PICKENS COUNTY
Date Formed:  1826
Land Area (square miles): 497
County Seat: Pickens
Other Cities and Towns: Central, Clemson, Easley, Liberty, Norris, Six Mile
Form of Government: Council-Administrator
Council Members: 6
Method of Election: Single Member
Term Length: 4 years
Council of Government:  Appalachian
County History
Pickens County was named for Revolutionary War hero Andrew Pickens (1739-1817). This area in the northwestern corner of the state was Indian territory until 1777. It subsequently became part of Pendleton District (at one time called Washington District). In 1826 Pendleton was divided into two counties, Pickens and Anderson; the western portion of Pickens County was later split off to form Oconee County (1868). The earliest European settlers in this region were Indian traders. The British built Fort Prince George around 1753 as protection against the Indians, and the fort was the site of several battles in the Cherokee War of 1756. The Cherokee town of Old Seneca was later destroyed by American troops in 1776. John C. Calhoun (1782-1850), U.S. Vice President, Senator, and cabinet member, made his home at Fort Hill plantation in Pickens County. His son-in-law, Thomas Green Clemson (1807-1888), bequeathed the plantation to the state for use as an agricultural college, which led to the founding of Clemson University. 
Population Trends Value Rank Value Rank
Census Population 1990 93,894 13 Numeric Change Census 1990-2010 25,330 13
Census Population 2000 110,757 13 Percent Change Census 1990-2010 27.0% 17
Census Population 2010 119,224 14 Numeric Change Pop. Est. 2010-2015 2,467 15
Population Estimate 2014 120,622 14 Percent Change Pop. Est. 2014-2015 2.0% 16
Population Estimate 2015 121,691 14 Avg. Annual Growth Rate 2010 - 2015 0.4% 16
Persons Per Square Mile 239.9 9
Economic Data Value Rank Value Rank
Jobs 2014 47,454 14 Personal Income 2014, in thousands $3,902,194 14
Jobs 2013 47,065 14 Avg. Annual Growth Rate, 1969 - 2014 7.3% 10
Jobs 2012 37,334 14 Per Capita Personal Income 2014 $32,419 22
Jobs 2000 41,478 13 % of U.S. Per Cap Personal Income 2014 70.4% 22
Jobs 1990 36,368 13 Average Wage Per Job 2015 $37,560 21
Avg. Ann. Growth Rate Jobs 1990-2010 0.1% 18 % of U.S. Avg. Wage Per Job 2015 71.0% 21
Percent Change Jobs 2012-2014 0.8% 32 Unemployment Rate 2015 5.8% 32
Numeric Change Jobs 2013-2014 389 25
Tax Data Value Value
Assessed Property 2013 $461,980,291 Per Capita Assessed Property 2013 $3,875
County Base Millage Rate 2015 0.0593 Additional Sales Tax, if applicable:
Value of One Mil 2015 $459,057 Local Option 1.0%
Net Taxable Sales FY14 $937,925,801 Capital Projects  
State Admissions Tax FY14 $861,019 School District  
State Accommodations Tax Collected FY14 $424,932 Transportation  
Edu. Capital Improvement  
County Finance & Employment Data Value Value
Total Revenues FY14 $54,398,298 Per Capita Revenues FY14 $456
Total Expenditures FY14 $69,461,649 Per Capita Expenditures FY14 $583
General Fund Budget FY16 $37,006,499 Per Capita Gen. Fund Budget FY16 $310
Total Debt Outstanding FY15 $10,537,309 Per Capita Debt Outstanding FY15 $88
Payroll FY16 $20,321,434 Credit Rating(s) FY13, if applicable:
Full-Time Employees FY16 492 Moody's Aa2
Part-Time Employees FY16 162 Standard & Poor's  
Full-Time Emp/1,000 Cnty Residents 4.13 Fitch AA