Cherokee County, IA

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Population

11,577

1.49% decline

Median Age

46.3


Median Household Income

$53,998

4.67% growth

Poverty Rate

11.9%


Number of Employees

5,990

1.27% decline

Median Property Value

$89,200

3.36% growth

About

In 2017, Cherokee County, IA had a population of 11.6k people with a median age of 46.3 and a median household income of $53,998. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Cherokee County, IA declined from 11,752 to 11,577, a -1.49% decrease and its median household income grew from $51,590 to $53,998, a 4.67% increase.

The population of Cherokee County, IA is 94% White Alone, 3.39% Hispanic or Latino, and 0.95% Black or African American Alone. 3.4% of the people in Cherokee County, IA speak a non-English language, and 99.1% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Cherokee County, IA is $89,200, and the homeownership rate is 76.2%. Most people in Cherokee County, IA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 14.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Cherokee County, IA is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Cherokee County, IA employs 5.99k people. The largest industries in Cherokee County, IA are Retail Trade (1,032 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (919 people), and Manufacturing (908 people), and the highest paying industries are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($63,438), Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($52,938), and Utilities ($51,750).

Median household income in Cherokee County, IA is $53,998. Males in Cherokee County, IA have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $44,006. The income inequality in Cherokee County, IA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.443, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$53,998

2017 value

± $3,616

4.67%

1 Year Growth

± 9.65%

Households in Cherokee County, IA have a median annual income of $53,998, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $51,590 in 2016, which represents a 4.67% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$58,922

Average Male Salary

± $1,635

$44,006

Average Female Salary

± $1,197

In 2017, full-time male employees in Cherokee County, IA made 1.34 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Cherokee County, IA by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $50,374 ± $7,648

  2. White

    $44,731 ± $967

  3. Black

    $32,234 ± $4,518

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Cherokee County, IA workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.13 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Cherokee County, IA by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Cherokee County, IA is from Iowa.

0.443

2017 Wage GINI

0.445

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Iowa was 0.443 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.563% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for Iowa was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Iowa in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Iowa across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 803

  2. Census Tract 802

  3. Census Tract 804

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Cherokee County, IA was Census Tract 803 with a value of $58,922, followed by Census Tract 802 and Census Tract 804, with respective values of $56,047 and $51,300.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Cherokee County, IA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

11.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Cherokee County, IA (1.31k out of 11k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Females < 5.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    1,203 ± 193

  2. Hispanic

    82 ± 87

  3. Black

    44 ± 83

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Cherokee County, IA is White, followed by Hispanic and Black.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

5.99k

2017 Value

± 430

-1.27%

1 Year decline

± 9.83%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Cherokee County, IA declined at a rate of -1.27%, from 6.07k employees to 5.99k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Cherokee County, IA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (797 people), Management Occupations (684 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (620 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Cherokee County, IA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Cherokee County, IA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (797 people), Management Occupations (684 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (620 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Cherokee County, IA has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (5.17 times higher than expected), Material Moving Occupations (2.33 times), and Transportation Occupations (1.91 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Cherokee County, IA, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($82,841), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($74,375), and Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media Occupations ($72,813).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

5.99k

2017 Value

± 430

-1.27%

1 Year decline

± 9.83%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Cherokee County, IA declined at a rate of -1.27%, from 6.07k employees to 5.99k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Cherokee County, IA, are Retail Trade (1,032 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (919 people), and Manufacturing (908 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Cherokee County, IA, though some of these residents may live in Cherokee County, IA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Cherokee County, IA, by number of employees, are Retail Trade (1,032 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (919 people), and Manufacturing (908 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Cherokee County, IA has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (8.45 times higher than expected), Management of Companies & Enterprises (1.89 times), and Wholesale Trade (1.53 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Cherokee County, IA, by median earnings, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($63,438), Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($52,938), and Utilities ($51,750).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Iowa to other states, or from other states to Iowa.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $24.8B

  2. $18.8B

  3. $18.2B

In 2015, the top outbound Iowa product (by dollars) was Cereal grains with $24.8B, followed by Machinery with $18.8B and Other ag prods. and $18.2B.

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Iowa products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$245B

2015 Value

$363B

Projected 2045 Value

47.9% growth

In 2015, total outbound Iowa trade was $245B. This is expected to increase 47.9% to $363B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Iowa trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Iowa to other states, or from other states to Iowa.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $26.2B

  2. $16.1B

  3. $11.4B

In 2015, the top outbound Iowa domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Illinois with $26.2B, followed by Minnesota with $16.1B and Nebraska and $11.4B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Iowa shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

93.4% of the population of Cherokee County, IA has health coverage, with 45.9% on employee plans, 10.4% on Medicaid, 15.9% on Medicare, 20% on non-group plans, and 1.11% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Cherokee County, IA was $8,200 in 2014. This is a 5.05% increase from the previous year ($7,806).

