BAMBERG COUNTY
Date Formed:  1897
Land Area (square miles): 393
County Seat: Bamberg
Other Cities and Towns: Denmark, Ehrhardt, Govan, Olar
Form of Government: Council-Administrator
Council Members: 7
Method of Election: Single Member
Term Length: 4 years
Council of Government:  Lower Savannah
County History
Bamberg County and its county seat were named for local resident William Seaborn Bamberg (1820-1858) and other members of the Bamberg family. The area was a part of Barnwell County until 1897 when the new county was established. Although the area has been primarily agricultural, several towns developed along the route of the South Carolina Railroad in the mid-nineteenth century. In February of 1865, Confederate soldiers fought an unsuccessful skirmish against General Sherman's troops at Rivers Bridge, now the site of a state park. The plantation of author William Gilmore Simms (1806-1870) was in what is now Bamberg County, and artist Jim Harrison is also a native of the county.
Population Trends Value Rank Value Rank
Census Population 1990 16,902 41 Numeric Change Census 1990-2010 -915 43
Census Population 2000 16,658 43 Percent Change Census 1990-2010 -5.4% 44
Census Population 2010 15,987 43 Numeric Change Pop. Est. 2010-2015 -1,107 36
Population Estimate 2014 15,191 43 Percent Change Pop. Est. 2014-2015 -7.3% 45
Population Estimate 2015 14,880 43 Avg. Annual Growth Rate 2010 - 2015 -1.4% 45
Persons Per Square Mile 40.7 38
Economic Data Value Rank Value Rank
Jobs 2014 6,334 42 Personal Income 2014, in thousands $450,921 44
Jobs 2013 6,305 42 Avg. Annual Growth Rate, 1969 - 2014 5.9% 42
Jobs 2012 5,065 41 Per Capita Personal Income 2014 $29,701 29
Jobs 2000 5,622 40 % of U.S. Per Cap Personal Income 2014 64.5% 29
Jobs 1990 4,992 41 Average Wage Per Job 2015 $31,705 39
Avg. Ann. Growth Rate Jobs 1990-2010 0.1% 20 % of U.S. Avg. Wage Per Job 2015 59.9% 39
Percent Change Jobs 2012-2014 0.5% 34 Unemployment Rate 2015 10.5% 3
Numeric Change Jobs 2013-2014 29 37
Tax Data Value Value
Assessed Property 2013 $33,012,440 Per Capita Assessed Property 2013 $2,065
County Base Millage Rate 2015 0.1567 Additional Sales Tax, if applicable:
Value of One Mil 2015 $28,833 Local Option 1.0%
Net Taxable Sales FY14 $63,092,136 Capital Projects 1.0%
State Admissions Tax FY14 *** School District  
State Accommodations Tax Collected FY14 *** Transportation  
Edu. Capital Improvement  
County Finance & Employment Data Value Value
Total Revenues FY14 $6,414,375 Per Capita Revenues FY14 $401
Total Expenditures FY14 $5,999,079 Per Capita Expenditures FY14 $375
General Fund Budget FY16 $6,505,149 Per Capita Gen. Fund Budget FY16 $407
Total Debt Outstanding FY15 $962,895 Per Capita Debt Outstanding FY15 $60
Payroll FY16 $2,964,573 Credit Rating(s) FY13, if applicable:
Full-Time Employees FY16 92 Moody's  
Part-Time Employees FY16 30 Standard & Poor's AA
Full-Time Emp/1,000 Cnty Residents 5.75 Fitch