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Moving to South Carolina
This beautiful southern coastal state is home to golf courses, dinner theater, and miles and miles of sandy beaches. Stretching 60 miles from Little River to Georgetown, South Carolina's Grand Strand is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States. The city of Myrtle Beach is in the center of the Grand Strand, and over the last two decades has developed into the premier resort destination on the East Coast.
South Carolina became the 8th state on May 23, 1788. With a land area of 32,007 square miles, SC is the 40th largest state in the nation. As of 2000, the population exceeded 4 million people ranking South Carolina as the 26th most populous state. Major industries are farming (tobacco, soybeans), textiles, manufacturing chemicals, processed foods, machinery, electronics, paper products, and tourism.
Now that you are moving to the Palmetto State, impress your friends and family with your knowledge of South Carolina:
State Capital and largest city is Columbia.
State Fruit is the Peach.
South Carolina is the nation's leading peach producer east of the Mississippi River.
The town of Gaffney built an elevated water storage tank in the shape of a peach.
The walls of the American fort on Sullivan Island, in Charleston Harbor, were made of spongy Palmetto logs. The British cannonballs bounced off the logs.
The State Dance of South Carolina is the Shag.
South Carolina was the first state to secede from the Union, on December 20th, 1860.
The first battle of the Civil War took place at Fort Sumter.
Andrew Jackson, 7th US President, was born March 15, 1767 in Waxhaw.
Jesse Jackson, civil rights leader, and Shoeless Joe Jackson, baseball player were also born in SC.
Before being known as the Palmetto State, South Carolina was known as, and had emblazoned on their license plates, the Iodine State.
Sumter has the largest Gingko farm in the world.
Sweetgrass basket making has been a part of the Mount Pleasant community for more than 300 years. Basket making is a traditional art form that has been passed on from generation to generation.
State Motto: Dum spiro spero (While I breathe, I hope) and Animis opibusque parati (Prepared in mind and resources).
Campbell's Covered Bridge, built in 1909, is the only remaining covered bridge in South Carolina.
The state was named in honor of King Charles I of England; Carolus is Latin for Charles.
Every few years, the town of Irmo has a sighting of a water monster that inhabits Lake Murray. Residents first saw this cousin of the Loch Ness Monster in 1973, calling it "a cross between a snake and something prehistoric."
At the Riverbanks Zoological Park in Columbia, more than 2,000 animals thrive in recreated natural habitats with no bars or cages.
Parsons Mountain Park in the Sumter National Forest features a 24-mile motorcycle trail and a 26-mile horse trail.
State Bird is the Carolina Wren.
Enjoy your new home - South Carolina!