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Cherokee County, Oklahoma (OK)

County population in 2014: 48,341 (40% urban, 60% rural); it was 42,521 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 6,757
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 5,023
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 10,801
Renter-occupied apartments: 6,056 (it was 5,374 in 2000)
% of renters here:

33%
State:

33%

Land area: 751 sq. mi.

Water area: 25.4 sq. mi.

Population density: 64 people per square mile   (average).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Cherokee County: 80.7 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational, health and social services (30.3%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (15.2%), Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (12.9%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 31%
  • Government: 27%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 40%
  • Unpaid family work: 3%
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Races in Cherokee County, Oklahoma:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (50.2%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (33.1%)
  • Two or more races (8.5%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (6.3%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (1.2%)
  • Asian alone (0.5%)
Median resident age:  34.0 years
Oklahoma median age:  36.0 years
Males: 23,899  (49.4%)
Females: 24,442  (50.6%)
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Cherokee County,OK real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Cherokee County:

2.0 people
Oklahoma:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2015: $40,088 ($26,536 in 1999)

This county:

$40,088
Oklahoma:

$48,568

Median contract rent in 2015 for apartments: $474 (lower quartile is $379, upper quartile is $600)
This county:

$474
State:

$590


Estimated median house or condo value in 2015: $116,260 (it was $62,500 in 2000)
Cherokee:

$116,260
Oklahoma:

$126,800
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $72,280 - $179,722
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,031
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $318

Institutionalized population: 395

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 2
  • Rapes: 11
  • Robberies: 1
  • Assaults: 173
  • Burglaries: 233
  • Thefts: 243
  • Auto thefts: 66

Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 8
  • Robberies: 2
  • Assaults: 86
  • Burglaries: 83
  • Thefts: 104
  • Auto thefts: 28
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Health of residents in Cherokee County based on CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Questionnaires from 2003 to 2012:

General health status score of residents in this county from 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent) is 3.2. This is significantly worse than average.
68.3% of residents exercised in the past month. This is less than average.
49.5% of residents smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives. This is about average.
98.9% of adult residents drank alcohol in the past 30 days. This is more than average.
Average weight of males is 200 pounds. This is more than average.
Average weight of females is 162 pounds. This is about average.

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2004: 40 buildings, average cost: $99,200
  • 2005: 40 buildings, average cost: $119,100
  • 2006: 65 buildings, average cost: $157,400
  • 2007: 82 buildings, average cost: $123,300
  • 2008: 29 buildings, average cost: $189,500
  • 2009: 22 buildings, average cost: $169,100
  • 2010: 21 buildings, average cost: $174,000
  • 2011: 51 buildings, average cost: $103,600
  • 2012: 31 buildings, average cost: $125,900
  • 2013: 41 buildings, average cost: $131,200
  • 2014: 44 buildings, average cost: $132,700

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2015: $882 (0.7%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2015: $496 (0.5%)

Cherokee County household income distribution in 2009 Cherokee County home values distribution Cherokee County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2015: 22.6%
(19.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 33.6% for Black residents, 48.3% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 21.3% for American Indian residents, 35.8% for other race residents, 31.7% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2015: 21.8%
Cherokee County:

21.8%
Oklahoma:

16.1%
(18.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 31.0% for Black residents, 44.2% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 22.1% for American Indian residents, 38.2% for other race residents, 29.7% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2015: 34 years old
(Males: 33 years old, Females: 36 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 45 years old, Black residents: 29 years old, American Indian residents: 27 years old, Asian residents: 55 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 20 years old, Other race residents: 34 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Cherokee County is $392 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $454 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $570 a month.

Cities in this county include: Tahlequah, South Cherokee, East Cherokee, North Cherokee, Park Hill, Eldon, Peggs, Lost City, Pettit, Woodall.

Cherokee County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

2012 air pollution in Cherokee County:

Ozone (1-hour): 0.034 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Near U.S. average.

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Cherokee County: Thea-Aut-La Springs Camp (A), Chance Volunteer Fire Department (B), Mid - County Fire Department (C), Highway 51 West Rural Fire Department (D), Christie Volunteer Fire Association (E). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Cherokee County include: Ballard Church (A), Cherokee Hills Church (B), Clear Fork Church (C), Echota Church (D), Elm Grove Church (E), Guiding Light Church (F), Full Gospel Church (G), Rock Fence Church (H), New Hope Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Watts Cemetery (1), Alberty Cemetery (2), Morton Cemetery (3), Ewing Chapel Cemetery (4), Fourkiller Cemetery (5), Rock Fence Cemetery (6), Fairfield Church Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Reservoirs: Sallisaw Creek Site 12 Reservoir (A), Sallisaw Creek Site 13 Reservoir (B), Sallisaw Creek Site 14 Reservoir (C), Sallisaw Creek Site 15 Reservoir (D), Sallisaw Creek Site 19 Reservoir (E), Scraper Hollow Creek Site 1 Reservoir (F), Scraper Hollow Creek Site 2 Reservoir (G), Orchard Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Bidding Creek (A), Tate Parris Branch (B), South Fork Dry Creek (C), West Branch (D), Candy Mink Creek (E), Rock Branch (F), Peacheater Creek (G), North Fork Dry Creek (H), Greasy Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Cherokee County: Candy Mink Park (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Neighboring counties: Durham County, North Carolina , Johnson County, Arkansas , Okfuskee County , Wagoner County , Ochiltree County, Texas , Bristol city, Virginia .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

4.8%
Oklahoma:

4.2%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 4,448
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 76.7%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 22.1%

Number of foreign born residents: 1,113 (21% naturalized citizens)

Cherokee County:

2.6%
Whole state:

3.8%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 600
  • 1990 to 1994: 190
  • 1985 to 1989: 84
  • 1980 to 1984: 77
  • 1975 to 1979: 44
  • 1970 to 1974: 29
  • 1970 to 1974: 24
  • 1965 to 1969: 65
Note: State values scaled to Cherokee County population

Mean travel time to work (commute): 24.6 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 72.2%

Cherokee County marital status for males Cherokee County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 11,704
  • One, attached: 254
  • Two: 564
  • 3 or 4: 581
  • 5 to 9: 583
  • 10 to 19: 187
  • 20 or more: 589
  • Mobile homes: 4,858
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 179

Housing units in Cherokee County with a mortgage: 3,504 (230 second mortgage, 235 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 2,337

Here:

60.0% with mortgage
State:

62.8% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Cherokee County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant11,73365
Mainline Protestant2,71712
Other8423
Catholic8002
None30,895-
Cherokee County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 9
Cherokee County:

2.00 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.97 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Here:

0.22 / 10,000 pop.
Oklahoma:

0.20 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 9
This county:

2.00 / 10,000 pop.
Oklahoma:

0.76 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 21
Cherokee County:

4.66 / 10,000 pop.
Oklahoma:

4.35 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 28
This county:

6.21 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.89 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Cherokee County:

11.0%
Oklahoma:

10.3%

Adult obesity rate:
Cherokee County:

31.0%
State:

29.2%

Agriculture in Cherokee County:

Average size of farms: 181 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $77,042
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $1633.16
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 68.77%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 29.83%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $52,139
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 18.31%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 2.65%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $29,573
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 93.69%
Average age of principal farm operators: 56 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 20.65
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 5.21%
Land in orchards: 458 acres

Tornado activity:

Cherokee County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Oklahoma state average. It is 2957409.9 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused one fatality and 51 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 6/11/1970, a category 3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado killed one person and injured 45 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Cherokee County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Oklahoma state average. It is 74% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 9/6/1997 at 23:38:00, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 LG, 4.2 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 117.3 miles away from Cherokee County center
On 1/21/1982 at 00:33:54, a magnitude 4.7 (4.5 MB, 4.7 LG, 4.5 LG) earthquake occurred 164.9 miles away from the county center
On 5/4/2001 at 06:42:12, a magnitude 4.7 (4.2 MB, 4.7 LG, 4.5 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 164.9 miles away from the county center
On 3/25/1976 at 00:41:20, a magnitude 5.0 (4.9 MB, 5.0 LG, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 262.9 miles away from the county center
On 5/4/1991 at 01:18:54, a magnitude 5.0 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 5.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 292.6 miles away from Cherokee County center
On 1/18/1995 at 15:51:39, a magnitude 4.2 (4.0 LG, 4.2 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 165.4 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • Oklahoma Severe Winter Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: December 26, 2015 to January 05, 2016, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4256: February 10, 2016, FEMA Id: 4256, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Flood
  • Oklahoma Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding, Incident Period: May 05, 2015 to June 22, 2015, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4222: May 26, 2015, FEMA Id: 4222, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood, Wind
  • Oklahoma Severe Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: April 21, 2011 to April 28, 2011, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1988: May 27, 2011, FEMA Id: 1988, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • Oklahoma Severe Winter Storm, Incident Period: January 31, 2011 to February 05, 2011, Emergency Declared EM-3316: February 02, 2011, FEMA Id: 3316, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
  • Oklahoma Severe Winter Storm, Incident Period: January 28, 2010 to January 30, 2010, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1883: March 05, 2010, FEMA Id: 1883, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
  • Oklahoma Severe Winter Storm, Incident Period: January 28, 2010 to January 30, 2010, Emergency Declared EM-3308: January 30, 2010, FEMA Id: 3308, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
  • Oklahoma Severe Winter Storm, Incident Period: December 24, 2009 to December 25, 2009, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1876: February 25, 2010, FEMA Id: 1876, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
  • Oklahoma Severe Winter Storm, Incident Period: January 26, 2009 to January 28, 2009, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1823: February 17, 2009, FEMA Id: 1823, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
  • Oklahoma Severe Winter Storms, Incident Period: December 08, 2007 to January 03, 2008, Emergency Declared EM-3280: December 10, 2007, FEMA Id: 3280, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
  • Oklahoma Severe Winter Storms, Incident Period: January 12, 2007 to January 26, 2007, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1678: February 01, 2007, FEMA Id: 1678, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
  • 9 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Cherokee County (19) is greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 13
Emergencies Declared: 6

Causes of natural disasters: Winter Storms: 10, Floods: 8, Storms: 8, Tornadoes: 3, Hurricane: 1, Snow: 1, Wind: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2015 (%)
Males Females
  • Health care and social assistance (26%)
  • Educational services (17%)
  • Retail trade (12%)
  • Public administration (9%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Manufacturing (4%)
  • Other services, except public administration (3%)
  • Health care and social assistance (26%)
  • Educational services (17%)
  • Retail trade (12%)
  • Public administration (9%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Manufacturing (4%)
  • Other services, except public administration (3%)
Most common occupations in 2015 (%)
Males Females
  • Management occupations (12%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (11%)
  • Sales and related occupations (10%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (8%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (8%)
  • Production occupations (7%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (7%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (22%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (12%)
  • Sales and related occupations (10%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (8%)
  • Management occupations (7%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (6%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (6%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Mexico (73%)
  • Iran (3%)
  • Canada (3%)
  • Africa, n.e.c. (2%)
  • Guatemala (2%)
  • China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan (2%)
  • United Kingdom (2%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Cherokee County (%):

  • United States or American (11%)
  • German (10%)
  • Irish (7%)
  • English (7%)
  • French (except Basque) (2%)
  • Scottish (1%)
  • Scotch-Irish (1%)

Cherokee County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 12,799 (73%)
  • Carpooled: 3,237 (19%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 45 (0%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 13 (0%)
  • Subway or elevated: 6 (0%)
  • Railroad: 8 (0%)
  • Taxi: 7 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 39 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 15 (0%)
  • Walked: 544 (3%)
  • Other means: 176 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 600 (3%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders ($)


People in group quarters in Cherokee County, Oklahoma in 2000:

  • 1,101 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 247 people in nursing homes
  • 209 people in job corps and vocational training facilities
  • 40 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 28 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 17 people in unknown juvenile institutions
  • 16 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 16 people in homes for the physically handicapped
  • 14 people in hospitals or wards for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 9 people in residential treatment centers for emotionally disturbed children
  • 2 people in other nonhousehold living situations

People in group quarters in Cherokee County, Oklahoma in 2010:

  • 1,243 people in college/university student housing
  • 283 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 245 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 95 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 63 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 33 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 17 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
  • 16 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 13 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $41,413.

7.55% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($31,073 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.55%
Oklahoma average:

7.34%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
4.88% relocated from other counties in Oklahoma ($18,787 average AGI)
2.67% relocated from other states ($12,286 average AGI)
Cherokee County:

2.67%
Oklahoma average:

3.02%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Muskogee County, OK  0.91% ($33,780 average AGI)
from Tulsa County, OK  0.78% ($31,661)
from Adair County, OK  0.44% ($22,393)
from Wagoner County, OK  0.37% ($30,423)
from Mayes County, OK  0.37% ($23,902)
from Delaware County, OK  0.24% ($24,588)
from Oklahoma County, OK  0.24% ($40,515)


7.14% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($27,131 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.14%
Oklahoma average:

7.24%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
4.82% relocated to other counties in Oklahoma ($17,961 average AGI)
2.32% relocated to other states ($9,170 average AGI)
Cherokee County:

2.32%
Oklahoma average:

2.90%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Tulsa County, OK  1.06% ($24,404 average AGI)
to Muskogee County, OK  0.79% ($30,468)
to Adair County, OK  0.50% ($21,754)
to Mayes County, OK  0.33% ($27,652)
to Wagoner County, OK  0.33% ($35,957)
to Oklahoma County, OK  0.24% ($32,818)
to Sequoyah County, OK  0.21% ($23,690)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 14.5
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 14.2

Births per 1000 population in Cherokee County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 9.3
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 9.5
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 9.7

Deaths per 1000 population in Cherokee County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 4.9
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 8.7

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Cherokee County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 25.9%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 12.1%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Cherokee County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Cherokee County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 6,597 (5,127 aged, 1,470 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 1,225 (11%)

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Most common underlying causes of death in Cherokee County, Oklahoma in 1999 - 2014:

  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (535)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (488)
  • Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, so described (407)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (348)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (338)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (250)
  • Unspecified dementia (189)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (154)
  • Unspecified diabetes mellitus, without complications (129)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (124)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 23%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 20%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 4.53
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 14,053
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 306
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 94,985

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,352
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,083
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 7

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 20
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 69

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 11

EPA green book nonattainment status in 2004-2006: 1

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 146.8. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 84.8
  • Other - 62.0

Household type by relationship:

Households: 44,979
  • In family households: 37,523 (8,197 male householders, 3,760 female householders)
    8,783 spouses, 12,614 children (11,302 natural, 410 adopted, 902 stepchildren), 1,454 grandchildren, 415 brothers or sisters, 330 parents, 628 other relatives, 1,049 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 7,456 (2,927 male householders (2,267 living alone)), 2,952 female householders (2,448 living alone)), 1,577 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 2,008 (395 institutionalized population)

Size of family households: 5,372 2-persons, 2,709 3-persons, 2,035 4-persons, 1,097 5-persons, 456 6-persons, 288 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 4,715 1-person, 939 2-persons, 132 3-persons, 62 4-persons, 20 5-persons, 2 6-persons, 9 7-or-more-persons.

7,043 married couples with children.
2,706 single-parent households (589 men, 2,117 women).

92.1% of residents of Cherokee County speak English at home.
3.8% of residents speak Spanish at home (47% speak English very well, 15% speak English well, 27% speak English not well, 10% don't speak English at all).
0.8% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (71% speak English very well, 22% speak English well, 7% speak English not well).
0.2% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (58% speak English very well, 42% speak English well).
3.1% of residents speak other language at home (73% speak English very well, 19% speak English well, 8% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $340,505,000 ($7,720 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $8,468,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $99,804,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $61,865,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $1,053,000
Federal grants: $133,812,000
Federal procurement contracts: $13,800,000 ($81,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $30,172,000 ($3,581,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $3,990,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $15,546,000
Federal Government insurance: $31,336,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 3,223
Here:

72 per 1000 residents
State:

75 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 2,071
Here:

46 per 1000 residents
State:

52 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +517
Here:

+12 per 1000 residents
State:

+10 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +532
Here +12 per 1000 residents
State -4 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Cherokee County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 5.59 millions of gallons per day (0% from ground, 100% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.4
State:

5.7

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.0
State:

4.3

Year house built

  • 2014 or later: 23
  • 2010 to 2013: 690
  • 2000 to 2009: 3,832
  • 1990 to 1999: 4,442
  • 1980 to 1989: 3,377
  • 1970 to 1979: 4,867
  • 1960 to 1969: 2,061
  • 1950 to 1959: 1,464
  • 1940 to 1949: 517
  • 1939 or earlier: 645
Note: State values scaled to Cherokee population
Rooms in houses/apartments in Cherokee County, Oklahoma
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Cherokee County population
  • 1 room: 34
  • 2 rooms: 194
  • 3 rooms: 535
  • 4 rooms: 1,573
  • 5 rooms: 3,541
  • 6 rooms: 2,454
  • 7 rooms: 1,472
  • 8 rooms: 651
  • 9+ rooms: 347
  • 1 room: 172
  • 2 rooms: 668
  • 3 rooms: 1,060
  • 4 rooms: 1,527
  • 5 rooms: 1,142
  • 6 rooms: 558
  • 7 rooms: 158
  • 8 rooms: 69
  • 9+ rooms: 20
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Cherokee County, Oklahoma
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Cherokee County population
  • no bedroom: 42
  • 1 bedroom: 629
  • 2 bedrooms: 2,751
  • 3 bedrooms: 6,013
  • 4 bedrooms: 1,137
  • 5+ bedrooms: 229
  • no bedroom: 190
  • 1 bedroom: 1,407
  • 2 bedrooms: 2,099
  • 3 bedrooms: 1,449
  • 4 bedrooms: 213
  • 5+ bedrooms: 16
Cars and other vehicles available in Cherokee County, Oklahoma in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Cherokee County population
  • no vehicle: 518
  • 1 vehicle: 2,992
  • 2 vehicles: 4,801
  • 3 vehicles: 1,711
  • 4 vehicles: 554
  • 5+ vehicles: 225
  • no vehicle: 889
  • 1 vehicle: 2,480
  • 2 vehicles: 1,716
  • 3 vehicles: 211
  • 4 vehicles: 55
  • 5+ vehicles: 23

52% 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, 68% lived in Oklahoma.

Cherokee County:

52.1%
State average:

52.2%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 29,819
  • Northeast: 579
  • Midwest: 3,105
  • South: 4,226
  • West: 3,397

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $55,000


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 2%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 2%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Cherokee County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (44.8%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (26.6%)
  • Electricity (18.5%)
  • Wood (9.9%)
  • Utility gas (46.7%)
  • Electricity (38.2%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (12.0%)
  • Wood (2.7%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 192
Here:

3.7%
Oklahoma:

6.4%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 175
Here:

6.8%
Oklahoma:

6.2%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 213
Here:

5.3%
Oklahoma:

16.6%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 1,356
  • Number of aged recipients: 126
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 1,230
  • Number of recipients under 18: 177
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 932
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 247
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 502
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 571
Cherokee County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Cherokee County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Cherokee County, OK among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John25874.3 years
James23772.6 years
William19775.4 years
Mary17879.1 years
George12774.5 years
Robert12770.0 years
Charles9372.5 years
Thomas8375.1 years
Dorothy6676.4 years
Ruby6079.7 years
Most common last names in Cherokee County, OK among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith13475.2 years
Johnson11576.5 years
Davis9372.0 years
Jones8077.8 years
Wilson6074.5 years
Thompson5774.5 years
Brown5078.5 years
Scott4975.0 years
Taylor4577.2 years
Hall4076.9 years
Businesses in Cherokee County, OK
NameCountNameCount
AT&T3Long John Silver's1
Ace Hardware1Lowe's1
Advance Auto Parts1MasterBrand Cabinets1
Arby's1Maurices1
AutoZone1McDonald's2
Best Western1New Balance2
Burger King1Nike3
Carl\s Jr.1Payless1
Chevrolet1Pizza Hut1
Chick-Fil-A1RadioShack1
Comfort Inn1Rue211
Domino's Pizza1SONIC Drive-In2
FedEx1Sears1
Ford1Subway6
GNC1T-Mobile2
GameStop1Taco Bell1
H&R Block2True Value1
Holiday Inn1U-Haul1
Jones New York2UPS6
KFC1Vans2
La-Z-Boy2Verizon Wireless1
Lane Furniture1Walgreens2
Little Caesars Pizza1Walmart2

Cherokee County on our top lists:

  • #20 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the worst general health status score of residents (1-5), 3 years of data"
  • #47 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents that exercised in the past month"
  • #56 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest ground withdrawal of fresh water for public supply"
  • #80 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that drank alcohol in the past 30 days"
  • #100 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives"