LEE COUNTY
Date Formed:  1902
Land Area (square miles): 410
County Seat: Bishopville
Other Cities and Towns: Lynchburg
Form of Government: Council-Administrator
Council Members: 7
Method of Election: Single Member
Term Length: 4 years
Council of Government:  Santee Lynches
County History
Lee County was named for Confederate General Robert E. Lee (1807-1870). The county was formed in 1902 from parts of Darlington, Kershaw, and Sumter counties. A Revolutionary War skirmish took place in 1781 at Ratcliff's Bridge, and during the Civil War Confederate and Union troops skirmished at Mount Elon and Spring Hill in 1865. Lee County was also the site in 1880 of the last fatal duel fought in South Carolina. Cotton farming has long been associated with this area. U.S. Senator Ellison Durant Smith (1864-1944), a native of Lee County, was nicknamed "Cotton Ed" because of his support for cotton farmers.
Population Trends Value Rank Value Rank
Census Population 1990 18,437 38 Numeric Change Census 1990-2010 783 40
Census Population 2000 20,119 41 Percent Change Census 1990-2010 4.2% 39
Census Population 2010 19,220 42 Numeric Change Pop. Est. 2010-2015 -1,324 43
Population Estimate 2014 18,379 42 Percent Change Pop. Est. 2014-2015 -7.2% 44
Population Estimate 2015 17,896 42 Avg. Annual Growth Rate 2010 - 2015 -1.4% 44
Persons Per Square Mile 46.9 35
Economic Data Value Rank Value Rank
Jobs 2014 5,860 44 Personal Income 2014, in thousands $481,963 43
Jobs 2013 5,961 44 Avg. Annual Growth Rate, 1969 - 2014 6.3% 32
Jobs 2012 4,000 44 Per Capita Personal Income 2014 $26,275 43
Jobs 2000 4,928 43 % of U.S. Per Cap Personal Income 2014 57.1% 43
Jobs 1990 5,073 40 Average Wage Per Job 2015 $34,191 35
Avg. Ann. Growth Rate Jobs 1990-2010 -1.1% 39 % of U.S. Avg. Wage Per Job 2015 64.6% 35
Percent Change Jobs 2012-2014 -1.7% 43 Unemployment Rate 2015 8.5% 9
Numeric Change Jobs 2013-2014 -101 42
Tax Data Value Value
Assessed Property 2013 $36,008,895 Per Capita Assessed Property 2013 $1,874
County Base Millage Rate 2015 0.1777 Additional Sales Tax, if applicable:
Value of One Mil 2015 $32,400 Local Option 1.0%
Net Taxable Sales FY14 $36,556,276 Capital Projects 1.0%
State Admissions Tax FY14 $21,670 School District Ended 9-11
State Accommodations Tax Collected FY14 $11,809 Transportation  
Edu. Capital Improvement  
County Finance & Employment Data Value Value
Total Revenues FY14 $12,266,349 Per Capita Revenues FY14 $638
Total Expenditures FY14 $11,157,117 Per Capita Expenditures FY14 $580
General Fund Budget FY16 $11,052,112 Per Capita Gen. Fund Budget FY16 $575
Total Debt Outstanding FY15 $5,441,279 Per Capita Debt Outstanding FY15 $283
Payroll FY16 $4,882,184 Credit Rating(s) FY13, if applicable:
Full-Time Employees FY16 133 Moody's  
Part-Time Employees FY16 62 Standard & Poor's  
Full-Time Emp/1,000 Cnty Residents 6.92 Fitch