Swain County, North Carolina

county in North Carolina, United States

Swain County is a county in the U.S. state of North Carolina. In 2020, 14,117 people lived there.[1] Its county seat is Bryson City.[2]

Swain County
Swain County Courthouse in Bryson City
Swain County Courthouse in Bryson City
"A natural gem set in the Great Smoky Mountains."
"Live here. Play here. Thrive here."
Map of North Carolina highlighting Swain 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°34′08″N 83°27′56″W / 35.568849°N 83.465614°W / 35.568849; -83.465614
Country United States
State North Carolina
Named forDavid L. Swain
SeatBryson City
Largest communityCherokee
 • Total540.25 sq mi (1,399.2 km2)
 • Land527.73 sq mi (1,366.8 km2)
 • Water12.52 sq mi (32.4 km2)  2.32%
 • Total14,117
 • Density26.75/sq mi (10.33/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district11th


  1. "QuickFacts: Swain County, North Carolina". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 18, 2024.
  2. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.