Cherokee County
(678) 493-6000

County Population: 221,000
Median Household Income: $66,717
Square Miles: 421.67
Municipalities: Ball Ground, Canton, Holly Springs, Waleska, and Woodstock
County Seat: Canton
Median Home Price: $198,000
Mileage Rate: 5.825

Cherokee County Information

Touting its status as the place “Where Metro Meets the Mountains,”citygoers and nature lovers alike will enjoy living in scenic Cherokee County. In addition to its convenience to Atlanta and North Georgia, Cherokee boasts low taxes, thriving cities, excellent schools, superlative health care, outstanding public safety and access to natural resources – all with an alluring small-town feel. It is the second fastest growing county in the region and the seventh largest county in the state. Its SAT scores are in the top 10% in Georgia, and it is home to Atlanta’s largest technical college – Chattahoochee Tech. With a nationally accredited park system that’s #1 among large Georgia counties, recreation ranks high here thanks to more than three dozen current and planned parks, as well as access to the South’s largest manmade lake – Lake Arrowhead. The cities of Cherokee County offer a wealth of dining and shopping destinations, including charming downtown areas and the sprawling Outlet Shoppes of Atlanta in Woodstock.

Ball Ground
(770) 735-2123

Ball Ground is an expanding community north of Canton on I-575. The area is a must-see for rock hounds, as it is a prime mining center for precious and semiprecious minerals, many of which are on display in the village’s storefronts. The amount of available jobs within the city has been continually growing, and this is mostly due to the positive business climate in the region. Many housing options are available to new residents,
including a variety of lot sizes. A new elementary school that can hold 1,200 students opened in 2012.

(770) 704-1520

Canton is the county seat of Cherokee County, and it has experienced strong residential growth in the past few years. The Historical Downtown of Canton has many local shops with original items. In warm weather, local farmers bring their fresh home-grown fruits and vegetables to the square downtown. Bridgemill is the most popular neighborhood in Canton, and it is so large that it is divided into two school districts. The neighborhood has a 2 acre pool, a world-class golf course, and over 52 acres for family recreation. Canton is a great place to live for those who wish to be surrounded by tall trees and winding roads, while still only a short drive from Atlanta.

Holly Springs

The City is 6.5 square miles and offers many sites for future development. Holly Springs was incorporated in 1906. The town was built around a train depot which has been updated and is now the Holly Springs Community Center. The median household income is $65,540, and the median home value is $186,357. The largest employer is Hydro-Chem.

(770) 479-2912

Waleska is home to the main campus of Reinhardt University, founded in 1883, and of Lake Arrowhead, where a popular resort community is located. Incorporated in 1889, Waleska got its name from the daughter  of an Indian Chief in the area called Warluskee. The main industries of the past in Waleska were lumbering, grist mills, some mineral development, and tobacco manufacturing. Agriculture and the lumber industry still thrive in the area. The main “industry” in the town is Reinhardt College, and Waleska is often referred to as a university town..

(770) 926-8852

With the tagline “Our Story Crafted by Your Dreams,” the City of Woodstock keeps it residents – current and future – in mind when fostering its culturally vibrant, recreationally rich, family-focused and business-friendly community vibe. At the heart of the city, the delightful downtown area is an open container district where guests can stroll with their favorite cocktails while exploring a wonderful collection of restaurants, boutiques and brewpubs. Placing #31 among Money Magazine’s Best Places to Live in 2021, Woodstock places immense value in its impressive array of city parks and plays host to terrific events that include a Summer Concert Series, July 4th Spectacular, 9/11 Day of Remembrance, Halloween Trail of Tricks & Treats, Christmas Jubilee and more. In 2022, Niche Rankings listed Woodstock at #1 for Best Places to Raise a Family, Best Places for Young Professionals and Best Suburbs to Live in Cherokee County. It also comes in at #2 among Cherokee County’s Most Diverse Places to Live.

County Seat

County Population

Millage Rates (uninc.)


Median Home Price

Household Income

Ball Ground, Canton, Holly Springs, Waleska, and Woodstock


Main Contact Information

(678) 493-6000

All Emergencies

Driver’s License
(770) 720-3693

Cherokee County Tax Commissioner
Sonya Little
(678) 493-6400

Voter Registration
(770) 479-0407

(678) 493-6200

Business License
(678) 493-6108

Commissioner Office
(678) 493-6000

County Extension Office
(770) 479-0418

Fire and Emergency Services
(678) 493-4000

Planning and Zoning
(678) 493-6101

Tax Assessor
(678) 493-6120

City of Ball Ground

(770) 735-2123

City of Canton

(770) 704-1520

City of Holly Springs

(770) 345-5536

City of Waleska

(770) 479-2912

City of Woodstock

(770) 926-8852


Amicalola EMC

(706) 253-5200

Cobb EMC
(770) 429-2100

Georgia Power

(404) 506-6526

Sawnee EMC

(770) 887-2363

Gas Companies
Natural Gas

Atlanta Gas Light

(800) 427-5463

Coweta-Fayette EMC Natural Gas

(770) 502-0226

Gas South

(877) 332-5442

Propane Gas

(770) 479-5556


(404) 363-1300

Water and Sewer
Cherokee County Water and Sewage Authority

(770) 479-1813

Recycling Center
(770) 517-7650


Cable Television
ETC Communications

(706) 253-2271


(800) 266-2278


(800) 501-1754


(888) 757-6500

ETC Communications

(706) 253-2271

TDS Telecom-Nelson Ball Ground

(770) 735-2000


(770) 479-2000

Public Schools

Cherokee County Schools

Reinhardt College

(770) 720-5600

Northside Hospital-Cherokee

(770) 720-5100


(770) 793-5000

Sequoyah Regional Library System

(770) 479-3090

RT Jones Memorial Library
(770) 479-3090

Ball Ground Public Library
(770) 735-2025

Hickory Flat Public Library
(770) 345-7565

Rose Creek Public Library
(770) 591-1491

Woodstock Public Library
(770) 926-5859

Cherokee County Law Library
(678) 493-6175

Atlanta Journal Constitution

(770) 326-8950

Cherokee Ledger News

(770) 928-0706

Cherokee Tribune

(770) 479-1441