MARION COUNTY
Date Formed:  1800
Land Area (square miles): 489
County Seat: Marion
Other Cities and Towns: Mullins, Nichols, Sellers
Form of Government: Council-Administrator
Council Members: 7
Method of Election: Single Member
Term Length: 4 years
Council of Government:  Pee Dee
County History
Marion County and its county seat were named for Revolutionary War General Francis Marion (1732-1795), known as the "Swamp Fox." In 1785 Liberty County was created as a part of Georgetown District; renamed Marion, it became a separate district in 1800. Parts of Marion later went to form Florence (1888) and Dillon (1910) counties. English settlers moved up the Great Pee Dee River into this area in the eighteenth century. During the Revolutionary War General Marion's men fought several skirmishes with the British here before retreating to their camp at Snows Island. In the twentieth century Marion County became a major tobacco growing region. Writers Virginia Durant Young (1842-1906) and Gwen Bristow (1903-1980) were natives of Marion County.
Population Trends Value Rank Value Rank
Census Population 1990 33,899 28 Numeric Change Census 1990-2010 -837 42
Census Population 2000 35,466 29 Percent Change Census 1990-2010 -2.5% 42
Census Population 2010 33,062 31 Numeric Change Pop. Est. 2010-2015 -1,315 42
Population Estimate 2014 31,941 31 Percent Change Pop. Est. 2014-2015 -4.1% 37
Population Estimate 2015 31,747 31 Avg. Annual Growth Rate 2010 - 2015 -0.8% 37
Persons Per Square Mile 67.6 26
Economic Data Value Rank Value Rank
Jobs 2014 14,254 28 Personal Income 2014, in thousands $942,677 29
Jobs 2013 14,322 28 Avg. Annual Growth Rate, 1969 - 2014 6.1% 34
Jobs 2012 7,697 33 Per Capita Personal Income 2014 $29,520 32
Jobs 2000 12,996 28 % of U.S. Per Cap Personal Income 2014 64.1% 32
Jobs 1990 13,310 26 Average Wage Per Job 2015 $31,441 41
Avg. Ann. Growth Rate Jobs 1990-2010 -2.1% 46 % of U.S. Avg. Wage Per Job 2015 59.4% 41
Percent Change Jobs 2012-2014 -0.5% 40 Unemployment Rate 2015 10.0% 5
Numeric Change Jobs 2013-2014 -68 41
Tax Data Value Value
Assessed Property 2013 $76,933,571 Per Capita Assessed Property 2013 $2,327
County Base Millage Rate 2015 0.1230 Additional Sales Tax, if applicable:
Value of One Mil 2015 $67,925 Local Option 1.0%
Net Taxable Sales FY14 $135,500,572 Capital Projects 1.0%
State Admissions Tax FY14 $7,344 School District  
State Accommodations Tax Collected FY14 $21,835 Transportation  
Edu. Capital Improvement  
County Finance & Employment Data Value Value
Total Revenues FY14 $19,610,274 Per Capita Revenues FY14 $593
Total Expenditures FY14 $26,052,192 Per Capita Expenditures FY14 $788
General Fund Budget FY16 $17,831,273 Per Capita Gen. Fund Budget FY16 $539
Total Debt Outstanding FY15 $3,174,842 Per Capita Debt Outstanding FY15 $96
Payroll FY16 $5,847,078 Credit Rating(s) FY13, if applicable:
Full-Time Employees FY16 203 Moody's  
Part-Time Employees FY16 40 Standard & Poor's  
Full-Time Emp/1,000 Cnty Residents 6.14 Fitch