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Economic Characteristics

Economic growth in Pickens County is generated by three major sources: manufacturing, education and tourism. Manufacturing is the primary growth source, particularly in Easley, Liberty and Pickens, with approximately 130 manufacturing plants.  Clemson University plays a major role in the local economy employing over 3,500 faculty and staff.

Annual Average Non-Agriculture Labor (2016)
Manufacturing 5,796 16%
Mining & Construction 1,080  3%
Transportation & Public Utilities 302 1%
Wholesale & Retail Trade 5,856 17%
Finance, Insurance & Real Estate 804 2%
Services 12,540 36%
Government 8,928 25%

Building Permit Issued
Year Number Value
2013  667 87,691,089
2014 739 91,374,110
2015 799 118,568,750
2016 732 104,568,874

Median Family Income
2012 $41,947
2013 $41,788
2014 $42,641
2015 $41,459

Per Capita Income
Year Pickens County South Carolina United States
2011 29,681 34,220 42,453
2012 30,670 35,461 44,266
2013 31,248 35,472 44,438
2014 32,419 36,677 46,049
2015 33,911 38,302 48,112

Taxes
State Personal Income Tax Range 3%-7%
State Corporate Income Tax  5%
Retail Sales & Use Tax 6%
Local Option Sales Tax 1%
Accommodations Tax 3%
Local Tourism Development Fee 1%
Admissions Tax 5%
No Tax on Inventories or Intangibles
No State Property Tax

Unemployment Rates
Year Pickens County South Carolina United States
2011 9.8% 10.5% 8.9%
2012 8.9% 9.2% 8.1%
2013 7.2% 7.6% 7.4%
2014 6.2% 6.4% 6.2%
2015 5.8% 6.0% 5.3%
2016 4.9% 4.9% 4.9%
2017 4.1% 4.2% 4.4%
2018 3.3% 3.4% 3.9%
2019 2.7% 2.8% 3.7%
2020 5.3% 6.2% 8.1%

Base County Property Tax Millage Rate (2021)
County Operations 63.3
County Bonds 3.1
County Sewer 1.4
Tri-County Tech 2.4
Pickens County Library 5.5
Keowee Vineyards 51.5
Keowee Springs 39.6
Shady Grove 15.5

Gross Retail Sales
2011 1,968,115,000
2012 1,918,390,000
2013 2,001,476,000
2014 2,100,048,000
2015 2,197,224,000

Assessed Property Values
Year Real Property Personal Property Total Value
2011 344,028,258 100,149,585 444,177,843
2012 346,468,573 105,416,061 451,884,634
2013 349,020,293 112,959,999 461,980,292
2014 342,164,203 116,892,926 459,057,129
2015 346,996,026 121,233,803 468,229,829

New and Expanded Industry
Year Total Jobs Total Investment
2012 15 5,000,000
2013 125 15,000,000
2014    -          -
2015 15 5,000,000
2016 273 31,400,000

Ten Largest Taxpayers 2015-2016 Fiscal Year

  1. Duke Energy
  2. Blue Ridge Electric
  3. BellSouth Telecommunications  
  4. Keowee River Club LLC
  5. Reliable Automatic Sprinkler
  6. Breckenridge Group Clemson SC
  7. Cellco Partnership DBA Verizon
  8. Shaw Industries Group
  9. Ibrahim Family Trust LLC
  10. Pacesetter Inc.
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