FLORENCE COUNTY
Date Formed:  1888
Land Area (square miles): 800
County Seat: Florence
Other Cities and Towns: Coward, Johnsonville, Lake City, Olanta, Pamplico, Quinby, Scranton, Timmonsville
Form of Government: Council-Administrator
Council Members: 9
Method of Election: Single Member
Term Length: 4 years
Council of Government:  Pee Dee
County History
Florence County took its name from its county seat, the City of Florence. The county was formed in 1888 from parts of Marion, Darlington, Williamsburg, and Clarendon counties. The City of Florence was founded in the 1850s as a stop on the Wilmington and Manchester Railroad; it was named for Florence Harllee, daughter of William Wallace Harllee (1812-1897), the president of the railroad. Florence soon became an important transportation center for the Pee Dee region. During the Civil War it was the site of a Confederate prison camp. In later years tobacco growing became a major activity in the county. Some famous Florence County natives are artist William H. Johnson (1901-1970), astronaut Ronald E. McNair (1950-1986), and stock car racer Cale Yarborough.
Population Trends Value Rank Value Rank
Census Population 1990 114,344 11 Numeric Change Census 1990-2010 22,541 14
Census Population 2000 125,761 11 Percent Change Census 1990-2010 19.7% 23
Census Population 2010 136,885 12 Numeric Change Pop. Est. 2010-2015 2,015 16
Population Estimate 2014 138,988 13 Percent Change Pop. Est. 2014-2015 1.4% 20
Population Estimate 2015 138,900 13 Avg. Annual Growth Rate 2010 - 2015 0.3% 20
Persons Per Square Mile 171.1 12
Economic Data Value Rank Value Rank
Jobs 2014 85,463 10 Personal Income 2014, in thousands $5,065,169 12
Jobs 2013 84,631 10 Avg. Annual Growth Rate, 1969 - 2014 7.0% 14
Jobs 2012 66,543 9 Per Capita Personal Income 2014 $36,380 10
Jobs 2000 69,898 9 % of U.S. Per Cap Personal Income 2014 79.0% 10
Jobs 1990 60,293 8 Average Wage Per Job 2015 $37,979 19
Avg. Ann. Growth Rate Jobs 1990-2010 0.5% 13 % of U.S. Avg. Wage Per Job 2015 71.7% 19
Percent Change Jobs 2012-2014 1.0% 29 Unemployment Rate 2015 6.6% 24
Numeric Change Jobs 2013-2014 832 17
Tax Data Value Value
Assessed Property 2013 $499,033,554 Per Capita Assessed Property 2013 $3,646
County Base Millage Rate 2015 0.0891 Additional Sales Tax, if applicable:
Value of One Mil 2015 $460,726 Local Option 1.0%
Net Taxable Sales FY14 $1,726,614,925 Capital Projects 1.0%
State Admissions Tax FY14 $532,594 School District  
State Accommodations Tax Collected FY14 $1,149,371 Transportation  
Edu. Capital Improvement  
County Finance & Employment Data Value Value
Total Revenues FY14 $118,614,997 Per Capita Revenues FY14 $867
Total Expenditures FY14 $95,339,064 Per Capita Expenditures FY14 $696
General Fund Budget FY16 $54,753,707 Per Capita Gen. Fund Budget FY16 $400
Total Debt Outstanding FY15 $12,190,000 Per Capita Debt Outstanding FY15 $89
Payroll FY16 $29,487,534 Credit Rating(s) FY13, if applicable:
Full-Time Employees FY16 779 Moody's Aa2
Part-Time Employees FY16 77 Standard & Poor's AA
Full-Time Emp/1,000 Cnty Residents 5.69 Fitch