JASPER COUNTY
Date Formed:  1912 Jasper,Jasper,Jasper,Jasper,Jasper,Jasper,Jasper,Jasper
Land Area (square miles): 656
County Seat: Ridgeland
Other Cities and Towns: Hardeeville
Form of Government: Council-Administrator
Council Members: 5
Method of Election: At Large
Term Length: 4 years
Council of Government:  Lowcountry
County History
Jasper County was named for Revolutionary War hero Sergeant William Jasper (ca.1750-1779). The county was formed in 1912 from parts of Beaufort and Hampton counties. This area of the state was the home of the Yemassee and Coosaw Indians until colonial times. In 1732 Swiss-German immigrants led by Jean Pierre Purry established a settlement called Purrysburgh on the Savannah River, but the town did not survive. Other settlers built extensive rice plantations, some of which now form the Savannah River National Wildlife Refuge. Two other towns in the county, Coosawhatchie and Pocotaligo, served at different times as the seat of government for Beaufort District. During the Civil War the Confederate Army defeated federal troops at the Battle of Honey Hill in November 1864. Jasper County was home to Thomas Heyward, Jr. (1746-1809), a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and Henry Martyn Robert (1837-1923), author of Robert's Rules of Order.
Population Trends Value Rank Value Rank
Census Population 1990 15,487 43 Numeric Change Census 1990-2010 9,290 21
Census Population 2000 20,678 40 Percent Change Census 1990-2010 60.0% 5
Census Population 2010 24,777 37 Numeric Change Pop. Est. 2010-2011 238 17
Population Estimate 2010 24,957 37 Percent Change Pop. Est. 2010-2011 0.9% 10
Population Estimate 2011 25,195 36 Persons Per Square Mile 37.8 40
Economic Data Value Rank Value Rank
Jobs 2010 8,096 31 Personal Income 2010, in thousands $655,924 38
Jobs 2009 8,405 31 Per Capita Personal Income 2010 $26,282 34
Jobs 2000 5,535 41 % of U.S. Per Capita PI 2010 66% 34
Jobs 1990 4,382 43 Average Wage Per Job 2010 $33,381 29
Avg. Ann. Growth Rate Jobs 1990-2010 4.2% 1 % of U.S. Avg. Wage Per Job 2010 71% 29
Percent Change Jobs 2009-2010 -3.7% 37 Unemployment Rate 2011 9.8% 35
Numeric Change Jobs 2009-2010 -309 28
Value
Tax Data Value Per Capita Assessed Property 2010 $5,073
Assessed Property 2010 $125,693,653 Additional Sales Tax, if applicable:
County Base Millage Rate 2011 0.1450 Local Option Sales Tax 1.0%
Value of One Mil 2011 $95,000 Capital Projects Sales Tax Ended 11-02
Net Taxable Sales FY10 $266,846,512 School District Sales Tax 1.0%
Admissions Tax Collected FY10 $32,208 Transportation Sales Tax  
Accommodations Tax Collected FY10 $219,232
Value
County Finance & Employment Data Value Per Capita Revenues FY10 $956
Total Revenues FY10 $23,676,653 Per Capita Expenditures FY10 $1,131
Total Expenditures FY10 $28,033,845 Per Capita Gen. Fund Budget FY12 $867
General Fund Budget FY12 $21,486,884 Per Capita Debt Outstanding FY11 $858
Total Debt Outstanding FY11 $19,942,682 Credit Rating(s) FY11, if applicable:
Payroll FY12 $8,432,500 Moody's  
Full-Time Employees FY12 247 Standard & Poor's A+
Part-Time Employees FY12 50 Fitch  
Full-Time Emp/1,000 Cnty Residents 9.97