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Centre Information

Located in the geographic “center” of the county, Centre is the largest city and the county seat of Cherokee County. It is spelled in the traditional English manner to honor the English families who were among the first settlers.

The origins of this city of just over 3,200 residents go back to the 1840s. Centre has been the county seat since 1844 and today remains in the heart of Cherokee County and the center of government, the courts, shopping, worship, health care and education.

Over the past decade, Cherokee County has seen its traditional economic base of textile manufacturing and farming shift to a more diverse mix that includes recreation, retail and tourism in addition to industry. The county’s natural resources, combined with its geography (advantageously located in the “ABC Triangle”, being almost equidistant from Atlanta, Birmingham and Chattanooga), a new regional airport and the new Gadsden State Community College campus (Gadsden State Cherokee) are making the county of the Southeast’s most desirable locations for living and working.

Advantages of Being in the Center of the
Approximate Mileage from Cherokee County
Atlanta, GA              85 miles
Birmingham, AL      90 miles
Chattanooga, TN     80 miles

Major Highways
  • U.S. Highway 411
  • State Highway 9
  • State Highway 68
  • I-59 – 10 miles
  • I-20 – 50 miles
  • I-75 – 40 miles
Major Airports

Atlanta – 100 miles
Birmingham – 73 miles
Huntsville – 86 miles
For more information about Centre, Alabama and Cherokee County, visit the following websites:

Source: Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce (2008). New Vision Magazine. Rome, GA: Advertising Dynamics, Inc.