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Florence is a city brimming with history, character, and Southern charm. Chartered in 1871 and incorporated December 24, 1890, the original township formed as a railroad terminal. The town was named after Florence Henning Harllee, the daughter of William Wallace Harllee, the first president of the Wilmington & Manchester Railroad.

Today, Florence is a community with a population of approximately 70,000 residents and is the seventh largest city in the state. Florence has emerged into a center for industry, medicine, retail, education, and culture. The Florence area provides exceptional public and private educational choices for pre-school through college. Three institutions of higher education, Florence-Darlington Technical College, Francis Marion University, and Coker College, have brought national recognition to the region. The Governor's School for Science and Mathematics, which selects students from throughout the state for residential high school programs, also calls this area home.

Florence is a community that plays as hard as it works, a quality that is reflected in the abundance and variety of leisure activities. It's accessible location at the intersection of two major interstates paired with its mild climate makes Florence a regional center for sports, shopping, and the arts. Diverse cultural and recreational opportunities enrich the communication and stimulate the economy. The Florence area offers something for everyone.

For your convenience, we have included a list of local resource links below.

Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce Greater Darlington Chamber of Commerce Dillon County Chamber of Commerce
Florence County Economic Development Apartment Finder Real Estate Weekly
Downtown Revitalization Project City of Florence Business Images