PICKENS COUNTY
Date Formed:  1826 Pickens,Pickens,Pickens,Pickens,Pickens,Pickens,Pickens,Pickens
Land Area (square miles): 497
County Seat: Pickens
Other Cities and Towns: Central, Clemson, Easley, Liberty, Norris, Six Mile
Form of Government: Council-Administrator
Council Members: 6
Method of Election: Single Member
Term Length: 4 years
Council of Government:  Appalachian
County History
Pickens County was named for Revolutionary War hero Andrew Pickens (1739-1817). This area in the northwestern corner of the state was Indian territory until 1777. It subsequently became part of Pendleton District (at one time called Washington District). In 1826 Pendleton was divided into two counties, Pickens and Anderson; the western portion of Pickens County was later split off to form Oconee County (1868). The earliest European settlers in this region were Indian traders. The British built Fort Prince George around 1753 as protection against the Indians, and the fort was the site of several battles in the Cherokee War of 1756. The Cherokee town of Old Seneca was later destroyed by American troops in 1776. John C. Calhoun (1782-1850), U.S. Vice President, Senator, and cabinet member, made his home at Fort Hill plantation in Pickens County. His son-in-law, Thomas Green Clemson (1807-1888), bequeathed the plantation to the state for use as an agricultural college, which led to the founding of Clemson University. 
Population Trends Value Rank Value Rank
Census Population 1990 93,894 13 Numeric Change Census 1990-2010 25,330 13
Census Population 2000 110,757 13 Percent Change Census 1990-2010 27.0% 17
Census Population 2010 119,224 14 Numeric Change Pop. Est. 2010-2011 392 15
Population Estimate 2010 119,182 14 Percent Change Pop. Est. 2010-2011 0.3% 17
Population Estimate 2011 119,574 14 Persons Per Square Mile 239.9 9
Economic Data Value Rank Value Rank
Jobs 2010 37,638 14 Personal Income 2010, in thousands $3,263,758 14
Jobs 2009 38,370 14 Per Capita Personal Income 2010 $27,385 27
Jobs 2000 41,478 13 % of U.S. Per Capita PI 2010 69% 27
Jobs 1990 36,368 13 Average Wage Per Job 2010 $34,502 25
Avg. Ann. Growth Rate Jobs 1990-2010 0.2% 19 % of U.S. Avg. Wage Per Job 2010 73% 25
Percent Change Jobs 2009-2010 -1.9% 29 Unemployment Rate 2011 8.8% 40
Numeric Change Jobs 2009-2010 -732 38
Value
Tax Data Value Per Capita Assessed Property 2010 $3,708
Assessed Property 2010 $442,023,365 Additional Sales Tax, if applicable:
County Base Millage Rate 2011 0.0571 Local Option Sales Tax 1.0%
Value of One Mil 2011 $442,023 Capital Projects Sales Tax  
Net Taxable Sales FY10 $775,856,340 School District Sales Tax  
Admissions Tax Collected FY10 $1,420,455 Transportation Sales Tax  
Accommodations Tax Collected FY10 $286,115
Value
County Finance & Employment Data Value Per Capita Revenues FY10 $414
Total Revenues FY10 $49,398,404 Per Capita Expenditures FY10 $444
Total Expenditures FY10 $52,953,457 Per Capita Gen. Fund Budget FY12 $298
General Fund Budget FY12 $35,500,000 Per Capita Debt Outstanding FY11 $120
Total Debt Outstanding FY11 $14,635,168 Credit Rating(s) FY11, if applicable:
Payroll FY12 $19,300,000 Moody's Aa2
Full-Time Employees FY12 492 Standard & Poor's AA-
Part-Time Employees FY12 123 Fitch AA
Full-Time Emp/1,000 Cnty Residents 4.13