Cherokee, NC Profile: Facts & Data


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Cherokee, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Cherokee Census Designated Place had a population of 2,384 as of July 1, 2018. 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 35.4743 and longitude -83.3149 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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Cherokee: Elawa diyi.

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Cherokee, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 2,384
Population in Households 2,366
Population in Familes 1,871
Population in Group Qrtrs 18
Population Density2 198
Diversity Index3 55


Median Household Income $25,731
Average Household Income $34,471
Per Capita Income $13,651


Total Housing Units 1,248 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 589 (47.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 344 (27.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 315 (25.2%)
Median Home Value $122,573
Average Home Value $173,302


Total Households 933
Average Household Size 2.54
Family Households 598
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 1.33% 1.08%
Households 1.3% 1.03%
Families 1.09% 1.05%
Median Household Income   1.03%
Per Capita Income   2.53%

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, 2018 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 # 290 61st
Population Density # 641 13th
Diversity Index # 277 63rd
Median Household Income # 716 3rd
Per Capita Income # 727 2nd

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