25 Facts About South Carolina

1. South Carolina commits Zacch Pickens and Keshawn Toney picked up another honor Friday.

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2. South Carolina will honor a group of 20 players and take on Chattanooga at 7:30 pm on SEC Network Alternate Channel.

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3. The National Parks of Eastern North South Carolina are pleased to announce that Dr Tracy A Tracy brings a wealth of experience from the south Florida parks and a broad park management perspective.

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4. South Carolina fans will celebrate football players not being honored on Senior Night.

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5. South Carolina reports 6 measles cases in Spartanburg County outbreak.

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6. South Carolina has 1,144 K–12 schools in 85 school districts with an enrollment of 712,244 as of fall 2009.

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7. As of 2010, South Carolina is one of three states that has not agreed to use competitive international math and language standards.

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8. South Carolina is home to one of NASCAR's first tracks and its first paved speedway, Darlington Raceway northwest of Florence.

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9. South Carolina is a top destination for golf and water sports.

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10. As of 2010, South Carolina is the American state with the highest per capita proportion of Baha'is with 17,559 adherents, making the Baha'i Faith the second largest religion in the state.

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11. South Carolina has many venues for visual and performing arts.

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12. On November 20, 2014, South Carolina became the 35th state to legalize same-sex marriages, when a federal court ordered the change.

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13. In 2011, South Carolina ranked first in the country in the rate of women killed by men.

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14. South Carolina was one of several states that initially rejected the Nineteenth Amendment giving women the right to vote.

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15. Early in the 20th century, South Carolina developed a thriving textile industry.

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16. South Carolina was the last state to choose its electors in this manner.

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17. At that time South Carolina had the largest population of Jews in the 16 United States, mostly based in Savannah and Charleston, the latter being the country's fifth largest city.

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18. South Carolina has historically had a weak executive branch and a strong legislature.

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19. South Carolina averages around 50 days of thunderstorm activity a year.

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20. South Carolina has a humid subtropical climate, although high-elevation areas in the Upstate area have fewer subtropical characteristics than areas on the Atlantic coastline.

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21. South Carolina has several major lakes covering over 683 square miles.

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22. South Carolina is known for its 187 miles of coastline, beautiful lush gardens, historic sites and Southern plantations, colonial, African and European cultures, and its growing economic development.

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23. South Carolina is named in honor of King Charles I of England, who first formed the English colony, with Carolus being Latin for "Charles".

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24. South Carolina is the 40th most extensive and 23rd most populous US state.

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25. South Carolina became the first state to vote in favor of secession from the Union on December 20, 1860.

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