HAMPTON COUNTY
Date Formed:  1878 Hampton,Hampton,Hampton,Hampton,Hampton,Hampton,Hampton,Hampton
Land Area (square miles): 560
County Seat: Hampton
Other Cities and Towns: Brunson, Estill, Furman, Gifford, Luray, Scotia, Varnville, Yemassee
Form of Government: Council-Administrator
Council Members: 5
Method of Election: At-Large
Term Length: 4 years
Council of Government:  Lowcountry
County History
Hampton County and its county seat were named for Confederate General and South Carolina Governor Wade Hampton (1818-1902). The county was formed from Beaufort County in 1878, shortly after Wade Hampton took office as governor. Parts of Hampton County later went to form Jasper (1912) and Allendale (1919) counties. During the Civil War, while the coastal areas of Beaufort County were occupied by federal troops, many planters fled to the area that became Hampton County. General Sherman's troops passed through the county in 1865, fighting several skirmishes with Confederate troops. This section of the state has remained primarily agricultural. Athlete Lucile Ellerbe Godbold (1900-1981), who won two gold medals in track and field at the 1922 Olympics, grew up in Hampton County, and writer Vertamae Grosvenor was also born there. 
Population Trends Value Rank Value Rank
Census Population 1990 18,191 40 Numeric Change Census 1990-2010 2,899 33
Census Population 2000 21,386 39 Percent Change Census 1990-2010 15.9% 27
Census Population 2010 21,090 40 Numeric Change Pop. Est. 2010-2011 -245 37
Population Estimate 2010 21,066 40 Percent Change Pop. Est. 2010-2011 -1.2% 41
Population Estimate 2011 20,821 40 Persons Per Square Mile 37.7 41
Economic Data Value Rank Value Rank
Jobs 2010 5,364 41 Personal Income 2010, in thousands $573,156 41
Jobs 2009 5,385 41 Per Capita Personal Income 2010 $27,208 29
Jobs 2000 6,930 39 % of U.S. Per Capita PI 2010 68% 29
Jobs 1990 6,128 38 Average Wage Per Job 2010 $36,119 20
Avg. Ann. Growth Rate Jobs 1990-2010 -0.6% 32 % of U.S. Avg. Wage Per Job 2010 77% 20
Percent Change Jobs 2009-2010 -0.4% 13 Unemployment Rate 2011 13.9% 12
Numeric Change Jobs 2009-2010 -21 11
Value
Tax Data Value Per Capita Assessed Property 2010 $2,152
Assessed Property 2010 $45,393,823 Additional Sales Tax, if applicable:
County Base Millage Rate 2011 0.1900 Local Option Sales Tax 1.0%
Value of One Mil 2011 $47,573 Capital Projects Sales Tax Ended 12-09
Net Taxable Sales FY10 $72,778,471 School District Sales Tax  
Admissions Tax Collected FY10 $11,305 Transportation Sales Tax  
Accommodations Tax Collected FY10 $24,891
Value
County Finance & Employment Data Value Per Capita Revenues FY10 $744
Total Revenues FY10 $15,699,582 Per Capita Expenditures FY10 $898
Total Expenditures FY10 $18,928,422 Per Capita Gen. Fund Budget FY12 $579
General Fund Budget FY12 $12,217,350 Per Capita Debt Outstanding FY11 $35
Total Debt Outstanding FY11 $775,940 Credit Rating(s) FY11, if applicable:
Payroll FY12 $5,683,660 Moody's  
Full-Time Employees FY12 169 Standard & Poor's  
Part-Time Employees FY12 59 Fitch  
Full-Time Emp/1,000 Cnty Residents 8.01