Pee Dee

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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. Its center is Florence. It also encompasses the Grand Strand, which includes the beaches running from the North Carolina state line to the Winyah Bay in Georgetown County in South Carolina.

On the coast, the area is predominantly involved in tourism and resorts with 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 and its many golf courses. Inland is a belt featuring rivers, marshes, carolina bays and sandy rises where forestry is predominant, with pine plantations and baldcypress timbering.

Further inland, on higher ground, but still of only slight relief, is an agricultural belt of tobacco, cotton, soybeans and produce.

Florence, originally founded as a railroad center is a small, but growing center of production of pharmaceuticals, and other light industry. It is also known as a center of medical and dental care. The Pee Dee Region also produces paper, steel, and recreational vehicles.

Regional extent

The Pee Dee region has no set definition as to which of South Carolina's counties are included in the region. The region takes its name from the Pee Dee River and the counties in the Pee Dee region are located, either entirely or partially, within the river's watershed.

Historical population
Census Pop.
1950 510,179
1960 532,450 4.4%
1970 524,091 −1.6%
1980 624,669 19.2%
1990 683,840 9.5%
2000 777,839 13.7%
2010 871,876 12.1%
Est. 2012 881,395 1.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

Always included

Usually included

Rarely included


The Pee Dee region has remained relatively constant during the first decade of the 21st century in terms of its voting history. The region has been close during the previous four presidential elections, but leans towards the Republican Party. The tilt of the region is primarily due to the presence of the populous Republican bastion of Horry County along the Atlantic.[1] 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 with Williamsburg, Clarendon, parts of Sumter, and parts of Florence counties located in the majority-minority 6th district and Lee and the remaining parts of Sumter counties located in the 5th district.[2] 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 while Republican Tom Rice defeated Gloria Tinubu, both of Horry County, 54.9% to 45.1% to represent South Carolina's new House seat.[3]

Presidential Election Results 2000-2012[4]
Year Democrat Republican
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


Primary cities

(population figures is from 2010 census estimates)

Cities with a population of at least 5,000

Higher education

4-year colleges

2-year or specialized colleges


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.

Daily newspapers include The Sun News of Myrtle Beach and The Morning News of Florence. The Georgetown Times is published five times per week.

Major highways

See also


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