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Cherokee County

CHEROKEE COUNTY
County Seat Murphy
Nearest MSA Chattanooga, 85 Miles
Population 2019 - 28,586
Available Labor Force
Labor Force 11,295 (June 2020)
Unemployment 878
Unemployment Rate 7.8%
Tax Structure
Property Tax $0.47 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%

Transportation
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
Education
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 Union Affiliation
Harrah's Casino Casino 900 None
Cherokee County Board of Education Education 600 None
Cherokee County Schools Schools 558 None
Murphy Medical Center Healthcare 525 None
Moog Manufacturing 370 None
County of Cherokee Government 345 None
Snap-On Power Tools Inc. Manufacturing 300 None

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
(June 2020)
 
Labor Force9,934
Unemp1,046
% Unemp10.5
% Participation Rate60.9

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