Book, Inc., 1988. 642. Print.
Carpenter, Alan, and Carl Provorse. The World Almanac of the U.S.A.. Mahwah: World Almanac Books, 1996. Print.

Admitted to Union May 23, 1788
Capital Columbia, [ Find out more... ]
Nickname Palmetto State, Rice State, Swamp State, [ Find out more... ]
Motto Animis Opibusque Parati, [ Find out more... ]
Dum Spiro Spero, [ Find out more... ]
Total area including land and water 32,007 square miles Rank among states 40th
Land area 30,111 square miles Rank among states 40th
Water area 1,896 square miles Rank among states 21st
Greatest distance East to West 275 miles
Greatest distance North to South 218 miles
Highest point 3,560 feet (Sassafras Mountain) Rank among states 29th
Lowest point Sea level (Atlantic Ocean) Rank among states 3rd
Mean elevation 350 feet Rank among states 44th
Highest recorded temperature 111 degrees on June 28, 1954 at Camden
Lowest recorded temperature -19 degrees on January 21, 1985 at Caesar's Head
Highest monthly average temperature 91.9 degrees Rank among states 14th
Lowest monthly average temperature 31.2 degrees Rank among states 43rd
Average yearly precipitation (rain & snow) 48 inches Rank among states  
(U.S. Census, April, 2000)
4,012,012 Rank among states 26th
Population per square mile
(Population/Land area)
133.24 Rank among states 21st
Ten largest cities by population
State Capital in red
(U.S. Census, April, 2000)

1. Columbia 116,278 6. Mount Pleasant 47,609
2. Charleston 96,650 7. Spartanburg 39,673
3. North Charleston 79,641 8. Sumter 39,643
4. Greenville 56,002 9. Hilton Head Island 33,862
5. Rock Hill 49,765 10. Florence 30,248
Median age 32
Average lifetime (1979-1981) 71.58 Rank among states 50th
Total crimes reported per 100,000 people (1992-1993) 5,903.4 Rank among states 13th
Violent crimes reported per 100,000 people (1992-1993) 1,023.4 Rank among states 6th
Property crimes reported per 100,000 people (1992-1993) 4,880.0 Rank among states 17th
Per capita income (2000)
Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce
$24,000 Rank among states 40th
Disposable per capita personal income (income minus taxes) (2000)
Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce
$20,821 Rank among states 39th
Median household income (1993) $26,053 Rank among states 45th

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South Carolina Encyclopedia

South Carolina Encyclopedia, edited by Walter Edgar. 1076 pages. Publisher: University of South Carolina Press (September 18, 2006)

The South Carolina Encyclopedia is a comprehensive single-volume reference for just about anything anyone would want to know about the Palmetto State’s rich cultures and storied heritage, from prehistory to the present day. The encyclopedia is the result of a six-year collaboration between the Humanities Council SC, the Institute for Southern Studies at the University of South Carolina, and the University of South Carolina Press. Under the editorial direction of distinguished historian Walter Edgar, 598 contributors have come together to write more than one million words depicting the people, places, and things that define South Carolina.

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