Cherokee is a city located in Cherokee County, Iowa. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 5,369. It is the county seat of Cherokee County6.
Cherokee is located at 42°45'3" North, 95°33'2" West (42.750818, _95.550472)1.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 16.7 km˛ (6.4 mi˛). 16.6 km˛ (6.4 mi˛) of it is land and 0.1 km˛ (0.04 mi˛) of it is water. The total area is 0.31% water.
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 5,369 people, 2,362 households, and 1,393 families residing in the city. The population density is 323.4/km˛ (837.8/mi˛). There are 2,556 housing units at an average density of 154.0/km˛ (398.9/mi˛). The racial makeup of the city is 97.50% White, 0.54% African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.61% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.54% from other races, and 0.58% from two or more races. 1.51% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 2,362 households out of which 25.9% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.3% are married couples living together, 8.6% have a female householder with no husband present, and 41.0% are non-families. 37.3% of all households are made up of individuals and 19.0% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.16 and the average family size is 2.82.
In the city the population is spread out with 23.2% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 22.9% from 25 to 44, 24.9% from 45 to 64, and 21.9% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 43 years. For every 100 females there are 92.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 85.4 males.
The median income for a household in the city is $31,240, and the median income for a family is $42,333. Males have a median income of $28,350 versus $21,333 for females. The per capita income for the city is $17,846. 7.0% of the population and 5.0% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 10.5% of those under the age of 18 and 4.5% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.