Horry County, South Carolina

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Horry County, South Carolina
New Horry County Courthouse and county office complex, Conway, South Carolina (18 November 2006).jpg
Horry County Government and Justice Center in Conway
Seal of Horry County, South Carolina
Seal
Map of South Carolina highlighting Horry County
Location in the state of South Carolina
Map of the United States highlighting South Carolina
South Carolina's location in the U.S.
Founded1801
Named forRevolutionary War hero, Peter Horry
SeatConway
Largest cityMyrtle Beach
Area
 • Total1,255 sq mi (3,250 km2)
 • Land1,134 sq mi (2,937 km2)
 • Water121 sq mi (313 km2), 9.66%
Population
 • (2010)289,650
 • Density238/sq mi (91.7/km²)
Congressional district7th
Time zoneEastern: UTC-5/-4
Websitewww.horrycounty.org
 
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Horry County, South Carolina
New Horry County Courthouse and county office complex, Conway, South Carolina (18 November 2006).jpg
Horry County Government and Justice Center in Conway
Seal of Horry County, South Carolina
Seal
Map of South Carolina highlighting Horry County
Location in the state of South Carolina
Map of the United States highlighting South Carolina
South Carolina's location in the U.S.
Founded1801
Named forRevolutionary War hero, Peter Horry
SeatConway
Largest cityMyrtle Beach
Area
 • Total1,255 sq mi (3,250 km2)
 • Land1,134 sq mi (2,937 km2)
 • Water121 sq mi (313 km2), 9.66%
Population
 • (2010)289,650
 • Density238/sq mi (91.7/km²)
Congressional district7th
Time zoneEastern: UTC-5/-4
Websitewww.horrycounty.org

Horry County (/ˈɒr/ ORR-ee) is a county in the Pee Dee region of the U.S. state of South Carolina. It had a population of 269,291 at the 2010 census.[1] The county seat is Conway.[2]

Horry County is included in the Myrtle Beach-Conway, SC Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is located on approximately 100 miles north of Charleston, South Carolina and is approximately 150 miles east of the State Capital, Columbia, South Carolina.

History[edit]

Horry County was incorporated in 1801. At that time the county had an estimated population of 550. It was completely surrounded by water, which forced the inhabitants to survive virtually without any assistance from the "outside world". This caused the county residents to become an extremely independent populace, and they named their county "The Independent Republic of Horry". The county was named after, and in honor of, Revolutionary War hero, Peter Horry[3] who was born in South Carolina sometime around 1743. Horry started his military career in 1775 as one of 20 captains, elected by the Provincial Congress of South Carolina, to serve the 1st and 2nd Regiments. In 1790 he was assigned to the South Carolina militia under Brigadier General Francis “Swamp Fox” Marion[4][5]

On October 29, 2012, the county paid homage to the man for whom the county is named by unveiled a bronze sculpture of Peter Horry inside the Horry County Government and Justice Center. The sculpture was designed by Lubbock, Texas artist Garland Weeks, and Coastal Monument of Conway, South Carolina designed the stone base. Located on the base of the sculpture are the names of the 1801 commissioners on one side and the names of 2011 Horry County Council members on the other side a brief bio of Peter Horry on the front. It cost slightly more than $16,200 for both the bust/sculpture and the stone base.[6] [7]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,255 square miles (3,250.4 km2), of which 1,133.9 square miles (2,936.8 km2) is land and 121.1 square miles (313.6 km2) (9.66%) is water.[8] The highest point in the county is 124 ft. above sea level.[4]

Horry County is located in the northeastern corner of South Carolina. It is a diverse land made up of rivers, beaches, forest and swamps. Horry County is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the east, the Little Pee Dee River and Drowning Creek (also known as the Lumber River) on Horry's western side, and North Carolina to the north. Waccamaw River, approximately 140 miles (225 km) long, runs through southeastern North Carolina and eastern South Carolina into Horry County. The river runs through the coastal plain, along the eastern border between the two states, and into the Atlantic Ocean.[9]

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National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
CensusPop.
18104,349
18205,02515.5%
18305,2454.4%
18405,7559.7%
18507,64632.9%
18607,9624.1%
187010,72134.7%
188015,57445.3%
189019,25623.6%
190023,36421.3%
191026,99515.5%
192032,07718.8%
193039,37622.8%
194051,95131.9%
195059,82015.1%
196068,24714.1%
197069,9922.6%
1980101,41944.9%
1990144,05342.0%
2000196,62936.5%
2010269,29137.0%
Est. 2013289,6507.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[11] estimates of 2008, there were 263,868 people, 81,800 households, and 54,478 families residing in the county. Horry is one of South Carolina's fastest growing counties. The population density was 173 people per square mile (67/km²). There were 122,085 housing units at an average density of 108 per square mile (42/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 81.05% White, 15.50% Black or African American, 0.40% Native American, 0.76% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 1.16% from other races, and 1.07% from two or more races. 2.57% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 81,800 households out of which 26.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.40% were married couples living together, 11.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.40% were non-families. 25.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.84.

