Cherokee County, NC

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2022 Population
28,868
1.24% 1-year growth
US Senator
Thom Tillis
Republican Party
US Senator
Ted Budd
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
52.9
0.762% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
16.7%
0.881% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$49,254
13.7% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$193,500
17.7% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
11,391
2.47% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Cherokee County, NC had a population of 28.9k people with a median age of 52.9 and a median household income of $49,254. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Cherokee County, NC grew from 28,515 to 28,868, a 1.24% increase and its median household income grew from $43,319 to $49,254, a 13.7% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Cherokee County, NC are White (Non-Hispanic) (90.1%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.48%), White (Hispanic) (1.69%), American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (1.58%), and Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (1.45%).

None of the households in Cherokee County, NC reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

99.1% of the residents in Cherokee County, NC are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Cherokee County, NC are Tri-County Community College (257 degrees awarded in 2022).

In 2022, the median property value in Cherokee County, NC was $193,500, and the homeownership rate was 81.3%.

Most people in Cherokee County, NC drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 26.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Cherokee County, NC was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Cherokee County, NC is home to a population of 28.9k people, from which 99.1% are citizens. As of 2022, 2.04% of Cherokee County, NC residents were born outside of the country (588 people).

In 2022, there were 36.4 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (26k people) in Cherokee County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 715 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 488 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

99.1%
2022 Citizenship
99.1%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 99.1% of Cherokee County, NC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Cherokee County, NC was 99.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Cherokee County, NC
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    26k ± 59
  2. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    715 ± 151
  3. White (Hispanic)
    488 ± 203
3.71%
Hispanic Population
1.07k people

In 2022, there were 36.4 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (26k people) in Cherokee County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 715 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 488 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

3.71% of the people in Cherokee County, NC are hispanic (1.07k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Cherokee County, NC as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    214,508 ± 11,254 people
  2. India
    79,868 ± 6,912 people
  3. Honduras
    39,759 ± 4,886 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of North Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 214,508 North Carolina residents, followed by India with 79,868 and Honduras with 39,759.

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Foreign-Born Population

2.04%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
588 people
2.27%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
646 people

As of 2022, 2.04% of Cherokee County, NC residents (588 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Cherokee County, NC was 2.27%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,471 ± 237
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    419 ± 198
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    358 ± 146

Cherokee County, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.51 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Cherokee County, NC employs 11.4k people. The largest industries in Cherokee County, NC are Retail Trade (1,979 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,444 people), and Construction (1,339 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($64,609), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($62,404), and Transportation & Warehousing ($60,673).

Males in North Carolina have an average income that is 1.31 times higher than the average income of females, which is $57,464. The income inequality in North Carolina (measured using the Gini index) is 0.47, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

11.4k
2022 Value
± 822
2.47%
1 Year growth
± 10.3%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Cherokee County, NC grew at a rate of 2.47%, from 11.1k employees to 11.4k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Cherokee County, NC, are Sales & Related Occupations (1,956 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,115 people), and Management Occupations (984 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Cherokee County, NC.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

11.4k
2022 Value
± 822
2.47%
1 Year growth
± 10.3%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Cherokee County, NC grew at a rate of 2.47%, from 11.1k employees to 11.4k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Cherokee County, NC, are Retail Trade (1,979 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,444 people), and Construction (1,339 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Cherokee County, NC, though some of these residents may live in Cherokee County, NC and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$38,089
Median earning men ± $4,212
$32,810
Median earning women ± $2,420

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($62,656), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($57,802), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($50,735).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($40,914), Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($40,885), and Manufacturing ($38,750).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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3.04%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 4.86M people employed in North Carolina. This represents a 3.04% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 10.9%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in North Carolina.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 195
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 154
    Retail Trade
  3. 143
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Cherokee County, NC went to Donald J. Trump with 76.9% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (21.8%), followed by Other (0.712%).

Thom Tillis and Ted Budd are the senators currently representing the state of North Carolina. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

North Carolina is currently represented by 14 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from North Carolina

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Thom Tillis
Senator from North Carolina2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015
Ted Budd
Senator from North Carolina3
Assumed office on January 3, 2023

Thom Tillis and Ted Budd are the senators currently representing North Carolina.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from North Carolina

North Carolina is currently represented by 14 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for North Carolina have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Cherokee County, NC awarded 257 degrees. The student population of Cherokee County, NC in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 356 male students and 532 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Cherokee County, NC are White (235 and 91.4%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (9 and 3.5%), Unknown (7 and 2.72%), and Two or More Races (2 and 0.778%).

