Where Is South Carolina? See Its Map Location and Surrounding States

Written by Patrick MacFarland
Published: December 11, 2023
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Located in the Southeast United States, South Carolina is a state bordering the Atlantic Ocean that has its charm as a state known for its Southern hospitality. It is a beautiful state with mountains on the eastern border and gorgeous beaches on its western border. But the real question is, do people know where South Carolina is? Do people know about the surrounding states of South Carolina? 

If you are wondering where South Carolina is, let’s take a look at where it is on the US map. We’ll also explore South Carolina’s bordering states, when the state officially joined the union, the climate in the state, and other facts about the Palmetto State.

Where Is South Carolina Located on the Map?

South Carolina is located in the southeast region of the United States. With an area of 32,020 square miles, it is the 40th largest state in terms of size. But where is South Carolina on the map? Let’s take a look below.

When Did South Carolina Officially Join the US?

The Cherokee, Santee, and Creek tribes inhabited the area of what is now South Carolina for thousands of years before European settlers arrived. The state was also one of the original thirteen colonies. It became a state on May 23, 1788, as the 8th state to join the union. Before the Civil War began, South Carolina was the first to secede from the union and they eventually rejoined in 1868.

Which States Border South Carolina?

Two states border South Carolina — North Carolina to the north and Georgia to the south. It also sits on the Atlantic Ocean, which is the state’s eastern border. Let’s take a look at the two states that border the Palmetto State.

North Carolina

Capital: Raleigh

Population: 10.6 million

Nickname: The Tarheel State

Admitted to Union: November 21, 1789 (12th)

Governor: Roy Cooper (D)


Capital: Atlanta

Population: 10.7 million

Nickname: The Peach State

Admitted to Union: January 2, 1788 (4th)

Governor: Brian Kemp (R)

Is South Carolina a Good Place to Live?

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Amusement Park, USA, Ferris Wheel

Although Georgia is the Peach State, South Carolina produces more peaches and is the second-largest producer of peaches in the country after California.

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The state has a lot of pros when it comes to living here. The weather is mild and quite reliable year-round. It doesn’t get too cold, but summers can get hot and humid. The cost of living in the state is lower compared to other states in the country. There are affordable homes that are even close to the beach. The state has a lot of history and culture, which is great for those who love learning.

Of course, to every pro, there are also cons. The weather was mentioned, and although winters can be mild, the summers can get unbearably hot, so keep that in mind. If you are a city person, know that there are just a couple of big cities, but nothing compared to LA or Chicago. Lastly, if you have allergies, allergy season is going to be tough, so better stock up on medicine for that.

What Is the Climate in South Carolina?

Bluffton - South Carolina, South Carolina, Beauty, Beauty In Nature, Color Image

South Carolina has a monkey island where about 3,000 Rhesus monkeys inhabit Morgan Island.

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The state has a humid subtropical type of climate. The autumn and summer are usually the wet seasons and the state is quite prone to thunderstorms during this time. The dry season is in winter and they can be quite cold, although not as cold as other states more inland.

When it comes to record temperatures, the hottest temperature ever recorded was 113 degrees Fahrenheit on June 29, 2012. The lowest recorded temperature was -19 degrees Fahrenheit on January 21, 1985.

What Is South Carolina Most Known For?

Aerial shot of a beautiful landscape with the Lake Jocassee in South Carolina

South Carolina is home to one of the oldest trees in the country, estimating the “Angel Oak” to be more than 500 years old.

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The Southern state is known for having warm weather, mostly year-round. The beaches are packed during summer and there are many parks for hiking and exploring. The state is also famous for its Southern hospitality, great barbecue, and overall delicious food. The Southern culture is certainly a delight and the lifestyle is relaxed, too. The state’s golf courses are a sight to see and definitely one of the most played sports.

When it comes to wildlife, the state is home to gray foxes, bobcats, and wild pigs. As for the state’s flora, there is a variety of trees, which include southern magnolias and loblolly pines.

Fast Facts About South Carolina

South Carolina, Charleston - South Carolina, Mount Pleasant - South Carolina, Aerial View, History

Famous people born in South Carolina include Viola Davis, Aziz Ansari, James Brown, Andie MacDowell, Vanna White, and Chris Rock.

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  • Capital: Columbia
  • Population: 5.1 million
  • Governor: Henry McMaster (R)
  • Lieutenant Governor: Pamela Evette (R)
  • State tree: Cabbage palmetto (Sabal palmetto)
  • State bird: Carolina wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
  • State flower: Yellow jasmine (Gelsemium sempervirens)


South Carolina is a beautiful state that can offer people several landscapes. It has a mountainous region with forests, hiking trails, and nature. It is also home to amazing beaches so you can frolic in the water during summer. South Carolina is more affordable than most states, and although hot and humid in the summer, it truly is a great state to live in. If you choose to live here, you’ll be stargazing in your backyard with a cabbage palmetto in the distance. After all, South Carolina is the Palmetto State.

The photo featured at the top of this post is © Alexander Lukatskiy/Shutterstock.com

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About the Author

Patrick Macfarland is a writer at A-Z Animals primarily covering travel, geography, and history. Patrick has been writing for more than 10 years. In the past, he has been a teacher and a political candidate. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from SDSU and a Master's Degree in European Union Studies from CIFE. From San Diego, California, Patrick loves to travel and try new recipes to cook.

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