CHESTERFIELD COUNTY
Date Formed:  1785
Land Area (square miles): 799
County Seat: Chesterfield
Other Cities and Towns: Cheraw, Jefferson, McBee, Mount Croghan, Pageland, Patrick, Ruby
Form of Government: Council-Administrator
Council Members: 9
Method of Election: Single Member
Term Length: 4 years
Council of Government:  Pee Dee
County History
Chesterfield County was named for the English statesman Lord Chesterfield (1694-1773). The county seat is the town of Chesterfield, but the oldest town in the county is Cheraw, which was settled around 1748. The county was formed in 1785, but until 1800 it was part of the larger Cheraws District. Welsh settlers from Pennsylvania and Delaware moved into this region in the mid-eighteenth century, and they were later joined by Scotch-Irish and English. Cheraw was a center for transportation along the Great Pee Dee River, but most of the county is agricultural. General Sherman's troops passed through this area during the Civil War, briefly occupying the towns of Cheraw and Chesterfield. Cheraw State Park, founded in 1934, is the oldest of the state parks. Jazz musician Dizzy Gillespie (1917-1993) was a native of Chesterfield County.
Population Trends Value Rank Value Rank
Census Population 1990 38,577 25 Numeric Change Census 1990-2010 8,157 24
Census Population 2000 42,768 25 Percent Change Census 1990-2010 21.1% 22
Census Population 2010 46,734 25 Numeric Change Pop. Est. 2010-2015 -717 30
Population Estimate 2014 46,109 25 Percent Change Pop. Est. 2014-2015 -1.6% 26
Population Estimate 2015 46,017 25 Avg. Annual Growth Rate 2010 - 2015 -0.3% 26
Persons Per Square Mile 58.5 29
Economic Data Value Rank Value Rank
Jobs 2014 19,146 25 Personal Income 2014, in thousands $1,327,916 25
Jobs 2013 18,592 25 Avg. Annual Growth Rate, 1969 - 2014 6.4% 28
Jobs 2012 13,711 26 Per Capita Personal Income 2014 $28,790 35
Jobs 2000 17,485 25 % of U.S. Per Cap Personal Income 2014 62.5% 35
Jobs 1990 16,231 25 Average Wage Per Job 2015 $35,755 29
Avg. Ann. Growth Rate Jobs 1990-2010 -0.8% 37 % of U.S. Avg. Wage Per Job 2015 67.5% 29
Percent Change Jobs 2012-2014 3.0% 13 Unemployment Rate 2015 6.1% 29
Numeric Change Jobs 2013-2014 554 23
Tax Data Value Value
Assessed Property 2013 $117,720,000 Per Capita Assessed Property 2013 $2,519
County Base Millage Rate 2015 0.1098 Additional Sales Tax, if applicable:
Value of One Mil 2015 $118,000 Local Option 1.0%
Net Taxable Sales FY14 $129,142,856 Capital Projects  
State Admissions Tax FY14 $20,394 School District 1.0%
State Accommodations Tax Collected FY14 $45,920 Transportation  
Edu. Capital Improvement  
County Finance & Employment Data Value Value
Total Revenues FY14 $20,435,863 Per Capita Revenues FY14 $437
Total Expenditures FY14 $22,694,505 Per Capita Expenditures FY14 $486
General Fund Budget FY16 $16,238,393 Per Capita Gen. Fund Budget FY16 $347
Total Debt Outstanding FY15 $7,185,000 Per Capita Debt Outstanding FY15 $154
Payroll FY16 $7,719,456 Credit Rating(s) FY13, if applicable:
Full-Time Employees FY16 252 Moody's  
Part-Time Employees FY16 31 Standard & Poor's  
Full-Time Emp/1,000 Cnty Residents 5.39 Fitch