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Overview

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.

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population5,113
Male Share of the Population47.5%
Female Share of the Population52.5%
Senior Citizens24.5%
Employed Population 16+2,418
Age of the Population44

Families

% of people married43.3%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher17.6%
Median Earnings25+$27,128
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$16,008
Median Earnings With High School Degree$30,472

Wealth

Median Family Income$55,763
% Above Poverty Level82.6%
% Below Poverty Level17.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time14 minutes
% Working from Home2.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.8%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone39.4%
Median Gross Rent$605
Median House Value$78,600

Ancestry

German37.6%
Irish15.2%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)9.9%
English8.5%
Swedish7.2%
Dutch5.3%
Norwegian4.9%
Polish2.8%
Danishn2%
Scottish0.9%
French Except Basque0.9%
Italian0.7%
Czech0.6%
Welsh0.6%
Portuguese0.5%
Austrian0.2%
Luxemburger0.2%
African0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Russian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
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Cherokee Almanac

CategoryValue
County Cherokee County
Standard Zip Codes51012
Phone Area Codes712
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude42.75
Approximate Longitude-95.55

Cherokee Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationCHEROKEE
Distance0.9 miles
Jan Temp5 to 26 F
Apr Temp35 to 60 F
Jul Temp62 to 85 F
Oct Temp36 to 63 F
Annual Precip29 inches
StationIDA GROVE 5 NW
Distance24.2 miles
Jan Temp7 to 26 F
Apr Temp35 to 59 F
Jul Temp63 to 84 F
Oct Temp39 to 62 F
Annual Precip29.9 inches
StationSANBORN
Distance30.6 miles
Jan Temp3 to 22 F
Apr Temp34 to 56 F
Jul Temp62 to 82 F
Oct Temp37 to 60 F
Annual Precip28.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Aurelia955$70,875
Calumet192$43,438
Cleghorn216$66,875
Larrabee202$39,688
Meriden209$68,750
Quimby392$46,094

Cherokee Public Libraries

Cherokee Public Library
215 S 2ND ST
Cherokee, Iowa
(712) 225-3498

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Cherokee Hospitals

Cherokee Mental Health Institute
(Government - State)
1200 West Cedar Street
(712) 225-2594
Cherokee Regional Medical Center
300 Sioux Valley Drive
(712) 225-5101

Cherokee Public Schools

Cherokee Middle School
206 E. Indian Street
ZIP: 51012
(712) 225-6750
Middle
Total Enrollment 290
Early Childhood Learning Center
400 N Roosevelt
ZIP: 51012
(712) 225-6774
Primary
Total Enrollment 63
Little Sioux Success Center
600 West Bluff St
ZIP: 51012
(712) 225-6755
Roosevelt Elementary School
929 North Roosevelt
ZIP: 51012
(712) 225-6760
Primary
Total Enrollment 423
Washington High School
600 W Bluff St
ZIP: 51012
(712) 225-6755
High
Total Enrollment 296
Sources :
Study Online in Cherokee
Additional Resources
Info for Cherokee Government Officials


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