ABBEVILLE COUNTY
Date Formed:  1785
Land Area (square miles): 508
County Seat: Abbeville
Other Cities and Towns: Calhoun Falls, Donalds, Due West, Honea Path, Lowndesville, Ware Shoals
Form of Government: Council
Council Members: 7
Method of Election: Single Member
Term Length: 4 years
Council of Government:  Upper Savannah
County History
Both the county and its county seat were named for the French town of the same name. Originally part of Ninety-Six District, the area was designated as Abbeville County in 1785. Parts of Abbeville later went to form Greenwood (1897) and McCormick (1916) counties. The county was settled primarily by Scotch-Irish and French Huguenot farmers in the mid-eighteenth century. A historic treaty with the Cherokee Indians was signed at Dewitt's Corner (now Due West) in 1777. Abbeville was known as a hotbed of secession, and at the end of the Civil War the last Confederate council of war was held there. Abbeville's most famous native son was John C. Calhoun (1782-1850), U.S. Vice President, Secretary of War, Secretary of State, and Senator.
Population Trends Value Rank Value Rank
Census Population 1990 23,862 35 Numeric Change Census 1990-2010 1,555 37
Census Population 2000 26,167 35 Percent Change Census 1990-2010 6.5% 37
Census Population 2010 25,417 36 Numeric Change Pop. Est. 2010-2015 -485 28
Population Estimate 2014 24,926 37 Percent Change Pop. Est. 2014-2015 -1.9% 29
Population Estimate 2015 24,932 37 Avg. Annual Growth Rate 2010 - 2015 -0.4% 29
Persons Per Square Mile 50.0 34
Economic Data Value Rank Value Rank
Jobs 2014 10,011 35 Personal Income 2014, in thousands $738,203 35
Jobs 2013 9,999 35 Avg. Annual Growth Rate, 1969 - 2014 6.0% 37
Jobs 2012 6,249 38 Per Capita Personal Income 2014 $29,570 31
Jobs 2000 9,394 34 % of U.S. Per Cap Personal Income 2014 64.2% 31
Jobs 1990 7,607 37 Average Wage Per Job 2015 $33,939 36
Avg. Ann. Growth Rate Jobs 1990-2010 -0.9% 38 % of U.S. Avg. Wage Per Job 2015 64.1% 36
Percent Change Jobs 2012-2014 0.1% 38 Unemployment Rate 2015 6.9% 22
Numeric Change Jobs 2013-2014 12 38
Tax Data Value Value
Assessed Property 2013 $59,707,873 Per Capita Assessed Property 2013 $2,349
County Base Millage Rate 2015 0.1263 Additional Sales Tax, if applicable:
Value of One Mil 2015 $58,300 Local Option 1.0%
Net Taxable Sales FY14 $74,333,320 Capital Projects  
State Admissions Tax FY14 *** School District  
State Accommodations Tax Collected FY14 *** Transportation  
Edu. Capital Improvement  
County Finance & Employment Data Value Value
Total Revenues FY14 $12,547,372 Per Capita Revenues FY14 $494
Total Expenditures FY14 $13,292,368 Per Capita Expenditures FY14 $523
General Fund Budget FY16 $9,781,445 Per Capita Gen. Fund Budget FY16 $385
Total Debt Outstanding FY15 $5,515,635 Per Capita Debt Outstanding FY15 $217
Payroll FY16 *** Credit Rating(s) FY13, if applicable:
Full-Time Employees FY16 150 Moody's  
Part-Time Employees FY16 76 Standard & Poor's  
Full-Time Emp/1,000 Cnty Residents 5.90 Fitch