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RELOCATION GUIDE

Welcome to Florence

Population

The Civilian Population (excluding military personnel) within a 30 mile radius of Florence is approximately 269,103.  This is an increase of 8% since 1990.  The total civilian labor force within a 30 mile radius of Florence is 113,863.

Neighborhoods and Housing

Florence has a variety of housing opportunities for everyone, reflecting a blend of traditional gracious Southern living and contemporary lifestyles. During the newcomers' transition, or simply a visit to Florence, a number of hotels and extended-stay suites provide comfortable accommodations with an attitude of traditional Southern hospitality. 

Many appreciate the gracious lifestyle and affordable housing options found in Florence, SC. Those new to the area find that they have a variety of options, made available through low property taxes, affordable housing, a moderate cost of living and diverse neighborhoods. Whether by choosing to live by a golf course green or on a quiet lake, complete with a dock in the backyard, Florence residents thoroughly enjoy the casual lifestyle of the area.

Driving down oak-covered Cherokee Road gives one a glimpse into the Southern past, while in the center of town residents revel in older, Spanish moss-draped neighborhoods. Eighteen buildings in Florence are on the National Register of Historic Places, and many of the beautiful, old homes date back to Florence's beginnings.

Florence's population continues to grow and  area builders have kept pace by constructing new houses, expanding established neighborhoods and opening attractive new residential subdivisions, many in quiet areas outside the city limits. Today, homebuilders adhere to smart growth policies, all the jurisdictions in Florence employ a consolidated zoning ordinance and comprehensive plan. The plan provides citizens uniform zoning in certain areas, guiding the way to the future by promoting healthy growth while respecting our natural and historical heritage via the seven elements of the comprehensive plan.

Furnished and unfurnished apartment communities flourish throughout town. Area residents can choose from an abundance of condominiums, duplexes, town houses, patio homes and retirement communities.

The Rotary Club's Beauty Trail highlights areas known for flower-filled yards. Florence neighborhoods also boast amenities such as brush and yard waste removal, mosquito control and recycling programs in addition to the normal sanitation programs.

In 1998, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) designated the City of Florence as the first  project Impact community of South Carolina. Project Impact communities commit to building a disaster resistant community through the partnership of public and private entities. Several committees were formed to determine and address potential risks that could be hazardous in the event of a disaster in Florence. Those committees have developed programs, distributed information and sponsored events citywide to reduce Florence's susceptibility to natural and man-made disasters.

Not only are the neighborhoods in Florence charming, diverse and affordable, but they are safe. With living conditions like that, it's easy to see why so many people fall in love with Florence! See page 48 in the newcomers guide.

Geography and Climate

Florence County is in the northeast section of South Carolina, approximately 60 miles from the Atlantic Ocean.  The climate of Florence is relatively temperate with a warm season that starts in May and extends well into September.  Average rainfall in the summer totals about 36% of the annual total, which makes summer the heaviest of any season.  Winter temperatures are usually mild, but can range as low as 20 degrees.  Snow flurries can also occur, but it is unusual to have any measurable amount of snowfall. Florence has an average growing season of 241 days, which lasts from approximately March 17th to November 13th.

Automobile Information

Newcomers have 90 days after establishing residency to apply for  a driver's license.  License's cost $12.50 and are good for five years.  License plate tags must be purchased within 45 days of establishing residency. The Department of Motor Vehicles is located at 3102 E. Palmetto St. Hours for the Florence office are 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. Monday-Friday and on Saturdays from 8:30 am - 1:00 pm.

If you would like information about Florence mailed to you please contact us.

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Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce

RELOCATION GUIDE

Population

The Civilian Population (excluding military personnel) within a 30 mile radius of Florence is approximately 269,103.  This is an increase of 8% since 1990.  The total civilian labor force within a 30 mile radius of Florence is 113,863.

Neighborhoods and Housing

Florence has a variety of housing opportunities for everyone, reflecting a blend of traditional gracious Southern living and contemporary lifestyles. During the newcomers' transition, or simply a visit to Florence, a number of hotels and extended-stay suites provide comfortable accommodations with an attitude of traditional Southern hospitality. 

Many appreciate the gracious lifestyle and affordable housing options found in Florence, SC. Those new to the area find that they have a variety of options, made available through low property taxes, affordable housing, a moderate cost of living and diverse neighborhoods. Whether by choosing to live by a golf course green or on a quiet lake, complete with a dock in the backyard, Florence residents thoroughly enjoy the casual lifestyle of the area.

Driving down oak-covered Cherokee Road gives one a glimpse into the Southern past, while in the center of town residents revel in older, Spanish moss-draped neighborhoods. Eighteen buildings in Florence are on the National Register of Historic Places, and many of the beautiful, old homes date back to Florence's beginnings.

Florence's population continues to grow and  area builders have kept pace by constructing new houses, expanding established neighborhoods and opening attractive new residential subdivisions, many in quiet areas outside the city limits. Today, homebuilders adhere to smart growth policies, all the jurisdictions in Florence employ a consolidated zoning ordinance and comprehensive plan. The plan provides citizens uniform zoning in certain areas, guiding the way to the future by promoting healthy growth while respecting our natural and historical heritage via the seven elements of the comprehensive plan.

Furnished and unfurnished apartment communities flourish throughout town. Area residents can choose from an abundance of condominiums, duplexes, town houses, patio homes and retirement communities.

The Rotary Club's Beauty Trail highlights areas known for flower-filled yards. Florence neighborhoods also boast amenities such as brush and yard waste removal, mosquito control and recycling programs in addition to the normal sanitation programs.

In 1998, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) designated the City of Florence as the first  project Impact community of South Carolina. Project Impact communities commit to building a disaster resistant community through the partnership of public and private entities. Several committees were formed to determine and address potential risks that could be hazardous in the event of a disaster in Florence. Those committees have developed programs, distributed information and sponsored events citywide to reduce Florence's susceptibility to natural and man-made disasters.

Not only are the neighborhoods in Florence charming, diverse and affordable, but they are safe. With living conditions like that, it's easy to see why so many people fall in love with Florence! See page 48 in the newcomers guide.

Geography and Climate

Florence County is in the northeast section of South Carolina, approximately 60 miles from the Atlantic Ocean.  The climate of Florence is relatively temperate with a warm season that starts in May and extends well into September.  Average rainfall in the summer totals about 36% of the annual total, which makes summer the heaviest of any season.  Winter temperatures are usually mild, but can range as low as 20 degrees.  Snow flurries can also occur, but it is unusual to have any measurable amount of snowfall. Florence has an average growing season of 241 days, which lasts from approximately March 17th to November 13th.

Automobile Information

Newcomers have 90 days after establishing residency to apply for  a driver's license.  License's cost $12.50 and are good for five years.  License plate tags must be purchased within 45 days of establishing residency. The Department of Motor Vehicles is located at 3102 E. Palmetto St. Hours for the Florence office are 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. Monday-Friday and on Saturdays from 8:30 am - 1:00 pm.

If you would like information about Florence mailed to you please contact us.



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