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South Carolina State Symbols, Facts & Info

The United States of America accepted South Carolina as the 8th state to enter the union. Below, you will find the official state symbols and interesting facts about South Carolina.

State Name: South Carolina

Abbreviation: SC

Capital of South Carolina State: Columbia

Date of Statehood: May 23, 1788

South Carolina State Population: 4,255,083 (US Census 2005 estimate)

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Primary Agriculture: South Carolina grows more peaches than any other state except California; it ranks fifth in overall tobacco production. Other farm products include cotton, peanuts, sweet potatoes, soybeans, corn, and oats. Poultry and dairy products are also important revenue producers.

Primary Industry: South Carolina has built so many large textile and other mills that today its factories produce eight times the output of its farms in cash value. Charleston makes asbestos, wood, pulp, and steel products, chemicals, machinery, and apparel are also important.

South Carolina State Nickname: The Palmetto State

South Carolina State Motto: Dum Spiro Spero (While I breathe, I hope.), Animis Opibusque Parati (Ready in soul and resource.)

South Carolina State Flower:
Yellow Jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens)(Legislation of 1924)
Picture of the Yellow Jessamine, the official state flower of South Carolina.
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South Carolina State Tree: Palmetto (Legislation of 1939)

South Carolina State Bird:
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)(Legislation of 1939)
Picture of the Carolina+Wren, the official state bird of South Carolina.
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South Carolina State Fish: Striped Bass (Legislation of 1972)

South Carolina State Insect: Praying Mantis (Legislation of 1988)

South Carolina State Gemstone: Amethyst (Legislation of 1969)

Official State Seal:
Official State Seal of South Carolina.
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Official State Flag:
Official State Flag of South Carolina.
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State Commemorative Quarter: From the 1999-2008 United States Mint 50 State Quarters® Program
Commemorative state quarter of South Carolina.
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South Carolina State Postage Stamp: From the 2002 United States Postal Service Greetings from America series.
34 cent Greetings from America commemorative stamp of South Carolina state.
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South Carolina State License Plate: Photo under license from collector Jim Moini ©2011.
Official licens plate of South Carolina state.
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