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Polk County, Iowa (IA)

County population in 2014: 459,862 (95% urban, 5% rural); it was 374,601 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 90,742
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 26,789
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 102,623
Renter-occupied apartments: 52,666 (it was 46,489 in 2000)
% of renters here:

31%
State:

28%

Land area: 569 sq. mi.

Water area: 22.6 sq. mi.

Population density: 808 people per square mile   (very high).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Polk County: 91.4 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational, health and social services (22.3%), Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (12.2%), Finance, insurance, real estate, and rental and leasing (11.8%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 63%
  • Government: 4%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 32%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Polk County, Iowa:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (80.7%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (7.6%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (5.9%)
  • Asian alone (3.5%)
  • Two or more races (1.9%)
Median resident age:  34.0 years
Iowa median age:  38.0 years
Males: 225,500  (49.0%)
Females: 234,362  (51.0%)
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Polk County,IA real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Polk County:

2.0 people
Iowa:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $59,328 ($46,116 in 1999)

This county:

$59328
Iowa:

$52229

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $688 (lower quartile is $570, upper quartile is $876)
This county:

$688
State:

$554


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $156,600 (it was $100,100 in 2000)
Polk:

$156,600
Iowa:

$126,900
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $105,500 - $221,800

Mean price in 2013:

Detached houses: $185,794
Here:

$185,794
State:

$159,697

Townhouses or other attached units: $273,530
Here:

$273,530
State:

$193,868

In 2-unit structures: $129,213
Here:

$129,213
State:

$120,896

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $193,499
Here:

$193,499
State:

$122,004

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $120,575
Here:

$120,575
State:

$118,952

Mobile homes: $21,166
Here:

$21,166
State:

$46,008
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,286
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $501

Institutionalized population: 4,339

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 5
  • Robberies: 3
  • Assaults: 94
  • Burglaries: 258
  • Thefts: 754
  • Auto thefts: 137

Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 2
  • Rapes: 13
  • Robberies: 10
  • Assaults: 158
  • Burglaries: 258
  • Thefts: 770
  • Auto thefts: 105
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Health of residents in Polk County based on CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Questionnaires from 2003 to 2012:

General health status score of residents in this county from 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent) is 3.6. This is better than average.
75.7% of residents exercised in the past month. This is about average.
46.6% of residents smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives. This is about average.
76.0% of adult residents drank alcohol in the past 30 days. This is about average.
77.9% of residents visited a dentist within the past year. This is more than average.
Average weight of males is 198 pounds. This is about average.
Average weight of females is 164 pounds. This is about average.
31.8% of residents keep firearms around their homes. This is more than average.

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2004: 3718 buildings, average cost: $161,000
  • 2005: 3943 buildings, average cost: $164,700
  • 2006: 2791 buildings, average cost: $168,400
  • 2007: 2380 buildings, average cost: $180,300
  • 2008: 1350 buildings, average cost: $184,400
  • 2009: 1415 buildings, average cost: $196,000
  • 2010: 1694 buildings, average cost: $201,300
  • 2011: 1867 buildings, average cost: $208,400
  • 2012: 2402 buildings, average cost: $218,700
  • 2013: 2648 buildings, average cost: $231,200
  • 2014: 2330 buildings, average cost: $242,500

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $2,889 (1.8%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $2,717 (1.8%)

Polk County household income distribution in 2009 Polk County home values distribution Polk County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 12.6%
(9.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 33.8% for Black residents, 25.5% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 40.2% for American Indian residents, 30.1% for other race residents, 29.9% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 12.6%
Polk County:

12.6%
Iowa:

12.7%
(9.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 33.8% for Black residents, 25.5% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 41.4% for American Indian residents, 32.2% for other race residents, 26.5% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 35 years old
(Males: 34 years old, Females: 35 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 38 years old, Black residents: 25 years old, American Indian residents: 31 years old, Asian residents: 29 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 23 years old, Other race residents: 23 years old)

Area name: Des Moines, IA MSA
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Polk County is $549 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $669 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $857 a month.

Cities in this county include: Des Moines, West Des Moines, Urbandale, Ankeny, Clive, Altoona, Johnston, Grimes, Pleasant Hill, Windsor Heights.

