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Overview

Introduction to Florence, South Carolina

Florence, South Carolina, in Florence county, is 74 miles E of Columbia, South Carolina (center to center) and 94 miles SE of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Florence History

Florence was established in 1719; however, development began only after the arrival of railroads. The area's early settlers practiced mostly subsistence farming. The Wilmington and Manchester Railroad and the Northeastern Railroad arrived in the area in the mid-19th century. In fact, the city was named for the eldest daughter of General William Wallace Harllee, president of the Wilmington and Manchester Railroad. The city became a major medical center in the 20th century.

Florence and nearby Attractions

  • Florence Museum of Art
  • War Between the States Museum
  • Indigo Museum
  • Woods Bay State Natural Area
  • Browntown Museum
  • Moore Memorial Museum

Things To Do In Florence

While staying in Florence, you can explore the city's history by visiting the Florence Public Library and Florence Museum of Art, Science, and History. The city also has several other museums such as the War Between the States Museum, Browntown Museum, and Indigo Museum. Some of the local parks are Chase Park, Maple Park, Jeffries Creek Park, and Timrod Park. Visitors can enjoy shopping at the Hallmark Square Shopping Center, Florence Plaza Shopping Center, Florence Mall Shopping Center, and South Park Shopping Center.

Florence Transportation

Florence Regional Airport is nearby.

Florence Higher Education

Francis Marion University, Betty Stevens Cosmetology Institute, and Florence Darlington Technical College are some of the local colleges and university.

People

Total Population 38,000
Male Share of the Population 44.3%
Female Share of the Population 55.8%
Senior Citizens 15%
Employed Population 16+ 16,765
Age of the Population 38

Families

% of people married 43.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 30.6%
Median Earnings25+ $31,835
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,433
Median Earnings With High School Degree $21,926

Wealth

Median Family Income $54,997
% Above Poverty Level 81.6%
% Below Poverty Level 18.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 3.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 31.5%
Median Gross Rent $682
Median House Value $153,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 52%
US/American 0%
English 8.1%
Irish 7.1%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Florence Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 74 miles E of Columbia, South Carolina (center to center)
Nearest Large City 94 miles SE of Charlotte, North Carolina
County Florence
Metro Area Florence
Standard Zip Codes 29501, 29505, 29506
P.O. Box Zip Codes 29502, 29503, 29504
Phone Area Codes 843
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.195
Longitude -79.762

Florence Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station FLORENCE RGNL AP
Distance 1.7 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 55 F
Apr Temp 51 to 75 F
Jul Temp 72 to 91 F
Oct Temp 53 to 75 F
Annual Precip 44.7 inches
Station DARLINGTON
Distance 10 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 56 F
Apr Temp 51 to 77 F
Jul Temp 71 to 91 F
Oct Temp 52 to 76 F
Annual Precip 46.9 inches
Station MARION
Distance 20.9 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 54 F
Apr Temp 48 to 74 F
Jul Temp 69 to 91 F
Oct Temp 49 to 75 F
Annual Precip 48.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Coward 708 $37,344
Darlington 6,212 $34,871
Lamar 913 $50,250
Pamplico 1,181 $50,625
Quinby 1,253 $78,618
Timmonsville 2,283 $32,788

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Florence Public Libraries

Library
Florence County Library
319 SOUTH IRBY STREET
Florence, South Carolina
(843) 662-8424
Library Web Site

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Florence Hospitals

MCLEOD REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER-PEE DEE
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
555 E CHEVES ST BOX 8700
(843) 777-2900
Emergency Service: Yes

CAROLINAS HOSPITAL SYSTEM
(Proprietary)
805 PAMPLICO HWY BOX 100550
(843) 674-5000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Florence High Schools

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WEST FLORENCE HIGH SCHOOL
221 N BELTLINE DR
843-664-8472
Serves 1,548 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19

SOUTH FLORENCE HIGH
3200 S. IRBY STREET
843-664-8190
Serves 1,535 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.2

WILSON SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
1411 OLD MARION HWY
843-664-8440
A Magnet School.
Serves 1,296 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.6

CHOICES SCHOOL
1405 POINSET DRIVE
843-664-8993
A Charter School.

FLORENCE CAREER CENTER
126 E HOWE SPRINGS
843-664-8465
A Vocational School

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