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 (2017)

Population 247,543
Population Change (since 2010) +15.0%
Population Forecast (2040) 392,411
Median Household Income $76,368
Unemployment Rate 3.7%
Mean Travel Time to Work 34.8 minutes
Single Family Building Permits 2,284
Multifamily Building Permits 0

Data Resources

Other Cherokee County Resources

ARC Board Members Representing Cherokee County

Data Sources

  • US Census Bureau, Subcounty Intercensal Population Estimates, 2000 to 2009
  • US Census Bureau, County Characteristics Resident Population Estimate, 2010 to 2017
  • US Census Bureau, American Community Survey (1-year estimates), 2017
  • Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), Series 15 Forecasts, 2015-16
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS), 2017


* These cities belong to more than one county.