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State Facts

Full Name

State of South Carolina

Admitted to the Union (Rank)

May 23, 1788 (8th)

Population 2000 (Rank)

4,012,012 (26th)

Land Area (Rank)

30,109 square miles; 77,893 square kilometers (40th)

Capital

Columbia

Postal Abbreviation

SC

State Nickname

Palmetto State

Motto

Animis opibusque parati (Prepared in mind and resources), Dum spiro spero (While I breathe, I hope)

Song

“Carolina” (music by Anne Custis Burgess, words by Henry Timrod)

State Symbols

  • Flower: Carolina yellow jessamine
  • Tree: Palmetto tree
  • Bird: Carolina wren

Economy

  • Agriculture:
    • Tobacco,
    • poultry,
    • cattle,
    • hogs,
    • dairy products,
    • soybeans
  • Industry:
    • Textile goods,
    • chemical products,
    • paper products,
    • machinery,
    • tourism