CHESTER COUNTY
Date Formed:  1785
Land Area (square miles): 581
County Seat: Chester
Other Cities and Towns: Fort Lawn, Great Falls, Lowrys, Richburg
Form of Government: Council-Supervisor
Council Members: 7
Method of Election: Single Member
Term Length: 4 years
Council of Government:  Catawba
County History
Chester County and its county seat were named for Chester County, Pennsylvania. The county was formed in 1785 as part of the larger Camden District but was later transferred to Pinckney District (1791-1800); it became a separate district in 1800. Scotch-Irish settlers from Pennsylvania and Virginia moved into this upstate region beginning about 1755. During the Revolutionary War, American forces under General Thomas Sumter were defeated here at the battle of Fishing Creek in August 1780; the Americans were victorious at Fishdam Ford in November of the same year. The Landsford Canal was built in 1823 to allow boats and barges to bypass rapids on the Catawba River; this canal is now open as a state park. In later years, the availability of hydroelectric power encouraged the establishment of textile mills in the area. Governor, U.S. Senator, and Judge Donald S. Russell (1906-1997) lived in Chester as a boy.
Population Trends Value Rank Value Rank
Census Population 1990 32,170 30 Numeric Change Census 1990-2010 970 39
Census Population 2000 34,068 30 Percent Change Census 1990-2010 3.0% 40
Census Population 2010 33,140 30 Numeric Change Pop. Est. 2010-2015 -873 32
Population Estimate 2014 32,349 30 Percent Change Pop. Est. 2014-2015 -2.7% 32
Population Estimate 2015 32,267 30 Avg. Annual Growth Rate 2010 - 2015 -0.5% 32
Persons Per Square Mile 57.0 31
Economic Data Value Rank Value Rank
Jobs 2014 11,948 31 Personal Income 2014, in thousands $947,423 28
Jobs 2013 11,900 30 Avg. Annual Growth Rate, 1969 - 2014 5.8% 44
Jobs 2012 8,457 30 Per Capita Personal Income 2014 $29,298 34
Jobs 2000 13,785 27 % of U.S. Per Cap Personal Income 2014 63.6% 34
Jobs 1990 12,834 27 Average Wage Per Job 2015 $40,004 13
Avg. Ann. Growth Rate Jobs 1990-2010 -1.7% 44 % of U.S. Avg. Wage Per Job 2015 75.6% 13
Percent Change Jobs 2012-2014 0.4% 35 Unemployment Rate 2015 8.3% 12
Numeric Change Jobs 2013-2014 48 34
Tax Data Value Value
Assessed Property 2013 $105,116,539 Per Capita Assessed Property 2013 $3,172
County Base Millage Rate 2015 0.1693 Additional Sales Tax, if applicable:
Value of One Mil 2015 $84,440 Local Option 1.0%
Net Taxable Sales FY14 $177,457,216 Capital Projects 1.0%
State Admissions Tax FY14 $31,411 School District  
State Accommodations Tax Collected FY14 $62,795 Transportation  
Edu. Capital Improvement  
County Finance & Employment Data Value Value
Total Revenues FY14 $26,624,779 Per Capita Revenues FY14 $803
Total Expenditures FY14 $30,952,898 Per Capita Expenditures FY14 $934
General Fund Budget FY16 $17,354,543 Per Capita Gen. Fund Budget FY16 $524
Total Debt Outstanding FY15 $5,305,000 Per Capita Debt Outstanding FY15 $160
Payroll FY16 $7,930,378 Credit Rating(s) FY13, if applicable:
Full-Time Employees FY16 296 Moody's  
Part-Time Employees FY16 102 Standard & Poor's A+
Full-Time Emp/1,000 Cnty Residents 8.93 Fitch