Cherokee, IA Profile: Facts & Data


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Cherokee, Iowa - Basic Facts

The City of Cherokee had a population of 5,029 as of July 1, 2018. 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 (see map below) 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 (GNIS ID: 2393817) 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, 2018)


Total Population 5,029
Population in Households 4,746
Population in Familes 3,522
Population in Group Qrtrs 283
Population Density2 769
Diversity Index3 22


Median Household Income $44,847
Average Household Income $59,975
Per Capita Income $26,866


Total Housing Units 2,578 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,522 (59.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 697 (27.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 359 (13.9%)
Median Home Value $83,600
Average Home Value $113,608


Total Households 2,219
Average Household Size 2.14
Family Households 1,292
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. 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 race 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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population -0.58% -0.73%
Households -0.57% -0.75%
Families -0.5% -0.88%
Median Household Income   0.87%
Per Capita Income   1.28%

Cherokee, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Cherokee to the other 1,009 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Iowa by rank and percentile using July 1, 2018 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 # 83 92nd
Population Density # 444 56th
Diversity Index # 144 86th
Median Household Income # 884 12th
Per Capita Income # 674 33rd

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