CHESTERFIELD COUNTY
Date Formed:  1785 Chesterfield,Chesterfield,Chesterfield,Chesterfield,Chesterfield,Chesterfield,Chesterfield,Chesterfield
Land Area (square miles): 799
County Seat: Chesterfield
Other Cities and Towns: Cheraw, Jefferson, McBee, Mount Croghan, Pageland, Patrick, Ruby
Form of Government: Council-Administrator
Council Members: 9
Method of Election: Single Member
Term Length: 4 years
Council of Government:  Pee Dee
County History
Chesterfield County was named for the English statesman Lord Chesterfield (1694-1773). The county seat is the town of Chesterfield, but the oldest town in the county is Cheraw, which was settled around 1748. The county was formed in 1785, but until 1800 it was part of the larger Cheraws District. Welsh settlers from Pennsylvania and Delaware moved into this region in the mid-eighteenth century, and they were later joined by Scotch-Irish and English. Cheraw was a center for transportation along the Great Pee Dee River, but most of the county is agricultural. General Sherman's troops passed through this area during the Civil War, briefly occupying the towns of Cheraw and Chesterfield. Cheraw State Park, founded in 1934, is the oldest of the state parks. Jazz musician Dizzy Gillespie (1917-1993) was a native of Chesterfield County.
Population Trends Value Rank Value Rank
Census Population 1990 38,577 25 Numeric Change Census 1990-2010 8,157 24
Census Population 2000 42,768 25 Percent Change Census 1990-2010 21.1% 22
Census Population 2010 46,734 25 Numeric Change Pop. Est. 2010-2011 -110 27
Population Estimate 2010 46,667 25 Percent Change Pop. Est. 2010-2011 -0.2% 27
Population Estimate 2011 46,557 25 Persons Per Square Mile 58.5 29
Economic Data Value Rank Value Rank
Jobs 2010 13,767 26 Personal Income 2010, in thousands $1,120,124 25
Jobs 2009 13,856 26 Per Capita Personal Income 2010 $24,002 44
Jobs 2000 17,485 25 % of U.S. Per Capita PI 2010 60% 44
Jobs 1990 16,231 25 Average Wage Per Job 2010 $32,603 33
Avg. Ann. Growth Rate Jobs 1990-2010 -0.8% 37 % of U.S. Avg. Wage Per Job 2010 69% 33
Percent Change Jobs 2009-2010 -0.6% 16 Unemployment Rate 2011 13.6% 14
Numeric Change Jobs 2009-2010 -89 18
Value
Tax Data Value Per Capita Assessed Property 2010 $2,381
Assessed Property 2010 $111,293,321 Additional Sales Tax, if applicable:
County Base Millage Rate 2011 0.0958 Local Option Sales Tax 1.0%
Value of One Mil 2011 $90,000 Capital Projects Sales Tax  
Net Taxable Sales FY10 $184,609,991 School District Sales Tax 1.0%
Admissions Tax Collected FY10 $20,245 Transportation Sales Tax  
Accommodations Tax Collected FY10 $44,613
Value
County Finance & Employment Data Value Per Capita Revenues FY10 $315
Total Revenues FY10 $14,703,051 Per Capita Expenditures FY10 $379
Total Expenditures FY10 $17,704,948 Per Capita Gen. Fund Budget FY12 $289
General Fund Budget FY12 $13,520,322 Per Capita Debt Outstanding FY11 $53
Total Debt Outstanding FY11 $2,304,791 Credit Rating(s) FY11, if applicable:
Payroll FY12 $5,692,069 Moody's  
Full-Time Employees FY12 210 Standard & Poor's  
Part-Time Employees FY12 40 Fitch  
Full-Time Emp/1,000 Cnty Residents 4.49