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.
Maps Tracing the Formation of Counties in SC
These maps describe how each of South Carolina's 46 counties was formed.
Research at the SC Archives and History Center
An introduction to research at the SC Archives.
Traffic and Travel Information
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.
Regional Information and Maps
Locate airports, tourism regions, parks, cities, and more.
Welcome Centers and Rest Area Locations
State Map showing Welcome Center and rest area locations.
South Carolina Film Commission
Promotes South Carolina locales to the film industry.
Facts and Symbols
Quick Facts about South Carolina
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 symbols and emblems
State Beverage: Milk
State Hospitality Beverage: Tea
State Fruit: Peach
State Flower: Yellow Jessamine
State Tree: Palmetto Tree
State Dance: The Shag
More symbols and emblems