BERKELEY COUNTY
Date Formed:  1682
Land Area (square miles): 1,098
County Seat: Moncks Corner
Other Cities and Towns: Bonneau, Charleston, Goose Creek, Hanahan, North Charleston, Jamestown,
St. Stephen, Summerville
Form of Government: Council-Supervisor
Council Members: 9
Method of Election: Single Member
Term Length: 4 years
Council of Government:  Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester
County History
Berkeley County was named for two of the Lords Proprietors of Carolina, Lord John Berkeley (d. 1678) and Sir William Berkeley (d. 1677). The county was originally named in 1682, and at one time it included the parishes of St. John Berkeley, St. James Goose Creek, St. James Santee, St. Stephen, St. Thomas, and St. Denis. In 1769 this area became part of Charleston District, and it did not become a separate county again until 1882. The county seat was Mount Pleasant from 1882 until 1895, when it was moved to Moncks Corner. This area was settled in the late seventeenth century by English and French Huguenot planters and their African slaves. Many of the old rice plantations are now covered by the waters of Lake Moultrie, which was built in the 1940s as part of the Santee-Cooper hydroelectric project. Two famous Revolutionary War generals were residents of the area: William Moultrie (1730-1805) and Francis Marion (1732-1795), known as the Swamp Fox. Henry Laurens (1724-1792), president of the Continental Congress, resided at Mepkin Plantation, which many years later was purchased by publisher Henry Luce (1898-1967). 
Population Trends Value Rank Value Rank
Census Population 1990 128,776 9 Numeric Change Census 1990-2010 49,067 10
Census Population 2000 142,651 9 Percent Change Census 1990-2010 38.1% 11
Census Population 2010 177,843 9 Numeric Change Pop. Est. 2010-2015 24,943 5
Population Estimate 2014 198,209 8 Percent Change Pop. Est. 2014-2015 12.6% 2
Population Estimate 2015 202,786 8 Avg. Annual Growth Rate 2010 - 2015 2.8% 2
Persons Per Square Mile 162.0 13
Economic Data Value Rank Value Rank
Jobs 2014 77,715 12 Personal Income 2014, in thousands $6,899,507 9
Jobs 2013 76,550 12 Avg. Annual Growth Rate, 1969 - 2014 8.9% 3
Jobs 2012 42,067 13 Per Capita Personal Income 2014 $34,810 16
Jobs 2000 36,308 15 % of U.S. Per Cap Personal Income 2014 75.6% 16
Jobs 1990 27,656 16 Average Wage Per Job 2015 $47,236 3
Avg. Ann. Growth Rate Jobs 1990-2010 2.6% 4 % of U.S. Avg. Wage Per Job 2015 89.2% 3
Percent Change Jobs 2012-2014 1.6% 21 Unemployment Rate 2015 5.5% 36
Numeric Change Jobs 2013-2014 1,165 12
Tax Data Value Value
Assessed Property 2013 $820,813,182 Per Capita Assessed Property 2013 $4,615
County Base Millage Rate 2015 0.0505 Additional Sales Tax, if applicable:
Value of One Mil 2015 $733,000 Local Option 1.0%
Net Taxable Sales FY14 $1,735,303,635 Capital Projects  
State Admissions Tax FY14 $590,667 School District  
State Accommodations Tax Collected FY14 $542,144 Transportation  
Edu. Capital Improvement  
County Finance & Employment Data Value Value
Total Revenues FY14 $122,002,831 Per Capita Revenues FY14 $686
Total Expenditures FY14 $136,984,345 Per Capita Expenditures FY14 $770
General Fund Budget FY16 $68,402,850 Per Capita Gen. Fund Budget FY16 $385
Total Debt Outstanding FY15 $35,919,000 Per Capita Debt Outstanding FY15 $202
Payroll FY16 $48,416,900 Credit Rating(s) FY13, if applicable:
Full-Time Employees FY16 813 Moody's Aa2
Part-Time Employees FY16 44 Standard & Poor's AA
Full-Time Emp/1,000 Cnty Residents 4.57 Fitch