Polk County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

2012 air pollution in Polk County:

Carbon Monoxide: 0.225 ppm (standard limit: 9 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Nitrogen Dioxide: 0.01 ppm (standard limit: 0.053 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Ozone (1-hour): 0.033 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM10) Annual: 22.6 µg/m3. Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 9.2 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.
Sulfur Oxides Annual: 0.000 ppm (standard limit: 0.03 ppm). Near U.S. average.

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Polk County: Thompson (A), Melville (B), Conkling (C), Paup Hog Farm (D), Zinke Farm (E), Jack Farms (F), Christensen Hog Farm (G), Greenbrier Country Club (H), Little Red Schoolhouse Museum (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Polk County include: Adventist Church (A), Bethany Lutheran Church (B), Trinity Lutheran Church (C), Hamlin Lutheran Church (D), Ebenezer Church (E), Oak Hill Church (F), Saint Johns Church (G). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Oakfield Cemetery (1), Pleasant Hill Cemetery (2), Grove Cemetery (3), Oakfield Cemetery (4), Oak Hill Cemetery (5), Danish Cemetery (6), Aretas Lodge Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Reservoir: Nabotna Pond (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Bluegrass Creek (A), Crabapple Creek (B), Davids Creek (C), Sifford Creek (D), Bull Run (E), Pleasant Creek (F), Lone Willow Creek (G), Little Indian Creek (H), Little Elkhorn Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Polk County include: Edwards County Park (1), Izaak Walton Park (2), School House Prairie (3), Plow-in-Oak Park (4), Wiemann Area (5), Nathaniel Hamlin Park (6), Nabotna Pond Park (7), Littlefield County Park (8). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Audubon County , Cass County , Crawford County , Harrison County , Monona County , Pottawattamie County .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

3.2%
Iowa:

3.3%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 21,022
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 88.3%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 29.7%

Number of foreign born residents: 22,162 (32% naturalized citizens)

Polk County:

5.9%
Whole state:

3.1%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 9,398
  • 1990 to 1994: 4,343
  • 1985 to 1989: 2,980
  • 1980 to 1984: 2,117
  • 1975 to 1979: 1,253
  • 1970 to 1974: 515
  • 1970 to 1974: 431
  • 1965 to 1969: 1,125

Mean travel time to work (commute): 18.2 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 94.1%

Polk County marital status for males Polk County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 101,623
  • One, attached: 7,708
  • Two: 4,574
  • 3 or 4: 3,841
  • 5 to 9: 6,855
  • 10 to 19: 8,399
  • 20 or more: 18,477
  • Mobile homes: 4,934
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 36

Housing units in Polk County with a mortgage: 68,939 (7,519 second mortgage, 8,430 home equity loan, 366 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 22,568

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

62.8% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Polk County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic62,86719
Mainline Protestant61,821117
Evangelical Protestant53,822208
Other9,33135
Black Protestant5,27519
Orthodox6464
None236,878-
Polk County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 63
Polk County:

1.51 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 7
Here:

0.17 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

0.23 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 8
This county:

0.19 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

0.43 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 158
Polk County:

3.78 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

5.55 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 316
This county:

7.57 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.01 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Polk County:

7.3%
Iowa:

7.8%

Adult obesity rate:
Polk County:

25.8%
State:

27.3%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

13.5%
State:

14.5%

Agriculture in Polk County:

Average size of farms: 297 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $89,682
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $310.84
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 9.49%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 13.70%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $68,722
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 83.78%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $124,636
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 83.25%
Average age of principal farm operators: 57 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 4.77
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 1.12%
Corn for grain: 92691 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 86310 harvested acres
Vegetables: 159 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 62 acres

Tornado activity:

