KERSHAW COUNTY
Date Formed:  1791
Land Area (square miles): 726
County Seat: Camden
Other Cities and Towns: Bethune, Elgin
Form of Government: Council-Administrator
Council Members: 7
Method of Election: Single Member/ Chair at-Large
Term Length: 4 years
Council of Government:  Santee Lynches
County History
Kershaw County was named for Joseph Kershaw (1727-1791), an early settler. Originally part of Camden District, Kershaw County was formed in 1791 from parts of Claremont, Lancaster, Fairfield, and Richland counties. The county seat is Camden, which is the oldest inland city in South Carolina. This site was settled around 1732 by English traders and farmers who moved inland from Charleston. During the Revolutionary War, the British occupied Camden from June 1780 to May 1781. Fourteen battles took place in the area, including the Battle of Camden (August 16, 1780) and the Battle of Hobkirk Hill (April 25, 1781). Kershaw County later produced six Confederate generals: Joseph Brevard Kershaw (1822-1894), James Chesnut (1815-1885), James Cantey (1818-1873), Zack Cantey Deas (1819-1882), John Bordenave Villepigue (1830-1862), and John Doby Kennedy (1840-1896). Union troops under General Sherman burned parts of Camden in February 1865. Statesman and financier Bernard M. Baruch (1870-1965) and labor leader Lane Kirkland were born in Kershaw County. 
Population Trends Value Rank Value Rank
Census Population 1990 43,599 24 Numeric Change Census 1990-2010 18,098 16
Census Population 2000 52,647 23 Percent Change Census 1990-2010 41.5% 8
Census Population 2010 61,697 22 Numeric Change Pop. Est. 2010-2015 1,906 17
Population Estimate 2014 63,147 22 Percent Change Pop. Est. 2014-2015 3.0% 15
Population Estimate 2015 63,603 22 Avg. Annual Growth Rate 2010 - 2015 0.6% 15
Persons Per Square Mile 85.0 22
Economic Data Value Rank Value Rank
Jobs 2014 26,871 22 Personal Income 2014, in thousands $2,256,098 21
Jobs 2013 26,022 22 Avg. Annual Growth Rate, 1969 - 2014 7.1% 13
Jobs 2012 17,436 24 Per Capita Personal Income 2014 $35,720 13
Jobs 2000 19,556 24 % of U.S. Per Cap Personal Income 2014 77.6% 13
Jobs 1990 18,058 24 Average Wage Per Job 2015 $37,788 20
Avg. Ann. Growth Rate Jobs 1990-2010 -0.2% 22 % of U.S. Avg. Wage Per Job 2015 71.4% 20
Percent Change Jobs 2012-2014 3.3% 9 Unemployment Rate 2015 6.0% 30
Numeric Change Jobs 2013-2014 849 16
Tax Data Value Value
Assessed Property 2013 $220,763,116 Per Capita Assessed Property 2013 $3,578
County Base Millage Rate 2015 0.0746 Additional Sales Tax, if applicable:
Value of One Mil 2015 $213,924 Local Option 1.0%
Net Taxable Sales FY14 $333,689,504 Capital Projects  
State Admissions Tax FY14 $26,618 School District  
State Accommodations Tax Collected FY14 $124,528 Transportation  
Edu. Capital Improvement  
County Finance & Employment Data Value Value
Total Revenues FY14 $33,097,607 Per Capita Revenues FY14 $536
Total Expenditures FY14 $30,389,347 Per Capita Expenditures FY14 $493
General Fund Budget FY16 $22,624,050 Per Capita Gen. Fund Budget FY16 $367
Total Debt Outstanding FY15 $13,787,224 Per Capita Debt Outstanding FY15 $223
Payroll FY16 $12,247,755 Credit Rating(s) FY13, if applicable:
Full-Time Employees FY16 330 Moody's Aa2
Part-Time Employees FY16 117 Standard & Poor's  
Full-Time Emp/1,000 Cnty Residents 5.35 Fitch AA+