South Carolina, officially separated from North Carolina in 1729. It has a land area of 30,109 sq miles and has a population of 4,012,012 according to the 2000 census. The State Symbols are: The flower..Carolina Yellow Jessamine, the tree…Palmetto Tree, the bird…Carolina Wren, the song…Carolina. South Carolina’s nickname is the “Palmetto State”. The name originated in honor of Charles I of England.
South Carolina’s ten largest cities are: Columbia, 116,278; Charleston, 96,650; North Charleston, 79,641; Greenville, 56,002; Rock Hill, 49,765; Mount Pleasant, 47,609; Spartanburg, 39,673; Sumter, 39,643; Hilton Head Island, 33,862; and Florence, 30,248.
South Carolina ranks third in peach production and fourth in overall tobacco production. Other top agricultural commodities include nursery and greenhouse products, watermelons, peanuts, broilers and turkeys, and cattle and calves.