Cherokee County

About Cherokee County, GA

Cherokee County is located in Georgia, approximately 25 miles northwest of downtown Atlanta in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  The county is part of the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Georgia Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Cherokee County was formed in 1830 from lands previously held by the Cherokee Indians and it’s 6,900 square miles were subsequently divided into 24 other counties.

The American Business Chronicle named Cherokee as one of the counties with the greatest potential for growth in America.  Cherokee County is also very conscientious about protecting the area’s natural resources, scenic vistas and comfortable residential lifestyle.

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Cherokee County has a top-rated educational system, a thriving business climate,an excellent public library system, and a variety of recreational opportunities.  Numerous civic groups and residents are proud to call Cherokee County their home.

Incorporated Cities in Cherokee County include: Ball Ground, Canton, Holly Springs, Mountain Park, Waleska and Woodstock.

Adjacent Counties to Cherokee include:  Pickens, Dawson, Forsyth, Fulton, Cobb, Bartow, and Gordon.

Zip codes in Cherokee County include: 30102, 30107, 30183,  30155, 30188 and 30189.


Cherokee County gets 53 inches of rain and 2 inches of snowfall per year.  The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 106.  On average, there are 217 sunny days per year.  July highs around 88 degrees and January lows around 29 degrees.


Cherokee County’s largest industries are:

  • Pilgrim’s Pride
  • Chart Inc.
  • Meyn America
  • Universal Alloy Corporation
  • Piolax Corporation
  • Hydro-Chem
  • Inc.
  • Roytec, Transtechnik and Kirk-Rudy.

The unemployment rate in Cherokee County is 8.70% with job growth at -0.86%.  Future job growth over the next ten years is predicted to be 29.58%.  The County’s sales tax rate is 6.00% and income tax is 6.00%. Income per capita in Cherokee is $28,513, which includes all adults and children. The median household income is $66,946.


Cherokee County has a total area of 433.99 square miles, of which 423.68 square miles is land and 10.31 square miles is water.  Situated at the southern end of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Cherokee County has the highest mountains and most undeveloped land in metro Atlanta, with nine summits (from tallest to lowest) that include:

  • Bear Mountain– 2,297 feet
  • Pine Log Mountain– 2,260 feet
  • Oakey Mountain– 1,686 feet
  • Dry Pond Mountain– 1,644 feet
  • Hickory Log Mountain– 1,545 feet
  • Polecat Mountain– 1,503 feet
  • Byrd Mountain– 1,358 feet
  • Garland Mountain – 1,348 feet
  • Posey Mountain– 1,306 feet.


As of 2011, Cherokee County’s population is 221,598  with 515 people per square mile.  The median age is 34.1.  59.56% of people are married and 9.83% are divorced.  The average household size is 2.83 people. 51.95% of people are married with children and 65.39% have children and are single.

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