WILLIAMSBURG COUNTY
Date Formed:  1804
Land Area (square miles): 934
County Seat: Kingstree
Other Cities and Towns: Andrews, Greeleyville, Hemingway, Lane, Stuckey
Form of Government: Council-Supervisor
Council Members: 8
Method of Election: Single Member
Term Length: 4 years
Council of Government:  Waccamaw
County History
Williamsburg County was probably named for King William III of England (1650-1702). Scotch-Irish and French Huguenot settlers began moving into this part of the lowcountry around 1732, and in 1736 the township of Williamsburg was laid out on the Black River in the vicinity of the settlement of Kingstree. This area was part of Prince Frederick Parish, which in turn was part of Georgetown District. In 1804, Williamsburg became a separate district with the seat at Kingstree. A small part of Williamsburg later went to form Florence County in 1888. During the Revolutionary War, many of General Francis Marion's men hailed from this area, including Major John James (1732-1791). The battles of Black Mingo (September 28-29, 1780), Mount Hope Swamp (March 1781), and Lower Bridge (March 1781) were all fought in Williamsburg County. The county has remained primarily an agricultural region. Nobel Prize-winning geneticist Joseph L. Goldstein grew up in the town of Kingstree. 
Population Trends Value Rank Value Rank
Census Population 1990 36,815 26 Numeric Change Census 1990-2010 -2,392 46
Census Population 2000 37,217 27 Percent Change Census 1990-2010 -6.5% 45
Census Population 2010 34,423 29 Numeric Change Pop. Est. 2010-2015 -1,888 45
Population Estimate 2014 32,761 29 Percent Change Pop. Est. 2014-2015 -5.8% 43
Population Estimate 2015 32,535 29 Avg. Annual Growth Rate 2010 - 2015 -1.1% 43
Persons Per Square Mile 36.9 42
Economic Data Value Rank Value Rank
Jobs 2014 12,399 29 Personal Income 2014, in thousands $875,957 31
Jobs 2013 12,265 29 Avg. Annual Growth Rate, 1969 - 2014 6.0% 37
Jobs 2012 9,220 29 Per Capita Personal Income 2014 $26,792 42
Jobs 2000 10,806 32 % of U.S. Per Cap Personal Income 2014 58.2% 42
Jobs 1990 12,409 29 Average Wage Per Job 2015 $35,442 31
Avg. Ann. Growth Rate Jobs 1990-2010 -1.3% 41 % of U.S. Avg. Wage Per Job 2015 67.0% 31
Percent Change Jobs 2012-2014 1.1% 28 Unemployment Rate 2015 9.2% 6
Numeric Change Jobs 2013-2014 134 29
Tax Data Value Value
Assessed Property 2013 $90,965,719 Per Capita Assessed Property 2013 $2,643
County Base Millage Rate 2015 0.1671 Additional Sales Tax, if applicable:
Value of One Mil 2015 $91,035 Local Option 1.0%
Net Taxable Sales FY14 $175,365,156 Capital Projects  
State Admissions Tax FY14 $20,560 School District  
State Accommodations Tax Collected FY14 $13,336 Transportation  
Edu. Capital Improvement  
County Finance & Employment Data Value Value
Total Revenues FY14 $28,367,048 Per Capita Revenues FY14 $824
Total Expenditures FY14 $30,867,906 Per Capita Expenditures FY14 $897
General Fund Budget FY16 $19,873,121 Per Capita Gen. Fund Budget FY16 $577
Total Debt Outstanding FY15 *** Per Capita Debt Outstanding FY15 ***
Payroll FY16 $9,713,370 Credit Rating(s) FY13, if applicable:
Full-Time Employees FY16 289 Moody's A3
Part-Time Employees FY16 82 Standard & Poor's BBB
Full-Time Emp/1,000 Cnty Residents 8.40 Fitch