GEORGETOWN COUNTY
Date Formed:  1769 Georgetown,Georgetown,Georgetown,Georgetown,Georgetown,Georgetown,Georgetown,Georgetown
Land Area (square miles): 815
County Seat: Georgetown
Other Cities and Towns: Andrews, Pawleys Island
Form of Government: Council-Administrator
Council Members: 7
Method of Election: Single Member
Term Length: 4 years
Council of Government:  Waccamaw
County History
Georgetown County and its county seat were named for King George II of England. Spanish explorers are believed to have visited this coastal area in 1526, but no permanent settlement was established. English planters and their African slaves moved into the region in the early eighteenth century, building large rice and indigo plantations. The town of Georgetown, which was established around 1730, was a busy port serving the surrounding plantations. Georgetown District was first named in 1769 and in 1785 the district was divided into four counties: Liberty (which became Marion District in 1800), Kingston (which became Horry District in 1801), Williamsburg (which became a separate district in 1804), and Winyah (which was renamed Georgetown in 1800). Many famous South Carolinians were residents of Georgetown County, including Thomas Lynch, Jr. (1749-1779), a signer of the Declaration of Independence; Joel Roberts Poinsett (1779-1851), U.S. Congressman, Secretary of War, and Ambassador to Mexico, who introduced the poinsettia to the U.S.; and Joseph Hayne Rainey (1832-1887), the first African-American elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
Population Trends Value Rank Value Rank
Census Population 1990 46,302 22 Numeric Change Census 1990-2010 13,856 18
Census Population 2000 55,797 22 Percent Change Census 1990-2010 29.9% 14
Census Population 2010 60,158 23 Numeric Change Pop. Est. 2010-2011 -149 29
Population Estimate 2010 60,140 23 Percent Change Pop. Est. 2010-2011 -0.2% 28
Population Estimate 2011 59,991 23 Persons Per Square Mile 73.8 25
Economic Data Value Rank Value Rank
Jobs 2010 24,127 18 Personal Income 2010, in thousands $2,245,630 18
Jobs 2009 24,683 18 Per Capita Personal Income 2010 $37,340 3
Jobs 2000 23,547 20 % of U.S. Per Capita PI 2010 94% 3
Jobs 1990 19,081 23 Average Wage Per Job 2010 $34,855 24
Avg. Ann. Growth Rate Jobs 1990-2010 1.3% 8 % of U.S. Avg. Wage Per Job 2010 74% 24
Percent Change Jobs 2009-2010 -2.3% 33 Unemployment Rate 2011 10.9% 28
Numeric Change Jobs 2009-2010 -556 35
Value
Tax Data Value Per Capita Assessed Property 2010 $9,294
Assessed Property 2010 $559,133,771 Additional Sales Tax, if applicable:
County Base Millage Rate 2011 0.0529 Local Option Sales Tax  
Value of One Mil 2011 $539,397 Capital Projects Sales Tax  
Net Taxable Sales FY10 $516,278,069 School District Sales Tax  
Admissions Tax Collected FY10 $865,532 Transportation Sales Tax  
Accommodations Tax Collected FY10 $1,258,380
Value
County Finance & Employment Data Value Per Capita Revenues FY10 $1,301
Total Revenues FY10 $78,292,981 Per Capita Expenditures FY10 $1,402
Total Expenditures FY10 $84,367,719 Per Capita Gen. Fund Budget FY12 $366
General Fund Budget FY12 $22,038,000 Per Capita Debt Outstanding FY11 $207
Total Debt Outstanding FY11 $13,100,000 Credit Rating(s) FY11, if applicable:
Payroll FY12 $27,424,970 Moody's Aa2
Full-Time Employees FY12 580 Standard & Poor's AA-
Part-Time Employees FY12 95 Fitch  
Full-Time Emp/1,000 Cnty Residents 9.64