Horry County, South Carolina Relocation Guide
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Welcome to Horry County Horry (pronounced O-ree) County was named for Peter Horry, a planter of French Huguenot descent, who served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the American Revolution and later Brigadier General in the South Carolina Militia. After the War of Independence, he represented Prince George, Winyah and All Saints parishes in the South Carolina House and Senate. In 1801, Kingsont County was renamed Horry District. Today, Horry County has a population of 269,29. It is located approximately 100 miles north of Charleston, South Carolina and approximately 150 miles east of the State Capital, Columbia, South Carolina. The County has a total area of 1,255 square miles of which 1,134 square miles is land and 121 square miles is water. The highest point in the county is 124 ft. above sea level.
Weather Average temperature highs and average monthly precipitation based on 30 years of data (degrees Farenhiet) for air and water temperatures and three years for precipitation. Month
Annual Weather Statistical Averages Sunny Days - 215
Overcast Days - 150
Frost Days - 42 Days when maximum temperature is above 90 degrees - 46 Number of sunny days during an average summer month - 18 Number of sunny days in an average winter month - 15 Wettest months - July & August; Driest Months - October and November
Public Education The Horry County School District serves more than 38,000 students from nine attendance areas. Horry County is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on the east and North Carolina to the north and has a land mass larger than the state of Rhode Island. The district includes 28 elementary schools, 11 middle schools, nine high schools and two career and technical academies. Conway is also home to Coastal Carolina University and Horry-Georgetown Technical College. Newcomers should contact the district office, 488-6700 to find out which school their child will attend. When you go to the school to register you will need valid birth certificates, proof of immunizations, and documentation of Horry County residency. A Social Security number for each child is also requested. For more information about Horry County Schools, please visit their website at www.horrycountyschools.net.
Horry County School Board The Horry County Board of Education is made up of 12 members, 11 of which are elected from the single member district and the chairman which is elected at large. Members serve four-year terms, with elections staggered every two years. The Vice Chairman is elected by the Board members to serve a two-year term. The Superintendent of Schools is appointed by the Board to serve as the chief executive officer for the School District. The Superintendent advises the Board on matters concerning management of the schools, as well as administering laws, regulations and policies adopted by the Board. The Superintendent of Schools and the administrative team are responsible for the execution of those policies and the day-to-day operation of the school and the district.
Horry County School Board Members Will Garland - Board Chairman Joe Defeo - Vice Chair District #3 Harvey Eisner - District #1 Karen McIlrath - District #2 Kay Loftus - District #4 Paul Peterson - District #5 Pam Timms - District #6 Paul Hudson - District #7 John Poston - District #8 David Cox - District #9 Neil James - District #10 Trent Hardee - District #11
Employment People seeking employment in the Horry County area have many local resources at their disposal, the main one being the Coastal Workforce Center (CWC). The CWC is the South Carolina Employment Security Commission’s presence in Horry County and offers a wide range of assistance to job seekers. The Center maintains the most up-to-date job listings for many of the area’s biggest employers that can be accessed via the internet. Other assistance offered by the Center is access to laser printers, fax machines, telephones and video conferencing The Center is located at 200-A Victory Lane, just off U.S. Highway 501 and can be reached at 234-9675. People in search of employment can view the S.C. Employment Security Commission’s online job listings at www.coastalworkforce.org. South Carolina’s Job Bank can be accessed at www.jobsearch.org/sc and state government jobs are listed at www.state.sc.us/jobs. For employment in Horry County, you may log onto www.horrycounty.org.
Jobs 2010 Jobs 2009 Jobs 2000 Jobs 1990 Avg. Ann. Growth Rate Jobs 1990-2010 Percent Change Jobs 2009-2010 Numeric Change Jobs 2009-2010
115,784 5 116,950 5 109,682 5 75,012 5 2.7% 3 -1.0% 22 -1,166 44
Personal Income 2010, in thousands Per Capita Personal Income 2010 % of U.S. Per Capita PI 2010 Average Wage Per Job 2010 % of U.S. Avg. Wage Per Job 2010 Unemployment Rate 2011
$7,743,921 $28,613 72% $30,928 66% 11.5%
Per Capita Assessed Property 2010 Additional Sales Tax, if applicable: Local Option Sales Tax Capital Projects Sales Tax School District Sales Tax Transportation Sales Tax
Per Capita Revenues FY10 Per Capita Expenditures FY10
Assessed Property 2010 County Base Millage Rate 2011 Value of One Mil 2011 Net Taxable Sales FY10 Admissions Tax Collected FY10 Accommodations Tax Collected FY10
$2,057,616,894 0.0452 $2,027,486 $4,950,655,827 $8,630,752 $13,625,656
1.0% 1.0% Value
County Finance & Employment Data Total Revenues FY10
6 23 23 39 39 24
Recreation: Land & Sea Whether your idea of recreation is a day of shopping and taking in a show at night, or deep sea fishing and camping by the seashore, Horry County has something for everyone. Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach and Conway offer excellent live theatre experiences including the world renowned Carolina Opry, Alabama Theatre, the Palace Theatre, Pirate’s Voyage and Conway’s Theatre of the Republic. Shopping in Conway is a trip back in time with a lively downtown area where you can walk leisurely from shop to shop enjoying fine antiques or that one-of-a-kind item. For a faster pace, Myrtle Beach offers two Tanger Outlet Malls, Myrtle Beach Mall and the recently built Coastal Grand Mall. More of an outdoors person? We have miles of seashore and rivers to explore and plenty of opportunity for deep sea fishing excusrsions, kayaking, dolphin watching, even an off-shore casino boat. There are several state parks where camping is also available for RVer’s or tent camping. There are hiking trails and horseback riding tours. There is truly something for everyone to do in Horry County.
Real Estate Horry County is experiencing a steady comeback from the economic slow down. Housing sales are beginning to pick up while interest rates remain low. There are a wide variety of housing options available for your relocation, whether it is for a large family, couple or single. Here are two links that will help narrow down your search for a new home specifically in the Conway and Myrtle Beach area. http://ccar.paragonrels.com/publink/default.aspx?GUID=86811772-00c9-40f6-87b4-09d4d0d72c62&Report=Yes http://ccar.paragonrels.com/publink/default.aspx?GUID=5ac2327f-08a3-48c2-a83d-65a8fa6b3f70&Report=Yes To search for homes in all of Horry County, please visit the Coastal Carolinas Association of REALTORS速 at www.ccarsc.org Other sites that will help you in your search are thinkmyrtlebeach.com, the North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce at www.northmyrtlebeachchamber.com and the Conway Chamber of Commerce at conwayscchamber.com
Horry County Government Tom Rice Chairman
Paul D. Price, Jr. District #5
Jody Prince District #10
Harold G. Worley District #1
Bob Grabowski District #6
Al Allen District #11
Brent Schulz District #2
James Frazier District #7
Clerk to Council Pat Hartley
Marion Foxworth District #3
Carl Shwartzkopf District #8
Gary Loftus District #4
W. Paul Prince District #9
S.C. Legislators Sen. Dick Elliott District #28
Rep. Liston Barfiled District #58
Rep. Alan Clemmons District #107
Sen. J. Yancey McGill District #32
Rep. Tracy Edge District #104
Rep. Thad Viers District #68
Sen. Luke Rankin District #33
Rep. George Hearn District #105
Rep. Jackie E. Hayes District #55
Sen. Raymond Cleary District #34
Rep. Nelson Hardwick District #106