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Life in South Carolina

Quality of Life

Appreciating a beautiful day is a favorite South Carolina pastime and it is beautiful most all the time. From the natural landscapes to world-renowned events. Steeped in history and tradition, South Carolina offers a low cost of living and unparalleled access to the US and travel abroad. People from around the world have recognized what our state has to offer—tourism brings in more than $29 billion per year.

NC Geography


From the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains to the 187 miles of Atlantic Ocean coastline, residents and visitors enjoy the outdoors, including leisure activities on the many rivers and lakes throughout the state.


Our location on the eastern seaboard means warm summers and mild winters. South Carolinians enjoy outdoor activities year-round and businesses experience few weather-related interruptions.

The Arts

From the 17-day Spoleto Festival in Charleston to the more than 200 annual performances at the Newberry Opera House, the arts thrive in all forms across the state and offer something for all ages.

Sports and Entertainment

With more than 400 championship golf courses—including three on Golf Digest’s “100 Greatest Golf Courses” and seven on their “100 Best Public Golf Courses” list, the Palmetto State has no shortage of courses for every level of golfer. Sports enthusiasts also enjoy ACC and SEC sporting events; the annual Credit One Charleston Open, which attracts top-ranked women tennis players; and famed races like the Colonial Cup Steeplechase and the US Cycling Pro Championships.


We work hard, but we also understand how to enjoy the moment. To some, that's an unforgettable fishing excursion; to others, it's a rejuvenating bike ride on the beach. Whether it's the iconic Myrtle Beach Grand Strand, the white-sand shores of Hunting Island or the Lowcountry's Kiawah Island Resort, South Carolina beaches compose a landscape of unmatched beauty. With 47 state parks, 14 major lakes and reservoirs and more than 400 golf courses, South Carolina provides a diverse outdoor experience.