SALUDA COUNTY
Date Formed:  1895 Saluda,Saluda,Saluda,Saluda,Saluda,Saluda,Saluda,Saluda
Land Area (square miles): 452
County Seat: Saluda
Other Cities and Towns: Batesburg-Leesville, Monetta, Ridge Spring, Ward
Form of Government: Council
Council Members: 5
Method of Election: Single Member/ Chair at-Large
Term Length: 4 years
Council of Government:  Upper Savannah
County History
Saluda County was named for the Saluda River, which forms one of its borders. The county was established in 1895 from part of Edgefield County. The Cherokee Indians lived in this area for many years. In 1755 they signed a treaty with the British at their settlement, known as Saluda Old Town. Scotch-Irish and English settlers subsequently began moving into the area, while the Cherokees moved farther to the north. Two famous heroes of the Alamo, William Barrett Travis (1809-1836) and James Butler Bonham (1807-1836) were natives of what is now Saluda County.
Population Trends Value Rank Value Rank
Census Population 1990 16,357 42 Numeric Change Census 1990-2010 3,518 31
Census Population 2000 19,181 42 Percent Change Census 1990-2010 21.5% 21
Census Population 2010 19,875 41 Numeric Change Pop. Est. 2010-2011 -44 25
Population Estimate 2010 19,926 41 Percent Change Pop. Est. 2010-2011 -0.2% 26
Population Estimate 2011 19,882 41 Persons Per Square Mile 44.0 36
Economic Data Value Rank Value Rank
Jobs 2010 4,836 42 Personal Income 2010, in thousands $656,136 37
Jobs 2009 4,862 42 Per Capita Personal Income 2010 $32,929 10
Jobs 2000 5,232 42 % of U.S. Per Capita PI 2010 82% 10
Jobs 1990 4,416 42 Average Wage Per Job 2010 $28,124 45
Avg. Ann. Growth Rate Jobs 1990-2010 0.5% 15 % of U.S. Avg. Wage Per Job 2010 60% 45
Percent Change Jobs 2009-2010 -0.5% 14 Unemployment Rate 2011 8.9% 39
Numeric Change Jobs 2009-2010 -26 12
Value
Tax Data Value Per Capita Assessed Property 2010 $2,542
Assessed Property 2010 $50,528,340 Additional Sales Tax, if applicable:
County Base Millage Rate 2011 0.1346 Local Option Sales Tax 1.0%
Value of One Mil 2011 $50,528 Capital Projects Sales Tax  
Net Taxable Sales FY10 $41,751,413 School District Sales Tax  
Admissions Tax Collected FY10 *** Transportation Sales Tax  
Accommodations Tax Collected FY10  ***
Value
County Finance & Employment Data Value Per Capita Revenues FY10 $554
Total Revenues FY10 $11,015,561 Per Capita Expenditures FY10 $456
Total Expenditures FY10 $9,055,973 Per Capita Gen. Fund Budget FY12 $443
General Fund Budget FY12 $8,800,074 Per Capita Debt Outstanding FY11 $116
Total Debt Outstanding FY11 $2,228,892 Credit Rating(s) FY11, if applicable:
Payroll FY12 $3,572,300 Moody's  
Full-Time Employees FY12 118 Standard & Poor's  
Part-Time Employees FY12 20 Fitch  
Full-Time Emp/1,000 Cnty Residents 5.94