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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B+
  3. Housing
    A-
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    B-
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    A
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B-
  12. Commute
    B
Cherokee is a town in Iowa with a population of 5,018. Cherokee is in Cherokee County. Living in Cherokee offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Cherokee there are a lot of bars and parks. Many retirees live in Cherokee and residents tend to be conservative. The public schools in Cherokee are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$83,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$547
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    35%
  • Own
    65%
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Cherokee Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    282.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    20.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    0
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    80.7
    500.1
  • Theft
    504.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    0
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    16%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    10%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    23%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    6%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    13%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    34%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    33%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    14%
    13%

Working in Cherokee

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$45,103
National
$55,322
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Cherokee Reviews

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Businesses are so diverse. No need to head to the "big city". Unique shopping experience from furniture to men and women's fashion. Gifts, consignment shops, Cherokee general store and the book vine. Dining wow the Monterrey and the gausthaus. You will enjoy. We have a symphony. The first planetarium in the state. Check out the Sanford. Exciting new businesses are opening . Healthcare top notch. Service business are family owned and they know how to take care of our needs.
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I love the employment in my town because most places are allowing people to work from age 14 or 16. Meaning almost anyone is eligable for a job. Most people work at the Warehouse, or for the city. We have a lot of City workers because we want to make sure our town is the best it can possibly be. The top employers I would think are HyVee Warehouse, previously Tyson's, and the Sanford Museum and Planitarium. Our museum was the first in Iowa to have a planetarium. Also we have the most complete ground sloth pelvis in the United States, and that business attracts over 25,000 people a year!
The local businesses are wonderful. There are numerous clothing stores for women, men, and stores for both women and men. There are many bars, many nice restaruants with great service! The thing I enjoy about the local businesses in Cherokee, are that since we are a town of 5,000 people, everyone knows everyone or their family. Everyone is very polite to one another and our town is more of a big family. There are many places to find jobs, and volunteer work.