HORRY COUNTY
Date Formed:  1801
Land Area (square miles): 1,134
County Seat: Conway
Other Cities and Towns: Atlantic Beach, Aynor, Briarcliffe Acres, Loris, North Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach
Form of Government: Council-Administrator
Council Members: 12
Method of Election: Single Member/ Chair at-Large
Term Length: 4 years
Council of Government:  Waccamaw
County History
Horry County was named for Revolutionary War hero Peter Horry (1743-1815). The county was originally a part of Georgetown District, and at one time it was called Kingston. It became a separate county in 1801, with the county seat at Conway. This area of the state was isolated for many years by numerous rivers and swamps, and the inhabitants sometimes referred to themselves as the "Independent Republic of Horry." Lumber and naval stores were the primary industries during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, with tobacco farming being introduced later. In the twentieth century, tourism has come to dominate the coastal section of the county centered around Myrtle Beach. Television personality Vanna White is a native of Horry County.
Population Trends Value Rank Value Rank
Census Population 1990 144,053 7 Numeric Change Census 1990-2010 125,238 2
Census Population 2000 196,629 6 Percent Change Census 1990-2010 86.9% 2
Census Population 2010 269,291 5 Numeric Change Pop. Est. 2010-2015 39,908 2
Population Estimate 2014 298,258 4 Percent Change Pop. Est. 2014-2015 13.4% 1
Population Estimate 2015 309,199 4 Avg. Annual Growth Rate 2010 - 2015 3.0% 1
Persons Per Square Mile 237.5 11
Economic Data Value Rank Value Rank
Jobs 2014 149,680 6 Personal Income 2014, in thousands $9,554,503 6
Jobs 2013 146,268 6 Avg. Annual Growth Rate, 1969 - 2014 9.1% 1
Jobs 2012 115,574 5 Per Capita Personal Income 2014 $31,973 23
Jobs 2000 109,682 5 % of U.S. Per Cap Personal Income 2014 69.4% 23
Jobs 1990 75,012 5 Average Wage Per Job 2015 $31,237 42
Avg. Ann. Growth Rate Jobs 1990-2010 2.7% 3 % of U.S. Avg. Wage Per Job 2015 59.0% 42
Percent Change Jobs 2012-2014 2.4% 15 Unemployment Rate 2015 7.0% 19
Numeric Change Jobs 2013-2014 3,412 6
Tax Data Value Value
Assessed Property 2013 $2,106,477,373 Per Capita Assessed Property 2013 $7,822
County Base Millage Rate 2015 0.0509 Additional Sales Tax, if applicable:
Value of One Mil 2015 $1,960,000 Local Option  
Net Taxable Sales FY14 $5,637,007,217 Capital Projects Ended 04-14
State Admissions Tax FY14 $9,480,814 School District  
State Accommodations Tax Collected FY14 $18,249,061 Transportation  
Edu. Capital Improvement 1.0%
County Finance & Employment Data Value Value
Total Revenues FY14 $393,814,535 Per Capita Revenues FY14 $1,462
Total Expenditures FY14 $323,279,122 Per Capita Expenditures FY14 $1,200
General Fund Budget FY16 $146,138,975 Per Capita Gen. Fund Budget FY16 $543
Total Debt Outstanding FY15 $322,350,244 Per Capita Debt Outstanding FY15 $1,197
Payroll FY16 $65,814,302 Credit Rating(s) FY13, if applicable:
Full-Time Employees FY16 2030 Moody's Aa2
Part-Time Employees FY16 484 Standard & Poor's AA
Full-Time Emp/1,000 Cnty Residents 7.54 Fitch AA+