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Cherokee County

County Seat Murphy
Nearest MSA Chattanooga, 85 Miles
Population 2020 - 28,774
Available Labor Force
Labor Force 10,675 (August 2021)
Unemployment 494
Unemployment Rate 4.6%
Tax Structure
Property Tax $0.46 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 Product Total Employees
Harrah's Casino Casino 900
Cherokee County Board of Education Education 600
Cherokee County Schools Schools 558
Murphy Medical Center Healthcare 525
Moog Manufacturing 370
County of Cherokee Government 345
Snap-On Power Tools Inc. Manufacturing 300

Wage Information (2019) 
All Industries Average Wage$33,922
Manufacturing Average Wage$36,957

Commuting Patterns 
Workers 16 and Over9,713
Percent Working Outside County of Residence40.4

Educational Attainment 
Population 25 & Over17,736
Percent High School Graduate or Higher68.4
Percent Bachelor's Degree or Higher8.0

Employment Data
(August 2021)
Labor Force9,408
% Unemp3.6
% Participation Rate60.9

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