SALUDA COUNTY
Date Formed:  1895
Land Area (square miles): 452
County Seat: Saluda
Other Cities and Towns: Batesburg-Leesville, Monetta, Ridge Spring, Ward
Form of Government: Council
Council Members: 5
Method of Election: Single Member/ Chair at-Large
Term Length: 4 years
Council of Government:  Upper Savannah
County History
Saluda County was named for the Saluda River, which forms one of its borders. The county was established in 1895 from part of Edgefield County. The Cherokee Indians lived in this area for many years. In 1755 they signed a treaty with the British at their settlement, known as Saluda Old Town. Scotch-Irish and English settlers subsequently began moving into the area, while the Cherokees moved farther to the north. Two famous heroes of the Alamo, William Barrett Travis (1809-1836) and James Butler Bonham (1807-1836) were natives of what is now Saluda County.
Population Trends Value Rank Value Rank
Census Population 1990 16,357 42 Numeric Change Census 1990-2010 3,518 31
Census Population 2000 19,181 42 Percent Change Census 1990-2010 21.5% 21
Census Population 2010 19,875 41 Numeric Change Pop. Est. 2010-2015 178 22
Population Estimate 2014 20,027 41 Percent Change Pop. Est. 2014-2015 0.9% 22
Population Estimate 2015 20,053 40 Avg. Annual Growth Rate 2010 - 2015 0.2% 22
Persons Per Square Mile 44.0 36
Economic Data Value Rank Value Rank
Jobs 2014 6,277 43 Personal Income 2014, in thousands $602,925 39
Jobs 2013 6,145 43 Avg. Annual Growth Rate, 1969 - 2014 6.4% 28
Jobs 2012 4,831 42 Per Capita Personal Income 2014 $30,107 28
Jobs 2000 5,232 42 % of U.S. Per Cap Personal Income 2014 65.4% 27
Jobs 1990 4,416 42 Average Wage Per Job 2015 $30,279 46
Avg. Ann. Growth Rate Jobs 1990-2010 0.5% 14 % of U.S. Avg. Wage Per Job 2015 57.2% 46
Percent Change Jobs 2012-2014 2.1% 17 Unemployment Rate 2015 5.2% 42
Numeric Change Jobs 2013-2014 132 30
Tax Data Value Value
Assessed Property 2013 $56,011,730 Per Capita Assessed Property 2013 $2,818
County Base Millage Rate 2015 0.1449 Additional Sales Tax, if applicable:
Value of One Mil 2015 $55,779 Local Option 1.0%
Net Taxable Sales FY14 $42,734,054 Capital Projects  
State Admissions Tax FY14 $15,881 School District  
State Accommodations Tax Collected FY14 $15,340 Transportation  
Edu. Capital Improvement  
County Finance & Employment Data Value Value
Total Revenues FY14 $11,322,282 Per Capita Revenues FY14 $570
Total Expenditures FY14 $9,113,702 Per Capita Expenditures FY14 $459
General Fund Budget FY16 $9,885,142 Per Capita Gen. Fund Budget FY16 $497
Total Debt Outstanding FY15 $1,502,762 Per Capita Debt Outstanding FY15 $76
Payroll FY16 $4,336,755 Credit Rating(s) FY13, if applicable:
Full-Time Employees FY16 126 Moody's  
Part-Time Employees FY16 21 Standard & Poor's  
Full-Time Emp/1,000 Cnty Residents 6.34 Fitch