Horry County, South Carolina

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Horry County
New Horry County Courthouse and county office complex, Conway, South Carolina (18 November 2006).jpg
Horry County Government and Justice Center
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Horry County Logo.png
Motto: 
"Committed to Excellence"
Map of South Carolina highlighting Horry County.svg
Location within the U.S. state of South Carolina
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South Carolina's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 33°55′N78°59′W / 33.91°N 78.98°W / 33.91; -78.98 Coordinates: 33°55′N78°59′W / 33.91°N 78.98°W / 33.91; -78.98
CountryFlag of the United States.svg United States
StateFlag of South Carolina.svg  South Carolina
Founded1801
Named for Peter Horry
Seat Conway
Largest city Myrtle Beach
Area
  Total1,255 sq mi (3,250 km2)
  Land1,134 sq mi (2,940 km2)
  Water121 sq mi (310 km2)  9.6%
Population
 (2020)
  Total351,029
  Density280/sq mi (110/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
  Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP Codes
29511, 29526, 29527, 29527, 29528, 29544, 29545,29566, 29567, 29568, 29569, 29572, 29575, 29576. 29577, 29578, 29579, 29581, 29582, 29587, 29588, 29597, 29598 [1]
Area code 843
Congressional district 7th
Website www.horrycounty.org

Horry County ( /ˈɒr/ OH-ree) is the easternmost county in the U.S. state of South Carolina. As of the 2020 census, its population was 351,029. [2] It is the fourth-most populous county in South Carolina. The county seat is Conway. [3]

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Horry County is the central county in the Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is in the Pee Dee region of South Carolina, about 90 miles north of Charleston, South Carolina and about 130 miles east of the state capital Columbia.

History

Horry County (pronounced OH-REE) was created from Georgetown District in 1801. At this time, the county had an estimated population of 550. Isolated by the many rivers and swamps typical of the South Carolina Lowcountry, the area essentially was surrounded by water, forcing its inhabitants to survive without much 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 [4] who was born in South Carolina 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 Marion [5]

The population has increased more than fourfold since 1970 as the area has become a destination for retirees and people owning second homes. It has been developed for resorts and retirement communities. The majority-white residents have constituted a majority-Republican voter base since the late 20th century.

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

Geography

Horry County, South Carolina
Interactive map of Horry County

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,255 square miles (3,250 km2), of which 1,134 square miles (2,940 km2) are land and 121 square miles (310 km2) (9.6%) are covered by water. [8] It is the largest county by land area in South Carolina. [9] The highest point in the county is 124 feet above sea level. [10] Horry County is in the northeastern corner of South Carolina. It is a diverse land made up of rivers, beaches, forests, and swamps, and is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the east, the Little Pee Dee River and Drowning Creek (also known as the Lumber River) on its western side, and North Carolina to the north. The Waccamaw River, around 140 mi (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. [11]

National protected area

State and local protected areas/sites

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Adjacent counties

Transportation

Airports

Mass transit

Major highways

Demographics

Historical population
CensusPop.
1810 4,349
1820 5,02515.5%
1830 5,2454.4%
1840 5,7559.7%
1850 7,64632.9%
1860 7,9624.1%
1870 10,72134.7%
1880 15,57445.3%
1890 19,25623.6%
1900 23,36421.3%
1910 26,99515.5%
1920 32,07718.8%
1930 39,37622.8%
1940 51,95131.9%
1950 59,82015.1%
1960 68,24714.1%
1970 69,9922.6%
1980 101,41944.9%
1990 144,05342.0%
2000 196,62936.5%
2010 269,29137.0%
2020 351,02930.4%
2021 (est.)365,579 [13] 4.1%
U.S. Decennial Census [14]
1790-1960 [15] 1900-1990 [16]
1990-2000 [17] 2010-2019 [18] 2020 [2]
Horry County Museum, Conway, South Carolina Horry museum 0771.JPG
Horry County Museum, Conway, South Carolina

