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Did you know that the state of South Carolina is situated in the South-eastern region of America? Did you know that there are 46 counties in the U.S. state of South Carolina? Did you know that South Carolina is the 8th state of the U.S. constitution? Read our facts sheet to find out more - why not watch the free entertaining video and learn about each of the US States the quick and entertaining way!

Fun Fact 1: The name South Carolina originated from the Latin name "Carolus" which means "Charles", the state was named in tribute to French King Charles IX then subsequently King Charles I and King Charles II of England

Fun Fact 2: The state flag is a field of blue; it displays the state tree (the Palmetto tree) and a white crescent moon situated in the top left corner of the flag. The design dates back to 1775, the color is representative of the uniform of the South Carolina troops who fought the British during the Revolutionary War. During the battles the British launched cannonballs at Charleston Harbor Fort, the Fort was made of Palmetto trees, which on impact bounced the cannonballs and defended the fort from attack

Fun Fact 3: The Capital city of South Carolina is Columbia. Columbia is the largest city it the state and the name Columbia derived from the name of Italian explorer Christopher Columbus

Fun Fact 4: The area of the State covers 82,931 square kilometers or 32,020 square miles

Fun Fact 5: There are two states that border South Carolina they are; Georgia and North Carolina

Fun Fact 6: The South Carolina state nickname is "The Palmetto State" the nickname is in reference to the official state tree, the Sabal Palmetto tree (also known as the Cabbage Palmetto tree)

Fun Fact 7: The official State Song is called "Carolina" written by poet Henri Timrod and set to music composed by Anne Custis Burgess. The song was officially adopted on February 11, 1911

Fun Fact 8: The three largest cities in South Carolina are Columbia, Charleston and North Charleston

Fun Fact 9: South Carolina has two official State Mottos - "Animis Opibusque Parati" and "Dum Spiro Spero" the State Mottos are written in Latin, when translated they read "Prepared in mind and resources"  and "While I breathe, I hope"

Fun Fact 10: A brief history of South Carolina - First explored by the Spanish in the early 1500s; the first established settlement was at Parris Island in 1562. In 1629 King Charles I of England granted "Carolana" to Sir Robert Heath (the Kings Attorney General). The territory "Carolina" was granted over thirty years later in 1663 by King Charles II. North and South Carolina were one territory until 1729 when they were split into two colonies; North Carolina and South Carolina. South Carolina became the 8th State to be admitted to the Union on May 23, 1788

Fun Fact 11: The abbreviation letters for the state of South Carolina are - S.C. The Postal Code abbreviation is - SC

Fun Fact 12: SC state symbols include; SC animal symbol - the White-tailed Deer. SC state bird symbol - the Carolina Wren. SC state flower symbol - the Carolina Jessamine. SC state insect emblem - the Carolina Mantid or Praying Mantis. SC State tree - the Sabal Palmetto (also known as the Cabbage Palmetto tree). SC State Reptile symbol - Loggerhead Turtle

Fun Fact 13: Two of South Carolina's most popular tourist destinations are; Myrtle Beach in Horry County and Charleston in Charleston County. Myrtle Beach was named after the trees native to the local area, Myrtle Beach is considered to be one of the most popular tourist resorts in the U.S. because of the warm sunny climate (in access of 2800 hours per year) and the beautiful widespread beaches. Myrtle Beach is considered as the seaside golf (and miniature golf) capital of the world; there are in access of 100 golf courses and almost 30 miniature golf courses in the 23.55 square miles (61.0 km2) regions of Myrtle Beach. Charleston is the oldest and second-largest city in South Carolina. Charleston is highly acclaimed for its historical connections, its highly preserved architecture and its celebrated friendly community

Fun Fact 14: The weather in South Carolina is consistently warm all year round, which makes it a popular tourist destination throughout the year. Summers are hot and humid with daytime temperatures averaging around 90F (32C). Winter weather is more variable, with daytime temperatures averaging 55 - 60F (13 - 16C)

Fun Fact 15: The US Department of Commerce Census Bureau states that the Population of South Carolina in 2012 was an estimated 4,723,723. This compares to a population of 1,340,316 filed on census from the year 1900

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