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Graham County, North Carolina

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Graham County is a county located in the state of North Carolina. As of 2000, the population is 7,993. Its county seat is Robbinsville6.

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History

The county was formed January 30, 1872, from the northeastern part of Cherokee County. It was named for William A. Graham, United States Senator from North Carolina (1840-1843) and Governor of North Carolina (1845-1849).

Law and government

Graham County is a member of the regional Southwestern Commission council of governments.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 781 km² (302 mi²). 756 km² (292 mi²) of it is land and 25 km² (10 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 3.16% water.

Townships

The county is divided into three townships: Cheoah, Stecoah, and Yellow Creek.

Adjacent Counties

Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there are 7,993 people, 3,354 households, and 2,411 families residing in the county. The population density is 11/km² (27/mi²). There are 5,084 housing units at an average density of 7/km² (17/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 91.91% White, 0.19% Black or African American, 6.84% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.13% from other races, and 0.76% from two or more races. 0.75% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 3,354 households out of which 27.10% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.80% are married couples living together, 8.40% have a female householder with no husband present, and 28.10% are non-families. 26.00% of all households are made up of individuals and 12.30% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.35 and the average family size is 2.82.

In the county the population is spread out with 22.00% under the age of 18, 7.30% from 18 to 24, 25.20% from 25 to 44, 27.50% from 45 to 64, and 18.00% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 42 years. For every 100 females there are 95.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 92.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county is $26,645, and the median income for a family is $32,750. Males have a median income of $24,207 versus $18,668 for females. The per capita income for the county is $14,237. 19.50% of the population and 14.40% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 24.30% of those under the age of 18 and 20.40% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

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