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Macon County is a county located in the North Carolina. As of 2010, the population was 33,922. Its county seat is Franklin.

Franklin, NC in Macon County of Western North Carolina
Downtown Franklin, NC


The county was formed in 1828 from the western part of Haywood County. It was named for Nathaniel Macon, who represented North Carolina in the United States House of Representatives from 1791 to 1815 (serving as Speaker of the House from 1801 to 1807), and in the United States Senate from 1815 to 1828.

In 1839 the western part of Macon County became Cherokee County. In 1851 parts of Macon County and Haywood County were combined to form Jackson County.

Law and government

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


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 519 square miles, of which, 516 square miles of it is land and 3 square miles of it is water.

Geographic Features

Macon county lies within the Nantahala National Forest, and the county's largest natural water supply is the Cullasaja River.


The county is divided into eleven townships: Burningtown, Cartoogechaye, Cowee, Ellijay, Flats, Franklin, Highlands, Millshoal, Nantahala, Smithbridge,Otto, and Sugarfork.

Cities & Towns

  • Franklin
  • Highlands
  • Otto

Township Locations of Macon County of Western North Carolina


As of the census of 2010, there were 33,922 people, 14,747 households residing in the county out of which 5.9% had children under the age of 5, 20.0% had children under the age of 18 and 24.5% were over the age of 65. The average persons per household was 2.12. The population density was 65 per square mile. There were 23,719 housing units at an average density of 46 per square mile.

  • White persons - 93.8%
  • Black persons - 1.3%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native persons - 0.5%
  • Asian persons - 0.6%
  • Persons reporting two or more races - 1.1%
  • Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 6.6%

The median income for a household in the county was $35,982. The per capita income for the county was $25,751. About 18.8% of the population were below the poverty line.

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