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State Capital: Columbia
Motto: Dum Spiro Spero (While I breathe, I hope)
Nickname: The Palmetto State
Counties: 46 counties
Population: About 4.7 million
Bordering neighbors: Atlantic Ocean, Georgia, North Carolina
Time Zone: Eastern Time (ET)
State Beverage: Milk
State Hospitality Beverage: Tea
State Fruit: Peach
State Flower: Yellow Jessamine
State Tree: Palmetto Tree
State Dance: The Shag
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A brief history of the state of South Carolina from the State Library.
Read a summary of the history of each county in South Carolina.
These maps describe how each of South Carolina's 46 counties was formed.
An introduction to research at the SC Archives.
SCDOT provides up-to-date travel and traffic information. View live traffic cameras, road conditions, and maps.
Coastal evacuation directions, route maps, and reversal plans.
Locate airports, tourism regions, parks, cities, and more.
State Map showing Welcome Center and rest area locations.
Promotes South Carolina locales to the film industry.
Get details on the process to obtain your new Real ID before the deadline.
Trail activity for horseback riding, ATV's, motorcycles, and bicycles in state forests requires a permit.