ANDERSON COUNTY
Date Formed:  1826 Anderson,Anderson,Anderson,Anderson,Anderson,Anderson,Anderson,Anderson
Land Area (square miles): 718
County Seat: Anderson
Other Cities and Towns: Belton, Clemson, Honea Path, Iva, Pelzer, West Pelzer, Pendleton, Starr, Williamston
Form of Government: Council-Administrator
Council Members: 7
Method of Election: Single Member
Term Length: 2 years
Council of Government:  Appalachian
County History
Anderson County and its county seat were named for Revolutionary War General Robert Anderson (1741-1812). This region was occupied by the Cherokee Indians until 1777, when it was ceded by treaty to the state. Part of the "Indian Land" became Pendleton District (also called Washington District at one time). The area was given its present name in 1826, when Pendleton District was split into Anderson and Pickens. Most of the early settlers of this area were Scotch-Irish farmers who moved south from Pennsylvania and Virginia in the eighteenth century. The oldest town in the county is Pendleton, which was founded around 1790; it became a popular summer resort for lowcountry planters in the nineteenth century. Some famous residents of Anderson County were U.S. Senator and South Carolina Governor Olin D. Johnston (1896-1965), business leader Charles E. Daniel (1895-1964), and composer Lily Strickland (1884-1958).
Population Trends Value Rank Value Rank
Census Population 1990 145,196 6 Numeric Change Census 1990-2010 41,930 11
Census Population 2000 165,740 7 Percent Change Census 1990-2010 28.9% 16
Census Population 2010 187,126 8 Numeric Change Pop. Est. 2010-2011 1,206 11
Population Estimate 2010 187,282 8 Percent Change Pop. Est. 2010-2011 0.6% 14
Population Estimate 2011 188,488 8 Persons Per Square Mile 260.6 8
Economic Data Value Rank Value Rank
Jobs 2010 60,067 11 Personal Income 2010, in thousands $5,602,680 10
Jobs 2009 60,224 11 Per Capita Personal Income 2010 $29,916 18
Jobs 2000 69,913 8 % of U.S. Per Capita PI 2010 75% 18
Jobs 1990 58,653 9 Average Wage Per Job 2010 $34,884 23
Avg. Ann. Growth Rate Jobs 1990-2010 0.1% 20 % of U.S. Avg. Wage Per Job 2010 74% 23
Percent Change Jobs 2009-2010 -0.3% 11 Unemployment Rate 2011 9.9% 33
Numeric Change Jobs 2009-2010 -157 20
Value
Tax Data Value Per Capita Assessed Property 2010 $3,555
Assessed Property 2010 $665,216,610 Additional Sales Tax, if applicable:
County Base Millage Rate 2011 0.0849 Local Option Sales Tax  
Value of One Mil 2011 $601,230 Capital Projects Sales Tax  
Net Taxable Sales FY10 $1,432,148,081 School District Sales Tax  
Admissions Tax Collected FY10 $476,135 Transportation Sales Tax  
Accommodations Tax Collected FY10 $328,035
Value
County Finance & Employment Data Value Per Capita Revenues FY10 $433
Total Revenues FY10 $80,954,734 Per Capita Expenditures FY10 $552
Total Expenditures FY10 $103,270,633 Per Capita Gen. Fund Budget FY12 $304
General Fund Budget FY12 $56,832,045 Per Capita Debt Outstanding FY11 $397
Total Debt Outstanding FY11 $74,062,897 Credit Rating(s) FY11, if applicable:
Payroll FY12 $30,410,325 Moody's Aa2
Full-Time Employees FY12 837 Standard & Poor's AA
Part-Time Employees FY12 135 Fitch  
Full-Time Emp/1,000 Cnty Residents 4.47