MCCORMICK COUNTY
Date Formed:  1916 McCormick,McCormick,McCormick,McCormick,McCormick,McCormick,McCormick,McCormick
Land Area (square miles): 360
County Seat: McCormick
Other Cities and Towns: Parksville, Plum Branch
Form of Government: Council-Administrator
Council Members: 5
Method of Election: Single Member
Term Length: 4 years
Council of Government:  Upper Savannah
County History
Named for inventor Cyrus Hall McCormick (1809-1884), McCormick County was formed in 1916 from parts of Edgefield, Abbeville, and Greenwood counties. The area was settled in the mid-18th century by Scotch-Irish, French Huguenot, and German farmers. The British built Fort Charlotte to protect the region after early inhabitants were massacred by Cherokee Indians at Long Cane in 1760; this fort was one of the first to be seized by the Americans during the Revolutionary War.  Around 1850 gold was discovered where the town of McCormick now stands. In 1871 Cyrus McCormick donated land from the Dorn Gold Mine for the town, which was named for him. S.C. Governor and U.S. Senator George McDuffie (1790-1851), Unionist leader James Louis Petigru (1789-1863), and Willington Academy educator Moses Waddel (1770-1840) have resided in the county. John C. Calhoun  (1782-1850), U.S. Vice President, Secretary of War, Secretary of State, and Senator, was born in McCormick County. 
Population Trends Value Rank Value Rank
Census Population 1990 8,868 46 Numeric Change Census 1990-2010 1,365 38
Census Population 2000 9,958 46 Percent Change Census 1990-2010 15.4% 28
Census Population 2010 10,233 46 Numeric Change Pop. Est. 2010-2011 -201 32
Population Estimate 2010 10,236 46 Percent Change Pop. Est. 2010-2011 -2.0% 46
Population Estimate 2011 10,035 46 Persons Per Square Mile 28.4 45
Economic Data Value Rank Value Rank
Jobs 2010 1,863 46 Personal Income 2010, in thousands $270,267 45
Jobs 2009 1,911 46 Per Capita Personal Income 2010 $26,404 32
Jobs 2000 2,495 46 % of U.S. Per Capita PI 2010 66% 32
Jobs 1990 2,588 46 Average Wage Per Job 2010 $36,328 17
Avg. Ann. Growth Rate Jobs 1990-2010 -1.4% 43 % of U.S. Avg. Wage Per Job 2010 77% 17
Percent Change Jobs 2009-2010 -2.5% 34 Unemployment Rate 2011 14.4% 11
Numeric Change Jobs 2009-2010 -48 14
Value
Tax Data Value Per Capita Assessed Property 2010 $4,153
Assessed Property 2010 $42,497,304 Additional Sales Tax, if applicable:
County Base Millage Rate 2011 0.1210 Local Option Sales Tax 1.0%
Value of One Mil 2011 $40,800 Capital Projects Sales Tax  
Net Taxable Sales FY10 $19,131,844 School District Sales Tax  
Admissions Tax Collected FY10 $49,293 Transportation Sales Tax  
Accommodations Tax Collected FY10 $31,930
Value
County Finance & Employment Data Value Per Capita Revenues FY10 $741
Total Revenues FY10 $7,586,444 Per Capita Expenditures FY10 $575
Total Expenditures FY10 $5,880,389 Per Capita Gen. Fund Budget FY12 $709
General Fund Budget FY12 $7,253,562 Per Capita Debt Outstanding FY11 $962
Total Debt Outstanding FY11 $10,159,191 Credit Rating(s) FY11, if applicable:
Payroll FY12 $3,290,940 Moody's  
Full-Time Employees FY12 97 Standard & Poor's  
Part-Time Employees FY12 40 Fitch  
Full-Time Emp/1,000 Cnty Residents 9.48