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The 2000 Census showed that Cherokee County had a population of 22,605 people. This represented 0.84% of the total population of Kansas, making it the state's 26th most populous county (out of 105 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Cherokee had a population of 21,064 people. This is a decrease of 6.82% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
201021,603-4.43%+2.56% since 2009
200921,064-6.82%-0.54% since 2008
200821,178-6.31%-1.08% since 2007
200721,410-5.29%-0.12% since 2006
200621,435-5.18%+0.22% since 2005
200521,389-5.38%-2.02% since 2004
200421,831-3.42%-0.37% since 2003
200321,913-3.06%-0.59% since 2002
200222,043-2.49%-1% since 2001
200122,266-1.5%-1.5% since 2000
200022,605The Last Census

Cherokee County had 10,031 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Cherokee County has a total area<3> of 590 square miles [1,530 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of that area is covered by water (3.85 square miles [9.97 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Cherokee County had a population density of 38.5 people per square mile [14.87 people/km²], making it the state's 18th most densely populated county (out of 105 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Cherokee County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Cherokee and the state of Kansas.

Click here for the Cherokee County QuickFact (QF-20021).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Cherokee County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Cherokee County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
CrawfordQF-20037   N38,86938,2421.64%
LabetteQF-20099   W21,77622,835-4.64%
Jasper (MO)QF-29097   E118,179104,68612.89%
Newton (MO)QF-29145   SE56,12152,6366.62%
Craig (OK)QF-40035   SW15,15814,9501.39%
Ottawa (OK)QF-40115   S31,62933,194-4.71%

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Cherokee. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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