South Carolina

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South Carolina
Capital Columbia
Nickname The Palmetto State
Official Language English
Governor Henry McMaster, R
Senator Lindsey Graham, R
(202) 224-5972
Senator Tim Scott, R
(202) 224-6121
Population 5,200,000 (2020)
Ratification of Constitution/or statehood May 23, 1788 (8th)
Flag of South Carolina Motto: "Animis Opibusque Parati" (Prepared in mind and resources)

South Carolina was the eighth state to enter into the Union. The capital city is Columbia.

South Carolina holds the first presidential primary election within the Southern United States. For Republicans, the state's primary measures a candidate's ability to attract conservative votes essential to winning the nomination; for Democrats, it shows a candidate's ability to attract necessary African-American votes.

South Carolina relies heavily on the textile industry and trade with foreign countries, especially trade with Germany. In December 2001, it had 299,100 manufacturing jobs. This fell by over 15% to 253,000 manufacturing jobs in December 2006. The state also has fewer than 38,000 textile manufacturing jobs left, while ten years ago it had 80,000 textile jobs.

While non-farm employment overall has increased, the manufacturing jobs were much higher-paying than the service-related jobs. The average weekly wage for non-supervisory workers in January 2007 were:[1] May 23, 1788 (8th)

  • $518 in textile mills
  • $404 in apparel facilities
  • $250 in the leisure/hospitality sector.

On December 20, 1860, South Carolina became the first state to secede from the Union. Several months later, South Carolina's Fort Sumter, located near Charleston, became the site of the first shots of the Civil War were fired.

The state Constitution of South Carolina, like all of the other 50 states, acknowledges God or our Creator or the Sovereign Ruler of the Universe. It says:

We, the people of the State of South Carolina, in Convention assembled, grateful to God for our liberties, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the preservation and perpetuation of the same.


Charleston was a major Atlantic port

South Carolina and North Carolina both claim to be the birthplace of Andrew Jackson, the seventh President of the United States.


South Carolina is usually a red state in presidential elections; the last Democrat to win the state was Jimmy Carter in 1976. Before Jimmy Carter, a Democrat hadn't won since John F. Kennedy in 1960.

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  1. Source: U.S. Department of Labor