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About Swain County

Geographically, the county is spectacular. Much of it lies within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, including its highest peak, Clingmans Dome. Four scenic rivers, the Nantahala, the Tuckasegee, the Oconaluftee and the Little Tennessee flow through the county and form the sprawling Lake Fontana, west of Bryson City, the county seat.

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The county also encompasses much of the Cherokee Indian Reservation, with its own independent government. Formed in 1871 from parts of Jackson County and Macon County, the county was named for David L. Swain, governor of North Carolina from 1832 to 1835. The estimated population in 2010 was 13,981. This was an increase of 7.8% from the 2000 census.

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Swain County is pleased to post two recent documents concerning the 1943 settlement, which is now paid in full.

Community Announcements

Swain County is seeking informal bid requested for gold coating at the historic courthouse. Bid sheet and specs can be picked up at county managers office. Bids are due Tuesday January 22 at 10:00 am.

The Swain County Board of Commissioners announce changes to the January schedule.

The Swain County facilities will be closed Monday January 21st for Martin Luthor King Day.

Swain County has an opening for a Processing Assistant with the Department of Social Services.

Swain County Health Department has an opening for a RN - Public Health Nurse coordinate public health programs, work clinics and general nurse staff duties. Open until filled. Please contact Lottie Barker in Swain County Human Resources at 828-488-9273 for more information.