Cherokee County, Oklahoma

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Cherokee County, Oklahoma
Map of Oklahoma highlighting Cherokee County
Location in the state of Oklahoma
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Oklahoma's location in the U.S.
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Seat Tahlequah
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

776 sq mi (2,010 km²)
751 sq mi (1,945 km²)
25 sq mi (65 km²), 3.27%
 - (2000)
 - Density

57/sq mi (22/km²)

Cherokee County is a county located in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. As of 2000, the population was 42,521. Its county seat is Tahlequah6.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,011 km² (776 sq mi). 1,945 km² (751 sq mi) of it is land and 66 km² (25 sq mi) of it (3.27%) is water.

Major HighwaysEdit

Adjacent counties Edit


As of the census² of 2000, there were 42,521 people, 16,175 households, and 11,079 families residing in the county. The population density was 22/km² (57/sq mi). There were 19,499 housing units at an average density of 10/km² (26/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 56.41% White, 1.20% Black or African American, 32.42% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 2.10% from other races, and 7.56% from two or more races. 4.14% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 92.7% spoke English, 3.8% Spanish and 2.7% Cherokee as their first language.

There were 16,175 households out of which 32.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.50% were married couples living together, 11.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.50% were non-families. 25.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.30% under the age of 18, 14.60% from 18 to 24, 25.70% from 25 to 44, 21.50% from 45 to 64, and 12.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 96.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $26,536, and the median income for a family was $32,369. Males had a median income of $25,993 versus $21,048 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,436. About 17.00% of families and 22.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.40% of those under age 18 and 13.80% of those age 65 or over.

Notable Citizens Edit

Wilson Rawls-Author of Where the Red Fern Grows and Summer of the Monkeys

Bamboo Harvester-the horse who played television's Mr. Ed

Robert Conley Jr. , The author of numerous books about the Cherokee Indians.

Cities and towns Edit

NRHP sites Edit

The following sites in Cherokee County are listed on the National Register of Historic Places:

  • Cherokee Female Seminary, Tahlequah
  • Cherokee National Capitol, Tahlequah
  • Cherokee National Jail, Tahlequah
  • Cherokee Supreme Court Building, Tahlequah
  • First Cherokee Female Seminary Site, Tahlequah
  • French-Parks House, Tahlequah
  • Illinois Campground, Tahlequah
  • Indian University of Tahlequah, Tahlequah
  • Dr. Irwin D. Loeser Log Cabin, Tahlequah
  • Murrell Home, Park Hill
  • Ross Cemetery, Park Hill
  • Tahlequah Armory, Tahlequah
  • Tahlequah Carnegie Library, Tahlequah
  • Joseph M. Thompson House, Tahlequah

Coordinates: 35°55′N 95°00′W / 35.91, -95.00

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