MARLBORO COUNTY
Date Formed:  1785 Marlboro,Marlboro,Marlboro,Marlboro,Marlboro,Marlboro,Marlboro,Marlboro
Land Area (square miles): 480
County Seat: Bennettsville
Other Cities and Towns: Blenheim, Clio, McColl, Tatum
Form of Government: Council-Administrator
Council Members: 8
Method of Election: Single Member
Term Length: 4 years
Council of Government:  Pee Dee
County History
Marlboro County was named for John Churchill, first Duke of Marlborough (1650-1722). The county name was originally spelled Marlborough, but it was later shortened. The county was created in 1785 as a part of Cheraws District. Welsh Baptists from Delaware settled in an area of the county known as Welsh Neck around 1737, and they were later joined by English and Scotch-Irish settlers. Cotton growing made this a wealthy part of the state prior to the Civil War. The town of Blenheim was also known for its mineral springs. General Sherman's troops passed through the county in 1865, briefly occupying the town of Bennettsville. Some famous Marlboro County natives are U.S. Congressman and diplomat Robert Blair Campbell (1791-1862), U.S. and Confederate Congressman John McQueen (1804-1867), and children's advocate Marian Wright Edelman.
Population Trends Value Rank Value Rank
Census Population 1990 29,361 32 Numeric Change Census 1990-2010 -428 41
Census Population 2000 28,818 34 Percent Change Census 1990-2010 -1.5% 41
Census Population 2010 28,933 34 Numeric Change Pop. Est. 2010-2011 -379 45
Population Estimate 2010 28,888 34 Percent Change Pop. Est. 2010-2011 -1.3% 44
Population Estimate 2011 28,509 34 Persons Per Square Mile 60.3 27
Economic Data Value Rank Value Rank
Jobs 2010 7,516 34 Personal Income 2010, in thousands $677,827 35
Jobs 2009 7,804 34 Per Capita Personal Income 2010 $23,464 46
Jobs 2000 8,815 36 % of U.S. Per Capita PI 2010 59% 46
Jobs 1990 10,260 32 Average Wage Per Job 2010 $30,014 42
Avg. Ann. Growth Rate Jobs 1990-2010 -1.3% 42 % of U.S. Avg. Wage Per Job 2010 64% 42
Percent Change Jobs 2009-2010 -3.7% 38 Unemployment Rate 2011 17.6% 3
Numeric Change Jobs 2009-2010 -288 27
Value
Tax Data Value Per Capita Assessed Property 2010 $2,275
Assessed Property 2010 $65,819,670 Additional Sales Tax, if applicable:
County Base Millage Rate 2011 0.1002 Local Option Sales Tax 1.0%
Value of One Mil 2011 $60,000 Capital Projects Sales Tax  
Net Taxable Sales FY10 $92,841,093 School District Sales Tax  
Admissions Tax Collected FY10 $6,055 Transportation Sales Tax  
Accommodations Tax Collected FY10 $20,878
Value
County Finance & Employment Data Value Per Capita Revenues FY10 $384
Total Revenues FY10 $11,117,035 Per Capita Expenditures FY10 $299
Total Expenditures FY10 $8,638,302 Per Capita Gen. Fund Budget FY12 $310
General Fund Budget FY12 $8,956,990 Per Capita Debt Outstanding FY11 $127
Total Debt Outstanding FY11 $3,592,108 Credit Rating(s) FY11, if applicable:
Payroll FY12 $4,114,750 Moody's A1
Full-Time Employees FY12 146 Standard & Poor's  
Part-Time Employees FY12 19 Fitch  
Full-Time Emp/1,000 Cnty Residents 5.05