DARLINGTON COUNTY
Date Formed:  1785
Land Area (square miles): 561
County Seat: Darlington
Other Cities and Towns: Hartsville, Lamar, Society Hill
Form of Government: Council-Administrator
Council Members: 8
Method of Election: Single Member
Term Length: 4 years
Council of Government:  Pee Dee
County History
The origin of the name of this county is uncertain, but it may have been named for Darlington, England. The county was formed in 1785, with the county seat at Darlington, and until 1800 it was a part of the Cheraws District. Parts of Darlington County were removed to form Florence County in 1888 and Lee County in 1902. This area was settled in the mid-eighteenth century by Welsh, Scotch-Irish, and English farmers, who grew cotton primarily. In more recent years the county has been best known for the stock car races which take place at the Darlington Raceway. David Rogerson Williams (1776-1830), South Carolina Governor and scientific experimenter, was a native of Darlington; he is remembered for introducing the mule to Southern agriculture. Other prominent Darlington residents were industrialists James Lide Coker (1837-1918) and David R. Coker (1870-1938), and novelists Annie Greene Nelson (1902-1993) and Elizabeth Boatwright Coker (1909-1993). 
Population Trends Value Rank Value Rank
Census Population 1990 61,851 17 Numeric Change Census 1990-2010 6,830 26
Census Population 2000 67,394 18 Percent Change Census 1990-2010 11.0% 33
Census Population 2010 68,681 20 Numeric Change Pop. Est. 2010-2015 -1,133 37
Population Estimate 2014 67,768 20 Percent Change Pop. Est. 2014-2015 -1.7% 27
Population Estimate 2015 67,548 20 Avg. Annual Growth Rate 2010 - 2015 -0.3% 27
Persons Per Square Mile 122.4 19
Economic Data Value Rank Value Rank
Jobs 2014 27,180 21 Personal Income 2014, in thousands $2,226,512 22
Jobs 2013 27,230 21 Avg. Annual Growth Rate, 1969 - 2014 6.5% 26
Jobs 2012 20,266 20 Per Capita Personal Income 2014 $32,840 21
Jobs 2000 24,938 19 % of U.S. Per Cap Personal Income 2014 71.3% 21
Jobs 1990 23,775 18 Average Wage Per Job 2015 $44,684 7
Avg. Ann. Growth Rate Jobs 1990-2010 -0.7% 36 % of U.S. Avg. Wage Per Job 2015 84.4% 7
Percent Change Jobs 2012-2014 -0.2% 39 Unemployment Rate 2015 7.4% 16
Numeric Change Jobs 2013-2014 -50 40
Tax Data Value Value
Assessed Property 2013 $204,116,622 Per Capita Assessed Property 2013 $2,972
County Base Millage Rate 2015 0.0917 Additional Sales Tax, if applicable:
Value of One Mil 2015 $236,124 Local Option 1.0%
Net Taxable Sales FY14 $330,175,081 Capital Projects  
State Admissions Tax FY14 -$32,513 School District 1.0%
State Accommodations Tax Collected FY14 $90,617 Transportation  
Edu. Capital Improvement  
County Finance & Employment Data Value Value
Total Revenues FY14 $28,470,044 Per Capita Revenues FY14 $415
Total Expenditures FY14 $31,427,333 Per Capita Expenditures FY14 $458
General Fund Budget FY16 $24,163,914 Per Capita Gen. Fund Budget FY16 $352
Total Debt Outstanding FY15 $20,474,673 Per Capita Debt Outstanding FY15 $298
Payroll FY16 $11,883,335 Credit Rating(s) FY13, if applicable:
Full-Time Employees FY16 353 Moody's  
Part-Time Employees FY16 126 Standard & Poor's A-
Full-Time Emp/1,000 Cnty Residents 5.14 Fitch