Primary care physicians in Cherokee County, IA see 1653 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.25% decrease from the previous year (1691 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2877 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 822 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Appanoose County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (13.3%). Additionally, Union County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.4%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,653 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Cherokee County, IA see an average of 1,653 patients per year. This represents a 2.25% decrease from the previous year (1,691 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$8,200

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,076

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$6,702

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,317

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Iowa (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.05%, from $7,806 to $8,200.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

6.61%

Uninsured

45.9%

Employer Coverage

10.4%

Medicaid

15.9%

Medicare

20%

Non-Group

1.11%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Cherokee County, IA declined by 19.4% from 8.2% to 6.61%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Cherokee County, IA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 13.3% prevalence

  2. 12.6% prevalence

  3. 12.1% prevalence

Appanoose County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Iowa, at 13.3%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Iowa by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Cherokee County, IA is home to a population of 11.6k people, from which 99.1% are citizens. As of 2017, 1.66% of Cherokee County, IA residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Cherokee County, IA is composed of 10.9k White Alone residents (94%), 393 Hispanic or Latino residents (3.39%), 110 Black or African American Alone residents (0.95%), 100 Two or More Races residents (0.864%), 52 Asian Alone residents (0.449%), 41 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.354%), 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%), and 0 Some Other Race Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Cherokee County, IA are Spanish or Spanish Creole (306 speakers), German (36 speakers), and Russian (16 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

47

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.6

41

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 27.8

In 2017, the median age of all people in Cherokee County, IA was 46.3. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 47, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 41. But people in Cherokee County, IA are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Cherokee County, IA residents was 47.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

1.66%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

1.27%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 1.66% of Cherokee County, IA residents were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Cherokee County, IA was 1.27%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    41,844 ± 4,988 people

  2. China

    10,526 ± 2,515 people

  3. India

    10,455 ± 2,506 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Cherokee County, IA was Mexico, the natal country of 41,844 Cherokee County, IA residents, followed by China with 10,526 and India with 10,455.

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Citizenship

99.1%

2017 Citizenship

99.2%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99.1% of Cherokee County, IA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Cherokee County, IA was 99.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    10.9k ± 15

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    393 ± 41.6

  3. Black or African American Alone

    110 ± 53

In 2017, there were 27.7 times more White Alone residents (10.9k people) in Cherokee County, IA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 393 Hispanic or Latino and 110 Black or African American Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Cherokee County, IA as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    306 speakers (2.73%)

  2. German

    36 speakers (0.321%)

  3. Russian

    16 speakers (0.143%)

3.4% of Cherokee County, IA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Cherokee County, IA was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 2.73% of the overall population of Cherokee County, IA are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.321% speak German and 0.143% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    353 ± 84

  2. Korea

    142 ± 55

  3. World War II

    91 ± 41

Cherokee County, IA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.49 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Cherokee County, IA was $89,200 in 2017, which is 0.41 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $86,300 to $89,200, a 3.36% increase. The homeownership rate in Cherokee County, IA is 76.2%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Cherokee County, IA have an average commute time of 14.9 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Cherokee County, IA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$53,998

Median Household Income

± $3,616

5.23k

Number of Households

± 398

In 2017, the median household income of the 5.23k households in Cherokee County, IA grew to $53,998 from the previous year's value of $51,590.

The following chart displays the households in Cherokee County, IA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$89,200

2017 Median

± $5,557

$86,300

2016 Median

± $3,108

In 2017, the median property value in Cherokee County, IA grew to to $89,200 from the previous year's value of $86,300.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Cherokee County, IA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Cherokee County, IA the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Cherokee County, IA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Cherokee County, IA the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

76.2%

2017 Homeownership

73.4%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 76.2% of the housing units in Cherokee County, IA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 73.4%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Cherokee County, IA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Cherokee County, IA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Cherokee County, IA have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

14.9 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Cherokee County, IA have a shorter commute time (14.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 0.518% of the workforce in Cherokee County, IA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    83.4%

  2. Worked At Home

    7.69%

  3. Carpooled

    6.71%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Cherokee County, IA was Drove Alone, followed by those who Worked At Home and those who Carpooled.

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