Florence (South Carolina)

Florence County


Florence is an American city with 37,056 inhabitants ( 2010), located in Florence County, in the northeast of the state of South Carolina. Parts of the city lie the neighboring Darlington County. In the city there is a shopping mall, the Magnolia Mall, a multi-purpose event hall, the Florence Civic Center, a large library, and beyond is based in Florence, Mc Leod Health Center, which makes the city an important medical site. The city is served by Interstate Highways I- 95 and I-20. In addition, there is also a regional airport a few kilometers east of the city. Florence Regional Airport is served by two airlines (Delta Air Lines and U.S. Airways ) fly several times a day.


On March 11, 1958 Boeing B- 47 of the USAF from Hunter Air Force Base in Georgia lost in 4200 meters altitude accidentally without an atomic bomb detonator. On the ground, they destroyed a house in Florence and injured a resident.


Florence extends over an area of ​​45.9 square kilometers and has a population density of 659.8 inhabitants / square kilometer. According to the census in 2000, the city has a population of 30 248. Florence is located on the 34th north parallel and at the 79th longitude West ( 34.184088, -79.774147 ). In the mostly flat Pee Dee region located, is Jeffries Creek, a tributary of the Pee Dee River, the main river in Florence.


In the city there are three public high schools of the school district Florence School District One: West Florence High School, South Florence High School and Wilson High School. This also includes the Junior High Schools or Middle Schools, Sneed Middle School, Southside Middle School and Williams Middle School, Elementary Schools, as well 13. In addition, some private schools in the city are located.

In the immediate vicinity there is the Francis Marion University and Florence Darlingon Tech College. Coker College in Hartsville and Coastal Carolina University in Conway are also nearby universities.

Sons and daughters of the town

  • Buddy Baker, NASCAR driver
  • Harry Carson, football player
  • Taft Jordan, jazz trumpeter
  • Steve Windom, politician, Lieutenant Governor of Alabama, member of the Senate
  • Lindsay Shepherd Olive, mycologist