Polk County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Iowa state average. It is 5862002.8 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused one injury recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 5/15/1968, a category 1 (max. wind speeds 73-112 mph) tornado injured one person and caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Polk County-area historical earthquake activity is near Iowa state average. It is 81% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.4 (5.1 MB, 4.8 MS, 5.4 MW, 5.2 MW, Depth: 8.9 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 375.1 miles away from Polk County center
On 6/10/1987 at 23:48:54, a magnitude 5.1 (4.9 MB, 4.4 MS, 4.6 MS, 5.1 LG) earthquake occurred 360.1 miles away from the county center
On 7/9/1975 at 14:54:15, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 304.4 miles away from the county center
On 9/26/1990 at 13:18:51, a magnitude 5.0 (4.7 MB, 4.8 LG, 5.0 LG, Depth: 7.7 mi) earthquake occurred 378.2 miles away from the county center
On 6/28/2004 at 06:10:52, a magnitude 4.2 (4.0 MB, 4.2 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 245.2 miles away from Polk County center
On 7/16/2004 at 12:17:30, a magnitude 3.5 (3.5 MW, 3.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 121.3 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • IowaSevere Storms, Flooding, and Tornadoes, Incident Period: June 1, 2010 to August 31, 2010, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1930): July 29, 2010, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1930, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • IowaSevere Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding, Incident Period: May 25, 2008 to August 13, 2008, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1763): May 27, 2008, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1763, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • IowaSevere Winter Storms, Incident Period: February 23, 2007 to March 2, 2007, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1688): March 14, 2007, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1688, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
  • IowaHurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 1, 2005, Emergency Declared (EM-3239): September 10, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3239, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • IowaSevere Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding, Incident Period: May 19, 2004 to June 24, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1518): May 25, 2004, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1518, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • IowaSevere Weather, Tornadoes and Flooding, Incident Period: June 13, 1998 to July 15, 1998, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1230): July 2, 1998, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1230, Natural disaster type: Tornado, Flood
  • IowaSevere Snow Storms, Incident Period: October 26, 1997 to October 28, 1997, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1191): November 20, 1997, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1191, Natural disaster type: Storm, Snow
  • IowaFlooding, Severe Storm, Incident Period: April 13, 1993 to October 1, 1993, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-996): July 9, 1993, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-996, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • IowaFlooding, Severe Storm, Incident Period: May 18, 1990 to July 6, 1990, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-868): May 26, 1990, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-868, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • IowaSEVERE STORMS, FLOODING, Incident Period: June 24, 1974, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-443): June 24, 1974, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-443, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • 3 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Polk County (13) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 12
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 10, Storms: 7, Tornadoes: 4, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snow: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Health care and social assistance (17%)
  • Finance and insurance (15%)
  • Retail trade (12%)
  • Educational services (10%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (6%)
  • Other services, except public administration (5%)
  • Health care and social assistance (19%)
  • Finance and insurance (16%)
  • Retail trade (13%)
  • Educational services (11%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (6%)
  • Other services, except public administration (5%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Sales and related occupations (11%)
  • Management occupations (11%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (10%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (8%)
  • Production occupations (8%)
  • Computer and mathematical occupations (6%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (6%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (22%)
  • Sales and related occupations (10%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (10%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (9%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (8%)
  • Management occupations (7%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (6%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Mexico (23%)
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina (14%)
  • Vietnam (11%)
  • Laos (6%)
  • India (4%)
  • El Salvador (3%)
  • Korea (3%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Polk County (%):

  • German (26%)
  • Irish (11%)
  • English (9%)
  • United States or American (8%)
  • Norwegian (5%)
  • Italian (4%)
  • Dutch (3%)

Polk County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 162,539 (82%)
  • Carpooled: 20,613 (10%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 3,478 (2%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 46 (0%)
  • Subway or elevated: 29 (0%)
  • Taxi: 132 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 130 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 323 (0%)
  • Walked: 3,997 (2%)
  • Other means: 731 (0%)
  • Worked at home: 6,165 (3%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders ($)


People in group quarters in Polk County, Iowa in 2000:

  • 2,764 people in nursing homes
  • 2,687 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 809 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 486 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 375 people in state prisons
  • 328 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 238 people in wards in general hospitals for patients who have no usual home elsewhere
  • 236 people in halfway houses
  • 232 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 167 people in other group homes
  • 165 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 107 people in unknown juvenile institutions
  • 100 people in orthopedic wards and institutions for the physically handicapped
  • 93 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 41 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 28 people in hospitals or wards for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 21 people in religious group quarters
  • 19 people in hospitals/wards and hospices for chronically ill
  • 19 people in hospices or homes for chronically ill
  • 19 people in homes for abused, dependent, and neglected children
  • 15 people in institutions for the blind

