Part of the Gadsden, Alabama Metropolitan Statistical Area, Centre is the county seat of Cherokee County, Alabama. When the U.S. collected demographic information as part of the 2010 census, it found that Centre had a population just under 3,500.
Originally inhabited my members of the Cherokee Tribe, Cherokee County was officially established in January of 1836. Pathkiller, a prominent member of the Cherokee Tribe, lived in what was then known as Turkeytown. Surprisingly, Centre was a dry city until 2011.
In terms of demographics, Centre is 87% white, 10% African-American, and 1.2% Hispanic. The median family income was $44,665 — $43,816 for men and $24,043 for women. As of 2010, nearly 15% of Centre families and 22% of individuals are living below the poverty line.
Educationally, Centre is home to Cedar Bluff School, Centre Elementary School, Gaylseville School, Sand Rock School, Centre Middle School, Cherokee County High School, Spring Garden High School, and Cherokee County Career & Technology Center.
Notable residents include filmmaker Jason LeRay Keener, inventor John J. Pratt, and Cherokee leader John Ross. Centre’s most prominent newspapers are The Post and the Cherokee County Herald.
The Cherokee County Courthouse is located at 100 West Main Street in Centre, Alabama, 35960.