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About Swain County

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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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Community Announcements

A Board of Elections meeting will held be on Tuesday February 20, 2018 at 5:00 pm at the Board of Elections office, located at 1422 Highway 19 South.

Swain County has an opening for a part time Custodian. Please contact Lottie Barker in Swain County Human Resources at 828-488-9273 for more information.

The Swain County Board of elections met on December 19th, 2017 and unanimously voted to relocate BC1 precinct from the Chamber of Commerce to the Bryson City Federal Building. All voters in this precinct will be notified.

The Swain County Board of Elections have posted an official notice of an election to be conducted in Swain County on 05/08/2018.