SC Appalachian Council of Governments

Serving 6 Counties and 42 Municipalities since 1965
• Anderson • Cherokee • Greenville • Oconee • Pickens • Spartanburg •

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The county was named for the Cherokee Indians who once made it their home. It was formed in 1897, and the county seat is Gaffney. Iron mining was such an important activity in this region before the Civil War, it is sometimes called the Old Iron District. Today, Cherokee County enjoys a thriving and profitable local economy and an abundance of natural and manufactured resources. Cherokee County sits in a prime location just off I-85 between Charlotte, NC and Greenville/Spartanburg, SC. Charlotte's Douglas International Airport and the Greenville - Spartanburg International Airport are both within 45 miles and the mainline of Norfolk Southern Railroad runs through Cherokee County. The Port of Charleston is easily accessible via major highways. Cherokee County offers an unbeatable combination of such factors as an abundant and educated work force with customized training by South Carolina Special Schools, a diversified industrial base, a high standard of living and quality of life, pro-business local governments, and easy access to transportation routes. 


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FactFinder Online  --  A comprehensive collection of tables containing vital demographic and economic information for the SC Upstate Region.

Regional Directory  --  Regional Directory of City and County Officials

Aging & Disability Services in Cherokee County

ACOG Staff Contact Info

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Cherokee County Census Tract Map  $3-$16 

Quick Stats

  2010 2017¹
Population*  55,342
57,037 58,035
% Pop. 65 & Above* 13.4%
 16.5% 19.1%
¹ ESRI Forecasts for 2017 and 2022  
* US Bureau of Census, 2010 Census of Population and Housing
  2017* 2022*
Per Capita Personal Income

$19,021 $20,269
Median Household Income   $35,368 $37,408
* ESRI Forcasts for 2017 & 2022
  2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Gross Retail Sales (x1,000)²
$1,401,585 $1,527,210
² SC Department of Revenue and Taxation
More County (and Municipal) Statistics available in our online
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