South Carolina, the 8th state to join the Union in 1788, is in the Southeast with North Carolina to the north and Georgia to the south.
Large cities include Columbia, the capital, and Charleston.
South Carolina's topography spans from the coastal plains near the Atlantic ocean, to the interior hill country called the Sandhills and Piedmont to the Blue Ridge Mountains in the northwest.
The climate is hot, humid summers and mild winters with higher than average levels of precipitation.
Leading sectors in South Carolina's economy are agriculture, lumber, textiles and clothing and automobile manufacturing. South Carolina ranks as a low tax state.
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