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View of the Blue Ridge Mountains from Sassafras, South Carolina's highest mountain
View of the Blue Ridge Mountains from Sassafras Mountain. The Blue Ridge Mountains are a part of the Appalachian Mountains. Sassafras is the highest mountain in South Carolina and is located in Pickens County in the northwestern part of the state near the border with North Carolina.
Image: DXR

South Carolina Flag
South Carolina State Flag

About South Carolina

Location map of South Carolina state in the USA
Where in the United States is South Carolina? Location map of the State of South Carolina in the US.

South Carolina is a state in the southeastern United States; it is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean in the southeast, by North Carolina in the north and northeast. The Savannah River forms a natural border with Georgia in the west. The state's nickname is "The Palmetto State."

Short History
The region of what is today South Carolina was permanently settled by the English since 1663. Both North Carolina and South Carolina were included in the charter that established Carolina in 1663. South Carolina was separated from North Carolina in 1729.

South Carolina joined the Union on 23 May 1788 as the 8th state; it was one of the original 13 founding states.

In 1860, it was the first state to secede from the Union, precipitating the American Civil War. It was readmitted to the United States on 25 June 1868.

South Carolina State Map
Reference Map of South Carolina
General Map of South Carolina, United States.

The detailed map is showing the US state of South Carolina with boundaries, the location of the state capital Columbia, major cities and populated places, rivers, streams and lakes, interstate highways, principal highways, railroads and major airports.

You are free to use the above map for educational and similar purposes; if you publish it online or in print, you need to credit Nations Online Project as the source.

More about South Carolina State

South Carolina Topographic Regions Map
Topographic Map of South Carolina (click map to enlarge)
Some Geography

The state occupies an area of 82,931 km² (32,020 sq mi) [1]; compared, it is about the size of Austria (83,871 km²). Compared with other US states, South Carolina is almost four times as big as New Jersey but would fit into Texas more than eight times. South Carolina is subdivided into 46 counties.

South Carolina has a humid subtropical climate, with hot and humid summers and relatively mild winters in most parts of the state; mild winters prevail in the eastern and southern parts. Cool to occasionally cold winters are the rule in the northwestern region, especially at higher altitudes.

South Carolina's Landscape

Five different regions define SC (from southeast to northwest):

The narrow Coastal Zone along the seashore features barrier islands, natural harbors within bays, lagoons and inlets, the beach, and river deltas.
The Coastal Zone is part of South Carolina's portion of the Atlantic Coastal Plain.

View of Table Rock and Pinnacle Lake at Table Rock State Park in Pickens County.
View of Table Rock and Pinnacle Lake at Table Rock State Park in Pickens County.
Image: David Ellis

South Carolina's Atlantic Coastal Plain can be divided into the Outer Coastal Plain (or Lower Coastal Plain), with swamps along the rivers (some swamps have been drained to gain farmland). And there is the gradually rising, fertile Inner Coastal Plains (or Upper Coastal Plain).
Within the region lie the Sandhills, sandy hills and dunes, the remains of an ancient coastline.

The 'fall line' escarpment marks the border between the lowlands of the coastal plains and the Piedmont plateau; it is the site where rivers and streams drop off the Piedmont tableland onto the Coastal Plain. The hilly Piedmont is a highland region, the remnants of the foothills of an ancient, eroded mountain chain, the Appalachian Mountains.

The state's mountain region in northwest represents a small portion of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a range in the much larger Appalachian Mountain chain. The highest elevation in the state is Sassafras Mountain at 1,085 m (3,560 ft), located near the South Carolina - North Carolina border.


Bald cypress trees in Congaree National Park
Knees of bald cypress trees in Congaree National Park. The park preserves the largest intact expanse of old-growth bottomland hardwood forest left in the southeastern United States.
Image: Simon

Major rivers in South Carolina are the Savannah River, which forms a natural border with Georgia in the west. Its tributaries, the Tugaloo River and the Chattooga River form the northernmost part of the border.

The (Great) Pee Dee is a free-flowing major river in the east of the state, used for recreation and as a source for water supply.

The Catawba River is a dammed river that feeds the human-made Lake Wylie (formerly Catawba Lake). The Catawba is also the source for the human-made Lake Wateree; the lake's primary outflow changes the river's name to Wateree River, which becomes a tributary of the Santee River.

The Santee and its tributaries, the Broad River, the Wateree, and Congaree rivers drain large areas of central South Carolina.

The Saluda River is a principal tributary of the Congaree River.
The 354 km (220 mi) long Edisto River is one of the longest free-flowing blackwater rivers in the United States. The 243 km (151mi) long Black River is another blackwater river in South Carolina.

Within the state, there are several major lakes, the largest being Lake Marion, Lake Strom Thurmond, and Lake Moultrie.


South Carolina State House in Columbia, SC
Rendered image of the South Carolina State House in Columbia. The Greek Revival style building houses the government of the U.S. state of South Carolina.
Image: Google

South Carolina has a population of nearly 5.2 million people (2021) [2]; the capital and largest city is Columbia.
Other major cities are Charleston, North Charleston, Mount Pleasant, and Rock Hill.

Ethnic groups
The population of South Carolina is white (64%), African-Americans (27%), Hispanics or Latino (6%), and Asian (1.8%). [3]

Cities and Towns in South Carolina

The map shows the location of following cities and towns in South Carolina:

Largest cities in South Carolina with a population of more than 40,000:
Columbia (136,000), Charleston (150,000), North Charleston (114,000), Mount Pleasant (90,000), Rock Hill (74,000), Greenville (70,000), Summerville (51,000), Sumter (43,000), Hilton Head Island (37,000)

Busiest airports in South Carolina are:

Charleston International Airport (IATA code: CHS)
Myrtle Beach International Airport (IATA code: MYR)
Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (IATA code: GSP)
Columbia Metropolitan Airport (IATA code: CAE)

Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge over the Cooper River, Charleston, Mount Pleasant, SC
The towers of the Arthur Ravener Jr. Bridge, a cable-stayed bridge over the Cooper River, connecting downtown Charleston to Mount Pleasant.
Image: bestseller

Ferris wheel at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
The Ferris wheel at Myrtle Beach, the holiday resort in Horry County on South Carolina’s Atlantic coast.
Image: The ed17

Other cities and towns in South Carolina

Abbeville, Aiken, Allendale, Anderson, Bamberg, Beaufort, Belton, Bennettsville, Camden, Cheraw, Chester, Clemson, Clinton, Conway,

Darlington, Easley, Florence, Gaffney, Georgetown, Goose Creek, Greenwood, Greer,

Hartsville, Kingstree, Lake City, Lancaster, Laurens, Marion, Mullins, Myrtle Beach,

Newberry, Orangeburg, Spartanburg, St Andrews, Union, and Walterboro.


Weather Conditions Columbia:





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