JASPER COUNTY
Date Formed:  1912
Land Area (square miles): 656
County Seat: Ridgeland
Other Cities and Towns: Hardeeville
Form of Government: Council-Administrator
Council Members: 5
Method of Election: At Large
Term Length: 4 years
Council of Government:  Lowcountry
County History
Jasper County was named for Revolutionary War hero Sergeant William Jasper (ca.1750-1779). The county was formed in 1912 from parts of Beaufort and Hampton counties. This area of the state was the home of the Yemassee and Coosaw Indians until colonial times. In 1732 Swiss-German immigrants led by Jean Pierre Purry established a settlement called Purrysburgh on the Savannah River, but the town did not survive. Other settlers built extensive rice plantations, some of which now form the Savannah River National Wildlife Refuge. Two other towns in the county, Coosawhatchie and Pocotaligo, served at different times as the seat of government for Beaufort District. During the Civil War the Confederate Army defeated federal troops at the Battle of Honey Hill in November 1864. Jasper County was home to Thomas Heyward, Jr. (1746-1809), a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and Henry Martyn Robert (1837-1923), author of Robert's Rules of Order.
Population Trends Value Rank Value Rank
Census Population 1990 15,487 43 Numeric Change Census 1990-2010 9,290 21
Census Population 2000 20,678 40 Percent Change Census 1990-2010 60.0% 5
Census Population 2010 24,777 37 Numeric Change Pop. Est. 2010-2015 3,047 14
Population Estimate 2014 27,019 35 Percent Change Pop. Est. 2014-2015 11.3% 3
Population Estimate 2015 27,824 33 Avg. Annual Growth Rate 2010 - 2015 2.5% 3
Persons Per Square Mile 37.8 40
Economic Data Value Rank Value Rank
Jobs 2014 11,018 34 Personal Income 2014, in thousands $660,261 38
Jobs 2013 10,409 34 Avg. Annual Growth Rate, 1969 - 2014 7.5% 8
Jobs 2012 8,044 31 Per Capita Personal Income 2014 $24,301 46
Jobs 2000 5,535 41 % of U.S. Per Cap Personal Income 2014 52.8% 46
Jobs 1990 4,382 43 Average Wage Per Job 2015 $36,937 25
Avg. Ann. Growth Rate Jobs 1990-2010 4.2% 1 % of U.S. Avg. Wage Per Job 2015 69.8% 25
Percent Change Jobs 2012-2014 6.1% 2 Unemployment Rate 2015 5.1% 43
Numeric Change Jobs 2013-2014 609 21
Tax Data Value Value
Assessed Property 2013 $125,055,407 Per Capita Assessed Property 2013 $5,047
County Base Millage Rate 2015 0.1420 Additional Sales Tax, if applicable:
Value of One Mil 2015 $113,500 Local Option 1.0%
Net Taxable Sales FY14 $361,737,538 Capital Projects Ended 11-02
State Admissions Tax FY14 $60,466 School District 1.0%
State Accommodations Tax Collected FY14 $272,464 Transportation  
Edu. Capital Improvement  
County Finance & Employment Data Value Value
Total Revenues FY14 $25,060,029 Per Capita Revenues FY14 $1,011
Total Expenditures FY14 $24,932,186 Per Capita Expenditures FY14 $1,006
General Fund Budget FY16 $24,329,171 Per Capita Gen. Fund Budget FY16 $982
Total Debt Outstanding FY15 $19,821,182 Per Capita Debt Outstanding FY15 $800
Payroll FY16 $9,269,845 Credit Rating(s) FY13, if applicable:
Full-Time Employees FY16 252 Moody's  
Part-Time Employees FY16 35 Standard & Poor's A+
Full-Time Emp/1,000 Cnty Residents 10.17 Fitch