Florence is the governmental seat of the county by the same name and is the center of South Carolina's Pee Dee Region. It's a great place to rent because of its mild climate, abundance of corporate headquarters and thriving medical and pharmaceutical facilities. It was dubbed by the National Civil League as an All-American City. Retirees flock to the area because of the plentiful fishing, golf courses and historic scenic beauty. Young families enjoy the excellent education system, close proximity to numerous beaches, and ample recreational adventures.
Founded in 1871, the city became a major railroad hub because it was here that the Northeastern and the William and Manchester tracks intersected. General William W. Harllee, William and Manchester's initial president, christened the city with the name of his beloved daughter. The Pee Dee River played a major part in the city's early industry as a conduit for shipments of timber.
Today, it has a population of 37,000. The population is diverse, and whether you're looking for a neighborhood that caters to singles, couples or families, you will find a place to rent that fits your needs. The city has a stimulating arts community, with events all year at the Florence Civic Center. The civic center features everything from musical plays to concerts by the latest artists topping the charts.
History buffs who rent an apartment in the neighborhood will relish viewing the comprehensive collection of artifacts and photos in the War Between the States Museum. The museum offers relics, papers and pictures recovered from the families of soldiers who fought on both sides of the Civil War.
Speed lovers will enjoy having an apartment in a neighborhood close to local stock car racing at the Florence Motor Speedway. The city is also only a short 12-minute drive from live NASCAR racing at the famed Darlington Raceway.
For sun, ocean and water sports enthusiasts, it doesn't get much better than living only an hour's drive from the world-famous Myrtle Beach. The Grand Strand is filled with public and private beaches, all-inclusive resorts and amusement parks that will thrill children and adults alike.
The city has major highways that will make your commute as well as vacation trips a breeze. Interstate 95 runs through Florence at what is referred to as the midpoint between New York and Miami. Interstate 20 gives you a straight drive to Atlanta, Columbia or Dallas. Local highways include US-52, US-76 and US-301.
There is an efficient and user-friend public transportation system. The Pee Dee Regional Transportation Authority not only runs routes throughout the city but also provides regular service to Columbia, Myrtle Beach and Sumter. There is an Amtrak Station, Greyhound Station and the Florence Regional Airport to accommodate your needs when planning longer getaways as well.
If you're looking to further your education, renting an apartment in the area will put you near many higher learning institutions. Francis Marion University, Coastal Carolina University and Florence-Darlington Technical College are just a few of the nearby colleges and universities to explore.
Leasing an apartment here will provide you with a wealth of employment opportunities. Some of the major workforce industries are health care, financial and research. The top employers in the area are the McLeod Regional Medical Center, the Carolinas Hospital System, JP Morgan Chase and Bank of America. Other major employers are the Florence Public Education system and the Hoffman-La Roche Pharmaceutical Research and Development Center.