Cherokee, NC
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Cherokee is a very small town located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 2,181 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Cherokee is the 297th largest community in North Carolina.

Cherokee is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Cherokee is a town of service providers, professionals, and construction workers and builders. There are especially a lot of people living in Cherokee who work in food service (22.67%), maintenance occupations (12.01%), and personal care services (8.90%).

Of important note, Cherokee is also a town of artists. Cherokee has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Cherokee’s character.

Also of interest is that Cherokee has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

It is a fairly quiet town because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Cherokee has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Cherokee has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Cherokee than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Cherokee may be for you.

Residents of the town have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 12.67 minutes getting to work every day.

As is often the case in a small town, Cherokee doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.

The percentage of people in Cherokee with college degrees is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%: just 11.53% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Cherokee in 2010 was $12,900, which is low income relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $51,600 for a family of four. Cherokee also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 33.84% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Cherokee is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Cherokee home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Cherokee residents report their race to be Native American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Cherokee include English, Scots-Irish, German, and Scottish.

The most common language spoken in Cherokee is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Native American languages.

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