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The 2000 Census showed that Cherokee County had a population of 24,298 people. This represented 0.3% of the total population of North Carolina, making it the state's 75th most populous county (out of 100 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Cherokee had a population of 26,307 people. This is an increase of 8.27% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
201027,444+12.95%+4.32% since 2009
200926,307+8.27%-0.96% since 2008
200826,561+9.31%+0.2% since 2007
200726,507+9.09%+1.35% since 2006
200626,153+7.63%+2.61% since 2005
200525,489+4.9%+1.17% since 2004
200425,195+3.69%+1.21% since 2003
200324,893+2.45%+0.9% since 2002
200224,670+1.53%+0.57% since 2001
200124,530+0.95%+0.95% since 2000
200024,298The Last Census

Cherokee County had 13,499 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Cherokee County has a total area<3> of 466.7 square miles [1,208 km²]. Of this total, 455.2 square miles [1,178 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (2.46%) being water (11.49 square miles [29.75 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Cherokee County had a population density of 53.4 people per square mile [20.61 people/km²], making it the state's 81st most densely populated county (out of 100 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Cherokee County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Cherokee and the state of North Carolina.

Click here for the Cherokee County QuickFact (QF-37039).

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Cherokee County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
Fannin (GA)QF-13111   SW22,94519,79815.9%
Union (GA)QF-13291   S21,25217,28922.92%
ClayQF-37043   SE10,3338,77517.75%
GrahamQF-37075   NE8,0017,9930.1%
MaconQF-37113   E33,23329,81111.48%
Monroe (TN)QF-47123   NW45,83038,96117.63%
Polk (TN)QF-47139   W15,64816,050-2.5%

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Cherokee. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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