Cherokee (pop. 5,253) is a progressive city located in the beautiful Little Sioux River Valley in northwest Iowa. The county seat of Cherokee County, we are located at the junction of U. S. Hwy. 59 and State Hwy. 3, about 60 miles northeast of Sioux City and 60 miles southwest of the Iowa Great Lakes region.
We are home to a wide variety of business and industry and boast a beautiful downtown area with numerous retail shops and services. Cherokee has something to offer everyone! We have a beautiful park system with full hook-up camping sites, a nine-hole, challenging golf course, a new aquatic center, and a three-screen movie theatre for your enjoyment. We boast an excellent school system and are home to a satellite campus of Western Iowa Tech Community College. Medical care is excellent with Cherokee Regional Medical Center as well as several medical clinics, chiropractors, optometric and dental offices serving the needs of the community.
Cultural, musical and artistic events are prevalent in Cherokee. Check out a performance of the Cherokee Symphony or a Cherokee Community Theatre production, you will not be disappointed! Musicians frequently perform downtown at The Gathering Place, Cherokee’s premier performance studio. We are the home of the Jazz & Blues Festival, occurring over a weekend in January. The Sanford Museum and Planetarium has exhibits and activities and features special educational events throughout the year.