South Carolina became the 8th state on May 23rd 1788. South Carolina is also known as the "Palmetto state" in reference to the state tree, the Sabal Palmetto.
Origin of state's name: The name South Carolina is a reference to the British King, Charles I.
Population: The population of South Carolina is over 4 million people based on the last census in 2000.
Driver's license information, applications, testing requirements, Driver's manuals and testing locations can all be found on the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles website.
Capital: The capital of South Carolina is Columbia and the state is surrounded by several other states including Georgian and North Carolina and the Atlantic Ocean to the east.
Economy: The economy of South Carolina is driven by many industries including dairy and poultry farming, cotton and tobacco harvesting, fruit growing especially apple and peach and production of scientific instruments and tourism.
Bird: The state bird is the "Great Carolina Wren" or Troglyoclytes ludovicianus who is noted for being less than graceful in flight although very quick and has a very pleasant singing voice.
Flower: The state flower is the Yellow Jasmine which has a beautiful rich yellow gold color. The Yellow Jasmine can be found throughout the state and has a beautiful delicate flower with a distinctive very pleasant fragrance.
State Song: The state song is "Carolina" by H. Timrod
State Motto: The state motto is "While I breathe, I hope"