NEWBERRY COUNTY
Date Formed:  1785
Land Area (square miles): 631
County Seat: Newberry
Other Cities and Towns: Little Mountain, Peak, Pomaria, Prosperity, Silverstreet, Whitmire
Form of Government: Council-Administrator
Council Members: 7
Method of Election: Single Member
Term Length: 4 years
Council of Government:  Central Midlands
County History
The origin of the name Newberry is unknown. The county was formed in 1785 as a part of Ninety Six District. This part of the upcountry was settled largely by Scotch-Irish, English, and German immigrants in the mid-eighteenth century. Germans were so prevalent in part of Newberry County that it become known as Dutch Fork, with Dutch meaning Deutsch (German). Large-scale cotton farming replaced small farms in the nineteenth century, and the coming of the railroad made Newberry a leading cotton market. Historians John Belton O'Neall (1795-1863) and David Duncan Wallace (1874-1951) were Newberry County natives, as was South Carolina Governor and U.S. Senator Coleman L. Blease (1868-1942).
Population Trends Value Rank Value Rank
Census Population 1990 33,172 29 Numeric Change Census 1990-2010 4,336 30
Census Population 2000 36,108 28 Percent Change Census 1990-2010 13.1% 31
Census Population 2010 37,508 27 Numeric Change Pop. Est. 2010-2015 504 21
Population Estimate 2014 37,807 26 Percent Change Pop. Est. 2014-2015 1.3% 21
Population Estimate 2015 38,012 26 Avg. Annual Growth Rate 2010 - 2015 0.3% 21
Persons Per Square Mile 59.4 28
Economic Data Value Rank Value Rank
Jobs 2014 17,267 26 Personal Income 2014, in thousands $1,272,771 26
Jobs 2013 17,198 26 Avg. Annual Growth Rate, 1969 - 2014 6.3% 32
Jobs 2012 14,157 25 Per Capita Personal Income 2014 $33,686 18
Jobs 2000 14,486 26 % of U.S. Per Cap Personal Income 2014 73.2% 18
Jobs 1990 12,684 28 Average Wage Per Job 2015 $35,540 30
Avg. Ann. Growth Rate Jobs 1990-2010 0.6% 12 % of U.S. Avg. Wage Per Job 2015 67.1% 30
Percent Change Jobs 2012-2014 0.4% 36 Unemployment Rate 2015 5.3% 41
Numeric Change Jobs 2013-2014 69 33
Tax Data Value Value
Assessed Property 2013 $133,456,673 Per Capita Assessed Property 2013 $3,558
County Base Millage Rate 2015 0.1422 Additional Sales Tax, if applicable:
Value of One Mil 2015 $124,294 Local Option  
Net Taxable Sales FY14 $244,335,523 Capital Projects 1.0%
State Admissions Tax FY14 $16,885 School District  
State Accommodations Tax Collected FY14 $108,226 Transportation  
Edu. Capital Improvement  
County Finance & Employment Data Value Value
Total Revenues FY14 $26,825,277 Per Capita Revenues FY14 $715
Total Expenditures FY14 $31,703,620 Per Capita Expenditures FY14 $845
General Fund Budget FY16 $23,629,423 Per Capita Gen. Fund Budget FY16 $630
Total Debt Outstanding FY15 $10,888,492 Per Capita Debt Outstanding FY15 $290
Payroll FY16 $7,889,395 Credit Rating(s) FY13, if applicable:
Full-Time Employees FY16 195 Moody's Aa3
Part-Time Employees FY16 19 Standard & Poor's  
Full-Time Emp/1,000 Cnty Residents 5.20 Fitch