GREENVILLE COUNTY
Date Formed:  1786
Land Area (square miles): 790
County Seat: Greenville
Other Cities and Towns: Fountain Inn, Greer, Mauldin, Simpsonville, Travelers Rest
Form of Government: Council-Administrator
Council Members: 12
Method of Election: Single Member
Term Length: 4 years
Council of Government:  Appalachian
County History
The origins of the name Greenville County are uncertain, but the county was probably named for Revolutionary War General Nathanael Greene (1742-1786) or for an early resident, Isaac Green. This part of the state was the territory of the Cherokee Indians until 1777. Scotch-Irish and English settlers began moving into the area soon after it was ceded to the state. Greenville District was created in 1786, but from 1791 to 1800 it was part of the larger Washington District. The county seat was originally named Pleasantburg, but in 1831 the name was changed to Greenville. Because of its location in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Greenville County became a popular summer retreat for lowcountry planters. Encouraged by abundant streams and rivers, textile manufacturers began operating in the area as early as the 1820s, and after the Civil War Greenville County became a textile center. Diplomat and U.S. Congressman Waddy Thompson (1798-1868) was a resident of Greenville, and in more recent years the county has produced baseball player "Shoeless Joe" Jackson (1887-1951), Nobel Prize winner Charles Townes, and civil rights leader Jesse Jackson.
Population Trends Value Rank Value Rank
Census Population 1990 320,167 1 Numeric Change Census 1990-2010 131,058 1
Census Population 2000 379,616 1 Percent Change Census 1990-2010 40.9% 9
Census Population 2010 451,225 1 Numeric Change Pop. Est. 2010-2015 40,638 1
Population Estimate 2014 482,577 1 Percent Change Pop. Est. 2014-2015 8.4% 9
Population Estimate 2015 491,863 1 Avg. Annual Growth Rate 2010 - 2015 1.8% 9
Persons Per Square Mile 571.2 1
Economic Data Value Rank Value Rank
Jobs 2014 324,078 1 Personal Income 2014, in thousands $19,691,774 1
Jobs 2013 314,357 1 Avg. Annual Growth Rate, 1969 - 2014 7.5% 8
Jobs 2012 246,404 1 Per Capita Personal Income 2014 $40,791 3
Jobs 2000 258,326 1 % of U.S. Per Cap Personal Income 2014 88.6% 3
Jobs 1990 205,495 3 Average Wage Per Job 2015 $45,372 6
Avg. Ann. Growth Rate Jobs 1990-2010 1.0% 9 % of U.S. Avg. Wage Per Job 2015 85.7% 6
Percent Change Jobs 2012-2014 3.1% 12 Unemployment Rate 2015 5.0% 44
Numeric Change Jobs 2013-2014 9,721 2
Tax Data Value Value
Assessed Property 2013 $2,154,549,694 Per Capita Assessed Property 2013 $4,775
County Base Millage Rate 2015 0.0664 Additional Sales Tax, if applicable:
Value of One Mil 2015 $2,028,914 Local Option  
Net Taxable Sales FY14 $6,517,243,820 Capital Projects  
State Admissions Tax FY14 $2,601,702 School District  
State Accommodations Tax Collected FY14 $3,057,464 Transportation  
Edu. Capital Improvement  
County Finance & Employment Data Value Value
Total Revenues FY14 $209,232,273 Per Capita Revenues FY14 $464
Total Expenditures FY14 $221,797,826 Per Capita Expenditures FY14 $492
General Fund Budget FY16 $154,662,442 Per Capita Gen. Fund Budget FY16 $343
Total Debt Outstanding FY15 $105,770,851 Per Capita Debt Outstanding FY15 $234
Payroll FY16 $87,122,302 Credit Rating(s) FY13, if applicable:
Full-Time Employees FY16 2066 Moody's Aaa
Part-Time Employees FY16 269 Standard & Poor's  
Full-Time Emp/1,000 Cnty Residents 4.58 Fitch AAA