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South Carolina Facts and Symbols

South Carolina became the 8th state in 1788 and is the 24th largest state by population with about 4.5 million residents. It is also the 40th largest state by land and water area with a total area of 32,020 square miles. Columbia, the state's capital city, is South Carolina's largest city with a population of approximately 127,000 people.

The word Carolina comes from the Carolus, the Latin form of the name Charles.

Included below are more facts and symbols, information about the current South Carolina Governor, a state map, South Carolina members of the United States 112th Congress with a congressional district map, the state song and more views of the South Carolina State Quarter.

South Carolina State Quarter

South Carolina
State Quarter

(United States Mint Image)

         
 
         
 

South Carolina State Capital - Columbia

State Nickname - The Palmetto State

State Mottos:
"Animis Opibusque Parati" ( Prepared in Mind and Resources) and
"Dum Spiro Spero" ( While I Breathe I Hope
)

State Flower - Yellow Jessamine

State Wildflower - Goldenrod

State Tree -Palmetto Tree

State Butterfly - Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

State Bird - Carolina Wren

State Game Bird - Wild Turkey

State Duck - Wood Duck

State Fish - Striped Bass

State Animal - Whitetail Deer

State Marine Mammal - Bottlenose Dolphin

State Migratory Marine Animal - Northern Right Whale

State Dog - Boykin Spaniel

State Insect - Carolina Mantid

State Spider - Carolina Wolf Spider

State Reptile - Loggerhead Turtle

State Amphibian - Spotted Salamander

State Shell - Lettered Olive

State Gemstone - Amethyst

State Rock or Stone - Blue Granite

State Grass - Indian Grass

State Color - Indigo Blue

State Dance - Shag

State Folk Dance - Square Dance

State Waltz - Richardson Waltz

State Music - Spiritual

State Popular Music - Beach Music

State Opera - Porgy and Bess

State Fruit - Peach

State Snack - Boiled Peanut

State Beverage - Milk

State Hospitality Beverage - Tea

Official State Web Site - www.sc.gov

 
 

South Carolina State Governor:

Mark Sanford

Office of the Governor
  P.O. Box 12267
Columbia, SC 29211
Phone: 803-734-2100
Fax: 803-734-5167
 
 

South Carolina State Map:
(Click For Larger View)
South Carolina State Map - Click for Larger View

 

South Carolina State Congressional District Map:

South Carolina State Congressional District Map

 

South Carolina Members of the United States Congress (112th Congress)

 

United States Senate (South Carolina Members):

  Jim DeMint - (R-SC) Lindsey Graham - (R-SC)  
 

United States House of Representatives (South Carolina Members by District):

 

Tim Scott - 1st

Joe Wilson - 2nd

Jeffrey Duncan - 3rd

Trey Gowdy - 4th

Michael Mulvaney - 5th

James E. Clyburn - 6th

 
 

South Carolina State Songs:

Carolina
Words by Henry Timrod
Music by Anne Custis Burgess
Edited by G. R. Goodwin

Call on thy children of the hill,
Wake swamp and river, coast and rill,
Rouse all thy strength and all thy skill,
Carolina! Carolina!

Hold up the glories of thy dead;
Say how thy elder children bled,
And point to Eutaw's battle-bed,
Carolina! Carolina!

Thy skirts indeed the foe may part,
Thy robe be pierced with sword and dart,
They shall not touch thy noble heart,
Carolina! Carolina!

Throw thy bold banner to the breeze!
Front with thy ranks the threatening seas
Like thine own proud armorial trees,
Carolina! Carolina!

Girt with such wills to do and bear,
Assured in right, and mailed in prayer,
Thou wilt not bow thee to despair,
Carolina! Carolina!

 

Carolina On My Mind

At the foot hills of the Appalachian chain,
Down through the rivers, to the coastal plain,
There's a place that I call home,
And I'll never be alone,
Singin' this Carolina love song

I've got South Carolina on my mind
Remembering all those sunshine Summertimes,
And the Autumns in the Smokies when the leaves turn to gold
Touches my heart and thrills my soul to have South Carolina on my mind,
With those clean snow-covered mountain Wintertimes
And the white sand of the beaches and those Carolina peaches,
I've got South Carolina on my mind.

I'm grown now with a family of my own
In a place that all my kids are callin' home.
And I love this life I'm livin',
And thank God for all He's givin',
But my heart sings a Carolina love song

I've got South Carolina on my mind
Remembering all those sunshine Summertimes,
And the Autumns in the Smokies when the leaves turn to gold
Touches my heart and thrills my soul to have South Carolina on my mind,
With those clean snow-covered mountain Wintertimes
And the white sand of the beaches and those Carolina peaches,
I've got South Carolina on my mind.

         
   

South Carolina State Pledge:

The State Pledge To The Flag of South Carolina
The pledge was originally written in 1950 by Mrs. John R. Carson.

"I salute the flag of South Carolina and pledge to the Palmetto State love, loyalty and faith."

   
         
    South Carolina State Quarter:    
    South Carolina State Quarter - FrontSouth Carolina State Quarter - Back    
    United States Mint 50 State Quarters© Program coin:
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