Horry County, South Carolina
|Horry County, South Carolina|
Horry County Government and Justice Center in Conway, South Carolina
Location in the state of South Carolina
South Carolina's location in the U.S.
|Largest city||Myrtle Beach|
1,255 sq mi (3,250 km²)
1,134 sq mi (2,937 km²)
121 sq mi (313 km²), 9.66%
238/sq mi (91.7/km²)
Horry County (// 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. 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. The County has a total area of 1,255 square miles (3,250.4 km2), of which 1,134 square miles (2,937.0 km2) is land and 121 square miles (313.4 km2) (9.66%) is water. The highest point in the county is 124 ft. above sea level.
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 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
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 designed and stone base that it’s mounted on was created by Coastal Monument of Conway, South Carolina. 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 coasted slightly above $16,200 for both the bust/sculpture and the stone base. 
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. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,255 square miles (3,250.4 km2), of which 1,134 square miles (2,937.0 km2) is land and 121 square miles (313.4 km2) (9.66%) is water. The highest point in the county is 124 ft. above sea level.
- Columbus County, North Carolina - northeast
- Brunswick County, North Carolina - east
- Robeson County, North Carolina - northwest
- Georgetown County, South Carolina - southwest
- Marion County, South Carolina - west
- Dillon County, South Carolina - northwest
National protected area
As of the census 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.
Cities & towns
Smaller cities and towns
- Baxter Forks
- Carolina Forest
- Cedar Branch
- Cherry Grove
- Cool Spring
- Crescent Beach
- Galivants Ferry
- Glass Hill
- Green Sea
- Hickory Grove
- Ingram Beach
- Nixons Crossroads
- Ocean Drive Beach
- Pine Island
- Polecat Landing
- Red Bluff Crossroads
- Springmaid Beach
- Windy Hill
Law and government
Republicans hold a 10 to 2 majority on the county council. Terms last four years and are staggered, with half the council up for election every two years.
|Vice Chairman||W. Paul Prince||Republican||District 9|
|Member||Harold G. Worley||Republican||District 1|
|Member||Brent Schulz||Republican||District 2|
|Member||Marion D. Foxworth III||Democratic||District 3|
|Member||Gary Loftus||Republican||District 4|
|Member||Paul D. Price, Jr.||Republican||District 5|
|Member||Bob Grabowski||Republican||District 6|
|Member||James R. Frazier||Democratic||District 7|
|Member||Carl Schwartzkopf||Republican||District 8|
|Member||Jody Prince||Republican||District 10|
|Member||Al Allen||Republican||District 11|
Patricia S. Hartley - Clerk to Council
Horry County has its own police force the Horry County Police Department which provides 24 hour services to the unicorporated areas of the county with the Horry County Sheriff's Office covering court security and the county jail. The South Carolina Highway Patrol has a Troop 5 barracks located in Conway and they provide services throughout the county 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.
- Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR)
- Grand Strand Airport - North Myrtle Beach (CRE)
- Conway-Horry County Airport (HYW)
- Twin City Airport - Loris (5J9)
- Green Sea Airport (S79)
- The Coast RTA - Bus system operating seven days a week, 364 days a year. 15 routes throughout the Horry County/Grand Strand area, including Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach, Garden City, Conway, Loris, and Aynor.
Interstate 20 (future)
Interstate 73 (future)
- Interstate 74 (future)
- US 17
US 17 Bus.
- U.S. Route 76
- U.S. Route 378
- U.S. Route 501
- U.S. Route 701
- SC 9
- SC 22
- SC 31
- SC 65
- SC 90
- SC 179
- SC 319
- SC 410
- SC 544
- SC 707
- SC 905
- SC 917
- Horry County Schools
- Hot and Hot Fish Club
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Horry County, South Carolina
- United States Census Bureau. "2010 Census Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 20 January 2012.
- http://www.horrycounty.org/depts/finance/budgetFY2012.pdf Horry County 2011-2012 Budget: Community Profile on page 24
- Francis Marion (1732-1795)
- Dickerson, Brad (29 October 2012). "Horry County honors its namesake". The Sun News. Retrieved 30 October 2012.
- "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.
- A Historical Look at Horry County
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- http://www.schp.org/troop5.asp. Retrieved 2011-06-04
- http://ps.nmb.us/ Retrieved 2011-06-04
- The Coast RTA
- Horry County, South Carolina, 1730-1993, Catherine Heniford Lewis, University of South Carolina Press, 1998, ISBN 1-57003-207-6
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