People in group quarters in Polk County, Iowa in 2010:

  • 3,163 people in college/university student housing
  • 2,032 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 1,017 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 663 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 570 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 549 people in state prisons
  • 416 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 313 people in correctional residential facilities
  • 222 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 182 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 115 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals and psychiatric units in other hospitals
  • 74 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 23 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 10 people in in-patient hospice facilities
  • 6 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $65,681.

5.61% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($40,523 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.61%
Iowa average:

5.75%


0.02% of residents moved from foreign countries ($110 average AGI)
Polk County:

0.02%
Iowa average:

0.01%

3.36% relocated from other counties in Iowa ($22,604 average AGI)
2.23% relocated from other states ($17,809 average AGI)
Polk County:

2.23%
Iowa average:

2.41%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Dallas County, IA  0.63% ($45,095 average AGI)
from Story County, IA  0.43% ($37,997)
from Warren County, IA  0.34% ($33,308)
from Johnson County, IA  0.16% ($32,255)
from Jasper County, IA  0.14% ($36,954)
from Black Hawk County, IA  0.11% ($36,292)
from Cook County, IL  0.11% ($41,495)


5.27% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($47,493 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.27%
Iowa average:

5.94%


0.03% of residents moved to foreign countries ($233 average AGI)
Polk County:

0.03%
Iowa average:

0.02%

2.87% relocated to other counties in Iowa ($23,846 average AGI)
2.37% relocated to other states ($23,413 average AGI)
Polk County:

2.37%
Iowa average:

2.60%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Dallas County, IA  0.95% ($57,124 average AGI)
to Warren County, IA  0.34% ($42,170)
to Story County, IA  0.25% ($30,347)
to Jasper County, IA  0.14% ($35,017)
to Johnson County, IA  0.12% ($30,904)
to Cook County, IL  0.10% ($37,643)
to Maricopa County, AZ  0.08% ($39,688)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 16.0
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 16.3
Births per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 15.5

Births per 1000 population in Polk County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 7.6
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 7.2
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 7.1

Deaths per 1000 population in Polk County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 8.7
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 6.1
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2007 to 2013: 5.6

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Polk County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 9.3%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 4.1%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Polk County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Polk County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 51,542 (43,590 aged, 7,952 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 7,454 (6%)

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Most common underlying causes of death in Polk County, Iowa in 1999 - 2014:

  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (3470)
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (3087)
  • Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, so described (2986)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (2414)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (2221)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (2156)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (1455)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (1212)
  • Unspecified dementia (1004)
  • Colon, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (862)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 9%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 6%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 1.27
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 17415.26
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 420.920
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 42280.71

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1646.610
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 727.920
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 2.99

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 56.97
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 102.990

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 11.97

Homicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 31.1. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of homicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 15.0
  • Other - 16.1

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 111.1. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 44.2
  • Suffocation - 30.0
  • Poisoning - 29.2
  • Other - 7.7

Household type by relationship:

Households: 421,284
  • In family households: 342,483 (76,125 male householders, 32,196 female householders)
    82,125 spouses, 123,949 children (114,758 natural, 3,887 adopted, 5,304 stepchildren), 6,441 grandchildren, 3,608 brothers or sisters, 2,636 parents, 4,041 other relatives, 9,644 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 78,801 (28,657 male householders (20,910 living alone)), 33,219 female householders (27,217 living alone)), 16,925 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 9,356 (4,339 institutionalized population)

Size of family households: 45,741 2-persons, 24,555 3-persons, 22,245 4-persons, 10,105 5-persons, 3,535 6-persons, 2,140 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 48,127 1-person, 11,526 2-persons, 1,558 3-persons, 482 4-persons, 123 5-persons, 36 6-persons, 24 7-or-more-persons.

67,760 married couples with children.
20,951 single-parent households (4,492 men, 16,459 women).

