Cherokee County, NC


County Seat - Murphy
Nearest MSA - Chattanooga, 85 Miles

2015 Est. - 27,178

Available Labor Force

Labor Force 11,185
Unemployment 635
Unemployment Rate 5.7%

Tax Structure

Property Tax $0.52 per $100
Local Business Tax 2% Gross Sales
Sales Tax (Local) 2.0%
Sales Tax (State) 4.0%
Income Tax:  
Personal 6.0%
Corporate 7.75%
Franchise Tax $1.50 per $100 of Certain Assets
Unemployment Tax  
(New Employers) .005% - 5.7%


Railroads 2 rail lines
Highways:  US-64, 74 Direct access (Adjacent)
Navigable Waterway: Nearest Port Facility - Wilmington, 353 miles
Air Service:  
Commercial Service Asheville Metro Airport, 115 miles
Runway Length, 8,001
General Aviation Western Carolina Regional Airport, 14 miles
Runway Length, 5,500


Number of High Schools 3-Andrews High School, Hiawassee Dam High, Murphy High School
Number of Colleges Serving Cherokee County (2 & 4 year) 2-Tri-County Community College, Western Carolina University

Health Care

Hospitals 3-Copper Basin Medical, Murphy Medical Center, Swain County Hospital
Clinics 3-Murphy Medical Center Urgent Care, Murphy Urgent Care, Murphy Health Department
Doctors 40
Dentists 10
Nursing Homes 3-Life Care Center of Copper Basin, Valley View Care & Rehab Center, Murphy Medical Center - Nursing Home

Major Employers

Firm Name Product Total Employees Union Affiliation
Cherokee County Board of Education Education 600 None
Cherokee County Schools Schools 558 None
Murphy Medical Center Healthcare 525 None
County of Cherokee Government 345 None
Snap-On Power Tools Inc. Manufacturing 250 None