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The Pee Dee region of South Carolina is the northeastern corner of the state. It is the area of the lower watershed of the Pee Dee River, named after the Pee Dee Native American tribe that occupied this area in historic times. They were descended from a culture of the same name that occupied the area as part of the South Appalachian Mississippian Culture, from about 1000 to 1400, leaving some centers for unknown reasons. Two contemporary tribes recognized by the state are located in Marlboro County.
The region's 21st-century center is Florence. It encompasses the Grand Strand, which includes the beaches running from the North Carolina state border to the Winyah Bay in Georgetown County in South Carolina.
On the coast, the area is predominantly involved in tourism and resorts, featuring beaches, amusement parks, shopping, fishing, and golf. The area has become a major retirement center in the United States, in part because of its low cost of living, mild weather, and its many golf courses.
Inland is a belt featuring rivers, marshes, carolina bays, and sandy rises where forestry is predominant. There are pine plantations and baldcypress timbering. Further inland, on higher ground, but still of only slight relief, is an agricultural belt of cultivation of tobacco, cotton, soybeans and produce.
Founded as a railroad center in the 19th century, Florence is today a small, but growing center of production of pharmaceuticals, and other light industry. It is known as a center of medical and dental care. The Pee Dee Region also produces paper, steel, and recreational vehicles.
- 1 Regional definition
- 2 Politics
- 3 Cities
- 4 Higher education
- 5 Media
- 6 Major highways
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
There is no agreed definition on which of South Carolina's counties are included in the region. The region takes its name from the Pee Dee River. The counties in the Pee Dee region are located, either entirely or partially, within the river's watershed.
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The Pee Dee region has remained relatively constant during the first decade of the 21st century in terms of its voting history. The region's voters have been close during the previous four presidential elections, but lean toward the Republican Party. The tilt of the region is primarily due to the numerous Republicans resident in Horry County along the Atlantic coast.
At the congressional level, the region, including the rarely included counties, is located within three congressional districts. The Pee Dee region is mostly contained in South Carolina's 7th congressional district.
Williamsburg, Clarendon, parts of Sumter, and parts of Florence counties are located in the majority-minority 6th district. Lee and the remaining parts of Sumter counties are located in 5th district. The 5th and 6th districts are represented by Republican Mick Mulvaney and Democrat Jim Clyburn, respectively.
The 7th district was established following the 2010 census. In the 2012 elections, incumbents Mulvaney and Clyburn won re-election. Republican Tom Rice defeated Democrat Gloria Tinubu, both of Horry County, 54.9% to 45.1%, to represent South Carolina's new House seat.
|2012||47% 139,723||53% 159,629|
|2008||47% 138,565||53% 153,380|
|2004||46% 106,776||54% 124,487|
|2000||47% 96,150||53% 107,954|
(population figures is from 2010 census estimates)
Cities with a population of at least 5,000
- Bennettsville: 9,425
- Cheraw: 9,069
- Conway: 15,584
- Darlington: 6,720
- Dillon: 6,316
- Georgetown: 8,950
- Hartsville: 7,556
- Lake City: 6,478
- Marion: 7,042
- North Myrtle Beach: 15,516
2-year or specialized colleges
- Florence-Darlington Technical College-Florence
- Horry-Georgetown Technical College- Conway
- Northeastern Technical College- Cheraw
- Williamsburg Technical College- Kingstree
- Webster University- Myrtle Beach
The area is served by four commercial broadcast television stations, WBTW CBS 13, WPDE ABC 15, WMBF NBC 32 and WFXB Fox 43, the first two with twin studios at Florence and Myrtle Beach, as well as an educational television station substation, WHMC-TV, in Conway, South Carolina.
- Interstate 20
- Interstate 95
- US Highway 1
- US Highway 15
- US Highway 52
- US Highway 76
- US Highway 301
- US Highway 378
- US Highway 401
- US Highway 501
- US Highway 701
- SC Highway 9
- SC Highway 38
- SC Highway 41 & SC Highway 41 ALT
- SC Highway 51
- SC Highway 145
- SC Highway 151
- SC Highway 177