FLORENCE COUNTY
Date Formed:  1888 Florence,Florence,Florence,Florence,Florence,Florence,Florence,Florence
Land Area (square miles): 800
County Seat: Florence
Other Cities and Towns: Coward, Johnsonville, Lake City, Olanta, Pamplico, Quinby, Scranton, Timmonsville
Form of Government: Council-Administrator
Council Members: 9
Method of Election: Single Member
Term Length: 4 years
Council of Government:  Pee Dee
County History
Florence County took its name from its county seat, the City of Florence. The county was formed in 1888 from parts of Marion, Darlington, Williamsburg, and Clarendon counties. The City of Florence was founded in the 1850s as a stop on the Wilmington and Manchester Railroad; it was named for Florence Harllee, daughter of William Wallace Harllee (1812-1897), the president of the railroad. Florence soon became an important transportation center for the Pee Dee region. During the Civil War it was the site of a Confederate prison camp. In later years tobacco growing became a major activity in the county. Some famous Florence County natives are artist William H. Johnson (1901-1970), astronaut Ronald E. McNair (1950-1986), and stock car racer Cale Yarborough.
Population Trends Value Rank Value Rank
Census Population 1990 114,344 11 Numeric Change Census 1990-2010 22,541 14
Census Population 2000 125,761 11 Percent Change Census 1990-2010 19.7% 23
Census Population 2010 136,885 12 Numeric Change Pop. Est. 2010-2011 795 13
Population Estimate 2010 137,067 13 Percent Change Pop. Est. 2010-2011 0.6% 15
Population Estimate 2011 137,862 13 Persons Per Square Mile 171.1 12
Economic Data Value Rank Value Rank
Jobs 2010 66,139 9 Personal Income 2010, in thousands $4,617,112 12
Jobs 2009 67,216 9 Per Capita Personal Income 2010 $33,685 8
Jobs 2000 69,898 9 % of U.S. Per Capita PI 2010 84% 8
Jobs 1990 60,293 8 Average Wage Per Job 2010 $37,340 13
Avg. Ann. Growth Rate Jobs 1990-2010 0.5% 14 % of U.S. Avg. Wage Per Job 2010 79% 13
Percent Change Jobs 2009-2010 -1.6% 27 Unemployment Rate 2011 11.0% 27
Numeric Change Jobs 2009-2010 -1,077 43
Value
Tax Data Value Per Capita Assessed Property 2010 $3,606
Assessed Property 2010 $493,575,353 Additional Sales Tax, if applicable:
County Base Millage Rate 2011 0.0818 Local Option Sales Tax 1.0%
Value of One Mil 2011 $435,851 Capital Projects Sales Tax 1.0%
Net Taxable Sales FY10 $1,629,377,142 School District Sales Tax  
Admissions Tax Collected FY10 $404,522 Transportation Sales Tax  
Accommodations Tax Collected FY10 $858,714
Value
County Finance & Employment Data Value Per Capita Revenues FY10 $671
Total Revenues FY10 $91,861,117 Per Capita Expenditures FY10 $688
Total Expenditures FY10 $94,138,341 Per Capita Gen. Fund Budget FY12 $352
General Fund Budget FY12 $48,229,641 Per Capita Debt Outstanding FY11 $104
Total Debt Outstanding FY11 $14,115,000 Credit Rating(s) FY11, if applicable:
Payroll FY12 $25,931,414 Moody's Aa2
Full-Time Employees FY12 736 Standard & Poor's  
Part-Time Employees FY12 41 Fitch  
Full-Time Emp/1,000 Cnty Residents 5.38