McCormick County Economic Development

Department Information
Dept Head: Vacant
  Director
Location: 610 South Mine Street
  McCormick, SC 29835
   
Office Hours:  
Office Phone: (864) 852-2231
Fax: (864) 852-2783
Office Email: .

McCormick County Community Snapshop

Formed in 1916, McCormick County was settled by Scotch-Irish, French Huguenot, and German Farmers. The County’s natural beauty, abundant resources, and location are what attracted early settlers and what continue to make McCormick County a unique place today. McCormick County is geographically positioned within 100 miles of six major metropolitan statistical areas, including: Atlanta, Augusta-Aiken, Anderson, Columbia, Greenville and Spartanburg MSAs. McCormick County is business ready, with an available 42 acre industrial site and a business friendly environment full of opportunities.

LABOR, EMPLOYMENT AND POPULATION

Labor Force & Employment, Sept. 2011     Median Hourly Wage Rates by Occupation  
Labor Force 3,299   All Occupations $14.04
Employment 2,800   Business & Financial Operations $22.06
Unemployed 499   Computer & Mathematical $27.76
Unemployment Rate 15.1%   Architectural & Engineering $30.48
Underemployed in County Labor Shed N/A   Construction & Extraction $15.07
      Production Occupations $15.18
Per Capita Income $23,284   Transportation & Moving $12.21
       
Source: BLS, LAUS Sept. 2011; SCDOR     Source: BLS, OES May 2010, Upper Savannah, SC

 

According to the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce’s SC Works Online Services, there are 2,030 potential candidates looking for work in McCormick County under the Production Occupation group as of October 21st, 2011.

County Population     45-Minute Drive Time Population (McCormick)
1990 Census 8,868   1990 Census 82,088
2000 Census 9,958   2000 Census 93,579
2010 Census 10,233   2010 Census 96,887
2010 Census Age 16+ 8,944   2010 Census Age 16+ 78,065
2010 Census Age 21+ 8,504   2010 Census Age 25+ 66,636
2010 Census Median Age 50.0   2010 Census Median Age 39.9
Age 25+ with Bachelor’s Degree or Higher 14.9%   Age 25+ with Bachelor’s Degree 13.6%
         
Source: U.S. Census Bureau     Source: Demographics Now  

 

QUALITY OF LIFE

McCormick County’s scenic landscape, year round mild climate, and proximity to large metropolitan areas are just a few reasons why it’s a great place to live. The County is home to numerous attractions and festivals including: the Gold Rush Days Festival, Thunder Over Thurmond, and the MACK Art Gallery. There are also many opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, Lake Thurmond and Little River Blueway outdoor adventure area offer camping, fishing, boating and hunting. McCormick County offers a very high quality of life, at a fraction of expected costs; with a cost of living index of 0.81 (U.S. = 1.0), quality of life amenities are within easy reach.

 

INFRASTRUCTURE

US 378, US 221, and US 25 pass through McCormick County. For interstate access, I-20 is within 34 miles and I-85 is within 50 miles. Utility services are provided by McCormick County Water and Sewer, Aiken Electric Cooperative, SCE&G, and Little River Electric Cooperative. West Carolina Tel provides the entire county with Fiber Broadband enabling engagement in the global economy. The McCormick County airport has one paved runway and is just 1.8 miles from the central business district. The Augusta Regional Airport is nearby, 48 miles away, in Augusta; and the Columbia Metropolitan Airport is 72 miles from the town of McCormick.

 

EXISTING INDUSTRY

Industry Description NAICS Employing Units Employed AVG Weekly Wage
Total, Private and Government 10 138 1,708 $576
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting 11 - - -
Construction 23 11 80 $526
Manufacturing 31-33 4 193 $754
Wholesale Trade 42 4 12 $1,767
Retail Trade 44-45 22 114 $380
Finance and Insurance 52 7 18 $511
Real Estate & Rental Leasing 53 - - -
Admin, Support & Waste Management & Remediation 56 - - -
Health Care and Social Assistance 62 8 159 $519
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation 71 - - -
Accommodation & Food Services 72 9 39 $171
Other Services (Except Public Administration) 81 - - -
Accommodation & Food Services 72 9 39 $171
         
Source: BLS, QCEW, Fourth Quarter 2010.        

 

MAJOR EMPLOYERS

Company Name Employees NAICS Code Description
McCormick County 300 921190 School District
Petra Health & Rehab of McCormick 140 623110 Nursing Care Facility
Savannah Lakes Village 140 813410 Civil and Social Club
Mt. Vernon Mills-Riegel 88 314129 Fabrics and Textile Manufacturer
Georgia Pacific 67 321113 Sawmill and Wood Merchant Wholesaler
Strom Thurmond Lake Visitor Center 50 713990 All Other Amusement & Recreation Industry
Sun Grow Horticulture 30 422910 Processed Bark
       
Source: Central SC Records and Reference USA