Cherokee County

Cherokee County was formed in 1830 from Cherokee Indian lands and was later divided into 24 additional counties.

Notable landmarks include Reinhardt University, Georgia National Cemetery, Gibbs Gardens, and portions of Lake Allatoona. Large employers include Pilgrim’s Pride, Chart Industries and Inalfa Roof Systems.

Cherokee has grown rapidly over the past 15 years and is now the sixth-largest in the Atlanta region.

Within Cherokee County are the cities of Ball Ground, Canton, Holly Springs, Mountain Park*, Nelson*, Waleska, and Woodstock.

Cherokee County by the Numbers (2021)

Population 274,615
Population Change (since 2010) +28.1%
Population Forecast (2050) 374,821
Median Household Income $90,675
Unemployment Rate 2.4%
Mean Travel Time to Work 35 minutes
Single Family Building Permits 2,598
Multifamily Building Permits 156

View ARC's 21-County Dashboard where you can find various data points about Cherokee County.

Data Resources

Other Cherokee County Resources

ARC Board Members Representing Cherokee County

Visit our Board Portal for a list of ARC Board members representing Cherokee county.

Data Sources

  • US Census Bureau, County Population Estimates, 2021
  • US Census Bureau, Small-Area Income and Poverty Estimates, 2020
  • US Census Bureau, American Community Survey (5-year estimates), 2016-2020
  • Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), Series 16 Forecasts
  • HUD, State of the Cities Data System (SOCDS), 2021


* These cities belong to more than one county.