Cherokee County is located in westernmost North Carolina. The County Seat is Murphy and the largest city is Andrews. The Official Web Site is located at http://www.cherokeecounty-nc.gov/. The 2014 population estimate is 27,141 and the 2010 census population was 27,444. The land area is 455.43 square miles and there are 60.3 persons per square mile.
93.8% of the population is White, 1.5% is Black or African American, 2.8% is Hispanic or Latino, 0.7% is Asian, 1.5% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 2.4% is two or more races. 81.9% have a high school degree or higher, and 16.7% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $145,000, there are 10,722 households, an average of 2.50 persons per household. The per capita income is $18,340, the median household income is $34,432, and 17.9% of the persons in Cherokee County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 2,815. Retail sales (in $1000) were $404,019, and sales per capita were $15,242. The percentage of black-owned firms is 1%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 28%.
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