NEWBERRY COUNTY
Date Formed:  1785 Newberry,Newberry,Newberry,Newberry,Newberry,Newberry,Newberry,Newberry
Land Area (square miles): 631
County Seat: Newberry
Other Cities and Towns: Little Mountain, Peak, Pomaria, Prosperity, Silverstreet, Whitmire
Form of Government: Council-Administrator
Council Members: 7
Method of Election: Single Member
Term Length: 4 years
Council of Government:  Central Midlands
County History
The origin of the name Newberry is unknown. The county was formed in 1785 as a part of Ninety Six District. This part of the upcountry was settled largely by Scotch-Irish, English, and German immigrants in the mid-eighteenth century. Germans were so prevalent in part of Newberry County that it become known as Dutch Fork, with Dutch meaning Deutsch (German). Large-scale cotton farming replaced small farms in the nineteenth century, and the coming of the railroad made Newberry a leading cotton market. Historians John Belton O'Neall (1795-1863) and David Duncan Wallace (1874-1951) were Newberry County natives, as was South Carolina Governor and U.S. Senator Coleman L. Blease (1868-1942).
Population Trends Value Rank Value Rank
Census Population 1990 33,172 29 Numeric Change Census 1990-2010 4,336 30
Census Population 2000 36,108 28 Percent Change Census 1990-2010 13.1% 31
Census Population 2010 37,508 27 Numeric Change Pop. Est. 2010-2011 133 18
Population Estimate 2010 37,588 27 Percent Change Pop. Est. 2010-2011 0.4% 16
Population Estimate 2011 37,721 27 Persons Per Square Mile 59.4 28
Economic Data Value Rank Value Rank
Jobs 2010 14,192 25 Personal Income 2010, in thousands $1,094,427 27
Jobs 2009 14,161 25 Per Capita Personal Income 2010 $29,116 21
Jobs 2000 14,486 26 % of U.S. Per Capita PI 2010 73% 21
Jobs 1990 12,684 28 Average Wage Per Job 2010 $32,614 32
Avg. Ann. Growth Rate Jobs 1990-2010 0.6% 12 % of U.S. Avg. Wage Per Job 2010 69% 32
Percent Change Jobs 2009-2010 0.2% 9 Unemployment Rate 2011 9.9% 33
Numeric Change Jobs 2009-2010 31 9
Value
Tax Data Value Per Capita Assessed Property 2010 $3,452
Assessed Property 2010 $129,459,629 Additional Sales Tax, if applicable:
County Base Millage Rate 2011 0.1390 Local Option Sales Tax  
Value of One Mil 2011 $113,283 Capital Projects Sales Tax 1.0%
Net Taxable Sales FY10 $228,704,020 School District Sales Tax  
Admissions Tax Collected FY10 $11,194 Transportation Sales Tax  
Accommodations Tax Collected FY10 $91,767
Value
County Finance & Employment Data Value Per Capita Revenues FY10 $794
Total Revenues FY10 $29,790,322 Per Capita Expenditures FY10 $608
Total Expenditures FY10 $22,810,401 Per Capita Gen. Fund Budget FY12 $553
General Fund Budget FY12 $20,756,855 Per Capita Debt Outstanding FY11 $368
Total Debt Outstanding FY11 $14,234,722 Credit Rating(s) FY11, if applicable:
Payroll FY12 $7,063,238 Moody's Aa3
Full-Time Employees FY12 205 Standard & Poor's A+
Part-Time Employees FY12 17 Fitch  
Full-Time Emp/1,000 Cnty Residents 5.47