SUMTER COUNTY
Date Formed:  1800
Land Area (square miles): 665
County Seat: Sumter
Other Cities and Towns: Mayesville, Pinewood
Form of Government: Council-Administrator
Council Members: 7
Method of Election: Single Member
Term Length: 4 years
Council of Government:  Santee Lynches
County History
Sumter County and its county seat were named for Revolutionary War General Thomas Sumter (1734-1832), who was a resident of the area. This county has changed its name and boundaries several times. In 1785 Claremont County was formed as a part of Camden District; a part of the county was later split off in 1791 to form Salem County. Claremont, Clarendon, and Salem counties were combined into Sumter District in 1800. Clarendon was once again split off in 1857, however, and another small part of Sumter County went to form Lee County in 1902. This part of the state began attracting English settlers from the lowcountry and from Virginia in the mid-eighteenth century. The area known as the High Hills of Santee, a narrow ridge along the Wateree River, was famous for its healthy climate and rich soil. Sumter County eventually became a leading agricultural region. In 1941, Shaw Air Force Base was established near Sumter, and it continues today as an active duty fighter base. Confederate General Richard Heron Anderson (1821-1879) was a Sumter resident, as were opera singer Clara Louise Kellogg (1842-1916) and educator Mary McLeod Bethune (1875-1955).
Population Trends Value Rank Value Rank
Census Population 1990 102,637 12 Numeric Change Census 1990-2010 4,819 28
Census Population 2000 104,646 14 Percent Change Census 1990-2010 4.7% 38
Census Population 2010 107,456 15 Numeric Change Pop. Est. 2010-2015 24 25
Population Estimate 2014 107,940 15 Percent Change Pop. Est. 2014-2015 0.0% 25
Population Estimate 2015 107,480 15 Avg. Annual Growth Rate 2010 - 2015 0.0% 25
Persons Per Square Mile 161.6 14
Economic Data Value Rank Value Rank
Jobs 2014 53,712 13 Personal Income 2014, in thousands $3,893,440 15
Jobs 2013 53,018 13 Avg. Annual Growth Rate, 1969 - 2014 6.7% 22
Jobs 2012 42,524 12 Per Capita Personal Income 2014 $36,077 11
Jobs 2000 50,482 12 % of U.S. Per Cap Personal Income 2014 78.3% 11
Jobs 1990 43,721 12 Average Wage Per Job 2015 $35,281 32
Avg. Ann. Growth Rate Jobs 1990-2010 -0.1% 21 % of U.S. Avg. Wage Per Job 2015 66.6% 32
Percent Change Jobs 2012-2014 1.3% 25 Unemployment Rate 2015 6.9% 22
Numeric Change Jobs 2013-2014 694 20
Tax Data Value Value
Assessed Property 2013 $321,514,890 Per Capita Assessed Property 2013 $2,992
County Base Millage Rate 2015 0.1113 Additional Sales Tax, if applicable:
Value of One Mil 2015 $290,000 Local Option 1.0%
Net Taxable Sales FY14 $737,757,299 Capital Projects 1.0%
State Admissions Tax FY14 $158,101 School District  
State Accommodations Tax Collected FY14 $310,762 Transportation  
Edu. Capital Improvement  
County Finance & Employment Data Value Value
Total Revenues FY14 $107,502,803 Per Capita Revenues FY14 $1,000
Total Expenditures FY14 $121,883,036 Per Capita Expenditures FY14 $1,134
General Fund Budget FY16 $49,349,943 Per Capita Gen. Fund Budget FY16 $459
Total Debt Outstanding FY15 $31,633,902 Per Capita Debt Outstanding FY15 $294
Payroll FY16 $19,805,496 Credit Rating(s) FY13, if applicable:
Full-Time Employees FY16 553 Moody's Aa2
Part-Time Employees FY16 92 Standard & Poor's AA-
Full-Time Emp/1,000 Cnty Residents 5.15 Fitch