In the county, the population was spread out with 21.30% under the age of 18, 9.40% from 18 to 24, 29.30% from 25 to 44, 25.00% from 45 to 64, and 15.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 96.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $42,515 and the median income for a family was $42,676. Males had a median income of $27,663 versus $21,676 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,949. About 8.40% of families and 12.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.90% of those under age 18 and 8.70% of those age 65 or over.

Law and government[edit]

County council[edit]

Horry County has a county council which represents 11 different districts within the county with an at-large chairman. The county council usually meets at 6 p.m on first and third Tuesday of every month in the Council Chambers at the Horry County Government & Justice Center located at 1301 2nd Avenue in Conway.

County council members[edit]

NamePolitical AffiliationDistrictTerm Expires
Mark LazarusRepublicanChairman12/31/2014
Harold WorleyRepublican112/31/2014
Brent SchulzRepublican212/31/2014
Marion FoxworthDemocrat312/31/2016
Gary LoftusRepublican412/31/2016
Paul D. Price, Jr.Republican512/31/2014
Bob GrabowskiRepublican612/31/2016
James R. FrazierRepublican712/31/2014
Carl SchwartzkopfRepublican812/31/2014
W. Paul PrinceRepublican912/31/2016
Jody PrinceRepublican10 / Vice Chairman12/31/2016
Al AllenRepublican1112/31/2014

Law enforcement[edit]

Horry County has its own police force, the Horry County Police Department which provides 24 hour services to the unincorporated areas of the county and is the only remaining county police department in the State of South Carolina. [12] The Horry County Sheriff's Office is responsible for numerous task that include: courthouse security, processing of warrants, fingerprinting, registration of sex offenders, funeral escorts, background checks and also the managing the J. Reuben Long detention Center. [13]The South Carolina Highway Patrol has a Troop 5 barracks located in Conway and they provide services throughout the county[14] Myrtle Beach, Conway, Briarcliffe Acres, Atlantic Beach, Surfside Beach, Loris, and Aynor all have their own Police Departments which patrol within the town or city's border. North Myrtle Beach has a Public Safety Department which provides police and fire services in the town of North Myrtle Beach.[15]

Economy[edit]

In 2013, PTR Industries[16] relocated to the Cool Springs Business Park[17] near Aynor from Bristol, Connecticut after that state passed restrictive gun control legislation because of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Twenty-one employees are relocating from Bristol. The company said that it will hire an additional 30 workers within the first quarter of 2014, with a goal of having 120 employees in 2017.[18]

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 161. 
  4. ^ a b Horry County 2011-2012 Budget: Community Profile on page 24
  5. ^ Francis Marion (1732-1795)
  6. ^ Dickerson, Brad (29 October 2012). "Horry County honors its namesake". The Sun News. Retrieved 30 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "Sculpture of Gen. Peter Horry being unveiled Read more here: http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/2012/10/29/3140836/sculpture-of-gen-peter-horry-being.html#storylink=misearch#storylink=cpy". Associated Press. 29 October 2012. Retrieved 30 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  9. ^ A Historical Look at Horry County
  10. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  11. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  12. ^ "Horry County Government: Police Department Info Page". horrycounty.org. Horry County Government. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  13. ^ "Horry County Government: Sheriff's Office Info Page". horrycounty.org. Horry County Government. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  14. ^ Retrieved 2011-06-04
  15. ^ http://ps.nmb.us/ Retrieved 2011-06-04
  16. ^ PTR Industries
  17. ^ Cool Springs Business Park
  18. ^ Miller, Joshua (7 January 2014). "Locked & loaded: Gun maker finds warmer surroundings in South Carolina after leaving Connecticut". Fox News. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  19. ^ The Coast RTA

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Coordinates: 33°55′N 78°59′W / 33.91°N 78.98°W / 33.91; -78.98