Cherokee County, OK

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Population

48,404

0.284% growth

Median Age

35


Median Household Income

$39,187

1.56% growth

Poverty Rate

21.1%


Number of Employees

19,399

0.165% growth

Median Property Value

$111,300

2.39% growth

About

In 2017, Cherokee County, OK had a population of 48.4k people with a median age of 35 and a median household income of $39,187. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Cherokee County, OK grew from 48,267 to 48,404, a 0.284% increase and its median household income grew from $38,585 to $39,187, a 1.56% increase.

The population of Cherokee County, OK is 48.3% White Alone, 33.2% American Indian & Alaska Native Alone, and 9.4% Two or More Races. N/A% of the people in Cherokee County, OK speak a non-English language, and 97.7% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Cherokee County, OK are Northeastern State University (1,741 degrees awarded in 2016), Indian Capital Technology Center-Tahlequah (253 degrees), and Beauty Technical College Inc (10 degrees).

The median property value in Cherokee County, OK is $111,300, and the homeownership rate is 66.5%. Most people in Cherokee County, OK commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 22.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Cherokee County, OK is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Cherokee County, OK employs 19.4k people. The largest industries in Cherokee County, OK are Health Care & Social Assistance (3,000 people), Educational Services (2,667 people), and Retail Trade (2,267 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($50,536), Manufacturing ($40,790), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($37,036).

Median household income in Cherokee County, OK is $39,187. Males in Cherokee County, OK have an average income that is 1.44 times higher than the average income of females, which is $39,687. The income inequality in Cherokee County, OK (measured using the Gini index) is 0.455, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$39,187

2017 value

± $1,462

1.56%

1 Year Growth

± 5.83%

Households in Cherokee County, OK have a median annual income of $39,187, 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 $38,585 in 2016, which represents a 1.56% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$57,090

Average Male Salary

± $1,576

$39,687

Average Female Salary

± $1,128

In 2017, full-time male employees in Oklahoma made 1.44 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Oklahoma 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. White

    $46,109 ± $1,108

  2. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $44,605 ± $18,568

  3. Asian

    $44,604 ± $6,576

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Oklahoma workers was White. These workers were paid 1.03 times more than Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Cherokee County, OK is from Oklahoma.

0.455

2017 Wage GINI

0.455

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Oklahoma was 0.455 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0213% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

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

This chart shows the number of workers in Oklahoma 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 9777

  2. Census Tract 9778

  3. Census Tract 9783

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Cherokee County, OK was Census Tract 9777 with a value of $48,000, followed by Census Tract 9778 and Census Tract 9783, with respective values of $44,673 and $42,184.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

21.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Cherokee County, OK (9.82k out of 46.6k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

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

    4,513 ± 422

  2. Native American

    3,541 ± 355

  3. Hispanic

    1,296 ± 221

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

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

19.4k

2017 Value

± 903

0.165%

1 Year growth

± 6.25%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Cherokee County, OK grew at a rate of 0.165%, from 19.4k employees to 19.4k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Cherokee County, OK, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,087 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,708 people), and Management Occupations (1,611 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Cherokee County, OK.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Cherokee County, OK, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,087 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,708 people), and Management Occupations (1,611 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Cherokee County, OK has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (3.89 times higher than expected), Community & Social Service Occupations (2.19 times), and Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Occupations (1.71 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Cherokee County, OK, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($58,542), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($58,233), and Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($56,500).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

19.4k

2017 Value

± 903

0.165%

1 Year growth

± 6.25%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Cherokee County, OK grew at a rate of 0.165%, from 19.4k employees to 19.4k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Cherokee County, OK, are Health Care & Social Assistance (3,000 people), Educational Services (2,667 people), and Retail Trade (2,267 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Cherokee County, OK, though some of these residents may live in Cherokee County, OK 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, OK, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (3,000 people), Educational Services (2,667 people), and Retail Trade (2,267 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Cherokee County, OK has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (3.1 times higher than expected), Public Administration (2 times), and Utilities (1.75 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Cherokee County, OK, by median earnings, are Utilities ($50,536), Manufacturing ($40,790), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($37,036).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $52.4B

  2. $21.4B

  3. $19.2B

In 2015, the top outbound Oklahoma product (by dollars) was Coal-n.e.c. with $52.4B, followed by Fuel oils ($21.4B) and Gasoline ($19.2B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$220B

2015 Value

$309B

Projected 2045 Value

40.6% growth

In 2015, total outbound Oklahoma trade was $220B. This is expected to increase 40.6% to $309B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma to other states, or from other states to Oklahoma.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $40.8B

  2. $19.3B

  3. $7.03B

In 2015, the top outbound Oklahoma domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Texas with $40.8B, followed by Kansas with $19.3B and Arkansas and $7.03B.

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

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Health

76.9% of the population of Cherokee County, OK has health coverage, with 33.8% on employee plans, 16.8% on Medicaid, 11.5% on Medicare, 12.1% on non-group plans, and 2.71% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Cherokee County, OK was $7,627 in 2014. This is a 4.58% increase from the previous year ($7,293).

Primary care physicians in Cherokee County, OK see 1615 patients per year on average, which represents a 3.12% decrease from the previous year (1667 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1804 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 258 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Pushmataha County and Ottawa County have the highest prevalence of diabetes (16.2%). Additionally, Adair County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (41.9%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,615 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Cherokee County, OK see an average of 1,615 patients per year. This represents a 3.12% decrease from the previous year (1,667 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Cherokee County, OK in comparison to neighboring states.

