South Carolina is a South Atlantic state bordered by North Carolina to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the east, and Georgia to the south and west. The abbreviation for South Carolina is SC. The state's landscape includes lowlands, sand hills, and mountains. Palmetto trees line South Carolina's coast. The eastern part of the state is known as the Low Country and the western region is called the Up Country.

Today, South Carolina is an industrial leader of the New South. Industry began developing in the state at the end of the 19th century and has continued through the 20th century. The development of industry has made South Carolina a prosperous state once again. The major industry in the state is textile manufacturing; only North Carolina and Georgia surpass South Carolina in textile production. The change in the state's economy has led to a change in where the state's residents live. In the past, most of South Carolina's residents lived in rural communities. Today, over half of the state's residents live in and around cities.


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