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The Pee Dee is a region of South Carolina located in the northeastern corner of the state. It lies along the lower watershed of the Pee Dee River, which was named after the Pee Dee Native Tribe, a state-recognized tribe of approximately 200 members.

Regional extent

There is no agreed definition on 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%
2012 (est.) 881,395 1.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

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Usually included

Rarely included


Primary cities

(population figures is from 2010 census estimates)

Cities with a population of at least 5,000


See also: Economy of South Carolina#Tobacco

The region's largest city is Florence. It encompasses the Grand Strand, which includes the beaches running from the North Carolina state border to the Winyah Bay in Georgetown County in South Carolina. On the coast, the economy is dominated by tourism, and features 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, mild weather, and its many golf courses. Inland is a belt featuring rivers, marshes, carolina bays, and sandy rises where forestry is predominant. There are pine plantations and baldcypress timbering. Further inland, on higher ground, but still of only slight relief, is an agricultural belt of cultivation of tobacco, cotton, soybeans and produce.

Higher education

4-year colleges

  • Coastal Carolina University- Conway
  • Coker University- Hartsville
  • Francis Marion University- Florence

2-year or specialized colleges

  • Florence-Darlington Technical College-Florence
  • Horry-Georgetown Technical College- Conway
  • Northeastern Technical College- Cheraw
  • Williamsburg Technical College- Kingstree
  • Webster University- Myrtle Beach
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