County population in 2012: 26,021 (14% urban, 86% rural); it was 23,988 in 2000 County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 4,011 County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 4,334 County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 7,942 Renter-occupied apartments: 2,281 (it was 1,777 in 2000)
% of renters here:
Land area: 553 sq. mi. Water area: 46.8 sq. mi.
Population density: 47 people per square mile
Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Cherokee County: 83.2 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Industries providing employment: Manufacturing (24.9%), Educational,health and social services (17.9%), Retail trade (13.4%).
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $347 (0.3%) Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $195 (0.2%)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 14.6%
(13.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 32.2% for Black residents, 18.8% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 12.9% for American Indian residents, 100.0% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 28.9% for other race residents, 19.9% for two or more races residents) Median age of residents in 2010: 43 years old
(Males: 43 years old, Females: 44 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 44 years old, Black residents: 42 years old, American Indian residents: 47 years old, Asian residents: 28 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 19 years old, Other race residents: 24 years old)
Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Cherokee County is $381 a month. Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $458 a month. Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $545 a month.
Notable locations in this county outside city limits:
Notable locations in Cherokee County: Little River Marina (A), Davis Fish Farm (B), Cherokee Country Club (C), Cedar Bluff Marina (D), Bay Springs Marina (E), Yellow Creek Falls (F), Rock Run Station (G), Pine Cove Marina (H), Lakeshore Marina (I), Weiss Dam Powerhouse (J), Mount Davis Community Center (K), McCord Cross Roads Volunteer Fire Department (L), Tuckers Chapel Volunteer Fire Department (M), Mount Weisner Volunteer Fire Department (N), Ellisville Volunteer Fire Department (O), Spring Creek Volunteer Fire Department (P), Spring Garden Volunteer Fire Department (Q). Display/hide their locations on the map
Churches in Cherokee County include: Mount Olive Church (A), Mount Zion Church (B), Providence Baptist Church (C), Pleasant Valley Baptist Church (D), New Bethel Church (E), New Hope Church (F), New Prospect Church (G), Oak Bowery Methodist Church (H), Pleasant Hill Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map
Cemeteries: Coffey Cemetery (1), Howell Cemetery (2), Parker Grove Cemetery (3), Daniels Cemetery (4), Mosely Cemetery (5), Oak Grove Cemetery (6), Mount Lookout Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map
Lakes and reservoirs: Blue Pond (A), Helms Lake (B), La Garde Lake (C), Terrapin Creek Lake Number 17 (D), McGee Lake (E), Norton Lake (F), Arrington Lakes (G), Woods Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map
Streams, rivers, and creeks: Strickland Branch (A), Sandy Creek (B), Sal Brown Branch (C), Johnnies Creek (D), Mills Creek (E), Panther Creek (F), Sat Brown Branch (G), Locust Branch (H), Bulse Branch (I). Display/hide their locations on the map
Average size of farms: 222 acres Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $62,124 Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $392.85 The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 23.99% The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 57.57% Average total farm production expenses per farm: $54,843 Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 30.18% Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 6.01% Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $51,735 The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 92.31% Average age of principal farm operators: 56 years Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 14.22 Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.52% Corn for grain: 2282 harvested acres All wheat for grain: 922 harvested acres Upland cotton: 19861 harvested acres Soybeans for beans: 4327 harvested acres Vegetables: 71 harvested acres Land in orchards: 57 acres
Cherokee County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is slightly above Alabama state average. It is 2.8 times above overall U.S. average. Tornadoes in this county have caused 25 fatalities and 191 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004. On 3/27/1994, a category 4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado killed 22 people and injured 150 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.
Cherokee County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Alabama state average. It is 84% smaller than the overall U.S. average.
