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Beloved for its sweeping beaches and noted for its international business climate, South Carolina is anything but a sleepy Southern state. Sure, there's a rich — and oftentimes contentious — history that colors local culture, but that's just a portion of the story behind this engaging, hospitable part of the country. It's also a place of gentility and fierce loyalty — to universities, to barbecue, to politics, to religion — and while residents might disapprove of your choice of governor, they'll serve you a slice of pie and call you "sugar" nevertheless, just because that's the way folks are treated in the South. Even so, change has transformed the state, and textiles and farming have given way to tourism and to business, thanks to the presence of companies like BMW and Michelin. Plus, golf is huge, and you'll find more than 300 courses in the state, along with a host of resort and retirement communities. Beyond the natural appeal of the beach, SC also promises higher-altitude attractions on its western edge, like hiking, fishing, camping, and biking — in fact, local and international athletes train hard on the Upstate's challenging terrain. They realize, like the state, that anything well-earned requires effort, and SC has done an admirable job transforming its presence and its role. These days, the tension between old and new, between the time-tested and the evolving, impart energy and promise to SC, as laid-back as it may appear at times. As a result, the state's draw is now manifold: Come for the history, come for the beaches, come for the Old South, but realize that new rules apply and new opportunities abound. Welcome, y'all.


Famous Residents

Famous people that live in or are from South Carolina
  • Jesse Jackson
  • Joanne Woodward
  • George Hincapie
  • Reese Witherspoon
  • James Brown
  • Chubby Checker
  • Pat Conroy
  • James Dickey
  • Joe Frazier
  • Leeza Gibbons
  • Vanna White
  • Althea Gibson
  • Dizzy Gillespie
  • Jasper Johns
  • Shoeless Joe Jackson
  • Eartha Kitt
  • Edwin McCain
  • Andie McDowell
  • Ronald McNair
  • William Refrigerator Perry
  • Bobby Richardson
  • Darius Rucker
  • Aaron Tippin


Local Color

What makes South Carolina unique
  • Sweet tea
  • Meat 'n Three
  • "Palmetto" bugs
  • College football
  • Peaches
  • Azaleas
  • Gullah
  • Boiled peanuts



South Carolina's alter egos
  • The Palmetto State
  • The Swamp State
  • The Rice State
  • The Iodine State
  • The Sand-lapper State
  • Keystone of the South Atlantic Seaboard


Major Industries

Most profitable industries in South Carolina
  • Travel & Tourism
  • Agriculture
  • Manufacturing
  • Textiles


Geographic Regions

Regions that extend into South Carolina
  • The Coastal Plain, known as the Lowcountry
  • The Piedmont Plateau, known as the Midlands
  • The Blue Ridge Mountains, known as the Upstate