Birthplace of

Jazzman Dizzy Gillespie (1917–93), political activist Jesse Jackson (b 1941), boxer Joe Frazier (b 1944), Wheel of Fortune hostess Vanna White (b 1957), actor Aziz Ansari (b 1983)

Capital

Columbia

Driving Distances

Columbia to Charleston 115 miles, Charleston to Myrtle Beach 97 miles

Famous for

Firing the first shot of the Civil War, from Charleston's Fort Sumter

Home of

The first US public library (1698), museum (1773) and steam railroad (1833)

Major City

Charleston

Nickname

Palmetto State

Politics

Leans Republican

Sales Tax

6%, plus up to 8% or 9% extra tax on accommodations

State Dance

The shag