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NickName: The Palmetto State
Named in honor of England's King Charles I

Capital City: Columbia
Location: 34.039N, 080.886W
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Brief overview
The Eighth state to join the union, South Carolina has little to offer beyond marginal lower cost of living and lower pollution levels, AAA rating for the state government bonds (S&P 1999), and lesser density spaces. The people of SC believe in others' honesty and trustworthiness slightly less than the average American. They attend the town functions and school meetings in a lower proportion than the people in any American state do. The crime rates are more, so is unemployment, the educational scores are pathetic and so are the health statistics. In fact, an independent research outfit, Morgan Quinto Press has awarded the South Carolina the 10th state from the bottom in the list of Smartest states. It has also ranked SC as the 3rd least healthy state.

Setting aside the current scenario, South Carolina is considered to be a land of "firsts." It was the first province in the New World to plant rice for sale. South Carolinians were the first to seize British property by force as a prelude to the American Revolution, and they were the first to secede from the Union when the Civil War was eminent. The state is home to the first public museum and the first formal gardens in the United States. Beth Elohim Reform Temple was the birthplace of Reform Judaism in the United States.

For the purposes of moving around, South Carolina offers luxurious resorts with fine dining and world-class golf courses, excellent fishing and the longest deer-hunting season in the country. The state parks offer you to canoe down a mountain stream or ride a horse. For a family looking for a vacation or a yourng couple seeking a perfect hide-out, South Carolina is one of the best bet. If you are an avid golfer, your appetite is sure to be satisfied by the 350+ courses that South Carolina offers. Other points of interest include Fort Sumter National Monument, Fort Moultrie, Fort Johnson, and aircraft carrier USS Yorktown in Charleston Harbor; the Middleton, Magnolia, and Cypress Gardens in Charleston; Cowpens National Battlefield; the Hilton Head resorts; and the Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden in Columbia.
15 Vital Statistics Affecting Your Relocation SC USA  
1. Belief: "Most People are Honest" (6-level agree/disagree) 3.68 4
2. Belief: "Most People Can be Trusted" 0.34 0
3. Attended Meetings in Town or School Affairs (percent) 0.14 0
4. Overall State Ranking - New Economy Index 41st
5. Cost of Living Index 86.86 100
6. Average Apartment Rent 716.0000 617
7. Average Home Price 227611.0000 223400
8. Average Total Energy Cost 142.1700 126.75
9. Average Phone Bill 22.4400 16.85
10. Gasoline/Gallon 1.3800 1.5
11. Hospital Room/Day 649.3300 334.33
12. Doctor Visit 77.0000 66.7
13. Average Auto Insurance Premium, 2000 744.87 792.91
14. % of Days That are Sunny 60 56.88
15. Crime Index 720.3 416
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 Even More South Carolina  State Information with Links
 Finances and Taxes  New Economy Index (1=Highest, 50=Lowest)
 Crime  Pollution
 Demographics  From the 2000 Census Reports
 Education  Quality Of Life: Child Well - Being - 1998
 Financial & Governmental Comparisons  Map Of South Carolina With Border States
South Carolina Info for you (All Links open in a separate window)  
Driving licenses DMV
License Plates South Carolina
State Official Website http://www.state.ri.us/
Department of Education Department-Education
Current events South Carolina News Headlines
Courts Judicial System
Constitution 8th State
Libraries South Carolina
Senators and Representatives US House
US Senate
South Carolina House: Members
South Carolina Senate: Members