The largest universities in Cherokee County, NC by number of degrees awarded are Tri-County Community College (257 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Cherokee County, NC are Liberal Arts & Sciences (141 and 54.9%), Registered Nursing (18 and 7%), and Information Technology (11 and 4.28%).

Enrollments by Gender and Races

In 2022 there were 888 students enrolled in Cherokee County, NC, 40.1% men and 59.9% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 757 records, of which 60.4% were women and 39.6% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 141 degrees awarded
  2. 18 degrees awarded
  3. 11 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Cherokee County, NC was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 141 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
257 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Tri-County Community College with 257 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

In 2022, 98 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Cherokee County, NC, which is 0.616 times less than the 159 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 235 degrees mean that there were 26.1 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 9 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Public, 2-year ($2,304) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($59) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($1,480) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.944% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.805% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (2.16M), Some college (1.84M), and Bachelors Degree (1.63M).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Cherokee County, NC was $193,500 in 2022, which is 0.686 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $164,400 to $193,500, a 17.7% increase. The homeownership rate in Cherokee County, NC is 81.3%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Cherokee County, NC have an average commute time of 26.2 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Cherokee County, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

In 2022, 12.2% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Cherokee County, NC. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 0.49%.

Property

$193,500
Median Property Value 2022
±$10,437
$10,369
Median Property Taxes
±$726

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Cherokee County, NC the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Cherokee County, NC compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

81.3%
Homeownership
2022
67.7%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 81.3% of the housing units in Cherokee County, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 81.8%.

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Income by Location

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Race/Ethnicity
Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9303
  2. Census Tract 9302

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

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$49,254
Median Household Income
± $2,832
12.8k
Number of Households
± 799

In 2022, the median household income of the 12.8k households in Cherokee County, NC grew to $49,254 from the previous year's value of $43,319.

The following chart displays the households in Cherokee County, NC 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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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Cherokee County, NC is from North Carolina.
0.47
2022 Wage GINI in North Carolina
0.47
2021 Wage GINI in North Carolina

In 2022, the income inequality in North Carolina was 0.47 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0732% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for North Carolina was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in North Carolina in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (78.5%)
  2. Worked At Home (8.5%)
  3. Carpooled (8.47%)

In 2022, 78.5% of workers in Cherokee County, NC drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (8.5%) and those who carpooled to work (8.47%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

26.2 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Cherokee County, NC have a shorter commute time (26.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 5.35% of the workforce in Cherokee County, NC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 12.2% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Cherokee County, NC. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 0.49%.

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Poverty & Diversity

16.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Cherokee County, NC (4.77k out of 28.5k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 55 - 64, followed by Females 55 - 64 and then Males 35 - 44.

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

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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Children in Poverty

In 2022, 24.9% of the children was living in poverty in Cherokee County, NC. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 12.7%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 213 in Cherokee County, NC. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 6.67 per 100,000 population.

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Health

83.8% of the population of Cherokee County, NC has health coverage, with 26.4% on employee plans, 16.6% on Medicaid, 23.7% on Medicare, 13.8% on non-group plans, and 3.21% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Cherokee County, NC see 2384 patients per year on average, which represents a 7.6% decrease from the previous year (2580 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 3230 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 709 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.9% were men and 52.1% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

2,384 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Cherokee County, NC

Primary care physicians in Cherokee County, NC see an average of 2,384 patients per year. This represents a 7.6% decrease from the previous year (2,580 patients).

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

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 17.3% under 18 years, 13.7% between 18 and 34 years, 38.4% between 35 and 64 years, and 30.5% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.9% were men and 52.1% were women.

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Uninsured People

16.2%
Uninsured
26.4%
Employer Coverage
16.6%
Medicaid
23.7%
Medicare
13.8%
Non-Group
3.21%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Cherokee County, NC grew by 3.19% from 15.7% to 16.2%.

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 105 in Cherokee County, NC.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 33% in Cherokee County, NC.

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Clinical Care

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In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 16.6% in Cherokee County, NC.

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