GREENWOOD COUNTY
Date Formed:  1897 Greenwood,Greenwood,Greenwood,Greenwood,Greenwood,Greenwood,Greenwood,Greenwood
Land Area (square miles): 456
County Seat: Greenwood
Other Cities and Towns: Hodges, Ninety Six, Troy, Ware Shoals
Form of Government: Council-Manager
Council Members: 7
Method of Election: Single Member
Term Length: 4 years
Council of Government:  Upper Savannah
County History
Greenwood County takes its name from its county seat, Greenwood. The town of Greenwood was named around 1824 for the plantation of an early resident, John McGehee. Greenwood County was formed in 1897 from parts of Abbeville and Edgefield counties, which were originally part of the old Ninety Six District. This part of the backcountry was not settled until the mid-eighteenth century. The town of Ninety Six was established as a frontier trading post around 1730, and it was the site in November 1775 of one of the first South Carolina battles of the American Revolution. In May 1781, American forces besieged the British-held Star Fort at Ninety Six for over a month, but were forced to withdraw when British reinforcements approached. The arrival of the railroad in 1852 stimulated cotton growing and textile manufacturing in this area. Local plantation owner Francis Salvador (1747-1776), who was killed fighting Cherokees during the Revolutionary War, was the first Jewish person elected to the state legislature. U.S. Congressman Preston Smith Brooks (1819-1857) and educator Benjamin Mays (1894-1984) were also residents of Greenwood County.
Population Trends Value Rank Value Rank
Census Population 1990 59,567 18 Numeric Change Census 1990-2010 10,094 20
Census Population 2000 66,271 19 Percent Change Census 1990-2010 16.9% 26
Census Population 2010 69,661 19 Numeric Change Pop. Est. 2010-2011 112 20
Population Estimate 2010 69,723 19 Percent Change Pop. Est. 2010-2011 0.2% 20
Population Estimate 2011 69,835 19 Persons Per Square Mile 152.8 15
Economic Data Value Rank Value Rank
Jobs 2010 30,065 17 Personal Income 2010, in thousands $2,067,862 19
Jobs 2009 30,284 17 Per Capita Personal Income 2010 $29,658 19
Jobs 2000 35,543 16 % of U.S. Per Capita PI 2010 74% 19
Jobs 1990 31,880 15 Average Wage Per Job 2010 $36,761 15
Avg. Ann. Growth Rate Jobs 1990-2010 -0.3% 27 % of U.S. Avg. Wage Per Job 2010 78% 15
Percent Change Jobs 2009-2010 -0.7% 17 Unemployment Rate 2011 11.1% 26
Numeric Change Jobs 2009-2010 -219 23
Value
Tax Data Value Per Capita Assessed Property 2010 $3,624
Assessed Property 2010 $252,456,660 Additional Sales Tax, if applicable:
County Base Millage Rate 2011 0.0619 Local Option Sales Tax  
Value of One Mil 2011 $165,279 Capital Projects Sales Tax 1.0%
Net Taxable Sales FY10 $571,009,601 School District Sales Tax  
Admissions Tax Collected FY10 $338,914 Transportation Sales Tax  
Accommodations Tax Collected FY10 $158,136
Value
County Finance & Employment Data Value Per Capita Revenues FY10 $741
Total Revenues FY10 $51,599,524 Per Capita Expenditures FY10 $1,097
Total Expenditures FY10 $76,405,861 Per Capita Gen. Fund Budget FY12 $281
General Fund Budget FY12 $19,544,203 Per Capita Debt Outstanding FY11 $229
Total Debt Outstanding FY11 $16,119,102 Credit Rating(s) FY11, if applicable:
Payroll FY12 $15,023,519 Moody's Aa3
Full-Time Employees FY12 386 Standard & Poor's AA-
Part-Time Employees FY12 123 Fitch  
Full-Time Emp/1,000 Cnty Residents 5.54