BAMBERG COUNTY
Date Formed:  1897 Bamberg,Bamberg,Bamberg,Bamberg,Bamberg,Bamberg,Bamberg,Bamberg
Land Area (square miles): 393
County Seat: Bamberg
Other Cities and Towns: Denmark, Ehrhardt, Govan, Olar
Form of Government: Council-Administrator
Council Members: 7
Method of Election: Single Member
Term Length: 4 years
Council of Government:  Lower Savannah
County History
Bamberg County and its county seat were named for local resident William Seaborn Bamberg (1820-1858) and other members of the Bamberg family. The area was a part of Barnwell County until 1897 when the new county was established. Although the area has been primarily agricultural, several towns developed along the route of the South Carolina Railroad in the mid-nineteenth century. In February of 1865, Confederate soldiers fought an unsuccessful skirmish against General Sherman's troops at Rivers Bridge, now the site of a state park. The plantation of author William Gilmore Simms (1806-1870) was in what is now Bamberg County, and artist Jim Harrison is also a native of the county.
Population Trends Value Rank Value Rank
Census Population 1990 16,902 41 Numeric Change Census 1990-2010 -915 43
Census Population 2000 16,658 43 Percent Change Census 1990-2010 -5.4% 44
Census Population 2010 15,987 43 Numeric Change Pop. Est. 2010-2011 -4 24
Population Estimate 2010 15,979 43 Percent Change Pop. Est. 2010-2011 0.0% 24
Population Estimate 2011 15,975 43 Persons Per Square Mile 40.7 38
Economic Data Value Rank Value Rank
Jobs 2010 5,400 40 Personal Income 2010, in thousands $417,745 44
Jobs 2009 5,459 40 Per Capita Personal Income 2010 $26,143 36
Jobs 2000 5,622 40 % of U.S. Per Capita PI 2010 65% 36
Jobs 1990 4,992 41 Average Wage Per Job 2010 $27,205 46
Avg. Ann. Growth Rate Jobs 1990-2010 0.4% 16 % of U.S. Avg. Wage Per Job 2010 58% 46
Percent Change Jobs 2009-2010 -1.1% 24 Unemployment Rate 2011 15.3% 7
Numeric Change Jobs 2009-2010 -59 15
Value
Tax Data Value Per Capita Assessed Property 2010 $1,916
Assessed Property 2010 $30,625,679 Additional Sales Tax, if applicable:
County Base Millage Rate 2011 0.1287 Local Option Sales Tax 1.0%
Value of One Mil 2011 $27,620 Capital Projects Sales Tax  
Net Taxable Sales FY10 $61,541,691 School District Sales Tax  
Admissions Tax Collected FY10 $2,262 Transportation Sales Tax  
Accommodations Tax Collected FY10 ***
Value
County Finance & Employment Data Value Per Capita Revenues FY10 $404
Total Revenues FY10 $6,458,209 Per Capita Expenditures FY10 $423
Total Expenditures FY10 $6,757,804 Per Capita Gen. Fund Budget FY12 $472
General Fund Budget FY12 $7,552,350 Per Capita Debt Outstanding FY11 $143
Total Debt Outstanding FY11 $2,163,612 Credit Rating(s) FY11, if applicable:
Payroll FY12 $2,991,961 Moody's  
Full-Time Employees FY12 86 Standard & Poor's  
Part-Time Employees FY12 19 Fitch  
Full-Time Emp/1,000 Cnty Residents 5.38