HAMPTON COUNTY
Date Formed:  1878
Land Area (square miles): 560
County Seat: Hampton
Other Cities and Towns: Brunson, Estill, Furman, Gifford, Luray, Scotia, Varnville, Yemassee
Form of Government: Council-Administrator
Council Members: 5
Method of Election: At-Large
Term Length: 4 years
Council of Government:  Lowcountry
County History
Hampton County and its county seat were named for Confederate General and South Carolina Governor Wade Hampton (1818-1902). The county was formed from Beaufort County in 1878, shortly after Wade Hampton took office as governor. Parts of Hampton County later went to form Jasper (1912) and Allendale (1919) counties. During the Civil War, while the coastal areas of Beaufort County were occupied by federal troops, many planters fled to the area that became Hampton County. General Sherman's troops passed through the county in 1865, fighting several skirmishes with Confederate troops. This section of the state has remained primarily agricultural. Athlete Lucile Ellerbe Godbold (1900-1981), who won two gold medals in track and field at the 1922 Olympics, grew up in Hampton County, and writer Vertamae Grosvenor was also born there. 
Population Trends Value Rank Value Rank
Census Population 1990 18,191 40 Numeric Change Census 1990-2010 2,899 33
Census Population 2000 21,386 39 Percent Change Census 1990-2010 15.9% 27
Census Population 2010 21,090 40 Numeric Change Pop. Est. 2010-2015 -1,041 35
Population Estimate 2014 20,422 40 Percent Change Pop. Est. 2014-2015 -5.1% 39
Population Estimate 2015 20,049 41 Avg. Annual Growth Rate 2010 - 2015 -1.0% 39
Persons Per Square Mile 37.7 41
Economic Data Value Rank Value Rank
Jobs 2014 7,077 41 Personal Income 2014, in thousands $555,342 41
Jobs 2013 7,126 41 Avg. Annual Growth Rate, 1969 - 2014 6.0% 37
Jobs 2012 5,320 40 Per Capita Personal Income 2014 $27,216 39
Jobs 2000 6,930 39 % of U.S. Per Cap Personal Income 2014 59.1% 39
Jobs 1990 6,128 38 Average Wage Per Job 2015 $38,800 16
Avg. Ann. Growth Rate Jobs 1990-2010 -0.7% 32 % of U.S. Avg. Wage Per Job 2015 73.3% 16
Percent Change Jobs 2012-2014 -0.7% 41 Unemployment Rate 2015 8.5% 9
Numeric Change Jobs 2013-2014 -49 39
Tax Data Value Value
Assessed Property 2013 $49,505,440 Per Capita Assessed Property 2013 $2,347
County Base Millage Rate 2015 0.1968 Additional Sales Tax, if applicable:
Value of One Mil 2015 $50,338 Local Option 1.0%
Net Taxable Sales FY14 $71,739,118 Capital Projects 1.0%
State Admissions Tax FY14 $10,308 School District  
State Accommodations Tax Collected FY14 $22,717 Transportation  
Edu. Capital Improvement  
County Finance & Employment Data Value Value
Total Revenues FY14 $15,440,504 Per Capita Revenues FY14 $732
Total Expenditures FY14 $15,583,320 Per Capita Expenditures FY14 $739
General Fund Budget FY16 $13,249,885 Per Capita Gen. Fund Budget FY16 $628
Total Debt Outstanding FY15 $942,430 Per Capita Debt Outstanding FY15 $45
Payroll FY16 $5,734,972 Credit Rating(s) FY13, if applicable:
Full-Time Employees FY16 175 Moody's A3
Part-Time Employees FY16 39 Standard & Poor's  
Full-Time Emp/1,000 Cnty Residents 8.30 Fitch