Florence is located in the northeastern part of the state of South Carolina and a city and seat of Florence County. The area was established as a rail junction and transfer point in 1850 for the Wilmington and Manchester, the Northwestern and the Cheraw and Darlington railroads. The area was called Wilds after a judge in the town but was later renamed after the daughter of the head of the Wilmington and Manchester line - William Wallace. Over the years, the city was developed as a center for retail and wholesale and balanced the industry between railroads and agriculture. The city’s primary agricultural crops were tobacco and cotton. Florence lies at the intersections of Interstate 20, which is at the eastern terminus, and the Interstate 95. It was established as a railroad hub, later becoming the junction of three critical railroad systems, specifically the Northeastern, the Wilmington and Manchester, and the Cheraw and Darlington. Approximately 37,800 people call Florence their home, and around 58% of them own their residence. Most residents have liberal outlooks in life. The city experiences a humid, subtropical climate. Summers are hot and humid, while spring, fall, and winter are mild. Below-freezing winter nights happen occasionally. Vacationers will never run out of things to do in Florence. The city offers a beautiful selection of sumptuous local cuisine, exciting outdoor recreational activities, fantastic entertainment, and excellent shopping centers.
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