Cherokee, NC Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Cherokee, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Cherokee Census Designated Place had a population of 2,450 as of July 1, 2017. Cherokee ranks in the lower quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in North Carolina. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Cherokee is located at latitude 35.486 and longitude -83.3011 in Swain County. The formal boundaries for the Cherokee Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 12.06 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Swain County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,985 feet.

The Cherokee Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2629369) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

The Cherokee Census Designated Place is located within Township of Charleston, a minor civil division (MCD) of Swain County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Cherokee population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Cherokee: Elawa diyi.

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Cherokee, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 2,450
Daytime Population: Workers 6,629
Daytime Population: Residents 1,485
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 8,114
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 3.31
Population in Households 2,432
Population in Familes 1,911
Population in Group Qrtrs 18
Population Density2 203
Diversity Index3 54


Median Household Income $25,579
Average Household Income $34,807
Per Capita Income $13,686


Total Housing Units 1,266 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 601 (47.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 351 (27.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 314 (24.8%)
Median Home Value $117,574
Average Home Value $158,153


Total Households 952
Average Household Size 2.55
Family Households 609
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 1.9% 1.37%
Households 1.76% 1.29%
Families 1.49% 1.25%
Median Household Income   0.01%
Per Capita Income   2.08%

Cherokee, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Cherokee to the other 739 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 # 286 61st
Population Density # 640 14th
Diversity Index # 284 62nd
Median Household Income # 710 4th
Per Capita Income # 721 3rd

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