South Carolina: Profile

Government 
Governor:Nikki Haley (R)
Treasurer:Curtis Loftis (R)
Senators:Lindsey Graham (R)
Tim Scott (R)
Entered Union:May 23, 1788
U.S. Representatives:6
Area 
Total Area82,933 km2 / 32,021 mi2
Land Area77,857 km2 / 30,061 mi2
Water Area5,076 km2 / 1,960 mi2
Water Area Percentage6.12 %
Time Zone  
Standard TimeGMT -5
Daylight-Saving TimeGMT -4
Weather 
Record High Temperature113°F / 45°C , Columbia (June 30, 2012)
Record Low Temperature-19°F / -28°C , Caesars Head (January 21, 1985)
GDP 
Total Gross Domestic Product (USD Billions)$190 (2014)
Per Capita Real GDP (USD)$36,125 (2014)
Population 
Population4,679,230 (2011)
Under 19 Population1,224,425 / 26.5% (2010)
65 and older Population912,429 / 19.7% (2010)
Male Population2,250,101 / 48.6% (2010)
Female Population2,375,263 / 51.4% (2010)
Non-English Speaker (at home) 241,144 (2007)
Net International Immigration 7,265 (2009)
Birth Rate (per 1,000)13.3 per 1,000 (2009)
Percent of People Under Poverty Level (%)18.5% (2013)
Major Cities 
CityPopulation (2012)
Columbia 131,686
Charleston 125,583
North Charleston 101,989
Employment 
Employment 2,017,800 (2015)
Average Weekly Wage (USD)$736 (2015)
Unemployment Rate (%)6.6% (2014)
Expenditures 
Per Capita State Spending (USD)$4,651 (2013)
Energy Expenditures per Person (USD)$4,553 (2013)
Expenditures of State and Local Government Employee-Retirement Systems (USD Thousands)$2,744 (2012)
Revenue 
Per Capita Personal Income (USD)$36,677 (2014)
State Internal Revenue Collection (USD Thousands)$22 (2014)
Cash and Security Holdings by State Government (USD Thousands)$41,025 (2013)
Per Capita State Tax Collection (USD)$1,650 (2011)
Education 
High School Graduation Rate (%)86.1% (2014)
Percent of Population with a Bachelor's Degree (%)26.3% (2014)
Percent of Population with an Advanced Degree (%)9.6% (2014)
Largest Universities  
University of South Carolina - Columbia
Clemson University
College of Charleston
Logistics 
Public Road Length (Miles)66,244 Miles (2012)
Gas Tax Rate (%)16.75% (2015)
Number of Public Airports 66 (2015)
Main Airports 
CodeNameCity
CAEColumbia MetropolitanColumbia
CHSCharleston AFB/InternationalCharleston
FLOFlorence RegionalFlorence
GSPGreenville Spartanburg InternationalGreer
MYRMyrtle Beach InternationalMyrtle Beach
Ports 
Charleston
Columbia
Georgetown
Greenville-Spartanburg

Sources:
Air Nav (2009)
American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) (2009)
Bureau of Business and Economic Research (2009)
Bureau of Labor Statistics (2009)
Bureau of Transportation (2008)
Education Portal (2010)
Federal Aviation Administration (2009)
Internal Revenue Service (2009)
National Association of State Budget Officers (2008)
National Climatic Data Center (2009)
National Governors Association (2011)
Tax Foundation (2008)
U.S. Census Bureau (2000, 2007, 2008, 2009)
U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis (2009)
U.S. Energy Information Administration (2008)
U.S. House of Representatives (2011)
United States Senate (2011)

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