Locating post office addresses http://www.mapsonus.com/db/USPS/
Golf courses http://www.golfcourse.com/search/simpleq.cfm
Banks http://www3.fdic.gov/idasp/main.asp
More South Carolina ...
Area 32007 sq.mi, 40th Land 30111 sq. mi., 40th Water 1896 sq.mi., 21st Coastline 187 mi.,11th Shoreline 2,876 mi., 11th
Admission to Statehood May 23, 1788
Motto Animis Opibusque Parati / Dum Spiro Spero
Capital Columbia
Largest cities and links Columbia
Charleston
North Charleston
Greenville
Rock Hill
Mount Pleasant
Spartanburg
Sumter
Hilton Head Island
Florence
Climate South Carolina
Weather Columbia, Columbia Metropolitan Airport
Average Temperatures SC USA
Winter 58.61 42.79
Spring 75.06 64.36
Summer 89.92 83.95
Fall 75.74 65.89
Precipitation(Rain Fall) 51.09 39.41
% of Days That are Sunny 115.3 103.29
Even more South Carolina
Titbits
Nickname including its origin The Palmetto State ,Named in honor of England's King Charles I
Symbols flower: Carolina yellow jessamine (1924)
tree:
palmetto tree (1939)
bird:
Carolina wren (1948)
song:
“Carolina” (1911)
Song CarolinaClick Here for Song
Demographics SC USA
Median Age 2000 37.77 37.8
% Change in Population 2000 to 2001 1.1 1
Poverty Rate, 2000 12.7 11.14
% Public Aid Recipients 2000 3.7 3.79
% Births to Unmarried Women in 2000 40.1 32.92
Health SC USA
Health Care Cost Relative to U.S. average, 2002 0.9 0.99
Infant Mortality /1000 Live Births, 1998 8.7 7.14
Nonfederal Physicians, 1999 238 266.54
Death Rate by Accident, 1998 1974 1988.92
Estimated Rate of New Cancer Cases, 2001 501.6 479.19
Obesity - % of Indiv. 30lbs over Weight or Greater (2001) 21.7 20.46
State Links
Capitol Tour Capitol-Tour
Area Code 803, 843, 864
Constitution 8th State
County Profile 46 Counties
Agriculture Tobacco, poultry, cattle, dairy products, soybeans, hogs.
Industry Textile goods, chemical products, paper products, machinery, tourism.
Editorial Cartoons Cartoonists Index
Flower Yellow Jessamine
Geographic Center Richland, 13 miles southeast of Columbia
Governor Mark Sanford (R)
Highest Point Sassafras Mountain
Highway Markers South Carolina
History Historical
Library South Carolina
Lottery  
Lowest Point Atlantic coast; sea level, 3rd
Media Radio
Museums The Virtual Library
National Forest South Carolina
Pen Pals Penpalworld.com
Permanent Residents Find A Grave
No. of State Legislators, 2003 170
Road Side America South Carolina
Soil South Carolina - Lynchburg
State Parks Rhode Island
Tree Cabbage Palmetto
Unclaimed Funds South Carolina
Veteran Affairs South Carolina VA
Fatalities Caused by Tornadoes:
1950 to 2001
52
Finances and Taxes
SC
USA
Purchase Price of a building 178408.76 175806.29
Car Insurance 2662.51 1698.53
Corporate Income Tax % 5 6.64
Top Personal Income Tax 7 5.2
Sales Tax & Use Tax 5 4.66
Professional Services Tax N
Top Capital Gains Tax 3.92 4.75
Motor Fuel Tax, 02 0.168 0.23
Real Estate: % of income per $100
On Land & Buildings 2.75 N/A
On Inventory Y
On Personal Property N
State Tax Rate 6.2 7.13
Local Tax Rate 12.1 7.13
Unemployment Insurance Tax/ Per Employee 2.7 2.36
Internet Access Tax N
New Economy Index (1=Highest, 50=Lowest) SC
Overall State Ranking 41st
Knowledge Jobs 43rd
Globalization 7th
Economic Dynamism 28th
Digital Economy 42nd
Innovation Capacity 43rd
High Tech Jobs 41st
Venture Capital 27th
Internet Access-1998 (%) 47.6
R & D Expenditures-1998 (Millions) 989.0000
Number of New Patents (1998) 642
Crime SC USA
Index Offences Total 3161.18 3326.73
Violent Crime Total 507.36 385.32
Murders 5.21 3.95
Forcible Rape 28.8 28.03
Assault 394.3 261.06
Property Crimes 2653.82 2941.4
Burglary 695.38 678.55
Larceny, Theft 1698.05 1942.89
Motor Vehicle Thefts 260.39 320.72
Index Offences Rate 3709.76 2735.58
Murders Rate 5.57 3.02
Forcible Rape Rate 31.19 25.16
Robbery Rate 91.41 52.25
Aggravated Assault Rate 484.67 195.86
Property Crime Rate 3096.94 2459.29
