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Last Updated: October 03, 2021

South Carolina - The Palmetto State

The Atlantic ocean is a potent companion for this east coast state in the USA, which stands 40th in area among the states in the USA and ranks 23rd in population. The population of South Carolina is nearly 5.2 million in the year 2021. The state has a subtropical climate and at some of the higher places summers are not so severe and winters are quite cold yet pleasant. Otherwise, the state is mostly hot and humid. With abundant gifts from nature, the state has two natural ports in Georgetown and Charleston.

Before the British colonization, the state used to be inhabited by the Cherokee, Creek, and Santee tribes. It was declared to be the state of the United States in the year 1788. South Carolina is known as the 'Palmetto State' because of the abundant presence of these trees and their resourcefulness. It is also the state tree and is a part of the state flag as well as the state seal.

Major Cities in South Carolina


Established in 1670, the city of Charleston is the largest in South Carolina. It has an estimated population of around 136,000. The city was named in honor of King Charles II of England. The city is known to be the oldest and is commonly known as the “Holy City” because of the presence of several religious institutions. Educational institutes like the College of Charleston and the Citadel Military College of South Carolina are situated here. Some of the most fascinating sites in the city are Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Fort Sumter National Monument, Historic Charleston City Market, Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens, Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, Joe Riley Waterfront Park, etc.


The capital city of South Carolina, Columbia is also the second-largest city of the state. It has an estimated population of approximately 134,000. Founded in 1786, the city was named after Christopher Columbus. It is a vibrant city with a diverse community and rich history. One of the most reputed universities, the University of South Carolina, is situated in this city. Popular sites include the Congaree National Park, South Carolina State Museum, Riverbanks Zoo & Garden, EdVenture Children's Museum, Columbia Museum of Art, Riverbanks Botanical Garden, Sesquicentennial State Park, South Carolina State House, and a lot more.

North Charleston

With a population of around 112,000, North Charleston is the third-largest city in South Carolina. Established as a city in the year 1972, it is known as the 'cousin city' of Charleston. It is a major industrial hub, with automobile and retail as the main sectors. It is known for its diversity as well as affordability when compared to other cities. Popular places in the city are South Carolina Aquarium, Congressional Medal of Honor Museum, Slave Mart Museum, Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site, Charleston Harbor, Middleton Place, Drayton Hall, North Charleston Wannamaker County, Whirlin' Waters Adventure Waterpark, and so on.

Mount Pleasant

This is the fourth-largest city with a population of about 87,000. Because of its scenic beauty, safety, and overall pleasant atmosphere, the city of Mount Pleasant is considered to be the best in the state. Not only is the city known for its low crime rates, but is also popular for its flourishing economy, and work opportunities. The median home income is about $461,000. The Fort Sumter National Monument, Boone Hall Plantation, Museum On The Common, Palmetto Islands County Park, Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, Rainbow Row, Gibbes Museum of Art, and Charles Pinckney National Historic Site, are some popular attractions in the city.

Economy/Job Market

Tuition Fee and Living Cost in South Carolina

The cost of living in the American state is much lower than that of the other states in the US. Housing costs are the cheapest in South Carolina, followed by transportation, and groceries. However, healthcare and utilities are on the more expensive side when compared to the national average. The median household income in the state is around $54,000. The most affordable cities here are Fountain Inn, Laurens, Irmo, Lake City, Union, and Dillon. The most expensive places are Port Royal, Clemson, Myrtle Beach, Georgetown, Hardeeville, and Charleston.

When it comes to educational costs, it is slightly higher than the national average. Out-of-state tuition fees in public institutions are more expensive when compared to the national average. For instance, the average out-of-state fee nationally is around $23,000, whereas the fee at Clemson University is about $41,000 which is double the amount.

List of Few Major Universities/Colleges

The top universities and colleges in the state of South Carolina are:

Scholarships/Financial Aid for Students


South Carolina is popular for its rich history, and the numerous battles that were fought in the past. The state also has various landscapes such as lowlands, sandhills, and mountains which is an absolute joy for those who love to travel. Some of the best tourist destinations in the state are Charleston's Historic District, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Plantation Gardens, USS Yorktown and Patriots Point, Brookgreen Gardens, Middleton Place, Riverbanks Zoo & Garden, Huntington Beach State Park, Caesars Head State Park, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, and so much more. Some of the most popular and tasty delicacies available in the Palmetto State are the Pimento Cheeseburger, South Carolina BBQ, Huguenot Torte, Oyster Roast, She-Crab Soup, and Fried Seafood.