91.1% of residents of Polk County speak English at home.
3.9% of residents speak Spanish at home (49% speak English very well, 19% speak English well, 23% speak English not well, 9% don't speak English at all).
2.5% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (57% speak English very well, 21% speak English well, 19% speak English not well, 4% don't speak English at all).
2.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (45% speak English very well, 29% speak English well, 22% speak English not well, 4% don't speak English at all).
0.4% of residents speak other language at home (43% speak English very well, 23% speak English well, 26% speak English not well, 8% don't speak English at all).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $2,915,958,000 ($7416 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $217,971,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $837,724,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $387,216,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $15,358,000
Federal grants: $1,177,613,000
Federal procurement contracts: $131,572,000 ($42,557,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $366,476,000 ($92,720,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $35,369,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $210,548,000
Federal Government insurance: $194,124,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 32,605
Here:

81 per 1000 residents
State:

66 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 14,637
Here:

37 per 1000 residents
State:

48 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +7,661
Here:

+19 per 1000 residents
State:

+10 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +159
Here +0 per 1000 residents
State -14 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Polk County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 50.77 millions of gallons per day (46% from ground, 54% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.2
State:

6.3

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

3.8
State:

4.2

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 4,856
  • 2000 to 2004: 29,712
  • 1990 to 1999: 28,626
  • 1980 to 1989: 18,898
  • 1970 to 1979: 25,350
  • 1960 to 1969: 19,787
  • 1950 to 1959: 23,292
  • 1940 to 1949: 9,800
  • 1939 or earlier: 28,345
Rooms in houses/apartments in Polk County, Iowa
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 86
  • 2 rooms: 821
  • 3 rooms: 2,328
  • 4 rooms: 10,685
  • 5 rooms: 22,811
  • 6 rooms: 20,989
  • 7 rooms: 17,012
  • 8 rooms: 13,633
  • 9+ rooms: 14,258
  • 1 room: 2,250
  • 2 rooms: 5,228
  • 3 rooms: 10,771
  • 4 rooms: 15,602
  • 5 rooms: 7,031
  • 6 rooms: 3,019
  • 7 rooms: 1,469
  • 8 rooms: 650
  • 9+ rooms: 469
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Polk County, Iowa
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 248
  • 1 bedroom: 3,043
  • 2 bedrooms: 26,632
  • 3 bedrooms: 49,180
  • 4 bedrooms: 20,343
  • 5+ bedrooms: 3,177
  • no bedroom: 3,124
  • 1 bedroom: 14,643
  • 2 bedrooms: 22,408
  • 3 bedrooms: 5,122
  • 4 bedrooms: 996
  • 5+ bedrooms: 196
Cars and other vehicles available in Polk County, Iowa in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 3,020
  • 1 vehicle: 26,383
  • 2 vehicles: 50,593
  • 3 vehicles: 16,368
  • 4 vehicles: 4,588
  • 5+ vehicles: 1,671
  • no vehicle: 7,138
  • 1 vehicle: 23,815
  • 2 vehicles: 12,368
  • 3 vehicles: 2,498
  • 4 vehicles: 450
  • 5+ vehicles: 220

51% of Polk County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 62% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 51% lived in Iowa.

Polk County:

51.1%
State average:

57.7%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 266730
  • Northeast: 6459
  • Midwest: 50200
  • South: 14152
  • West: 13118

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $86,100


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 0%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 1%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Polk County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (89.5%)
  • Electricity (7.3%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (2.7%)
  • Utility gas (56.9%)
  • Electricity (36.6%)
  • Other fuel (3.1%)
  • No fuel used (1.6%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (1.6%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 4,076
Here:

9.7%
Iowa:

10.8%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 1,649
Here:

8.1%
Iowa:

7.1%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 6,907
Here:

40.5%
Iowa:

