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.
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.
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. CCDs were first established for the 1960 census. Prior to 1960, the minor civil divisions used in the census included townships (administrative, nonfunctioning governmental units) and school districts.
Places (Incorporated Cities, Towns & Census Designated Places (CDPs))
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.
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.
For the 111th Congress (January 2009-January 2011), South Carolina had six congressional districts. For the 113th Congress (January 2013-January 2015), South Carolina has seven congressional districts as a result of reapportionment based on the 2010 Census. 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).