Located in and seat of the county of the same name, Florence, South Carolina is a small town of 32,180 residents and is known for its charm, hospitality and refreshing ambience. Many people moving to Florence are tired of the usual noise and disturbances of a big city and want a quiet place with the same facilities but more peace. Florence is as peaceful and friendly as its name that is also famous for its shopping and restaurants. Moving companies in Florence county provide services to all areas in the city.
The economy of the city was initially based on rail and farming. By the end of the 20th century, the economy diversified and included commerce, finance, healthcare, trucking and moving companies and also industries. Currently there are more than 9 foreign affiliated companies in the region and 14 Fortune 500 companies. Florence serves as the headquarters for AT&T, Progress Energy, JP Morgan Chase and Eastern Carolinas. The GDP of the statistical area was estimated to be $6.3billion in 2005. The companies provide huge employment and business opportunities to the county and the city of Florence. Another major company in the area is Hoffman La-Roche, a Swiss company that provides services and consultancy to pharmaceutical companies and R&D centres. The median household income of Florence is estimated to be $42,437.
Florence was originally a township planned and established in 1719 by the Lords Proprietors. The town remained sparsely populated and the main route for commerce was the Pee Dee River. Most of the earlier economic activity was based on agriculture. Farmers grew cotton, indigo and other crops. Major development in Florence came after the arrival of the Railroad. The Railroad opened the opportunity for trade and travel. In the mid-19th century, the railroad system was well developed. Florence heavily relied on the railroad in the early days. In fact, the city was named after Wilmington and Manchester Railroad's president, General William Wallace's eldest daughter. Overtime the town established itself as a prominent medical centre.
Florence has many public areas for tourists and residents. There is the Florence Public Library, which has as much to learn from its architecture as from its books; then there is the Florence Museum of Art, Science and History which is tells the story of the town and its culture. There are several other Museums in the area, including the Browntown Museum, Indigo Museum and War Between the States Museum. To refresh the mind and enjoy nature, there is the Chase Park, Maple Park, Timrod Park and Jeffries Creek Park. Shopping lovers can visit the Hallmark Square, Florence Mall and South Park Shopping Centre. Visitors can stay at the Days Inn, Howard Johnson, Ramada Inn or the Comfort Inn. The town is served by the Florence Regional Airport.