25.4%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Polk County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Construction - Parks and Recreation: $14,952,000
    Correctional Institutions: $5,999,000
    Regular Highways: $3,484,000
    General - Other: $2,236,000
    Sewerage: $1,292,000
  • Current Operations - Hospitals: $73,943,000
    Correctional Institutions: $26,347,000
    Health - Other: $25,746,000
    General - Other: $22,462,000
    Financial Administration: $17,365,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $14,973,000
    Parks and Recreation: $10,713,000
    Police Protection: $9,997,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $9,717,000
    Regular Highways: $8,617,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Other Purposes: $6,869,000
    Housing and Community Development: $4,581,000
    General Public Buildings: $4,483,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $4,183,000
    Central Staff Services: $3,662,000
    Sewerage: $788,000
    Solid Waste Management: $755,000
    Libraries: $748,000
    Local Fire Protection: $309,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $11,324,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $4,822,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $1,088,000
    Parks and Recreation: $34,000
    Health - Other: $18,000
    General Public Building: $1,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $105,200,000

Polk County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - Hospital Public: $43,478,000
    Parks and Recreation: $10,390,000
    All Other: $7,747,000
    Sewerage: $708,000
    Regular Highways: $164,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - All Other: $8,214,000
    Health and Hospitals: $1,748,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $6,200,000
    Health and Hospitals: $5,534,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $29,639,000
    Special Assessments: $10,757,000
    Interest Earnings: $9,806,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Health and Hospitals: $24,466,000
    General Local Government Support: $6,200,000
    Highways: $4,795,000
    All Other: $4,588,000
  • Tax - Property: $122,563,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $4,377,000
    Other Selective Sales: $1,726,000
    Other License: $1,168,000

Polk County government finances - Debt in 2006:

  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $176,130,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $171,866,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $44,283,000
    Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $29,729,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $21,320,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $17,056,000
    Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $14,554,000

Polk County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $980,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $95,117,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $30,665,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 5,947
  • Number of aged recipients: 604
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 5,343
  • Number of recipients under 18: 1,072
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 3,758
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 1,117
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 1,970
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 2,635
Polk County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Polk County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 80 full tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED3,057$139,2103,090$148,98213,618$161,444935$45,57153$1,496,453863$111,56264$61,266
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED123$136,577164$159,0301,394$150,941103$43,5531$250,00038$110,07919$48,053
APPLICATIONS DENIED322$128,149359$121,0673,454$147,324568$27,88914$777,857166$77,50066$43,712
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN227$134,458254$147,8112,702$152,859161$55,0994$1,625,25091$99,18716$89,000
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS36$131,66725$224,280454$154,90537$53,0001$940,0008$145,2501$7,000
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 78 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED657$174,896839$178,8755$152,000
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED124$174,960192$162,4746$92,500
APPLICATIONS DENIED80$176,313121$184,7443$136,667
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN29$171,17266$181,9550$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS15$189,93318$182,6111$47,000

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

Most common first names in Polk County, IA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Mary2,15779.4 years
John2,01474.5 years
Robert1,66270.8 years
William1,63574.4 years
James1,40072.4 years
Charles1,15574.8 years
Helen1,12281.1 years
George97476.0 years
Margaret93980.5 years
Dorothy92778.7 years
Most common last names in Polk County, IA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith90476.7 years
Johnson88076.7 years
Miller62376.6 years
Brown59374.9 years
Anderson55377.3 years
Davis47375.0 years
Jones46575.5 years
Wilson41177.3 years
Williams37873.6 years
Thompson35775.2 years
Businesses in Polk County, IA
NameCountNameCount
ALDI3Kohl's4
ALDO1Kroger1
AMF Bowling1La Quinta1
AT&T4La-Z-Boy5
Abercrombie & Fitch1Lane Bryant3
Abercrombie Kids1Lane Furniture3
Ace Hardware6LensCrafters3
Advance Auto Parts6Little Caesars Pizza5
Aeropostale3Long John Silver's6
AmericInn3Lowe's3
American Eagle Outfitters3Marriott11
Ann Taylor1Marshalls1
Apple Store1MasterBrand Cabinets21
Applebee's6Maurices5
Arby's11Mazda1
Ashley Furniture3McDonald's26
Audi1Men's Wearhouse2
AutoZone6Menards4
BMW1Microtel1
Bakers Square1Motel 64
Banana Republic2Motherhood Maternity5
Barnes & Noble2New Balance13
Baskin-Robbins2New York & Co1
Bath & Body Works4Nike35
Baymont Inn2Nissan1
Bed Bath & Beyond2Office Depot2
Best Western4OfficeMax4
Big O Tires3Old Country Buffet1
Blockbuster7Old Navy2
Brooks Brothers1Olive Garden2
Brookstone1On The Border1
Budget Car Rental1Outback2
Buffalo Wild Wings2Outback Steakhouse2
Burger King17Pac Sun2
Cache1Panda Express2
Caribou Coffee5Panera Bread7
Carson Pirie Scott4Papa John's Pizza6
Casual Male XL1Payless6
Catherines2Penske4
Charlotte Russe1PetSmart3
Chevrolet4Pier 1 Imports2
Chick-Fil-A2Pizza Hut11
Chico's1Plato's Closet1
Chipotle1Popeyes2
Chuck E. Cheese's1Pottery Barn1
Cinnabon 1Pottery Barn Kids1
Clarks1Qdoba Mexican Grill1
Cold Stone Creamery2Quality3
Coldwater Creek1Quiznos13
Comfort Inn3RadioShack9
Comfort Suites1Ramada1
Costco1Red Lobster1
Cracker Barrel1Red Robin1
Curves6Rodeway Inn1
DHL5Ruby Tuesday1
Dairy Queen17Rue211
Days Inn5Ryan's Grill1
Deb1Ryder Rental & Truck Leasing1
Decora Cabinetry1SAS Shoes1
Dennys1SONIC Drive-In3
Domino's Pizza7Sam's Club1
DressBarn2Sears9
Dressbarn2Sephora2
Econo Lodge2Sheraton1
Eddie Bauer1Shoe Carnival2
Ethan Allen1Sleep Inn2
Express2Slumberland4
Extended Stay America1Soma Intimates1
Famous Footwear5Spencer Gifts1
Fashion Bug2Sprint Nextel9
FedEx89Staples3
Finish Line1Starbucks21
Firestone Complete Auto Care5Studio Plus Deluxe Studios1
Foot Locker3Subaru1
Ford3Subway35
Forever 212Super 84
GNC6T-Mobile17
GameStop7T.G.I. Driday's1
Gap3T.J.Maxx3
Goodwill5Taco Bell7
Gymboree2Talbots2
H&R Block24Target7
Hardee's3The Cheesecake Factory1
Haworth2The Limited1
Hilton4The Room Place1
Hobby Lobby2Torrid1
Holiday Inn9Toyota1
Hollister Co.1Toys"R"Us4
Home Depot4Trader Joe's1
Honda1Travelodge1
Hot Topic2True Value2
Hyatt1U-Haul11
Hyundai1U.S. Cellular19
IHOP3UPS140
J. Jill1Vans4
J.Crew1Verizon Wireless8
JCPenney3Victoria's Secret4
Jimmy John's4Village Inn6
JoS. A. Bank1Volkswagen1
Jones New York16Walgreens22
Journeys4Walmart6
Justice3Wendy's11
KFC8YMCA8
Kmart3

Polk County on our top lists:

  • #22 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents relocating from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #23 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest Sulfur Oxides Annual air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
  • #30 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents relocating from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011"
  • #46 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents relocating to foreign countries in 2011"
  • #47 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that visited a dentist within the past year"
  • #55 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Mainline Protestant adherents"
  • #55 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Mainline Protestant adherents (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #73 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest carbon monoxide air pollution readings in 2012 (ppm)"
  • #73 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest number of births per 1000 residents 2007-2013"
  • #73 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest number of births per 1000 residents 2007-2013 (pop 50,000+)"
  • #76 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Particulate Matter (PM10) Annual air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
  • #79 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Nitrogen Dioxide air pollution readings in 2012 (ppm)"
  • #85 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that keep firearms around their homes"
  • #87 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Mainline Protestant congregations (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #88 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Mainline Protestant congregations"
  • #91 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest increase in the number of infant deaths per 1000 residents 2000-2006 to 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #92 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the best general health status score of residents (1-5), 3 years of data"
  • #94 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents relocating to foreign countries in 2011 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #99 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest average weight of females"