MARLBORO COUNTY
Date Formed:  1785
Land Area (square miles): 480
County Seat: Bennettsville
Other Cities and Towns: Blenheim, Clio, McColl, Tatum
Form of Government: Council-Administrator
Council Members: 8
Method of Election: Single Member
Term Length: 4 years
Council of Government:  Pee Dee
County History
Marlboro County was named for John Churchill, first Duke of Marlborough (1650-1722). The county name was originally spelled Marlborough, but it was later shortened. The county was created in 1785 as a part of Cheraws District. Welsh Baptists from Delaware settled in an area of the county known as Welsh Neck around 1737, and they were later joined by English and Scotch-Irish settlers. Cotton growing made this a wealthy part of the state prior to the Civil War. The town of Blenheim was also known for its mineral springs. General Sherman's troops passed through the county in 1865, briefly occupying the town of Bennettsville. Some famous Marlboro County natives are U.S. Congressman and diplomat Robert Blair Campbell (1791-1862), U.S. and Confederate Congressman John McQueen (1804-1867), and children's advocate Marian Wright Edelman.
Population Trends Value Rank Value Rank
Census Population 1990 29,361 32 Numeric Change Census 1990-2010 -428 41
Census Population 2000 28,818 34 Percent Change Census 1990-2010 -1.5% 41
Census Population 2010 28,933 34 Numeric Change Pop. Est. 2010-2015 -1,439 44
Population Estimate 2014 27,889 34 Percent Change Pop. Est. 2014-2015 -5.2% 40
Population Estimate 2015 27,494 35 Avg. Annual Growth Rate 2010 - 2015 -1.0% 40
Persons Per Square Mile 60.3 27
Economic Data Value Rank Value Rank
Jobs 2014 9,343 37 Personal Income 2014, in thousands $690,190 37
Jobs 2013 9,520 36 Avg. Annual Growth Rate, 1969 - 2014 5.6% 45
Jobs 2012 7,445 34 Per Capita Personal Income 2014 $24,717 44
Jobs 2000 8,815 36 % of U.S. Per Cap Personal Income 2014 53.7% 44
Jobs 1990 10,260 32 Average Wage Per Job 2015 $39,829 14
Avg. Ann. Growth Rate Jobs 1990-2010 -1.4% 42 % of U.S. Avg. Wage Per Job 2015 75.2% 14
Percent Change Jobs 2012-2014 -1.9% 44 Unemployment Rate 2015 10.1% 4
Numeric Change Jobs 2013-2014 -177 44
Tax Data Value Value
Assessed Property 2013 $65,902,750 Per Capita Assessed Property 2013 $2,278
County Base Millage Rate 2015 0.1093 Additional Sales Tax, if applicable:
Value of One Mil 2015 $60,000 Local Option 1.0%
Net Taxable Sales FY14 $93,830,967 Capital Projects  
State Admissions Tax FY14 *** School District 1.0%
State Accommodations Tax Collected FY14 $21,224 Transportation  
Edu. Capital Improvement  
County Finance & Employment Data Value Value
Total Revenues FY14 $14,149,361 Per Capita Revenues FY14 $489
Total Expenditures FY14 $12,877,559 Per Capita Expenditures FY14 $445
General Fund Budget FY16 $10,769,610 Per Capita Gen. Fund Budget FY16 $372
Total Debt Outstanding FY15 $3,404,195 Per Capita Debt Outstanding FY15 $118
Payroll FY16 $4,778,000 Credit Rating(s) FY13, if applicable:
Full-Time Employees FY16 146 Moody's A1
Part-Time Employees FY16 14 Standard & Poor's  
Full-Time Emp/1,000 Cnty Residents 5.05 Fitch