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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population37,840
Male Share of the Population44.5%
Female Share of the Population55.5%
Senior Citizens15.5%
Employed Population 16+17,395
Age of the Population38

Families

% of people married44.1%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher31.2%
Median Earnings25+$32,189
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$18,709
Median Earnings With High School Degree$23,056

Wealth

Median Family Income$58,533
% Above Poverty Level82.6%
% Below Poverty Level17.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time19 minutes
% Working from Home3.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.6%
% Using Public Transportation0.4%

Housing

People Living Alone32.1%
Median Gross Rent$724
Median House Value$157,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)52.3%
German8.1%
Irish7%
English6.9%
Italian2.6%
French Except Basque1.9%
Scottish1.4%
Polish0.9%
Dutch0.9%
Russian0.5%
Welsh0.5%
African0.4%
Arab0.3%
South African0.3%
Lebanese0.2%
Greek0.2%
West Indian0.2%
Belgian0.2%
Swedish0.2%
Jamaican0.1%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Norwegian0.1%
Israeli0.1%
Slovak0.1%
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Florence Almanac

CategoryValue
County Florence County
Standard Zip Codes29501, 29505, 29506
P.O. Box Zip Codes29502, 29503, 29504
Phone Area Codes843
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude34.18
Approximate Longitude-79.78

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)

StationFLORENCE RGNL AP
Distance1.7 miles
Jan Temp35 to 55 F
Apr Temp51 to 75 F
Jul Temp72 to 91 F
Oct Temp53 to 75 F
Annual Precip44.7 inches
StationDARLINGTON
Distance10 miles
Jan Temp35 to 56 F
Apr Temp51 to 77 F
Jul Temp71 to 91 F
Oct Temp52 to 76 F
Annual Precip46.9 inches
StationMARION
Distance20.9 miles
Jan Temp32 to 54 F
Apr Temp48 to 74 F
Jul Temp69 to 91 F
Oct Temp49 to 75 F
Annual Precip48.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Coward760$38,125
Darlington6,075$35,651
Lamar981$50,577
Pamplico1,068$47,917
Quinby1,239$86,094
Timmonsville2,212$32,000

Florence Public Libraries

Florence County Library System
509 SOUTH DARGAN STREET
Florence, South Carolina
(843) 662-8424

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Florence Hospitals

Mcleod Regional Medical Center
(Non-profit)
555 E Cheves St
(843) 777-2849
Women's Center Of Carolinas Hospital System
(Proprietary)
1590 Freedom Blvd
(843) 674-2500
Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital Of Florence
(Proprietary)
900 E Cheves St
(843) 679-9000
Carolinas Hospital System
(Proprietary)
805 Pamplico Hwy
(843) 674-2500
Regency Hospital Of Florence
(Proprietary)
121 E Cedar St Fl 4
(843) 661-3471

Florence Public Schools

Briggs Elementary
1012 Congaree Drive
ZIP: 29501
(843) 664-8169
Primary
Total Enrollment 664
Carver Elementary
515 North Cashua Drive
ZIP: 29501
(843) 664-8156
Primary
Total Enrollment 630
Choices Charter
404 Freight Road
ZIP: 29501
(843) 664-8993
Delmae Elementary
1211 South Cashua Drive
ZIP: 29501
(843) 664-8448
Primary
Total Enrollment 585
Henry L. Sneed Middle
1102 Ebenezer Road
ZIP: 29501
(843) 673-1199
Middle
Total Enrollment 901
John W. Moore Middle
191 Westfield Drive
ZIP: 29501
(843) 664-8171
Middle
Total Enrollment 820
Lucy T. Davis Elementary
201 Westfield Drive
ZIP: 29501
(843) 665-5977
Primary
Total Enrollment 603
North Vista Elementary
1100 North Irby Street
ZIP: 29501
(843) 664-8159
Primary
Total Enrollment 668
Royall Elementary
1400 Woods Road
ZIP: 29501
(843) 664-8167
Primary
Total Enrollment 635
West Florence High
221 North Beltline Drive
ZIP: 29501
(843) 664-8472
High
Total Enrollment 1809
Williams Middle
1119 North Irby Street
ZIP: 29501
(843) 664-8162
Middle
Total Enrollment 696
Florence Career Center
126 East Howe Springs Road
ZIP: 29505
(843) 664-8465
High
Greenwood Elementary
2300 East Howe Springs Road
ZIP: 29505
(843) 664-8451
Primary
Total Enrollment 752
South Florence High
3200 South Irby Street
ZIP: 29505
(843) 664-8190
High
Total Enrollment 1671
Southside Middle
200 East Howe Springs Road
ZIP: 29505
(843) 664-8467
Middle
Total Enrollment 844
Alfred Rush Academy
1201 East Ashby Road
ZIP: 29506
(843) 664-4156
Primary
Total Enrollment 191
Beck Learning Center
1001 West Sumter Street
ZIP: 29506
(843) 673-1129
Primary
Total Enrollment 153
Henry Timrod Elementary
1901 East Old Marion Highway
ZIP: 29506
(843) 664-8454
Primary
Total Enrollment 426
Mclaurin Elementary
1400 Mcmillan Lane
ZIP: 29506
(843) 664-8457
Primary
Total Enrollment 833
Palmetto Youth Academy Charter
1209 North Douglas Street
ZIP: 29506
(843) 679-7070
Primary
Total Enrollment 72
Poynor Childcare Center
301 South Dargan Street
ZIP: 29506
(843) 664-8152
Other
Theodore Lester Elementary
3501 East Palmetto Street
ZIP: 29506
(843) 664-8459
Primary
Total Enrollment 472
Wallace Gregg Elementary
515 Francis Marion Road
ZIP: 29506
(843) 664-8481
Primary
Total Enrollment 380
Wilson High
1411 Old Marion Highway
ZIP: 29506
(843) 664-8440
High
Total Enrollment 1136

Florence Private Schools

All Saints' Episcopal Day School
1425 Cherokee Rd
ZIP: 29501
Elementary
Total Enrollment 283
Calvary Baptist Kindergarten
915 Cherokee Rd
ZIP: 29501
Elementary
Total Enrollment 12
Ebenezer Baptist Weekday Ministry
524 S Ebenezer Rd
ZIP: 29501
Elementary
Total Enrollment 8
Maranatha Christian School
2624 W Palmetto St
ZIP: 29501
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 169
Montessori School Of Florence
510 W Palmetto St
ZIP: 29501
Elementary
Total Enrollment 85
St Anthony Catholic School
2536 Hoffmeyer Rd
ZIP: 29501
Elementary
Total Enrollment 124
The King's Academy
1015 S Ebenezer Rd
ZIP: 29501
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 285
Christian Assembly Daycare & Kindergarten
401 Pamplico Hwy
ZIP: 29505
Elementary
Total Enrollment 9
Florence Christian School
2308 S Itby St
ZIP: 29505
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 645
Highland Park Kindergarten
1300 2nd Loop Rd
ZIP: 29505
Elementary
Total Enrollment 18
Center Day School
320 E National Cemetery Rd
ZIP: 29506
Elementary
Total Enrollment 41
Jack J Hanna Jr Academy
803 Oakland Ave
ZIP: 29506
Elementary
Total Enrollment 4
The Byrnes Schools
1201 E Ashby Rd
ZIP: 29506
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 178
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