Nestled in the heart of the state, the city of Sumter is the seat of Sumter County, South Carolina, located in the midland region of the state approximately 45 miles east of Columbia, the state capital. Incorporated in 1845, the city is named for General Thomas Sumter, the “Fighting Gamecock” of the American Revolutionary War. Once a sleepy, primarily agricultural community, Sumter took a leap into the future with the opening of Shaw Air Force Base (home of the 20th Fighter Wing) in 1941. The economic boost provided by the base enabled the area to grow and diversify, with the result that today’s citizens are hard at work in our expanding manufacturing and biotech industries, a thriving retail environment and one of the largest health care systems in the state. A city of culture and leisure, Sumter boasts more than 100 clubs and community organizations devoted to a wide range of interests, from the arts to historic and environmental preservation, sports and more.

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