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Cherokee, Oklahoma - Basic Facts

The City of Cherokee is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Alfalfa County at latitude 36.7547 and longitude -98.3551. Alfalfa County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,181 feet.

The formal official name is the City of Cherokee, but most people and references simply refer to it as Cherokee, Oklahoma.

The P1 Census Class Code for Cherokee indicates a populated place that is also an incorporated place with the same name and the same census code. The Incorporated Place has a Functional Status Code "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The formal boundaries for the City of Cherokee (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.47 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles.

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Cherokee, OK Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 1,494
Population in Households 1,456
Population in Familes 1,157
Population in Group Qrtrs 38
Population Density1 1,014
Diversity Index2 17


Total Households 649
Average Household Size 2.24
Family Households 407
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 847 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 505 (59.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 144 (17.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 198 (23.4%)
Median Home Value $44,770
Average Home Value $57,426


Median Household Income $44,757
Average Household Income $58,151
Per Capita Income $25,687
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population -0.06% 0.97%
Households 0.07% 1.09%
Families 0.65% 0.96%
Median Household Income   3.09%
Per Capita Income   1.97%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Cherokee, OK - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Cherokee to the other 733 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Oklahoma by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 179 76th
Population Density1 # 155 79th
Diversity Index2 # 722 2nd
Median Household Income # 229 69th
Per Capita Income # 91 88th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Oklahoma Census Data Comparison Tool.