Burglary Rate 808.54 585.46
Larceny, Thefts Rate 1993.83 1660.47
Motor Vehicle Thefts Rate 294.56 213.85
Pollution
SC
USA
Ozone in air (more Ozone = more Pollution) 80.88 82.19
Pollution Released, 1999 (Pounds) 59046658 45901994.34
Toxic Waste Received in State, 1999(Pounds) 41043489 31524509.36
From the 2000 Census Reports SC USA
Population 1460932 203400320
Average Family Size in 2000 3.02 3.1
% of Eligible Voters Reported Registered, 2000 0.725 0.81
Median age 37.77 37.8
Males per 100 Females 89.39 94.67
Percentage Unemployed 6.97 5.97
Use Public Transport 0.88 1.12
Travel Time 26.52 24.55
Median Value of a House 79860.61 92201.9
Monthly Owner Cost with Mortgage 740.6 845.87
Monthly Owner Cost without Mortgage 252.09 283.44
Contract Monthly Rent 333.82 390.93
Gross Rent 399.15 463.96
% of Household Total 68.44 69.46
% of Families Household Total 47.08 54.65
Avg Population per Household 2.47 2.55
Avg Population per Family 3.01 3.06
% of Non Families Household Total 31.56 30.54
Monthly Income-Household 32513.81 38521.16
Monthly Income Family 39970.43 45249.75
Per Capita Income 16978.85 18724.65
Earning per Male 30958.85 33331.99
Earning per Female 22315.31 23722.78
% Families Below Poverty Line 14.63 9.88
People speaking Less than fluent English 2.11 3.53
Persons Holding High School Certificate or More 71.56 78.68
Bachelor Degree Holders 16.84 17.11
Density 735.31 1175.8
% of one Race 5271.57 8737.95
% of Black & Others 1746.94 1231.39
% of American Indians 16.67 70.5
% of Asians 56.99 393.43
% of Hawaii 2.78 13.87
% of Others 64.2 600.04
% of Two or more Races 60.3 245.37
% of Hispanic or Latino 152.03 1345.63
Education SC USA
Verbal SAT Score, 2000 484 532.6
Math SAT Score, 2000 482 536.06
Public Elementary/Secondary Expenditures per pupil, 1999 (thousands) 6005 6623.8
% of Students Taking Exam, 2000 59 35.76
% of Population Over 25 with HS Diploma, 2000 80.8 83.32
% of Population Over 25 With Bachelor's Degree, 2000 22.8 24.62
Pupil-Teacher Ratio in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools in 2000 15.1 15.52
Average Teacher Salary, 1999 38943 41505.06
Books in Public Library Per Capita, 1997 2.1 3.12
College Degree - Graduating Institutions, 1997 61 82.12
Quality of Life: Child Well - Being - 1998 SC USA
% Low Birth-Weight Babies 9.5 7.51
Infant Mortality Rates (deaths per 1,000 live births) 8.7 7.14
Child Death Rates (deaths per 100,000 children ages 1-14) 29 24.84
Rate of Teen Deaths Rate by Accident, Homicide, and Suicide
(deaths per 100,000 teens ages 15-19)
66 58.2
Teen Birth Rate (births per 1,000 females ages 15-17) 40 28.1
% of Teens Who Are High School Dropouts (ages 16-19) 9 9.16
% of Teens Not Attending School and Not Working (ages 16-19) 8 8.16
% of Children Living With Parents
Who Do Not Have Full-Time, Year- Round Employment
24 24.02
% of Children in Poverty (date reflect poverty in pervious year) 23 17.29
% of Families with Children Headed by Single Parent 29 24.92
Financial & Government Comparison SC USA
State Government Tax Revenue, 2000 6147594000.0000 11195307960
Per Capita State Government Tax Revenue, 2000 1513.0000 1949.8
State Government Debt Outstanding, 1999 7057310000.0000 10937316480
Per Capita State Government Debt Outstanding, 1999 1754.0000 2259.96
Gross State Product, 1998 (Millions) 100350.0000 173820.7
State Government Bond Rating (S&P, 1999) AAA
Cost of Living Index , Selected Metro, Second Quarter, 2000 0.974 1.06
Number of Bureaucrats per 100 Population, 2002 5.84 5.64
South Carolina Neighborhood
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South Carolina
Song: Carolina

Written by Henry Timrod
Composed by Anne Custis Burgess

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

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

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

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