Universities & Colleges in South Carolina

University (city) Total StudentsUG (in) / UG (out)G (in) / G (out)
Clemson University (Clemson) 28310$16727 / $40772$12545 / $25090
University of South Carolina-Columbia (Columbia) 37510$13590 / $35545$15681 / $32408
Wofford College (Spartanburg) 1660$40772 / $40772$N/A / $N/A
College of Charleston (Charleston) 12907$13590 / $35545$15681 / $38681
Citadel Military College of South Carolina (Charleston) 4458$13590 / $37636$11499 / $19863
Coastal Carolina University (Conway) 11982$12545 / $29272$11499 / $20908
Converse College (Spartanburg) 2847$20908 / $20908$10454 / $10454
Presbyterian College (Clinton) 1422$41817 / $41817$57499 / $57499
Limestone College (Gaffney) 2758$28227 / $28227$13590 / $13590
North Greenville University (Tigerville) 2689$17772 / $17772$7318 / $7318
University of South Carolina-Aiken (Aiken) 4376$11499 / $22999$15681 / $32408
Charleston Southern University (Charleston) 3621$25090 / $25090$8363 / $8363
University of South Carolina-Beaufort (Bluffton) 2375$11499 / $22999$15681 / $32408
Lander University (Greenwood) 3284$12545 / $22999$10454 / $18818
Erskine College (Due West) 869$38681 / $38681$14636 / $14636
Winthrop University (Rock Hill) 6801$16727 / $32408$16727 / $32408
Columbia International University (Columbia) 1697$26136 / $26136$11499 / $11499
University of South Carolina-Upstate (Spartanburg) 7249$12545 / $25090$15681 / $32408
Francis Marion University (Florence) 4395$12545 / $22999$12545 / $24045
Newberry College (Newberry) 1064$26136 / $26136$N/A / $N/A
Coker College (Hartsville) 1538$32408 / $32408$16727 / $16727
South Carolina State University (Orangeburg) 3283$12545 / $22999$12545 / $24045
Anderson University (Anderson) 3828$31363 / $31363$11499 / $11499
Columbia College (Columbia) 1484$30318 / $30318$11499 / $11499
Claflin University (Orangeburg) 2383$18818 / $18818$13590 / $13590
Benedict College (Columbia) 2312$17772 / $17772$13590 / $13590
Allen University (Columbia) 873$14636 / $14636$9409 / $9409
Morris College (Sumter) 774$13590 / $13590$N/A / $N/A
The Art Institute of Charleston (Charleston) 488$18818 / $18818$N/A / $N/A
Voorhees College (Denmark) 434$13590 / $13590$N/A / $N/A
University of Phoenix-South Carolina (Columbia) 305$11499 / $11499$14636 / $14636
Virginia College-Charleston (North Charleston) 344$14636 / $14636$N/A / $N/A
Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic (Spartanburg) 391$N/A / $N/A$N/A / $N/A
Bob Jones University (Greenville) 3455$20908 / $20908$9409 / $9409
W L Bonner College (Columbia) 22$6272 / $6272$N/A / $N/A
Lenoir-Rhyne University-Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (Columbia) 82$N/A / $N/A$17772 / $17772
Southern Wesleyan University (Central) 1736$25090 / $25090$17772 / $17772
South University-Columbia (Columbia) 1496$18818 / $18818$16727 / $16727
Charleston School of Law (Charleston) 358$N/A / $N/A$N/A / $N/A
Furman University (Greenville) 2884$49136 / $49136$10454 / $10454
Medical University of South Carolina (Charleston) 3402$18818 / $26136$18818 / $26136
Virginia College-Greenville (Greenville) 289$14636 / $14636$N/A / $N/A

*UG - Undergraduate
*G - Graduate
*in - In-state Fees
*out - Out-of-State Fees
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