2020 census

Horry County racial composition [19]
RaceNum.Perc.
White (non-Hispanic)265,72975.7%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)39,36711.21%
Native American 1,1740.33%
Asian 4,5781.3%
Pacific Islander 3030.09%
Other/Mixed 15,5744.44%
Hispanic or Latino 24,3046.92%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 351,029 people, 140,260 households, and 89,281 families residing in the county.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, 269,291 people, 112,225 households, and 72,254 families resided in the county. [20] [18] The population density was 237.5 inhabitants per square mile (91.7/km2). The 185,992 housing units averaged 164.0 per square mile (63.3/km2). [21] The racial makeup of the county was 79.9% white, 13.4% black or African American, 1.0% Asian, 0.5% American Indian, 0.1% Pacific islander, 3.1% from other races, and 2.0% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 6.2% of the population. [20] In terms of ancestry, 15.3% were American, 13.4% were African American (which can include other ethnicities), 13.3% were Irish, 12.8% were German, 11.3% were English, and 6.1% were Italian. [22]

Of the 112,225 households, 27.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.2% were married couples living together, 12.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 35.6% were not families, and 26.8% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.84. The median age was 41.1 years. [20]

The median income for a household in the county was $43,142 and for a family was $51,608. Males had a median income of $37,351 versus $29,525 for females. The per capita income for the county was $24,811. About 11.6% of families and 16.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.2% of those under age 18 and 7.5% of those age 65 or over. [23]

Law, government, and politics

State delegation

Horry County has a South Carolina House of Representatives delegation made up of 10 state representatives. In addition, the county has a South Carolina Senate delegation made up of 5 state senators. The delegations work concurrently to represent county issues holistically in Columbia, SC. [24]

State House of Representatives delegation

The county's State House of Representatives delegation is currently made up of the following members:

DistrictRepresentativePartyResidence
55 Jackie E. Hayes Dem Dillon
56 Tim McGinnis Rep Myrtle Beach
57 Lucas Atkinson Dem Marion
58 Jeff Johnson Rep Conway
68 Heather Ammons Crawford Rep Myrtle Beach
103 Carl Anderson Dem Georgetown
104 William Bailey Rep North Myrtle Beach
105 Kevin Hardee Rep Loris
106Val Guest, Jr.Rep Myrtle Beach
107 Case Brittain Rep Myrtle Beach

State Senate delegation

The county's State Senate delegation is currently made up of the following members:

DistrictRepresentativePartyResidence
28 Greg Hembree Republican North Myrtle Beach
30 Kent M. Williams Democratic Marion
32 Ronnie A. Sabb Democratic Greeleyville
33 Luke A. Rankin Republican Myrtle Beach
34 Stephen Goldfinch Republican Murrells Inlet

County council

Horry County has a county council whose members represent 11 single-member districts within the county, with a chairman voted at-large. The county council usually meets at 6 pm on the first and third Tuesdays of every month in the council chambers at the Horry County Government and Justice Center at 1301 2nd Avenue in Conway. [25]

Current County Council members

NameDistrictTerm Expires
Johnny GardnerChairmanDecember 31, 2022
Harold Worley1December 31, 2022
Bill Howard2December 31, 2022
Dennis DiSabato3December 31, 2024
Gary Loftus4December 31, 2024
Tyler Servant5December 31, 2022
Cam Crawford6December 31, 2024
Orton Bellamy7December 31, 2022
Johnny Vaught8December 31, 2022
R. Mark Causey9December 31, 2024
Danny Hardee10December 31, 2024
Al Allen11December 31, 2022

Past composition of the County Council [26]

PeriodYearChairman (At-Large)District 1District 2District 3District 4District 5District 6District 7District 8District 9District 10District 11
Past2007Liz GillandHarold Worley??????????????????Al Allen
2008
2009Marion FoxworthGary Loftus????????W. Paul PrinceJody Prince
2010
2011Tom RiceBrent SchulzPaul Price??Carl SchwartzkopfJames Frazier
2012
2013Bob Grabowski*
2014
2015Mark LazarusBill HowardTyler ServantJames FrazierJohnny VaughtBob Grabowski*
2016
2017Dennis DiSabatoCam CrawfordDanny Hardee
2018
2019Johnny GardnerOrton Bellamy
2020
Current2021R. Mark Causey
2022

* Note: Bob Grabowski's seat was renumbered from District 6 to District 8 during the redistricting of Council seats.

