CALHOUN COUNTY
Date Formed:  1908
Land Area (square miles): 380
County Seat: St. Matthews
Other Cities and Towns: Cameron
Form of Government: Council
Council Members: 5
Method of Election: Single Member
Term Length: 4 years
Council of Government:  Lower Savannah
County History
Calhoun County was named for John C. Calhoun (1782-1850), who served as U.S. Vice President, Secretary of War, Secretary of State, and Senator. The county seat, the town of St. Matthews, was settled around 1841 in an area that was known for its cotton plantations. The county itself was formed in 1908 from parts of Orangeburg and Lexington counties. During the Revolutionary War a famous incident took place at Fort Motte in present day Calhoun County. Rebecca Motte (1738-1815), a local plantation owner, helped the Revolutionary troops drive the British out of her plantation house; she reportedly provided the soldiers with a burning arrow to destroy her own dwelling. Another famous resident of the area was Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Julia Peterkin (1880-1961), who lived at Lang Syne Plantation. 
Population Trends Value Rank Value Rank
Census Population 1990 12,753 44 Numeric Change Census 1990-2010 2,422 34
Census Population 2000 15,185 44 Percent Change Census 1990-2010 19.0% 24
Census Population 2010 15,175 44 Numeric Change Pop. Est. 2010-2015 -394 26
Population Estimate 2014 14,868 44 Percent Change Pop. Est. 2014-2015 -2.6% 31
Population Estimate 2015 14,781 44 Avg. Annual Growth Rate 2010 - 2015 -0.5% 31
Persons Per Square Mile 39.9 39
Economic Data Value Rank Value Rank
Jobs 2014 8,502 38 Personal Income 2014, in thousands $530,278 42
Jobs 2013 8,351 38 Avg. Annual Growth Rate, 1969 - 2014 6.9% 18
Jobs 2012 4,289 43 Per Capita Personal Income 2014 $35,642 14
Jobs 2000 4,467 44 % of U.S. Per Cap Personal Income 2014 77.4% 14
Jobs 1990 3,989 45 Average Wage Per Job 2015 $41,405 11
Avg. Ann. Growth Rate Jobs 1990-2010 0.4% 16 % of U.S. Avg. Wage Per Job 2015 78.2% 11
Percent Change Jobs 2012-2014 1.8% 19 Unemployment Rate 2015 7.0% 19
Numeric Change Jobs 2013-2014 151 28
Tax Data Value Value
Assessed Property 2013 $81,607,783 Per Capita Assessed Property 2013 $5,378
County Base Millage Rate 2015 0.1140 Additional Sales Tax, if applicable:
Value of One Mil 2015 $58,312 Local Option 1.0%
Net Taxable Sales FY14 $40,512,765 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 $13,325,909 Per Capita Revenues FY14 $878
Total Expenditures FY14 $12,969,590 Per Capita Expenditures FY14 $855
General Fund Budget FY16 $12,534,558 Per Capita Gen. Fund Budget FY16 $826
Total Debt Outstanding FY15 $4,360,913 Per Capita Debt Outstanding FY15 $287
Payroll FY16 $5,751,000 Credit Rating(s) FY13, if applicable:
Full-Time Employees FY16 132 Moody's  
Part-Time Employees FY16 61 Standard & Poor's  
Full-Time Emp/1,000 Cnty Residents 8.70 Fitch