Numbers & Facts

SOUTH CAROLINA: NUMBERS AND FACTS

Surface:

31,189 square miles
  Landscape includes beaches, flat plains, gentle hills and small mountains.



Population:

  4.63 million



Population Center

  • Columbia area  -  744,730 people
  • Charleston area -  659,191 people
  • Greenville area -  639,617 people
  • Spartanburg area -  286,228 people
  • Myrtle Beach area -  263,868 people
  • Florence area - 200,653 people
  • Anderson area -  184,901 people



Economics:

 

The manufacturing industry is chief work giver in the region.


 

  • Michelin USA has its main company headquarters in Greenville and production plants in Anderson, Lexington and Spartanburg.

  • In Greer, between Greenville and Spartanburg,  BMW produces industry leading automobiles at its South Carolina manufacturing plant.  40 of BMW’s 170 North American suppliers have chosen to place operations in South Carolina.  

  • 124 German companies (along with 94 support enterprises) employ over 20,000 people in South Carolina.

  • 88 British companies (along with 80 enterprises support enterprises) employ over 9,000 employees.



Tourism is South Carolina’s top industry, supporting the jobs of nearly one in ten South Carolinians.  




Agriculture is a top producer in South Carolina, with crops such as cotton, corn, soybeans,   tomatoes, peanuts and peaches.  South Carolina is the top producer of peaches in the country.





  488 “Fortune 500” companies maintain offices in South Carolina along with 258 plants or industries that operate in their support.

 




Time zone:

South Carolina lies in the Eastern time zone. It is 6 hours earlier than Germany and 5 hours earlier than Great Britain.



Attractions:

  • 187 miles of Atlantic Coast shoreline
  • More than 1,300 sites on the National Register of Historic Places
  • Shopping centers and factory outlets in major cities and tourist destinations
  • Year-round festivals and events, such as Spoleto USA
  • “Francis Biedler Forest” nature park near Charleston.
  • Congaree National Park near Columbia.
  • Cape Romaine National Wildlife Refuge near Charleston.
  • Hundreds of museums, battlefields and galleries.
  • Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in Columbia. 



There are than 360 public golf courses. South Carolina is often named the most popular golf destination in the United States.

The state has 46 state parks, the Atlantic Ocean and numerous lakes and rivers for all kinds of water sports.

Accommodations


  • 92,900 hotel and motel rooms statewide along with over 12,000 restaurants for your choosing.  For campers, there are more than 16,000 overnight accommodations throughout the state at state and local campgrounds.
  • Nine Welcome Centers, serving over 8 million visitors annually, are conveniently located along Interstate highways. Here, the staff will help you make room reservations for accommodations in all parts of the state; share information about attractions; get state and local maps and travel planning tips; and get discount coupons.




Transportation

Airlines:

Charleston International Airport: Airlines serving the Charleston area: American Eagle, Continental, Delta, Southwest, United Express, US Airways

Columbia Metropolitan Airport: American Eagle, Continental, Delta, United, US Airways

Florence Regional Airport: US Airways

Greenville/Spartanburg International Airport:American Eagle, Continental, Delta, Southwest, United Express, US Airways

Hilton Head Island Airport:US Airways

Myrtle Beach International Airport:Allegiant, American Eagle, Continental, Delta, Northwest, Spirit, United Express, US Airways

Rail:
AMTRAK serves Columbia, Florence, Greenville and Charleston.

Car:

Interstate 95 runs north/south direction along the coast.
Interstate 26 runs north/south from Charleston to Greenville.
Interstate 20 runs east/west from Florence to Augusta.
Interstate 77 runs north/south from Columbia to Charlotte.
Interstate 85 runs north/south through the Piedmont.


Distances:

Of:

After:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Columbia

 

Charleston

 

Myrtle Beach

 

Hilton Head

 

 

 

km

Running time

km

Running time

km

Running time

km

Running time

 

Atlanta

338

3,5

459

5,0

563

6,0

461

5,0

 

Cincinnati

784

8,0

955

10,0

990

10,5

1046

11,0

 

Miami

779

10,0

923

10,0

1075

11,50

822

8,5

 

New York

1102

11,5

1171

12,0

1038

11,0

1195

12,5

 

Savannah

226

2,5

165

2,0

217

3,5

85

1,0

 

Washington

722

7,5

790

8,0

658

7,0

814

8,5

 
 

Climate:

 

Average and maximum temperatures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beaches

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January.

February.

March

April

May

June

July

August.

September.

October.

Nov.

Dec.

4-15

5-16

9-20

13-24

18-28

21-31

23-32

23-32

21-29

15-25

9-20

6-16

Midlands

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January.

February.

March

April

May

June

July

August.

September.

October.

Nov.

Dec.

0-13

1-15

5-19

10-25

15-29

19-32

21-33

21-33

18-30

10-25

5-19

1-15

Mountains

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January.

February.

March

April

May

June

July

August.

September.

October.

Nov.

Dec.

0-11

0-12

0-17

9-23

14-26

18-30

20-31

20-31

16-28

9-22

4-17

0-12