GEORGETOWN COUNTY
Date Formed:  1769
Land Area (square miles): 815
County Seat: Georgetown
Other Cities and Towns: Andrews, Pawleys Island
Form of Government: Council-Administrator
Council Members: 7
Method of Election: Single Member
Term Length: 4 years
Council of Government:  Waccamaw
County History
Georgetown County and its county seat were named for King George II of England. Spanish explorers are believed to have visited this coastal area in 1526, but no permanent settlement was established. English planters and their African slaves moved into the region in the early eighteenth century, building large rice and indigo plantations. The town of Georgetown, which was established around 1730, was a busy port serving the surrounding plantations. Georgetown District was first named in 1769 and in 1785 the district was divided into four counties: Liberty (which became Marion District in 1800), Kingston (which became Horry District in 1801), Williamsburg (which became a separate district in 1804), and Winyah (which was renamed Georgetown in 1800). Many famous South Carolinians were residents of Georgetown County, including Thomas Lynch, Jr. (1749-1779), a signer of the Declaration of Independence; Joel Roberts Poinsett (1779-1851), U.S. Congressman, Secretary of War, and Ambassador to Mexico, who introduced the poinsettia to the U.S.; and Joseph Hayne Rainey (1832-1887), the first African-American elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
Population Trends Value Rank Value Rank
Census Population 1990 46,302 22 Numeric Change Census 1990-2010 13,856 18
Census Population 2000 55,797 22 Percent Change Census 1990-2010 29.9% 14
Census Population 2010 60,158 23 Numeric Change Pop. Est. 2010-2015 1,140 19
Population Estimate 2014 60,727 23 Percent Change Pop. Est. 2014-2015 1.9% 18
Population Estimate 2015 61,298 23 Avg. Annual Growth Rate 2010 - 2015 0.4% 18
Persons Per Square Mile 73.8 25
Economic Data Value Rank Value Rank
Jobs 2014 35,621 18 Personal Income 2014, in thousands $2,418,012 19
Jobs 2013 34,748 18 Avg. Annual Growth Rate, 1969 - 2014 8.0% 7
Jobs 2012 23,994 18 Per Capita Personal Income 2014 $39,788 5
Jobs 2000 23,547 20 % of U.S. Per Cap Personal Income 2014 86.4% 5
Jobs 1990 19,081 23 Average Wage Per Job 2015 $37,380 23
Avg. Ann. Growth Rate Jobs 1990-2010 1.3% 8 % of U.S. Avg. Wage Per Job 2015 70.6% 23
Percent Change Jobs 2012-2014 2.5% 14 Unemployment Rate 2015 8.4% 11
Numeric Change Jobs 2013-2014 873 15
Tax Data Value Value
Assessed Property 2013 $563,828,962 Per Capita Assessed Property 2013 $9,372
County Base Millage Rate 2015 0.0574 Additional Sales Tax, if applicable:
Value of One Mil 2015 $560,094 Local Option  
Net Taxable Sales FY14 $603,559,961 Capital Projects 1.0%
State Admissions Tax FY14 $760,918 School District  
State Accommodations Tax Collected FY14 $1,677,685 Transportation  
Edu. Capital Improvement  
County Finance & Employment Data Value Value
Total Revenues FY14 $71,046,355 Per Capita Revenues FY14 $1,181
Total Expenditures FY14 $71,258,170 Per Capita Expenditures FY14 $1,185
General Fund Budget FY16 $26,235,000 Per Capita Gen. Fund Budget FY16 $436
Total Debt Outstanding FY15 $27,370,000 Per Capita Debt Outstanding FY15 $455
Payroll FY16 $24,893,427 Credit Rating(s) FY13, if applicable:
Full-Time Employees FY16 598 Moody's Aa2
Part-Time Employees FY16 95 Standard & Poor's AA
Full-Time Emp/1,000 Cnty Residents 9.94 Fitch