MARION COUNTY
Date Formed:  1800 Marion,Marion,Marion,Marion,Marion,Marion,Marion,Marion
Land Area (square miles): 489
County Seat: Marion
Other Cities and Towns: Mullins, Nichols, Sellers
Form of Government: Council-Administrator
Council Members: 7
Method of Election: Single Member
Term Length: 4 years
Council of Government:  Pee Dee
County History
Marion County and its county seat were named for Revolutionary War General Francis Marion (1732-1795), known as the "Swamp Fox." In 1785 Liberty County was created as a part of Georgetown District; renamed Marion, it became a separate district in 1800. Parts of Marion later went to form Florence (1888) and Dillon (1910) counties. English settlers moved up the Great Pee Dee River into this area in the eighteenth century. During the Revolutionary War General Marion's men fought several skirmishes with the British here before retreating to their camp at Snows Island. In the twentieth century Marion County became a major tobacco growing region. Writers Virginia Durant Young (1842-1906) and Gwen Bristow (1903-1980) were natives of Marion County.
Population Trends Value Rank Value Rank
Census Population 1990 33,899 28 Numeric Change Census 1990-2010 -837 42
Census Population 2000 35,466 29 Percent Change Census 1990-2010 -2.5% 42
Census Population 2010 33,062 31 Numeric Change Pop. Est. 2010-2011 -138 28
Population Estimate 2010 32,984 31 Percent Change Pop. Est. 2010-2011 -0.4% 29
Population Estimate 2011 32,846 31 Persons Per Square Mile 67.6 26
Economic Data Value Rank Value Rank
Jobs 2010 7,731 33 Personal Income 2010, in thousands $862,358 31
Jobs 2009 8,191 32 Per Capita Personal Income 2010 $26,145 35
Jobs 2000 12,996 28 % of U.S. Per Capita PI 2010 65% 35
Jobs 1990 13,310 26 Average Wage Per Job 2010 $30,507 41
Avg. Ann. Growth Rate Jobs 1990-2010 -2.1% 46 % of U.S. Avg. Wage Per Job 2010 65% 41
Percent Change Jobs 2009-2010 -5.6% 45 Unemployment Rate 2011 19.5% 1
Numeric Change Jobs 2009-2010 -460 34
Value
Tax Data Value Per Capita Assessed Property 2010 $2,255
Assessed Property 2010 $74,566,114 Additional Sales Tax, if applicable:
County Base Millage Rate 2011 0.1120 Local Option Sales Tax 1.0%
Value of One Mil 2011 $64,906 Capital Projects Sales Tax  
Net Taxable Sales FY10 $141,426,349 School District Sales Tax  
Admissions Tax Collected FY10 $11,565 Transportation Sales Tax  
Accommodations Tax Collected FY10 $19,998
Value
County Finance & Employment Data Value Per Capita Revenues FY10 $672
Total Revenues FY10 $22,215,554 Per Capita Expenditures FY10 $660
Total Expenditures FY10 $21,809,831 Per Capita Gen. Fund Budget FY12 $482
General Fund Budget FY12 $15,949,343 Per Capita Debt Outstanding FY11 $90
Total Debt Outstanding FY11 $3,074,103 Credit Rating(s) FY11, if applicable:
Payroll FY12 $5,121,029 Moody's  
Full-Time Employees FY12 200 Standard & Poor's  
Part-Time Employees FY12 78 Fitch  
Full-Time Emp/1,000 Cnty Residents 6.05