  • Patricia S. Hartley - Clerk to Council

Law enforcement

The Horry County Police Department provides 24-hour services to the unincorporated areas of the county. It is the only county police department in South Carolina. [27] The Horry County Sheriff's Office is responsible for numerous tasks, including courthouse security, processing of warrants, fingerprinting, registration of sex offenders, funeral escorts, background checks, and managing the J. Reuben Long Detention Center. [28] The South Carolina Highway Patrol has a Troop 5 barracks in Conway, and they provide services throughout the county. [29] Myrtle Beach, Conway, Briarcliffe Acres, Atlantic Beach, Surfside Beach, Loris, and Aynor all have their own police departments, which patrol within the relevant town or city's border. North Myrtle Beach has a Public Safety Department, which provides police and fire services in the city of North Myrtle Beach. [30]

In March 2020, Todd Cox, a former Horry County police officer, was fined $300 for failing to investigate reports of sex crimes against children. [31] He and three other officers had been indicted in 2016 on charges of coercing sex and ignoring cases. [32]

Party strength

Horry County used to be loyally Democratic, even by the standards of the Solid South. In 1936, Republican Candidate Alf Landon did not receive a single vote in Horry County. However, in 1964, Barry Goldwater carried the county by a margin almost as large as John F. Kennedy's 1960 margin. It has voted Republican in every election since, with the exception of supporting the third-party candidacy of Alabama Governor George Wallace in 1968 and neighboring Georgia's Jimmy Carter in 1976. While conservative Democrats continued to hold most local offices into the 1990s, today there are almost no elected Democrats above the county level. No Democratic presidential candidate has received more than 40% of the county’s vote since 2000.

United States presidential election results for Horry County, South Carolina [33]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.%No.%No.%
2020 118,82166.11%59,18032.92%1,7430.97%
2016 89,28867.17%39,41029.65%4,2223.18%
2012 72,12764.17%38,88534.60%1,3811.23%
2008 64,60961.65%38,87937.10%1,3101.25%
2004 50,44762.01%29,54736.32%1,3531.66%
2000 40,30056.55%29,11340.85%1,8522.60%
1996 26,15947.86%23,72243.40%4,7728.73%
1992 23,48945.87%18,89636.90%8,81917.22%
1988 24,84364.68%13,31634.67%2500.65%
1984 20,39669.23%8,94030.34%1270.43%
1980 14,32349.62%13,88848.12%6532.26%
1976 9,33937.18%15,72062.59%580.23%
1972 15,32476.84%4,43722.25%1830.92%
1968 3,92426.97%3,92426.97%6,70146.06%
1964 8,29360.37%5,44439.63%00.00%
1960 3,76838.55%6,00661.45%00.00%
1956 1,09213.36%4,83559.17%2,24427.46%
1952 3,71645.29%4,48954.71%00.00%
1948 1132.85%50312.70%3,34584.45%
1944 1375.02%2,40388.09%1886.89%
1940 1647.21%2,11192.79%00.00%
1936 00.00%2,927100.00%00.00%
1932 290.89%3,22499.11%00.00%
1928 272.16%1,22497.84%00.00%
1924 10.07%1,34699.70%30.22%
1920 492.79%1,70997.21%00.00%
1916 00.00%1,63899.57%70.43%
1912 131.47%86397.73%70.79%
1908 564.30%1,24795.70%00.00%
1904 403.92%98096.08%00.00%
1900 795.61%1,33094.39%00.00%
1896 19612.50%1,37287.50%00.00%

Economy

In 2013, PTR Industries, a gunmaker, [34] relocated to the Cool Springs Business Park [35] near Aynor from Bristol, Connecticut. That state had passed restrictive gun control legislation following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

Twenty-one PTR employees relocated from Bristol. The company stated that it would hire an additional 30 workers in the first quarter of 2014, with a goal of having 120 employees by 2017. [36]

Communities

Cities

Towns

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities & Neighborhoods

See also

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