But when you compare that number to the state's population in 2000 — 4,012,012 — it takes on new meaning. And that meaning is this — South Carolina is growing. In fact, it's the 10th fastest growing state in the union, a trend that we can at least partially attribute to the Palmetto State's fascination with abstinence-only sex ed. While the proper use of condoms can bring down the number of teen pregnancies, there's little prophylactics can do to stop the flood of transplants from the Buckeye State. Those guys are like Genghis Khan and the Golden Horde. They're unstoppable. Their numbers are just too many.
Which brings us to the subject of this year's year-end double issue — numbers, particularly those that shed a little light on life in the Lowcountry.
The number of shark attacks in 2008? We know. The number of Bloody Marys served at Vickery's during brunch? You'll find out. The number of words in this rambling intro? We're too lazy to count. Enjoy.