CALHOUN COUNTY
Date Formed:  1908 Calhoun,Calhoun,Calhoun,Calhoun,Calhoun,Calhoun,Calhoun,Calhoun
Land Area (square miles): 380
County Seat: St. Matthews
Other Cities and Towns: Cameron
Form of Government: Council
Council Members: 5
Method of Election: Single Member
Term Length: 4 years
Council of Government:  Lower Savannah
County History
Calhoun County was named for John C. Calhoun (1782-1850), who served as U.S. Vice President, Secretary of War, Secretary of State, and Senator. The county seat, the town of St. Matthews, was settled around 1841 in an area that was known for its cotton plantations. The county itself was formed in 1908 from parts of Orangeburg and Lexington counties. During the Revolutionary War a famous incident took place at Fort Motte in present day Calhoun County. Rebecca Motte (1738-1815), a local plantation owner, helped the Revolutionary troops drive the British out of her plantation house; she reportedly provided the soldiers with a burning arrow to destroy her own dwelling. Another famous resident of the area was Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Julia Peterkin (1880-1961), who lived at Lang Syne Plantation. 
Population Trends Value Rank Value Rank
Census Population 1990 12,753 44 Numeric Change Census 1990-2010 2,422 34
Census Population 2000 15,185 44 Percent Change Census 1990-2010 19.0% 24
Census Population 2010 15,175 44 Numeric Change Pop. Est. 2010-2011 4 23
Population Estimate 2010 15,141 44 Percent Change Pop. Est. 2010-2011 0.0% 21
Population Estimate 2011 15,145 44 Persons Per Square Mile 39.9 39
Economic Data Value Rank Value Rank
Jobs 2010 4,306 43 Personal Income 2010, in thousands $503,876 42
Jobs 2009 4,482 43 Per Capita Personal Income 2010 $33,279 9
Jobs 2000 4,467 44 % of U.S. Per Capita PI 2010 83% 9
Jobs 1990 3,989 45 Average Wage Per Job 2010 $38,720 12
Avg. Ann. Growth Rate Jobs 1990-2010 0.4% 17 % of U.S. Avg. Wage Per Job 2010 82% 12
Percent Change Jobs 2009-2010 -3.9% 40 Unemployment Rate 2011 12.1% 21
Numeric Change Jobs 2009-2010 -176 21
Value
Tax Data Value Per Capita Assessed Property 2010 $5,238
Assessed Property 2010 $79,493,448 Additional Sales Tax, if applicable:
County Base Millage Rate 2011 0.1125 Local Option Sales Tax 1.0%
Value of One Mil 2011 $53,200 Capital Projects Sales Tax  
Net Taxable Sales FY10 $42,387,827 School District Sales Tax  
Admissions Tax Collected FY10 *** Transportation Sales Tax  
Accommodations Tax Collected FY10  ***
Value
County Finance & Employment Data Value Per Capita Revenues FY10 $1,049
Total Revenues FY10 $15,921,099 Per Capita Expenditures FY10 $1,046
Total Expenditures FY10 $15,878,510 Per Capita Gen. Fund Budget FY12 $733
General Fund Budget FY12 $11,123,164 Per Capita Debt Outstanding FY11 $185
Total Debt Outstanding FY11 $2,832,158 Credit Rating(s) FY11, if applicable:
Payroll FY12 $4,759,569 Moody's  
Full-Time Employees FY12 142 Standard & Poor's  
Part-Time Employees FY12 24 Fitch  
Full-Time Emp/1,000 Cnty Residents 9.36