Cherokee County is a county located in the US state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 214,346. The county seat is Canton. The county Board of Commissioners is the governing body, with members elected to office.
The county is under the jurisdiction of the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office, which is headed by Sheriff Frank Reynolds. The Cherokee County Sheriff's office is accredited by CALEA. The major cities within the county have individual police departments, such as Woodstock, Canton, Holly Springs, and Ball Ground.
Cherokee County is included in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Originally, Cherokee County was more like a territory than a county, covering everything northwest of the Chattahoochee River and Chestatee River except for Carroll County. This county was created December 26, 1831 by the state legislature. It was named after the Cherokee Indians who lived in the area at that time. Several other counties were carved out of these Cherokee lands as part of the Cherokee Land Lottery of 1832.
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 214,346 people, 75,936 households, and 57,876 families residing in the county. The population density was 508.3 inhabitants per square mile (196.3/km²). There were 82,360 housing units at an average density of 195.3 per square mile (75.4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 86.6% white, 5.7% black or African American, 1.7% Asian, 0.4% American Indian, 0.1% Pacific islander, 3.6% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 9.6% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 16.2% were Irish, 16.1% were German, 14.1% were English, 10.7% were American, and 5.7% were Italian.
Of the 75,936 households, 41.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.9% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 23.8% were non-families, and 18.8% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.80 and the average family size was 3.20. The median age was 36.3 years.
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