Jackson County

Jackson County

Last updated January 2021

30,024 Total Voters

Republican 28.11% Democrat 32.06% Libertarian 0.74% Green 0.08% Constitution 0.04% Unaffiliated 38.97%
White 80.5% Black 2.29% Other 17.21%

Jackson County is a county located in the far southwest of the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 40,271. Since 1913 its county seat has been Sylva, replacing Webster.

Jackson County comprises the Cullowhee, NC Micropolitan Statistical Area. It is the site of Western Carolina University (WCU), located in Cullowhee. In the early 21st century, the university has more than 12,000 students, nearly twice as many as the permanent residents of Cullowhee. It is a strong influence in the region and county.

More than 10 percent of the residents identify as Native American, mostly Cherokee, as the federally recognized Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is based at Qualla Boundary, land that consists of territory in both Jackson and neighboring Swain County. It is the only federally recognized tribe in North Carolina, and one among three Cherokee tribes. The other two are based in what is now the state of Oklahoma, former Indian Territory.

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Unemployment 9.11%

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In the General Assembly

  • State House
  • Joe Sam Queen (NC-119)
  • State Senate
  • Jim Davis (NC-50)

Election Results