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Cherokee County is the westernmost county in the state of North Carolina. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 27,444. Its county seat is Murphy.
It was named in honor of the Indian tribe who still live in the western part of the State.
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
Cherokee was formed in 1839 from Macon. It was named in honor of the Indian tribe who still live in the western part of the State. It is in the western section of the State and is bounded by the states of Georgia and Tennessee and Graham, Swain, Macon and Clay counties. The present land area is 455.19 square miles and the population in 2000 was 24,298. The courts were ordered to be held at one of the houses at Fort Butler until a courthouse could be erected. Fort Butler was in the town of Murphy. Murphy is the county seat.
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 467 square miles (1,210 km2), of which 455 square miles (1,180 km2) is
land and 11 square miles (28 km2) (2.4%) is water.
Located in the southern Appalachian Mountains, Cherokee County contains a varied natural landscape. Portions of the county fall within the boundaries of the Nantahala National Forest, and the Hiawassee River - a tributary of the Tennessee River - flows through the county from southeast to northwest.
Bordering counties are as follows: