Cherokee County, Iowa

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Cherokee County
Cherokee County Courthouse, July 2014
Cherokee County Courthouse, July 2014
Map of Iowa highlighting Cherokee County
Location within the U.S. state of Iowa
Map of the United States highlighting Iowa
Iowa's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 42°44′05″N 95°37′27″W / 42.734722222222°N 95.624166666667°W / 42.734722222222; -95.624166666667
Country United States
State Iowa
Founded1851
Named forCherokee people
SeatCherokee
Largest cityCherokee
Area
 • Total577 sq mi (1,490 km2)
 • Land577 sq mi (1,490 km2)
 • Water0.2 sq mi (0.5 km2)  0.03%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total11,658
 • Density20/sq mi (7.8/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district4th
Websitewww.cherokeecounty.iowa.gov

Cherokee County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2020 census, the population was 11,658.[1] The county seat is Cherokee.[2] The county was formed on January 15, 1851, from open territory. It was named after the Cherokee Indians.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 577 square miles (1,490 km2), of which 577 square miles (1,490 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) (0.03%) is water.[3]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
186058
18701,9673,291.4%
18808,240318.9%
189015,65990.0%
190016,5705.8%
191016,7411.0%
192017,7606.1%
193018,7375.5%
194019,2582.8%
195019,052−1.1%
196018,598−2.4%
197017,269−7.1%
198016,238−6.0%
199014,098−13.2%
200013,035−7.5%
201012,072−7.4%
202011,658−3.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
1790-1960[5] 1900-1990[6]
1990-2000[7] 2010-2018[8]
Population of Cherokee County from US census data

2020 census[edit]

The 2020 census recorded a population of 11,658 in the county, with a population density of 20.2645/sq mi (7.8242/km2). 96.59% of the population reported being of one race. 88.36% were non-Hispanic White, 0.75% were Black, 4.55% were Hispanic, 0.28% were Native American, 0.49% were Asian, 0.12% were Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander and 5.46% were some other race or more than one race. There were 5,558 housing units of which 5,008 were occupied.[1]

2010 census[edit]

The 2010 census recorded a population of 12,072 in the county, with a population density of 21.254/sq mi (8.206/km2). There were 5,777 housing units, of which 5,207 were occupied.[9]

2000 census[edit]

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Cherokee County

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 13,035 people, 5,378 households, and 3,597 families residing in the county. The population density was 23 people per square mile (9/km2). There were 5,850 housing units at an average density of 10 per square mile (4/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.33% White, 0.31% Black or African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.37% from other races, and 0.40% from two or more races. 0.95% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 5,378 households, out of which 29.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.30% were married couples living together, 6.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.10% were non-families. 29.50% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 24.60% under the age of 18, 6.80% from 18 to 24, 24.00% from 25 to 44, 24.30% from 45 to 64, and 20.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 97.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,142, and the median income for a family was $42,897. Males had a median income of $29,612 versus $21,181 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,934. About 5.50% of families and 7.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.70% of those under age 18 and 5.70% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Townships[edit]

Cherokee County is divided into sixteen townships:

Population ranking[edit]

The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2020 census of Cherokee County.[1]

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Municipal type Population (2020 Census)
1 Cherokee City 5,199
2 Marcus City 1,079
3 Aurelia City 968
4 Quimby City 249
5 Washta City 209
6 Cleghorn City 240
7 Meriden City 161
8 Larrabee City 123

Politics[edit]

United States presidential election results for Cherokee County, Iowa[11]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 4,495 68.96% 1,936 29.70% 87 1.33%
2016 4,192 66.99% 1,679 26.83% 387 6.18%
2012 3,662 57.08% 2,634 41.06% 119 1.86%
2008 3,372 52.95% 2,890 45.38% 106 1.66%
2004 3,758 55.30% 2,988 43.97% 50 0.74%
2000 3,463 52.53% 2,845 43.16% 284 4.31%
1996 2,629 41.27% 2,853 44.79% 888 13.94%
1992 2,768 40.16% 2,590 37.57% 1,535 22.27%
1988 3,218 46.94% 3,574 52.14% 63 0.92%
1984 4,046 54.16% 3,349 44.83% 75 1.00%
1980 4,087 54.49% 2,719 36.25% 694 9.25%
1976 3,993 53.40% 3,358 44.91% 127 1.70%
1972 4,726 62.23% 2,780 36.61% 88 1.16%
1968 4,436 59.18% 2,705 36.09% 355 4.74%
1964 3,180 42.26% 4,336 57.62% 9 0.12%
1960 4,791 59.10% 3,309 40.82% 6 0.07%
1956 4,821 59.67% 3,254 40.28% 4 0.05%
1952 6,018 70.46% 2,502 29.29% 21 0.25%
1948 3,318 46.44% 3,739 52.34% 87 1.22%
1944 3,723 53.58% 3,197 46.01% 29 0.42%
1940 4,458 53.50% 3,855 46.27% 19 0.23%
1936 2,902 36.99% 4,716 60.11% 227 2.89%
1932 2,570 34.81% 4,701 63.68% 111 1.50%
1928 3,909 58.91% 2,701 40.71% 25 0.38%
1924 3,240 52.29% 904 14.59% 2,052 33.12%
1920 4,544 77.69% 1,211 20.70% 94 1.61%
1916 1,578 48.26% 1,646 50.34% 46 1.41%
1912 381 12.32% 930 30.08% 1,781 57.60%
1908 2,300 66.07% 1,084 31.14% 97 2.79%
1904 2,446 74.60% 688 20.98% 145 4.42%
1900 2,432 63.10% 1,253 32.51% 169 4.39%
1896 2,343 60.08% 1,464 37.54% 93 2.38%


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "2020 Census State Redistricting Data". census.gov. United states Census Bureau. Retrieved August 12, 2021.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 3, 2015. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  4. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 14, 2014.
  5. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 14, 2014.
  6. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 14, 2014.
  7. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 14, 2014.
  8. ^ "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on June 7, 2011. Retrieved July 14, 2014.
  9. ^ "Population and Housing Occupancy Status: 2010 - State -- County". United States Census Bureau American FactFinder. Retrieved March 9, 2011.[dead link]
  10. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  11. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved April 25, 2018.

Coordinates: 42°44′05″N 95°37′27″W / 42.73472°N 95.62417°W / 42.73472; -95.62417