Ancestry Maps


Cherokee ancestry map The ePodunk map shows U.S. cities with the highest percentages of people of ancestry. Learn about cities with genealogy and find in-depth community information about the ancestry cities.


More people trace their roots to the Cherokees than any other Native American tribe. In the 2000 census, 281,069 people in the U.S. claimed Cherokee ancestry. The largest concentration, obvious in the above map, is in Oklahoma.

The forced removal of the Cherokee from Georgia, along the infamous Trail of Tears, led to the deaths of thousands. By 1839, all except the Eastern Band had been moved west.

ePodunk mapped the current Cherokee communities by percentage of population. The map and the following list show communities in which 1,000 or more people listed an ancestry group, and in which at least 2 percent of those people said they were of Cherokee ancestry.

The links at left lead to information on other ethnicities.

Community Place type% Cherokee
Stilwell, OKcity48.57
Park Hill, OKpopulated place41.54
Jay, OKcity36.66
Vian, OKtown33.26
Locust Grove, OKtown33.24
Salina, OKtown31.86
Westville, OKtown27.63
Tahlequah, OKcity23.7
Sallisaw, OKcity23.31
Chelsea, OKcity23.22
Warner, OKtown20.63
Fort Gibson, OKtown20.28
Muldrow, OKtown20.26
Fairland, OKtown18.24
Bushyhead, OKpopulated place17.79
Vinita, OKcity17.54
Chouteau, OKtown16.47
Skiatook, OKtown16.25
Afton, OKtown16.01
Roland, OKtown15.48
Nowata, OKcity15.39
Pryor Creek, OKcity14.66
Picher, OKcity14.15
Inola, OKtown13.15
Wagoner, OKcity12.91
Claremore, OKcity12.9
Catoosa, OKcity12.74
Hominy, OKcity11.96
Barnsdall, OKcity11.62
Checotah, OKcity11.29
Miami, OKcity11.27
Collinsville, OKcity11.16
Muskogee, OKcity11.04
Grove, OKcity10.56
Turley, OKpopulated place9.9
Dewey, OKcity9.81
Commerce, OKcity9.34
Pawhuska, OKcity9.31
Fairfax, OKtown8.36
Cleveland, OKcity7.98
Haskell, OKtown7.88
Coweta, OKcity7.77
Oakhurst, OKpopulated place7.65
Drumright, OKcity7.61
Kiefer, OKtown7.21
Beggs, OKcity6.89
Mounds, OKtown6.68
Bartlesville, OKcity6.66
Yale, OKcity6.41
Caney, KStownship5.95
Glenpool, OKcity5.76
Sand Springs, OKcity5.69
Coffeyville, KScity5.6
Fawn Creek, KStownship5.6
Stigler, OKcity5.49
Decatur, ARcity5.4
Morris, OKcity5.18
Sapulpa, OKcity5.02
Chetopa, KScity5
Wister, OKtown4.99
Parker, KStownship4.95
Bryson City, NCtown4.82
Owasso, OKcity4.79
Baxter Springs, KScity4.76
Goodman, MOtown4.65
Siloam Springs, ARcity4.57
Talihina, OKtown4.46
Seneca, MOcity4.36
Arkoma, OKtown4.22
Gentry, ARcity4.2
Wilburton, OKcity4.17
Henryetta, OKcity4.15
Prague, OKcity4.12
Bristow, OKcity4.09
Slaughterville, OKtown4.02
Blackwell, OKcity3.96
Mannford, OKtown3.96
Bixby, OKcity3.93
Chandler, OKcity3.8
Maud, OKcity3.79
Jenks, OKcity3.7
Eufaula, OKcity3.68
Tulsa, OKcity3.68
Poteau, OKcity3.65
Oilton, OKcity3.64
Pink, OKtown3.61
Spiro, OKtown3.59
Galena, KScity3.5
New Market, ALpopulated place3.49
Okemah, OKcity3.49
Caney, KScity3.44
Broken Arrow, OKcity3.39
Hayfork, CApopulated place3.33
Cushing, OKcity3.33
Panama, OKtown3.3
Hartshorne, OKcity3.28
Stratford, OKtown3.26
Lincoln, ARcity3.25
Cedarville, ARcity3.18
Krebs, OKcity3.07
Pawnee, OKcity3.05
Byng, OKtown3.03
Moulton, ALcity3.01
Okmulgee, OKcity2.99
Noel, MOcity2.97
Newkirk, OKcity2.94
Covelo, CApopulated place2.89
Comanche, OKcity2.89
Winona, MOcity2.87
Stroud, OKcity2.86
Gravette, ARcity2.82
Harrah, OKcity2.8
McColl, SCtown2.76
Pocola, OKtown2.75
Anderson, MOcity2.69
Maysville, OKtown2.67
Cave Springs, ARcity2.63
Mount Pleasant, KStownship2.59
Perkins, OKtown2.51
Heavener, OKcity2.47
Bridgeport, ALcity2.46
McAlester, OKcity2.46
Holdenville, OKcity2.41
San Miguel, CApopulated place2.38
Drain, ORcity2.35
Van Buren, ARcity2.33
Broken Bow, OKcity2.32
Hugo, OKcity2.31
Bethel Acres, OKtown2.3
Coalgate, OKcity2.29
Colbert, OKtown2.25
Hinton, OKtown2.25
Calera, OKtown2.24
Foreman, ARcity2.22
Choctaw, OKcity2.19
Rush Springs, OKtown2.19
Huachuca City, AZtown2.17
Ada, OKcity2.17
Oswego, KScity2.15
Sylva, NCtown2.14
Boley, OKtown2.13
Spring Valley, KStownship2.09
Hydro, OKtown2.08
Ponca City, OKcity2.08
Wilson, OKcity2.08
Garden, KStownship2.07
Durant, OKcity2.07
Stillwater, OKcity2.07
McLoud, OKtown2.03
Tecumseh, OKcity2.03
Newcastle, OKcity2.02
Altamont, KScity2.01
Seminole, OKcity2.01
Hazel Green, ALpopulated place2
Moore, OKcity2

Sources: 2000 Census, U.S. Census Bureau; Harvard Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Groups, ed. Stephan Thernstrom; Ancestry: 2000, U.S. Census Bureau (June 2004); The American Indian and Alaska Native Population: 2000, U.S. Census Bureau (February 2002); ePodunk

Mapping by Daniel Shorter

-- November 2005

Other Cherokee resources:

· Cherokee message board
· Cherokee National Historical Society
· Museum of the Cherokee Indian
· Native American genealogy
· Native American records - National Archives
· United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma
· Western Cherokee Nation

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