|Horry County, South Carolina|
Horry County Government and Justice Center
Location in the U.S. state of South Carolina
South Carolina's location in the U.S.
|Named for||Peter Horry|
|Largest city||Myrtle Beach|
|• Total||1,255 sq mi (3,250 km2)|
|• Land||1,134 sq mi (2,937 km2)|
|• Water||121 sq mi (313 km2), 9.6%|
|• Density||237/sq mi (92/km²)|
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
Horry County (// ORR-ee) is a county in the U.S. state of South Carolina. As of the 2010 census, its population was 289,650, making it the fifth-most populous county in South Carolina. The county seat is Conway.
Horry County is the central county in the Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is located in the Pee Dee region of South Carolina, approximately 90 miles north of Charleston, South Carolina and approximately 130 miles east of the state capital, Columbia.
Horry County (pronounced O'Ree) was created from Georgetown District in 1801. At that time the county had an estimated population of 550. Isolated by the numerous rivers and swamps typical of the South Carolina Low Country, the area was essentially surrounded by water, forcing its inhabitants to survive virtually without 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 Marion 
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 Lubbock, Texas artist Garland Weeks. Coastal Monument of Conway, South Carolina 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 side; a brief bio of General Peter Horry is on the front. It cost slightly more than $16,200 for both the bust/sculpture and the stone base. 
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) is land and 121 square miles (310 km2) (9.6%) is water. It is the largest county by area in South Carolina. The highest point in the county is 124 ft. above sea level.
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.
|U.S. Decennial Census
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 269,291 people, 112,225 households, and 72,254 families residing in the county. The population density was 237.5 inhabitants per square mile (91.7/km2). There were 185,992 housing units at an average density of 164.0 per square mile (63.3/km2). 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. 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.
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 non-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.
The median income for a household in the county was $43,142 and the median income 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.
|2016||67.2% 89,288||29.7% 39,410||3.2% 4,222|
|2012||64.2% 72,127||34.6% 38,885||1.2% 1,381|
|2008||61.7% 64,609||37.1% 38,879||1.3% 1,310|
|2004||62.0% 50,447||36.3% 29,547||1.7% 1,353|
|2000||56.6% 40,300||40.9% 29,113||2.6% 1,852|
|1996||47.9% 26,159||43.4% 23,722||8.7% 4,772|
|1992||45.9% 23,489||36.9% 18,896||17.2% 8,819|
|1988||64.7% 24,843||34.7% 13,316||0.7% 250|
|1984||69.2% 20,396||30.3% 8,940||0.4% 127|
|1980||49.6% 14,323||48.1% 13,888||2.3% 653|
|1976||37.2% 9,339||62.6% 15,720||0.2% 58|
|1972||76.8% 15,324||22.3% 4,437||0.9% 183|
|1968||27.0% 3,924||27.0% 3,924||46.1% 6,701|
|1964||60.4% 8,293||39.6% 5,444|
|1960||38.6% 3,768||61.5% 6,006|
|1956||13.4% 1,092||59.2% 4,835||27.5% 2,244|
|1952||45.3% 3,716||54.7% 4,489|
|1948||2.9% 113||12.7% 503||84.5% 3,345|
|1944||5.0% 137||88.1% 2,403||6.9% 188|
|1940||7.2% 164||92.8% 2,111|
|1936||0.0% 0||100.0% 2,927|
|1932||0.9% 29||99.1% 3,224|
|1928||2.2% 27||97.8% 1,224|
|1924||0.1% 1||99.7% 1,346||0.2% 3|
|1920||2.8% 49||97.2% 1,709|
|1916||0.0% 0||99.6% 1,638||0.4% 7|
|1912||1.5% 13||97.7% 863||0.8% 7|
|1904||3.9% 40||96.1% 980|
|1900||5.6% 79||94.4% 1,330|
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 p.m on first and third Tuesday of every month in the Council Chambers at the Horry County Government and Justice Center located at 1301 2nd Avenue in Conway.
|Name||Political Affiliation||District||Term Expires|
|Johnny Vaught||Republican||8 (Vice Chairman)||12/31/2018|
|W. Paul Prince||Republican||9||12/31/2020|
Horry County has its own police force, the Horry County Police Department, which provides 24-hour services to the unincorporated areas of the county. It is the only county police department in the State of South Carolina. The Horry County Sheriff's Office is responsible for numerous tasks that include: courthouse security, processing of warrants, fingerprinting, registration of sex offenders, funeral escorts, background checks and managing the J. Reuben Long Detention Center. 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 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.
In 2013, PTR Industries, a gunmaker, relocated to the Cool Springs Business Park 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 said that it would hire an additional 30 workers in the first quarter of 2014, with a goal of having 120 employees by 2017.
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