South Carolina Gazetteer

South Carolina - Basic Information

Became a State: May 23, 1788 - 8th State
Population: 4,625,364 (2010 Census) - Ranks 24th
Land Area: 30,060.7 square miles - Ranks 40th
Population Density: 153.9 persons per square mile - Ranks 20th
Housing Units: 2,137,683 (2010 Census)
Housing Unit Density: 71.1 housing units per square mile
July 1, 2015 Estimates: South Carolina Data and Demographics
State Capital: Columbia
State Website: Official State of South Carolina Website
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South Carolina History

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The area of South Carolina was part of the original territory of the United States. Both North Carolina and South Carolina were included in the charter that established Carolina in 1663. The two areas separated in 1712—a separation that was finalized when the Carolina Colony was dissolved in 1729—with generally the same shared boundary as the present states. However, they did not settle on a final boundary until 1813. South Carolina ceded area to the United States to assume generally the same boundary as the present state; the ceded area became part of the Georgia and Mississippi Territory in 1802. South Carolina ratified the U.S. Constitution on May 23, 1788; it was the eighth of the original 13 states to join the Union.

Census data for South Carolina are available beginning with the 1790 census.

South Carolina Geographical Areas

See: Geographic Terms & Concepts

Counties & County Equivalents

There are 46 counties in South Carolina. All counties are functioning governmental units, each governed by a county council.

Interactive Map of South Carolina Counties | Static Overview Map of South Carolina Counties

County Subdivisions

There are 299 county subdivisions in South Carolina. They are all census county divisions (CCDs), which are delineated for statistical purposes, have no legal function, and are not governmental units.

Places (Incorporated Cities, Towns & Census Designated Places)

South Carolina has 395 places; 269 incorporated places and 126 census designated places (CDPs).  The incorporated places consist of 69 cities and 200 towns.  Incorporated places are each governed by a city or town council. 

Alphabetical List of Cities, Towns, CDPs and Other Populated Places
A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q, R | S | T | U, V | W, X, Y, Z

South Carolina Civil Features

South Carolina Civil Features: Political Subdivisions, Native Areas, Land Grants, etc. - sorted by Census Class Codes.

Metropolitan and Micropolitan Stastical Areas

There are 8 Metropolitan and 7 Micropolitan Statistical Areas in South Carolina. SC Metopolitan & Micropolitan Areas

South Carolina ZIP Code Tabulation Areas

There are 424 ZIP Code tabulation areas (ZCTAs) in South Carolina. View South Carolina ZIP Codes and ZIP Code Maps.

School Districts

South Carolina has 2 elementary school districts, 2 secondary school districts, and 86 unified school districts.  Two of the unified school districts are run by the Department of Defense. View South Carolina Public and Private Schools.

Congressional Districts

South Carolina has 7 congressional districts. An interactive map shows the contact information for each Representative as well as the boundaries for each South Carolina district. View Map of South Carolina Congressional Districts.

State Legislative Districts

There are 46 state senate districts and 124 state house districts in South Carolina.

American Indian Areas

South Carolina has one federally recognized American Indian reservation and six state designated tribal statistical areas (SDTSAs).

South Carolina Physical, Cultural and Historic Features

  1. South Carolina Physical Features such as lakes, islands, streams, valleys, summits, etc.
  2. South Carolina Cultural Features such as schools, churches, hospitals, parks, dams, reservoirs, etc.
  3. South Carolina Historical Features and South Carolina Historic Landmarks

South Carolina Maps

  • To find a ZIP Code: input the address in the top-left search box of any ZIP Code Map.
  • To find the County: input the address in the top-left search box of the interactive SC map.
  • To find the School Attendance Zone: input the address in the top-left search box of any SC school map

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