Why should I live in South Carolina

South Carolina - The palm state in the southeast

South Carolina is located on the southeastern Atlantic coast, has an area of ​​82,932 square kilometers, making it the 40th largest state. Around 3.1 million people live here, around a third of whom are non-whites.

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Climate and travel times | Road traffic rules | Alcohol | Tickets for attractions and activities | Main sights | Hotels, apartments and holiday homes

South carolina

The capital and seat of the state university is Columbia (approx. 100,000 inhabitants). Other major cities are Charleston, North Charleston, Greenville and Spartanburg. The Palmetto State (so named after the state tree, the saber palm) borders North Carolina to the north and northeast and Georgia to the south and southwest. The Savannah River with a number of lakes in the southwest and the Atlantic coast with the offshore Sea Islands in the southeast form natural boundaries.

Cotton was the dominant agricultural product for a long time. It is still important today, along with tobacco, soy and peach. As early as 1788, South Carolina became the 8th founding state to ratify the United States' constitution. The state is traditionally conservative and was the first to leave the Union in 1860, which, as is well known, led to the American Civil War.

Climate and travel times

The Coastal region South Carolina has no real winter; there is a subtropical climate. Here the temperatures are not below 13, 14 degrees during the day, only at night they approach freezing point. Spring is mild and long. The summer months of June, July and August are hot around 30 degrees. Then the water of the Atlantic warms up to 28 degrees, so the best bathing weather. The pleasant temperatures go into November. The short winter weather - temperatures rarely drop below 15 degrees - is ideal for golf. The north South Carolinas has temperatures that are around four degrees below those of the coastal region.


The temperatures are given in Celsius, the amount of rain in inches. The rain usually falls as a heavy, short shower, not as continuous rain.


Traffic rules

The speed limit in South Carolina is 90 km / h (55 mph) unless traffic signs indicate a different speed limit. 100 km / h (65 mph) are allowed on the interstate highways. It is forbidden to bring open containers with alcoholic beverages (wine, beer, etc.) into the passenger compartment. If the weather makes it necessary to use the windscreen wipers, the headlights must also be switched on. Seat belts are compulsory for the driver and front passenger, children under 6 years of age must be secured with a belt system that is suitable for them, children under 1 year of age must be transported in a buckled child seat, regardless of whether they are in the front or rear seats. The same applies to children under 4 years of age when they are transported in the front seat. In vehicles with an airbag, children should never ride in the front seat.


The legal age for consuming alcohol in South Carolina is 21 years. Alcohol cannot be served after midnight on Sundays. In the counties of Charleston, Richland, Lexington and Horry, licensed inns are not affected by this rule. Packaged alcoholic beverages can be sold Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Tickets for attractions and activities

Tickets for attractions and activities in South Carolina can be found at www.getyourguide.de.

Main sights

South Carolina is one of the poorest and most rural states. The coastal region with inviting beaches and the old port city of Charleston is particularly interesting for tourists.

Charleston: Colonial port city with 800 buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries and numerous sights in the center and in the vicinity. Charleston is the epitome of the "Old South".

Grand Strand / Myrtle Beach: 100 km long, wide beach with promenades and tourist gear.

Sea Islands: Islands along the south coast including Hilton Head, Kiawah, Isle of Pines, Seabrook, and Folly Beach.

Riverbanks Zoo & Gardens: In Columbia, the capital; one of the most beautiful zoos in the USA.

Brookgreen Gardens: At Murrell’s Inlet; over 500 American sculptures from the 19th and 20th centuries amid 2000 species of plants.

Hotels, apartments and holiday homes

Find hotels, apartments and vacation rentals in South Carolina at www.booking.com.