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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%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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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%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$7,627

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$3,878

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$6,529

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,429

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Oklahoma (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.58%, from $7,293 to $7,627.

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

23.1%

Uninsured

33.8%

Employer Coverage

16.8%

Medicaid

11.5%

Medicare

12.1%

Non-Group

2.71%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Cherokee County, OK declined by 2.91% from 23.7% to 23.1%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Cherokee County, OK 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. 16.2% prevalence

  2. 16.2% prevalence

  3. 15.9% prevalence

Pushmataha County and Ottawa County have the highest prevalence of diabetes in Oklahoma, at 16.2%.

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

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Diversity

Cherokee County, OK is home to a population of 48.4k people, from which 97.7% are citizens. As of 2017, 2.91% of Cherokee County, OK residents were born outside of the country (1.41k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Cherokee County, OK is composed of 23.4k White Alone residents (48.3%), 16.1k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (33.2%), 4.55k Two or More Races residents (9.4%), 3.32k Hispanic or Latino residents (6.86%), 618 Black or African American Alone residents (1.28%), 312 Asian Alone residents (0.645%), 145 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.3%), and 7 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0145%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Cherokee County, OK are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

35

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

39

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 4.3

In 2017, the median age of all people in Cherokee County, OK was 35. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 35, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 39. But people in Cherokee County, OK are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Cherokee County, OK residents was 35.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

2.91%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

1.41k people

2.87%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

1.38k people

As of 2017, 2.91% of Cherokee County, OK residents (1.41k people) 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, OK was 2.87%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    107,425 ± 7,935 people

  2. Vietnam

    15,408 ± 3,041 people

  3. India

    7,989 ± 2,192 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Oklahoma was Mexico, the natal country of 107,425 Oklahoma residents, followed by Vietnam with 15,408 and India with 7,989.

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Citizenship

97.7%

2017 Citizenship

97.8%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97.7% of Cherokee County, OK residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Cherokee County, OK was 97.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    23.4k ± 23

  2. American Indian & Alaska Native Alone

    16.1k ± 620

  3. Two or More Races

    4.55k ± 612

In 2017, there were 1.45 times more White Alone residents (23.4k people) in Cherokee County, OK than any other race or ethnicity. There were 16.1k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone and 4.55k Two or More Races 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, OK as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Cherokee County, OK citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Cherokee County, OK was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Cherokee County, OK are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    1,396 ± 164

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    403 ± 117

  3. Korea

    368 ± 117

Cherokee County, OK has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.46 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Cherokee County, OK awarded 2,004 degrees. The student population of Cherokee County, OK is skewed towards women, with 3,276 male students and 5,106 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Cherokee County, OK are White (1,060 and 53.8%), followed by American Indian or Alaska Native (466 and 23.7%), Two or More Races (220 and 11.2%), and Hispanic or Latino (102 and 5.18%).

The largest universities in Cherokee County, OK by number of degrees awarded are Northeastern State University (1,741 and 86.9%), Indian Capital Technology Center-Tahlequah (253 and 12.6%), and Beauty Technical College Inc (10 and 0.499%).

The most popular majors in Cherokee County, OK are General Psychology (126 and 6.29%), Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Administration (119 and 5.94%), and Elementary Education & Teaching (105 and 5.24%).

The median tuition costs in Cherokee County, OK are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $5,085 and $12,585 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 105 degrees awarded

  2. 126 degrees awarded

  3. 107 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Cherokee County, OK was Elementary Education & Teaching with 105 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Cherokee County, OK according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 1,741 degrees awarded

  2. 253 degrees awarded

  3. 10 degrees awarded

$5,085

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Cherokee County, OK institution with the largest number of graduating students was Northeastern State University with 1,741 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

780

Degrees Awarded to Men

1,224

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 780 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Cherokee County, OK, which is 0.637 times less than the 1,224 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    1,060 degrees awarded

  2. American Indian or Alaska Native

    466 degrees awarded

  3. Two or More Races

    220 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Cherokee County, OK were to White students. These 1,060 degrees mean that there were 2.27 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, American Indian or Alaska Native, with 466 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Cherokee County, OK was $111,300 in 2017, which is 0.511 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $108,700 to $111,300, a 2.39% increase. The homeownership rate in Cherokee County, OK is 66.5%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Cherokee County, OK have an average commute time of 22.7 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Cherokee County, OK is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$39,187

Median Household Income

± $1,462

16.4k

Number of Households

± 652

In 2017, the median household income of the 16.4k households in Cherokee County, OK grew to $39,187 from the previous year's value of $38,585.

The following chart displays the households in Cherokee County, OK 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 < $10k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$111,300

2017 Median

± $3,729

$108,700

2016 Median

± $4,465

In 2017, the median property value in Cherokee County, OK grew to to $111,300 from the previous year's value of $108,700.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Cherokee County, OK 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, OK 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, OK distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Cherokee County, OK the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

66.5%

2017 Homeownership

66.8%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 66.5% of the housing units in Cherokee County, OK were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 66.8%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Cherokee County, OK 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, OK distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Cherokee County, OK have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

22.7 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Cherokee County, OK have a shorter commute time (22.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.81% of the workforce in Cherokee County, OK have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    80.6%

  2. Carpooled

    11.1%

  3. Worked At Home

    3.78%

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

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