Introduction to Cherokee, Iowa

Cherokee, Iowa, in Cherokee county, is located 46 miles E of Sioux City, Iowa (center to center) and 105 miles N of Omaha, Nebraska. The city has a population of 5,369.

Cherokee History

Cherokee was named after the Indian tribe called Cherokee Indians. The city is the county seat of Cherokee County, which was established in 1851 from open territory. The county also derived its name from the Indian tribe.

Cherokee and nearby Attractions

  • Sanford Museum and Planetarium
  • Cherokee County Fairground
  • Spring Lake Park
  • Old Cherokee Fort Historical Marker

Things To Do In Cherokee

Many parks in the city can be visited including Spring Lake Park, Gillette Park, and Central Park. Sanford Museum and Planetarium is also a popular tourist destination. The visitors can enjoy the concerts of the Cherokee Symphony. In fact, Cherokee is the smallest city in the world to have its own symphony orchestra. The city also hosts several festivals like the Cherokee County Fair and Music Festival every year.

Cherokee Transportation

Sioux Gateway/ Col. Bud Day Field Airport offer facilities for air transportation.

Cherokee Higher Education

Higher education can be availed through Buena Vista University, Western Iowa Tech Community College, University of South Dakota, and Iowa Central Community College.


Total Population 5,203
Male Share of the Population 47.9%
Female Share of the Population 52.1%
Senior Citizens 24.9%
Employed Population 16+ 2,587
Age of the Population 47


% of people married 45.8%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 20.9%
Median Earnings25+ $31,498
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,042
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,904


Median Family Income $61,342
% Above Poverty Level 89.5%
% Below Poverty Level 10.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 14 minutes
% Working from Home 1.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.7%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 40.4%
Median Gross Rent $495
Median House Value $70,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 11.1%
US/American 0%
English 9.5%
Irish 18.2%

Cherokee Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 46 miles E of Sioux City, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 105 miles N of Omaha, Nebraska
County Cherokee
Standard Zip Codes 51012
Phone Area Codes 712
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.749
Longitude -95.551

Cherokee Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 0.9 miles
Jan Temp 5 to 26 F
Apr Temp 35 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 85 F
Oct Temp 36 to 63 F
Annual Precip 29 inches
Station IDA GROVE 5 NW
Distance 24.2 miles
Jan Temp 7 to 26 F
Apr Temp 35 to 59 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 39 to 62 F
Annual Precip 29.9 inches
Distance 30.6 miles
Jan Temp 3 to 22 F
Apr Temp 34 to 56 F
Jul Temp 62 to 82 F
Oct Temp 37 to 60 F
Annual Precip 28.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Aurelia 1,084 $51,071
Calumet 309 $57,500
Cleghorn 194 $61,250
Larrabee 155 $38,750

Cherokee Public Libraries

Cherokee Public Library
Cherokee, Iowa
(712) 225-3498

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Cherokee Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(712) 225-5101
Emergency Service: No

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Student/teacher ratio: 12.2

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