ABBEVILLE COUNTY
Date Formed:  1785 Abbeville-SC,Abbeville-SC,Abbeville-SC,Abbeville-SC,Abbeville-SC,Abbeville-SC,Abbeville-SC,Abbeville-SC
Land Area (square miles): 508
County Seat: Abbeville
Other Cities and Towns: Calhoun Falls, Donalds, Due West, Honea Path, Ware Shoals, Lowndesville
Form of Government: Council
Council Members: 7
Method of Election: Single Member
Term Length: 4 years
Council of Government:  Upper Savannah
County History
Both the county and its county seat were named for the French town of the same name. Originally part of Ninety-Six District, the area was designated as Abbeville County in 1785. Parts of Abbeville later went to form Greenwood (1897) and McCormick (1916) counties. The county was settled primarily by Scotch-Irish and French Huguenot farmers in the mid-eighteenth century. A historic treaty with the Cherokee Indians was signed at Dewitt's Corner (now Due West) in 1777. Abbeville was known as a hotbed of secession, and at the end of the Civil War the last Confederate council of war was held there. Abbeville's most famous native son was John C. Calhoun (1782-1850), U.S. Vice President, Secretary of War, Secretary of State, and Senator.
Population Trends Value Rank Value Rank
Census Population 1990 23,862 35 Numeric Change Census 1990-2010 1,555 37
Census Population 2000 26,167 35 Percent Change Census 1990-2010 6.5% 37
Census Population 2010 25,417 36 Numeric Change Pop. Est. 2010-2011 -193 31
Population Estimate 2010 25,354 36 Percent Change Pop. Est. 2010-2011 -0.8% 35
Population Estimate 2011 25,161 37 Persons Per Square Mile 50.0 34
Economic Data Value Rank Value Rank
Jobs 2010 6,267 38 Personal Income 2010, in thousands $667,806 36
Jobs 2009 6,353 39 Per Capita Personal Income 2010 $26,339 33
Jobs 2000 9,394 34 % of U.S. Per Capita PI 2010 66% 33
Jobs 1990 7,607 37 Average Wage Per Job 2010 $32,303 34
Avg. Ann. Growth Rate Jobs 1990-2010 -0.9% 38 % of U.S. Avg. Wage Per Job 2010 69% 34
Percent Change Jobs 2009-2010 -1.4% 25 Unemployment Rate 2011 11.7% 23
Numeric Change Jobs 2009-2010 -86 17
Value
Tax Data Value Per Capita Assessed Property 2010 $2,231
Assessed Property 2010 $56,711,801 Additional Sales Tax, if applicable:
County Base Millage Rate 2011 0.0948 Local Option Sales Tax 1.0%
Value of One Mil 2011 $56,700 Capital Projects Sales Tax  
Net Taxable Sales FY10 $73,549,515 School District Sales Tax  
Admissions Tax Collected FY10 $1,245 Transportation Sales Tax  
Accommodations Tax Collected FY10 ***
Value
County Finance & Employment Data Value Per Capita Revenues FY10 $497
Total Revenues FY10 $12,636,781 Per Capita Expenditures FY10 $354
Total Expenditures FY10 $9,004,487 Per Capita Gen. Fund Budget FY12 $362
General Fund Budget FY12 $9,197,552 Per Capita Debt Outstanding FY11 $288
Total Debt Outstanding FY11 $7,508,472 Credit Rating(s) FY11, if applicable:
Payroll FY12 $4,336,320 Moody's  
Full-Time Employees FY12 159 Standard & Poor's  
Part-Time Employees FY12 70 Fitch  
Full-Time Emp/1,000 Cnty Residents 6.26