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South Carolina Facts: Columbia is the largest city in South Carolina.

Above: A sunset view of the Columbia skyline.

South Carolina Facts

1. The official state flower of South Carolina is the Carolina Yellow Jessamin.

2. The official state tree of South Carolina is the Palmetto.

3. The official state bird of South Carolina is the Great Carolina Wren.

4. South Carolina is home to 43 State Parks. 

5. The state of South Carolina is divided into ten geographical regions: Upcountry, Olde English, Pee Dee, Myrtle Beach, Historic Charleston, Santee Cooper, Capital City-Lake Murray, Olde 96, Thoroughbred, and Low Country-Resort Islands.

7. The five largest cities in South Carolina (by population size) are Columbia, Charleston, North Charleston, Mount Pleasant and Rock Hill, in that order.

8. South Carolina has 16 universities.

9. South Carolina has 462 golf courses.

10. Native American Indian tribes from South Carolina include Catawba, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Iroquois, Pee Dee, Santee and Waccamaw.

Above: Downtown Columbia.

South Carolina Universities

Allen University

Anderson University

Charleston Southern University

Claflin University

Clemson University

Coastal Carolina University

Columbia International University

Francis Marion University

Furman University

Lander University

Medical University of South Carolina

North Greenville University

South Carolina State University

Southern Wesleyan University

University of South Carolina

Winthrop University

Below: Downtown Charleston.

Top 20 South Carolina Golf Courses

(ranked by experts)

1 Sage Valley Course - Graniteville

2 Harbour Town Course - Hilton Head Island

3 Caledonia Course - Pawleys Island

4 True Blue Course - Pawleys Island

5 Legends Course - Parris Island

6 Ocean Course - Kiawah Island Resort

7 Yeamans Hall Course - Charleston

8 Grande Dunes Course - Myrtle Beach

9 Dunes Course - Myrtle Beach

10 Chester Course - North Augusta

11 Southern Oaks Course - Easley

12 Oyster Reef Course - Hilton Head Island

13 Kings North Course - Myrtle Beach

14 Bonnie Brae Course - Greenville

15 Long Bay Course - Longs

16 Rivertowne Course - Mount Pleasant

17 Country Club of Charleston Course - Charleston

18 Indigo Creek Course - Murrells Inlet

19 Quail Creek Course - Conway

20 Walker Golf Course At Clemson University - Clemson

Above: South Carolina Facts: Palmetto Dunes golf course in Hilton Head is a local favorite,

but did not make the list of Top 20 golf courses in South Carolina.

Above: Kiawa Island Golf Resort.

Below: The Charleston skyline.

Above: The Harbor Walk at Georgetown, South Carolina.

Above: This obscenely expensive mansion on the Millford Plantation

is one of many restored architectural landmarks in the area.

Above: Myrtle Beach.

Above: The remains of Fort Sumter in Sumter, South Carolina.

Above: Summer sunset over a muggy swamp.

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