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The City of Cherokee had a population of 5,085 as of July 1, 2021. Cherokee ranks in the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Iowa. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Cherokee is located at latitude 42.7494 and longitude -95.5517 in Cherokee County. The formal boundaries for the City of Cherokee encompass a land area of 6.54 sq. miles and a water area of 0.02 sq. miles. Cherokee County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,197 feet.

The City of Cherokee has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Cherokee is located within Township of Cherokee, a minor civil division (MCD) of Cherokee County.


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Cherokee, IA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2021)

POPULATION

Total Population 5,085 (100%)
Population in Households 4,801 (94.4%)
Population in Families 3,576 (70.3%)
Population in Group Quarters1 284 ( 5.6%)
Population Density 755
Diversity Index2 26
 
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $51,222
Average Household Income $68,489
% of Income for Mortgage4 8%
Per Capita Income $30,349
Wealth Index5 71
 

HOUSING

Total HU (Housing Units) 2,555 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,592 (62.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 670 (26.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 294 (11.5%)
Median Home Value $96,262
Average Home Value $119,692
Housing Affordability Index3 285
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 2,261
Average Household Size 2.12
Family Households 1,304
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2021 2021-2026
Population -0.33% -0.7%
Households -0.26% -0.66%
Families -0.29% -0.81%
Median Household Income   0.42%
Per Capita Income   1.33%
Owner Occupied HU   -0.35%

Cherokee, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Cherokee to the other 1,008 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Iowa by rank and percentile using July 1, 2021 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 81 92nd
Population Density # 446 56th
Median Household Income # 813 19th
Housing Affordability Index # 787 78th
Per Capita Income # 543 46th
Diversity Index # 128 87th

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