On 4/29/2003 at 08:59:39, a magnitude 4.9 (4.4 MB, 4.6 MW, 4.9 LG, Depth: 12.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 21.4 miles away from the county center On 12/8/2001 at 01:08:21, a magnitude 3.9 (3.9 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 52.1 miles away from the county center On 7/19/1997 at 17:06:34, a magnitude 3.5 (3.5 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 76.0 miles away from the county center On 3/21/2001 at 23:35:35, a magnitude 3.2 (3.2 MD, Depth: 1.9 mi) earthquake occurred 47.7 miles away from Cherokee County center On 4/5/1994 at 22:21:59, a magnitude 3.2 (3.2 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 54.2 miles away from the county center On 1/15/1993 at 02:02:51, a magnitude 3.2 (3.1 LG, 3.2 MD, Depth: 1.1 mi) earthquake occurred 71.8 miles away from the county center Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD), moment magnitude (MW)
Most recent natural disasters:
Alabama Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Straight-line Winds, Incident Period: April 27, 2011, Emergency Declared (EM-3319): April 27, 2011, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3319, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Wind
Alabama Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding, Incident Period: April 15, 2011, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1971): April 28, 2011, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1971, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood, Wind
Alabama Hurricane Gustav, Incident Period: August 29, 2008 to September 3, 2008, Emergency Declared (EM-3292): August 30, 2008, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3292, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
Alabama Hurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 1, 2005, Emergency Declared (EM-3237): September 10, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3237, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
Alabama Hurricane Ivan, Incident Period: September 13, 2004 to September 30, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1549): September 15, 2004, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1549, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
Alabama Severe Storms, Tornadoes and Flooding, Incident Period: May 5, 2003 to May 30, 2003, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1466): May 12, 2003, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1466, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
Alabama Severe Storms and Tornadoes, Incident Period: November 5, 2002 to November 12, 2002, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1442): November 14, 2002, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1442, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado
Alabama Severe Storms and Tornadoes, Incident Period: November 24, 2001 to November 25, 2001, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1399): December 7, 2001, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1399, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado
Alabama Northeast Alabama Fire Complex, Incident Period: November 20, 2001 to November 23, 2001, Natural disaster type: Fire
Alabama Tornadoes, Incident Period: December 16, 2000 to December 22, 2000, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1352): December 18, 2000, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1352, Natural disaster type: Tornado
7 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.
The number of natural disasters in Cherokee County (17) is greater than the US average (12). Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 11 Emergencies Declared: 5
Causes of natural disasters: Tornadoes: 7, Storms: 7, Floods: 4, Hurricanes: 4, Winds: 2, Tornadoes: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Snowfall: 1, Drought: 1, Fire: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.6 Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.1
Births per 1000 population in Cherokee County
Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.1 Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.3
Deaths per 1000 population in Cherokee County
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 6.3 Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 6.8
Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Cherokee County
Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 3,940 (3,086 aged, 854 disabled) Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 15% Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 11%
Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 212.4. This is less than state average.
Mechanisms of suicide:
Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
Firearm - 182.9
Other - 29.5
Household type by relationship:
In family households: 22,134 (5,502 male householders, 1,991 female householders)
5,874 spouses, 6,600 children (5,777 natural, 229 adopted, 594 stepchildren), 851 grandchildren, 192 brothers or sisters, 177 parents, 308 other relatives, 451 non-relatives
In nonfamily households: 3,565 (1,567 male householders (1,358 living alone)), 1,566 female householders (1,406 living alone)), 432 nonrelatives
In group quarters: 290 (283 institutionalized population)
Size of family households: 3,678 2-persons, 1,748 3-persons, 1,278 4-persons, 490 5-persons, 185 6-persons, 114 7-or-more-persons.
97.9% of residents of Cherokee County speak English at home.
1.3% of residents speak Spanish at home (80% speak English very well, 17% speak English well, 4% speak English not well).
0.4% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (80% speak English very well, 13% speak English well, 7% speak English not well).
0.2% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (53% speak English very well, 47% speak English not well).
0.2% of residents speak other language at home (100% don't speak English at all).
In fiscal year 2004:
Federal Government expenditure: $148,366,000 ($6050 per capita) Department of Defense expenditure: $33,402,000 Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $61,536,000 Federal other direct payments to individuals: $29,083,000 Federal direct payments not to individuals: $3,671,000 Federal grants: $20,211,000 Federal procurement contracts: $30,059,000 ($29,380,000 Department of Defense) Federal salaries and wages: $3,805,000 ($984,000 Department of Defense) Federal Government direct loans: $800,000 Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $25,135,000 Federal Government insurance: $26,201,000
Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:
56 per 1000 residents
70 per 1000 residents
61 per 1000 residents
53 per 1000 residents
Net international migration: +71
+3 per 1000 residents
+6 per 1000 residents
Net internal migration: +616
+25 per 1000 residents
+2 per 1000 residents
Population growth in Cherokee County
Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 3.11 millions of gallons per day (39% from ground, 61% from surface)
Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Median number of rooms in apartments:
Year house built
2005 or later: 54
2000 to 2004: 973
1990 to 1999: 3,599
1980 to 1989: 3,191
1970 to 1979: 2,370
1960 to 1969: 1,421
1950 to 1959: 1,150
1940 to 1949: 887
1939 or earlier: 1,045
Rooms in houses/apartments in Cherokee County, Alabama
64% of Cherokee County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago. Out of people who lived in different houses, 47% lived in this county. Out of people who lived in different counties, 40% lived in Alabama.
Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:
This state: 14767
Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $80,700
Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 5%
Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 3%
Year Householders Moved Into Unit:
Most commonly used house heating fuel in Cherokee County