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Florence is a county located in the state of South Carolina. Based on the 2010 census, its population was 136,885. Florence County was
formed from a section of the Darlington County and old Marion District in 1888. Florence County was named for the daughter of General W. W.
Harllee. Its county seat is Florence.
Florence County is included in the Florence, SC Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Florence is named for Florence Harllee, a daughter of W. W. Harllee, a president of the Wilmington and Manchester Railroad.
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
Florence County took its name from its county seat, the City of Florence. The county was formed in 1888 from parts of Marion, Darlington, Williamsburg, and Clarendon counties. The City of Florence was founded in the 1850s as a stop on the Wilmington and Manchester Railroad; it was named for Florence Harllee, daughter of William Wallace Harllee (1812-1897), the president of the railroad. Florence soon became an important transportation center for the Pee Dee region. During the Civil War it was the site of a Confederate prison camp. In later years tobacco growing became a major activity in the county. Some famous Florence County natives are artist William H. Johnson (1901-1970), astronaut Ronald E. McNair (1950-1986), and stock car racer Cale Yarborough.
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 904 square miles (2,082 km2), of
which, 800 square miles (2,072 km2) of it is land and 4 square miles (10 km2) of it (0.49%) is water.
Bordering counties are as follows: