SPARTANBURG COUNTY
Date Formed:  1785
Land Area (square miles): 811
County Seat: Spartanburg
Other Cities and Towns: Campobello, Central Pacolet, Chesnee, Cowpens, Duncan, Greer, Inman, Landrum, Lyman, Pacolet, Reidville, Wellford, Woodruff
Form of Government: Council-Administrator
Council Members: 7
Method of Election: Single Member/ Chair at-Large
Term Length: 4 years
Council of Government:  Appalachian
County History
Spartanburg County and its county seat were named for the Spartan Regiment, a local militia unit that fought in the Revolutionary War. The county was formed in 1785 as a part of Ninety Six District, and from 1791 to 1799 it was part of Pinckney District. A part of Spartanburg County later went to form Cherokee County in 1897. European settlers, primarily Scotch-Irish, began moving into this area from Pennsylvania and Virginia in the late eighteenth century. For many years the primary occupations were small-scale cattle raising and cotton farming. Areas with mineral springs, such as Glenn Springs, were also popular summer resorts for lowcountry residents. Following the Civil War, textile manufacturing became the dominant industry, and Spartanburg County remains an important manufacturing center today. Some well-known Spartanburg residents are hymn writer and publisher William Walker (1809-1875), U.S. Army General William C. Westmoreland, and industrialist Roger Milliken.
Population Trends Value Rank Value Rank
Census Population 1990 226,800 4 Numeric Change Census 1990-2010 57,507 7
Census Population 2000 253,791 4 Percent Change Census 1990-2010 25.4% 18
Census Population 2010 284,307 4 Numeric Change Pop. Est. 2010-2015 12,995 10
Population Estimate 2014 293,536 5 Percent Change Pop. Est. 2014-2015 4.4% 12
Population Estimate 2015 297,302 5 Avg. Annual Growth Rate 2010 - 2015 0.9% 12
Persons Per Square Mile 350.6 5
Economic Data Value Rank Value Rank
Jobs 2014 158,341 4 Personal Income 2014, in thousands $10,738,530 5
Jobs 2013 154,898 4 Avg. Annual Growth Rate, 1969 - 2014 7.0% 14
Jobs 2012 119,497 4 Per Capita Personal Income 2014 $36,583 9
Jobs 2000 131,795 4 % of U.S. Per Cap Personal Income 2014 79.4% 9
Jobs 1990 115,226 4 Average Wage Per Job 2015 $44,138 9
Avg. Ann. Growth Rate Jobs 1990-2010 0.2% 17 % of U.S. Avg. Wage Per Job 2015 83.4% 9
Percent Change Jobs 2012-2014 2.3% 16 Unemployment Rate 2015 5.7% 34
Numeric Change Jobs 2013-2014 3,443 5
Tax Data Value Value
Assessed Property 2013 $1,117,842,618 Per Capita Assessed Property 2013 $3,932
County Base Millage Rate 2015 0.0830 Additional Sales Tax, if applicable:
Value of One Mil 2015 $1,053,454 Local Option  
Net Taxable Sales FY14 $2,821,104,948 Capital Projects  
State Admissions Tax FY14 $598,563 School District  
State Accommodations Tax Collected FY14 $905,928 Transportation  
Edu. Capital Improvement  
County Finance & Employment Data Value Value
Total Revenues FY14 $161,712,264 Per Capita Revenues FY14 $569
Total Expenditures FY14 $117,410,711 Per Capita Expenditures FY14 $413
General Fund Budget FY16 $82,574,000 Per Capita Gen. Fund Budget FY16 $290
Total Debt Outstanding FY15 $75,039,999 Per Capita Debt Outstanding FY15 $264
Payroll FY16 $53,389,741 Credit Rating(s) FY13, if applicable:
Full-Time Employees FY16 1345 Moody's Aa3
Part-Time Employees FY16 169 Standard & Poor's  
Full-Time Emp/1,000 Cnty Residents 4.73 Fitch AA