Clay County, North Carolina

county in North Carolina, United States

Clay County is a county in the U.S. state of North Carolina. During the 2000 United States Census, 8,775 people lived there. Its county seat is Hayesville.

Clay County
Clay County Courthouse in Hayesville
Clay County Courthouse in Hayesville
Map of North Carolina highlighting Clay County
Location within the U.S. state of North Carolina
Map of the United States highlighting North Carolina
North Carolina's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 35°04′N 83°46′W / 35.06°N 83.76°W / 35.06; -83.76
Country United States
State North Carolina
Named forHenry Clay
Largest townHayesville
 • Total221 sq mi (570 km2)
 • Land215 sq mi (560 km2)
 • Water5.9 sq mi (15 km2)  2.7%%
 • Total10,587
 • Density49/sq mi (19/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district11th


The county was made in 1861 from the southeastern part of Cherokee County.


Clay County is part of the local Southwestern Commission council of governments.

Connected CountiesEdit

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Cities and townsEdit

These cities and towns are in Clay County: