GREENWOOD COUNTY
Date Formed:  1897
Land Area (square miles): 456
County Seat: Greenwood
Other Cities and Towns: Hodges, Ninety Six, Troy, Ware Shoals
Form of Government: Council-Manager
Council Members: 7
Method of Election: Single Member
Term Length: 4 years
Council of Government:  Upper Savannah
County History
Greenwood County takes its name from its county seat, Greenwood. The town of Greenwood was named around 1824 for the plantation of an early resident, John McGehee. Greenwood County was formed in 1897 from parts of Abbeville and Edgefield counties, which were originally part of the old Ninety Six District. This part of the backcountry was not settled until the mid-eighteenth century. The town of Ninety Six was established as a frontier trading post around 1730, and it was the site in November 1775 of one of the first South Carolina battles of the American Revolution. In May 1781, American forces besieged the British-held Star Fort at Ninety Six for over a month, but were forced to withdraw when British reinforcements approached. The arrival of the railroad in 1852 stimulated cotton growing and textile manufacturing in this area. Local plantation owner Francis Salvador (1747-1776), who was killed fighting Cherokees during the Revolutionary War, was the first Jewish person elected to the state legislature. U.S. Congressman Preston Smith Brooks (1819-1857) and educator Benjamin Mays (1894-1984) were also residents of Greenwood County.
Population Trends Value Rank Value Rank
Census Population 1990 59,567 18 Numeric Change Census 1990-2010 10,094 20
Census Population 2000 66,271 19 Percent Change Census 1990-2010 16.9% 26
Census Population 2010 69,661 19 Numeric Change Pop. Est. 2010-2015 177 23
Population Estimate 2014 69,544 19 Percent Change Pop. Est. 2014-2015 0.3% 23
Population Estimate 2015 69,838 19 Avg. Annual Growth Rate 2010 - 2015 0.1% 23
Persons Per Square Mile 152.8 15
Economic Data Value Rank Value Rank
Jobs 2014 36,898 16 Personal Income 2014, in thousands $2,288,081 20
Jobs 2013 36,329 16 Avg. Annual Growth Rate, 1969 - 2014 6.1% 34
Jobs 2012 29,900 17 Per Capita Personal Income 2014 $32,913 20
Jobs 2000 35,543 16 % of U.S. Per Cap Personal Income 2014 71.5% 20
Jobs 1990 31,880 15 Average Wage Per Job 2015 $37,509 22
Avg. Ann. Growth Rate Jobs 1990-2010 -0.3% 27 % of U.S. Avg. Wage Per Job 2015 70.9% 22
Percent Change Jobs 2012-2014 1.6% 22 Unemployment Rate 2015 6.3% 27
Numeric Change Jobs 2013-2014 569 22
Tax Data Value Value
Assessed Property 2013 $244,362,399 Per Capita Assessed Property 2013 $3,508
County Base Millage Rate 2015 0.0738 Additional Sales Tax, if applicable:
Value of One Mil 2015 $207,213 Local Option  
Net Taxable Sales FY14 $597,718,561 Capital Projects Ended 06-12
State Admissions Tax FY14 $255,047 School District  
State Accommodations Tax Collected FY14 $165,653 Transportation  
Edu. Capital Improvement  
County Finance & Employment Data Value Value
Total Revenues FY14 $209,232,273 Per Capita Revenues FY14 $3,004
Total Expenditures FY14 $221,797,826 Per Capita Expenditures FY14 $3,184
General Fund Budget FY16 $20,653,486 Per Capita Gen. Fund Budget FY16 $296
Total Debt Outstanding FY15 $26,344 Per Capita Debt Outstanding FY15 $0
Payroll FY16 $15,024,297 Credit Rating(s) FY13, if applicable:
Full-Time Employees FY16 404 Moody's Aa3
Part-Time Employees FY16 94 Standard & Poor's A+
Full-Time Emp/1,000 Cnty Residents 5.80 Fitch