KERSHAW COUNTY
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Date Formed:  1791
Land Area (square miles): 726
County Seat: Camden
Other Cities and Towns: Bethune, Elgin
Form of Government: Council-Administrator
Council Members: 7
Method of Election: Single Member/ Chair at-Large
Term Length: 4 years
Council of Government:  Santee Lynches
County History
Kershaw County was named for Joseph Kershaw (1727-1791), an early settler. Originally part of Camden District, Kershaw County was formed in 1791 from parts of Claremont, Lancaster, Fairfield, and Richland counties. The county seat is Camden, which is the oldest inland city in South Carolina. This site was settled around 1732 by English traders and farmers who moved inland from Charleston. During the Revolutionary War, the British occupied Camden from June 1780 to May 1781. Fourteen battles took place in the area, including the Battle of Camden (August 16, 1780) and the Battle of Hobkirk Hill (April 25, 1781). Kershaw County later produced six Confederate generals: Joseph Brevard Kershaw (1822-1894), James Chesnut (1815-1885), James Cantey (1818-1873), Zack Cantey Deas (1819-1882), John Bordenave Villepigue (1830-1862), and John Doby Kennedy (1840-1896). Union troops under General Sherman burned parts of Camden in February 1865. Statesman and financier Bernard M. Baruch (1870-1965) and labor leader Lane Kirkland were born in Kershaw County. 
Population Trends Value Rank Value Rank
Census Population 1990 43,599 24 Numeric Change Census 1990-2010 18,098 16
Census Population 2000 52,647 23 Percent Change Census 1990-2010 41.5% 8
Census Population 2010 61,697 22 Numeric Change Pop. Est. 2010-2011 414 14
Population Estimate 2010 61,859 22 Percent Change Pop. Est. 2010-2011 0.7% 13
Population Estimate 2011 62,273 22 Persons Per Square Mile 85.0 22
Economic Data Value Rank Value Rank
Jobs 2010 17,418 24 Personal Income 2010, in thousands $2,020,745 20
Jobs 2009 17,673 23 Per Capita Personal Income 2010 $32,667 12
Jobs 2000 19,556 24 % of U.S. Per Capita PI 2010 82% 12
Jobs 1990 18,058 24 Average Wage Per Job 2010 $36,424 16
Avg. Ann. Growth Rate Jobs 1990-2010 -0.2% 23 % of U.S. Avg. Wage Per Job 2010 77% 16
Percent Change Jobs 2009-2010 -1.4% 26 Unemployment Rate 2011 9.5% 36
Numeric Change Jobs 2009-2010 -255 26
Value
Tax Data Value Per Capita Assessed Property 2010 $3,283
Assessed Property 2010 $202,548,007 Additional Sales Tax, if applicable:
County Base Millage Rate 2011 0.0734 Local Option Sales Tax 1.0%
Value of One Mil 2011 $202,194 Capital Projects Sales Tax  
Net Taxable Sales FY10 $313,966,007 School District Sales Tax  
Admissions Tax Collected FY10 $30,508 Transportation Sales Tax  
Accommodations Tax Collected FY10 $103,497
Value
County Finance & Employment Data Value Per Capita Revenues FY10 $440
Total Revenues FY10 $27,158,613 Per Capita Expenditures FY10 $647
Total Expenditures FY10 $39,906,056 Per Capita Gen. Fund Budget FY12 $365
General Fund Budget FY12 $22,516,481 Per Capita Debt Outstanding FY11 $182
Total Debt Outstanding FY11 $11,092,119 Credit Rating(s) FY11, if applicable:
Payroll FY12 $9,964,455 Moody's Aa3
Full-Time Employees FY12 276 Standard & Poor's AA-
Part-Time Employees FY12 76 Fitch  
Full-Time Emp/1,000 Cnty Residents 4.47