LAURENS COUNTY
Date Formed:  1785
Land Area (square miles): 715
County Seat: Laurens
Other Cities and Towns: Clinton, Cross Hill, Fountain Inn, Gray Court, Ware Shoals, Waterloo
Form of Government: Council
Council Members: 7
Method of Election: Single Member
Term Length: 4 years
Council of Government:  Upper Savannah
County History
Laurens County and its county seat were named for Revolutionary War leader Henry Laurens (1724-1792). The county was established in 1785 as a part of Ninety Six District. This part of the state was settled primarily by Scotch-Irish and English immigrants in the mid 1700s, and during the American Revolution quite a few of its residents remained loyal to Great Britain. Several Revolutionary War battles were fought in the county, including the Battle of Musgrove's Mill (August 18, 1780). President Andrew Johnson (1808-1875), a native of North Carolina, worked as a tailor in the town of Laurens for a brief time in the 1820s. Laurens County was also home to Ann Pamela Cunningham (1816-1875), the leader of the movement to preserve Mount Vernon, and educator Wil Lou Gray (1883-1984). 
Population Trends Value Rank Value Rank
Census Population 1990 58,092 19 Numeric Change Census 1990-2010 8,445 23
Census Population 2000 69,567 17 Percent Change Census 1990-2010 14.5% 29
Census Population 2010 66,537 21 Numeric Change Pop. Est. 2010-2015 86 24
Population Estimate 2014 66,498 21 Percent Change Pop. Est. 2014-2015 0.1% 24
Population Estimate 2015 66,623 21 Avg. Annual Growth Rate 2010 - 2015 0.0% 24
Persons Per Square Mile 93.1 21
Economic Data Value Rank Value Rank
Jobs 2014 26,660 23 Personal Income 2014, in thousands $2,004,703 23
Jobs 2013 25,603 23 Avg. Annual Growth Rate, 1969 - 2014 6.1% 34
Jobs 2012 18,740 22 Per Capita Personal Income 2014 $30,131 27
Jobs 2000 22,744 22 % of U.S. Per Cap Personal Income 2014 65.4% 27
Jobs 1990 21,692 20 Average Wage Per Job 2015 $38,553 18
Avg. Ann. Growth Rate Jobs 1990-2010 -0.7% 34 % of U.S. Avg. Wage Per Job 2015 72.8% 18
Percent Change Jobs 2012-2014 4.3% 4 Unemployment Rate 2015 6.5% 25
Numeric Change Jobs 2013-2014 1,057 13
Tax Data Value Value
Assessed Property 2013 $183,013,471 Per Capita Assessed Property 2013 $2,751
County Base Millage Rate 2015 0.0876 Additional Sales Tax, if applicable:
Value of One Mil 2015 $169,625 Local Option 1.0%
Net Taxable Sales FY14 $299,832,337 Capital Projects  
State Admissions Tax FY14 $58,586 School District  
State Accommodations Tax Collected FY14 $102,215 Transportation  
Edu. Capital Improvement  
County Finance & Employment Data Value Value
Total Revenues FY14 $33,126,563 Per Capita Revenues FY14 $498
Total Expenditures FY14 $34,894,539 Per Capita Expenditures FY14 $524
General Fund Budget FY16 $16,559,131 Per Capita Gen. Fund Budget FY16 $249
Total Debt Outstanding FY15 $14,031,693 Per Capita Debt Outstanding FY15 $211
Payroll FY16 $10,128,290 Credit Rating(s) FY13, if applicable:
Full-Time Employees FY16 354 Moody's A1
Part-Time Employees FY16 88 Standard & Poor's AA
Full-Time Emp/1,000 Cnty Residents 5.32 Fitch