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Welcome to Florence ...

The city of Florence is located in Florence County<1> and is the County Seat for Florence County.

While we don't have a date for the founding of Florence, you might consider that their post office opened  in 1853.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Florence has a population of 38,505 people<2> (see below for details).

Florence is 100 feet [30 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Florence lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

The telephone area code for Florence: (843)

The ZIP codes for Florence: 29501-29506<4>

Websites for Florence ...

Official Website:

Chamber of Commerce:

Junior League:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Florence had an population of 38,505 people. This is an increase of 3.91% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 27.3% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Florence had a population of 37,056 people (or 27.07% of the total population of Florence County). This makes Florence the county's most populous community.

The population of Florence represents 0.8% of the total population of South Carolina (which has 4,625,364 people), making it the state's 10th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 37,056 people, the population of Florence increased 22.51% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 30,248 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Florence.

Communities Also Named Florence ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 63 communities that are also named Florence - they are located in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida (3), Georgia (2), Idaho, Illinois (2), Indiana, Iowa, Kansas (3), Kentucky (2), Louisiana (2), Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan (2), Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri (2), Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey (2), New Mexico, New York, North Carolina (2), Nova Scotia, Ohio (4), Oklahoma, Ontario (3), Oregon, Pennsylvania (2), South Dakota (3), Tennessee (2), Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia (2) and Wisconsin.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Florence.

Communities near Florence ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Florence.

  • Darlington
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the northwest)
  • Timmonsville
    (10 miles [16.1 km] to the southwest)
  • Pamplico
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the southeast)
  • Lamar
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the west)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lamar
    • Lamar is located in Darlington County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 930 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lamar <5>
  • Scranton
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the south)
  • Coward
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the south)
  • Lynchburg
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the southwest)
  • Sellers
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the east)
  • Ebenezer
    (4 miles [6.4 km] to the west)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ebenezer
    • Ebenezer is located in Florence County
  • Park City
    (4 miles [6.4 km] to the south)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Park City have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Park City
    • Park City is located in Florence County

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Florence. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Florence.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Florence. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Florence.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Florence. Our list includes 23 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Florence.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Florence ...

Looking for more information about Florence? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Florence, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Florence.

Adding Florence to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Florence in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Florence was in the document titled List of Post Offices from Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<7>

From that list, the Florence post office opened in 1853.

We also found Florence in the book titled Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Florence.

The official website for Florence:

The official website for Florence County:

The official website for State of South Carolina:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of South Carolina's counties, including Florence, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Florence.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Florence - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Florence). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Florence or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Florence includes: 29501, 29502, 29503, 29504, 29505 & 29506.
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<6>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<7>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:


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