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South Carolina

South Carolina
US State
NicknameThe Palmetto State
MottoDum spiro spero* (Latin)
Animis opibusque parati† (Latin), Prepared in Mind and Resources
Official languagesEnglish
DemonymSouth Carolinian
Largest citycapital
Largest metro areaColumbia(MSA)
Area Ranked40th
Total32,020  sq mi 82,931.|LandAreaUS=30,109 km2
Width200 mi 320 km
Length260 mi 420 km
% water6
Pop. Rank24th
Total4,625,384 (2010 census)
Density153.90 /sq mi 55.37 /km2
Median income$39,326 (39th)
Highest pointSassafras Mountain
3560 ft 1085 m
Mean350 ft 110 m
Lowest pointAtlantic Ocean
0 ft 0 m
Other information
Admission to UnionMay 23, 1788 (8th)
GovernorNikki Haley (R)
Lieutenant GovernorKen Ard (R)
LegislatureGeneral Assembly
Upper houseSenate
Lower houseHouse of Representatives
U.S. SenatorsLindsey Graham (R)
Jim DeMint (R)
U.S. House delegation5 Republicans, 1 Democrat
Time zoneEastern: UTC-5/-4

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South Carolina c-enaudio=en-us-South Carolina.oggˌsaʊθ_kærəˈlaɪnə is a state in the Deep South of the United States that borders Georgia to the south, North Carolina to the north, and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. Originally part of the Province of Carolina, the Province of South Carolina was one of the 13 colonies that declared independence from the British Crown during the American Revolution. The colony was originally named by King Charles II of England in honor of his father Charles I, as Carolus is Latin for Charles. South Carolina was the first state to vote to secede from the Union and was the founding state of the Confederate States of America. According to the 2010 United States Census, the state is ranked 24th among the U.S. states by population, at 4,625,384 people. South Carolina contains 46 counties and its capital is Columbia.

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