ANDERSON COUNTY
Date Formed:  1826
Land Area (square miles): 718
County Seat: Anderson
Other Cities and Towns: Belton, Clemson, Honea Path, Iva, Pelzer, West Pelzer, Pendleton, Starr, Williamston
Form of Government: Council-Administrator
Council Members: 7
Method of Election: Single Member
Term Length: 2 years
Council of Government:  Appalachian
County History
Anderson County and its county seat were named for Revolutionary War General Robert Anderson (1741-1812). This region was occupied by the Cherokee Indians until 1777, when it was ceded by treaty to the state. Part of the "Indian Land" became Pendleton District (also called Washington District at one time). The area was given its present name in 1826, when Pendleton District was split into Anderson and Pickens. Most of the early settlers of this area were Scotch-Irish farmers who moved south from Pennsylvania and Virginia in the eighteenth century. The oldest town in the county is Pendleton, which was founded around 1790; it became a popular summer resort for lowcountry planters in the nineteenth century. Some famous residents of Anderson County were U.S. Senator and South Carolina Governor Olin D. Johnston (1896-1965), business leader Charles E. Daniel (1895-1964), and composer Lily Strickland (1884-1958).
Population Trends Value Rank Value Rank
Census Population 1990 145,196 6 Numeric Change Census 1990-2010 41,930 11
Census Population 2000 165,740 7 Percent Change Census 1990-2010 28.9% 16
Census Population 2010 187,126 8 Numeric Change Pop. Est. 2010-2015 7,566 12
Population Estimate 2014 192,836 9 Percent Change Pop. Est. 2014-2015 3.9% 13
Population Estimate 2015 194,692 9 Avg. Annual Growth Rate 2010 - 2015 0.8% 13
Persons Per Square Mile 260.6 8
Economic Data Value Rank Value Rank
Jobs 2014 87,972 9 Personal Income 2014, in thousands $6,599,455 10
Jobs 2013 87,246 9 Avg. Annual Growth Rate, 1969 - 2014 7.0% 14
Jobs 2012 59,819 11 Per Capita Personal Income 2014 $34,228 17
Jobs 2000 69,913 8 % of U.S. Per Cap Personal Income 2014 74.3% 17
Jobs 1990 58,653 9 Average Wage Per Job 2015 $37,145 24
Avg. Ann. Growth Rate Jobs 1990-2010 0.1% 19 % of U.S. Avg. Wage Per Job 2015 70.2% 24
Percent Change Jobs 2012-2014 0.9% 31 Unemployment Rate 2015 5.4% 38
Numeric Change Jobs 2013-2014 726 19
Tax Data Value Value
Assessed Property 2013 $707,116,458 Per Capita Assessed Property 2013 $3,779
County Base Millage Rate 2015 0.0853 Additional Sales Tax, if applicable:
Value of One Mil 2015 $687,445 Local Option  
Net Taxable Sales FY14 $1,601,977,964 Capital Projects  
State Admissions Tax FY14 $452,578 School District  
State Accommodations Tax Collected FY14 $519,555 Transportation  
Edu. Capital Improvement 1.0%
County Finance & Employment Data Value Value
Total Revenues FY14 $95,214,806 Per Capita Revenues FY14 $509
Total Expenditures FY14 $117,265,682 Per Capita Expenditures FY14 $627
General Fund Budget FY16 $67,210,045 Per Capita Gen. Fund Budget FY16 $359
Total Debt Outstanding FY15 $50,214,502 Per Capita Debt Outstanding FY15 $268
Payroll FY16 $30,564,800 Credit Rating(s) FY13, if applicable:
Full-Time Employees FY16 871 Moody's Aa2
Part-Time Employees FY16 211 Standard & Poor's  
Full-Time Emp/1,000 Cnty Residents 4.65 Fitch