DARLINGTON COUNTY
Date Formed:  1785 Darlington,Darlington,Darlington,Darlington,Darlington,Darlington,Darlington,Darlington
Land Area (square miles): 561
County Seat: Darlington
Other Cities and Towns: Hartsville, Lamar, Society Hill
Form of Government: Council-Administrator
Council Members: 8
Method of Election: Single Member
Term Length: 4 years
Council of Government:  Pee Dee
County History
The origin of the name of this county is uncertain, but it may have been named for Darlington, England. The county was formed in 1785, with the county seat at Darlington, and until 1800 it was a part of the Cheraws District. Parts of Darlington County were removed to form Florence County in 1888 and Lee County in 1902. This area was settled in the mid-eighteenth century by Welsh, Scotch-Irish, and English farmers, who grew cotton primarily. In more recent years the county has been best known for the stock car races which take place at the Darlington Raceway. David Rogerson Williams (1776-1830), South Carolina Governor and scientific experimenter, was a native of Darlington; he is remembered for introducing the mule to Southern agriculture. Other prominent Darlington residents were industrialists James Lide Coker (1837-1918) and David R. Coker (1870-1938) and novelists Annie Greene Nelson (1902-1993) and Elizabeth Boatwright Coker (1909-1993). 
Population Trends Value Rank Value Rank
Census Population 1990 61,851 17 Numeric Change Census 1990-2010 6,830 26
Census Population 2000 67,394 18 Percent Change Census 1990-2010 11.0% 33
Census Population 2010 68,681 20 Numeric Change Pop. Est. 2010-2011 -339 43
Population Estimate 2010 68,638 20 Percent Change Pop. Est. 2010-2011 -0.5% 31
Population Estimate 2011 68,299 20 Persons Per Square Mile 122.4 19
Economic Data Value Rank Value Rank
Jobs 2010 20,367 20 Personal Income 2010, in thousands $1,975,313 21
Jobs 2009 20,580 20 Per Capita Personal Income 2010 $28,779 22
Jobs 2000 24,938 19 % of U.S. Per Capita PI 2010 72% 22
Jobs 1990 23,775 18 Average Wage Per Job 2010 $40,909 10
Avg. Ann. Growth Rate Jobs 1990-2010 -0.7% 36 % of U.S. Avg. Wage Per Job 2010 87% 10
Percent Change Jobs 2009-2010 -1.0% 23 Unemployment Rate 2011 12.1% 21
Numeric Change Jobs 2009-2010 -213 22
Value
Tax Data Value Per Capita Assessed Property 2010 $3,034
Assessed Property 2010 $208,343,969 Additional Sales Tax, if applicable:
County Base Millage Rate 2011 0.0719 Local Option Sales Tax 1.0%
Value of One Mil 2011 $182,767 Capital Projects Sales Tax  
Net Taxable Sales FY10 $304,060,897 School District Sales Tax 1.0%
Admissions Tax Collected FY10 $171,621 Transportation Sales Tax  
Accommodations Tax Collected FY10 $65,571
Value
County Finance & Employment Data Value Per Capita Revenues FY10 $483
Total Revenues FY10 $33,180,594 Per Capita Expenditures FY10 $440
Total Expenditures FY10 $30,238,475 Per Capita Gen. Fund Budget FY12 $361
General Fund Budget FY12 $24,797,246 Per Capita Debt Outstanding FY11 $35
Total Debt Outstanding FY11 $2,368,573 Credit Rating(s) FY11, if applicable:
Payroll FY12 $11,357,328 Moody's A1
Full-Time Employees FY12 360 Standard & Poor's A+
Part-Time Employees FY12 133 Fitch  
Full-Time Emp/1,000 Cnty Residents 5.24