SPARTANBURG COUNTY
Date Formed:  1785 Spartanburg,Spartanburg,Spartanburg,Spartanburg,Spartanburg,Spartanburg,Spartanburg,Spartanburg
Land Area (square miles): 811
County Seat: Spartanburg
Other Cities and Towns: Campobello, Central Pacolet, Chesnee, Cowpens, Duncan, Greer, Inman, Landrum, Lyman, Pacolet, Reidville, Wellford, Woodruff
Form of Government: Council-Administrator
Council Members: 7
Method of Election: Single Member/ Chair at-Large
Term Length: 4 years
Council of Government:  Appalachian
County History
Spartanburg County and its county seat were named for the Spartan Regiment, a local militia unit that fought in the Revolutionary War. The county was formed in 1785 as a part of Ninety Six District, and from 1791 to 1799 it was part of Pinckney District. A part of Spartanburg County later went to form Cherokee County in 1897. European settlers, primarily Scotch-Irish, began moving into this area from Pennsylvania and Virginia in the late eighteenth century. For many years the primary occupations were small-scale cattle raising and cotton farming. Areas with mineral springs, such as Glenn Springs, were also popular summer resorts for lowcountry residents. Following the Civil War, textile manufacturing became the dominant industry, and Spartanburg County remains an important manufacturing center today. Some well-known Spartanburg residents are hymn writer and publisher William Walker (1809-1875), U.S. Army General William C. Westmoreland, and industrialist Roger Milliken.
Population Trends Value Rank Value Rank
Census Population 1990 226,800 4 Numeric Change Census 1990-2010 57,507 7
Census Population 2000 253,791 4 Percent Change Census 1990-2010 25.4% 18
Census Population 2010 284,307 4 Numeric Change Pop. Est. 2010-2011 2,076 9
Population Estimate 2010 284,792 4 Percent Change Pop. Est. 2010-2011 0.7% 12
Population Estimate 2011 286,868 4 Persons Per Square Mile 350.6 5
Economic Data Value Rank Value Rank
Jobs 2010 120,065 4 Personal Income 2010, in thousands $8,811,156 5
Jobs 2009 120,980 4 Per Capita Personal Income 2010 $30,939 17
Jobs 2000 131,795 4 % of U.S. Per Capita PI 2010 77% 17
Jobs 1990 115,226 4 Average Wage Per Job 2010 $41,586 8
Avg. Ann. Growth Rate Jobs 1990-2010 0.2% 18 % of U.S. Avg. Wage Per Job 2010 88% 8
Percent Change Jobs 2009-2010 -0.8% 20 Unemployment Rate 2011 10.4% 29
Numeric Change Jobs 2009-2010 -915 41
Value
Tax Data Value Per Capita Assessed Property 2010 $3,617
Assessed Property 2010 $1,028,345,099 Additional Sales Tax, if applicable:
County Base Millage Rate 2011 0.0794 Local Option Sales Tax  
Value of One Mil 2011 $956,267 Capital Projects Sales Tax  
Net Taxable Sales FY10 $2,524,425,312 School District Sales Tax  
Admissions Tax Collected FY10 $684,948 Transportation Sales Tax  
Accommodations Tax Collected FY10 $659,444
Value
County Finance & Employment Data Value Per Capita Revenues FY10 $546
Total Revenues FY10 $155,230,392 Per Capita Expenditures FY10 $527
Total Expenditures FY10 $149,696,862 Per Capita Gen. Fund Budget FY12 $285
General Fund Budget FY12 $81,143,000 Per Capita Debt Outstanding FY11 $215
Total Debt Outstanding FY11 $61,625,000 Credit Rating(s) FY11, if applicable:
Payroll FY12 $81,997,282 Moody's Aa3
Full-Time Employees FY12 1,403 Standard & Poor's AA
Part-Time Employees FY12 116 Fitch AA
Full-Time Emp/1,000 Cnty Residents 4.93