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Polk County, Minnesota (MN)

County population in 2014: 31,704 (52% urban, 48% rural); it was 31,369 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 5,450
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 3,789
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 8,927
Renter-occupied apartments: 3,465 (it was 3,143 in 2000)
% of renters here:

26%
State:

27%

Land area: 1970 sq. mi.

Water area: 27.4 sq. mi.

Population density: 16 people per square mile   (low).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Polk County: 87.6 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational, health and social services (50.5%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (17.0%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 52%
  • Government: 14%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 34%
  • Unpaid family work: 1%
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Races in Polk County, Minnesota:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (90.2%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (5.4%)
  • Two or more races (1.6%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (1.3%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (0.8%)
  • Asian alone (0.7%)
Median resident age:  39.0 years
Minnesota median age:  37.0 years
Males: 15,875  (50.1%)
Females: 15,829  (49.9%)
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Polk County,MN real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Polk County:

2.0 people
Minnesota:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2015: $55,056 ($35,105 in 1999)

This county:

$55,056
Minnesota:

$63,488

Median contract rent in 2015 for apartments: $544 (lower quartile is $377, upper quartile is $724)
This county:

$544
State:

$805


Estimated median house or condo value in 2015: $146,831 (it was $72,700 in 2000)
Polk:

$146,831
Minnesota:

$200,000
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $89,426 - $215,046
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,200
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $463

Institutionalized population: 514

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

  • Murders: 1
  • Rapes: 11
  • Robberies: 1
  • Assaults: 16
  • Burglaries: 47
  • Thefts: 162
  • Auto thefts: 12
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Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 109 buildings, average cost: $136,500
  • 2008: 66 buildings, average cost: $169,300
  • 2009: 45 buildings, average cost: $183,500
  • 2010: 56 buildings, average cost: $199,300
  • 2011: 46 buildings, average cost: $160,700
  • 2012: 70 buildings, average cost: $181,600
  • 2013: 90 buildings, average cost: $194,300
  • 2014: 68 buildings, average cost: $197,700

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 2015: $1,608 (1.0%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2015: $1,482 (1.2%)

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 2015: 13.1%
(11.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 32.7% for Black residents, 19.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 52.0% for American Indian residents, 23.5% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 5.3% for other race residents, 30.9% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2015: 11.9%
Polk County:

11.9%
Minnesota:

10.2%
(10.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 29.6% for Black residents, 16.9% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 39.1% for American Indian residents, 23.5% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 4.4% for other race residents, 23.0% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2015: 39 years old
(Males: 37 years old, Females: 41 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 42 years old, Black residents: 22 years old, American Indian residents: 30 years old, Asian residents: 36 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 22 years old, Other race residents: 20 years old)

Area name: Grand Forks, ND-MN MSA
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Polk County is $456 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $559 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $708 a month.

Cities in this county include: Crookston, East Grand Forks, Fosston, Fertile, McIntosh, Erskine, Fisher, Climax, Winger, Mentor.

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

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Neighboring counties: Stevens County, Washington , Petroleum County, Montana , Roosevelt County, Montana , Red Lake County .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

3.2%
Minnesota:

3.2%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 2,029
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 82.0%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 17.6%

Number of foreign born residents: 700 (35% naturalized citizens)

Polk County:

2.2%
Whole state:

5.3%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 205
  • 1990 to 1994: 100
  • 1985 to 1989: 103
  • 1980 to 1984: 23
  • 1975 to 1979: 76
  • 1970 to 1974: 23
  • 1970 to 1974: 44
  • 1965 to 1969: 126
Note: State values scaled to Polk County population

Mean travel time to work (commute): 16.5 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 69.6%

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

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 10,232
  • One, attached: 354
  • Two: 253
  • 3 or 4: 341
  • 5 to 9: 342
  • 10 to 19: 670
  • 20 or more: 720
  • Mobile homes: 1,063
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 33

Housing units in Polk County with a mortgage: 3,767 (494 second mortgage, 326 home equity loan, 32 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 2,580

Here:

59.4% with mortgage
State:

74.2% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Polk County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant9,58235
Catholic6,50013
Evangelical Protestant3,31139
Other2926
None11,915-
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: 7
Polk County:

2.28 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.83 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
This county:

0.33 / 10,000 pop.
Minnesota:

0.49 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 16
Polk County:

5.20 / 10,000 pop.
Minnesota:

3.90 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 18
This county:

5.85 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.98 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Polk County:

7.5%
Minnesota:

6.5%

Adult obesity rate:
Polk County:

27.6%
State:

25.9%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

10.9%
State:

13.0%

Agriculture in Polk County:

Average size of farms: 732 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $129,900
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $231.46
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 7.03%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $120,725
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 71.28%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 1.37%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $158,634
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 80.24%
Average age of principal farm operators: 54 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 1.78
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 12.28%
Corn for grain: 13842 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 327224 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 229293 harvested acres
Vegetables: 75 harvested acres

Earthquake activity:

Polk County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above Minnesota state average. It is 85% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/9/1975 at 14:54:15, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 146.4 miles away from Polk County center
On 6/5/1993 at 01:24:53, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 145.1 miles away from the county center
On 8/18/1959 at 06:37:13, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 716.3 miles away from the county center, causing $26,000,000 total damage
On 3/4/1983 at 06:32:18, a magnitude 4.6 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 4.4 ML) earthquake occurred 285.1 miles away from the county center
On 10/20/1995 at 15:57:18, a magnitude 3.7 (3.7 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 138.8 miles away from Polk County center
On 10/25/1990 at 06:25:25, a magnitude 3.9 (3.6 MB, 3.9 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 292.5 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • Minnesota Severe Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: March 16, 2011 to May 25, 2011, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1982: May 10, 2011, FEMA Id: 1982, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • Minnesota Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding, Incident Period: June 17, 2010 to June 26, 2010, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1921: July 02, 2010, FEMA Id: 1921, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • Minnesota Flooding, Incident Period: March 01, 2010 to April 26, 2010, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1900: April 19, 2010, FEMA Id: 1900, Natural disaster type: Flood
  • Minnesota Flooding, Incident Period: March 01, 2010 to April 26, 2010, Emergency Declared EM-3310: March 19, 2010, FEMA Id: 3310, Natural disaster type: Flood
  • Minnesota Severe Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: March 16, 2009 to May 22, 2009, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1830: April 09, 2009, FEMA Id: 1830, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • Minnesota Severe Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: March 16, 2009 to May 22, 2009, Emergency Declared EM-3304: March 26, 2009, FEMA Id: 3304, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • Minnesota Hurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 01, 2005, Emergency Declared EM-3242: September 13, 2005, FEMA Id: 3242, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Minnesota Severe Storms, Flooding and Tornadoes, Incident Period: June 09, 2002 to June 28, 2002, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1419: June 14, 2002, FEMA Id: 1419, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • Minnesota Flooding, Incident Period: March 23, 2001 to July 03, 2001, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1370: May 16, 2001, FEMA Id: 1370, Natural disaster type: Flood
  • Minnesota Severe Ice Storms, Flooding and Heavy Rains, Incident Period: March 01, 1999 to May 30, 1999, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1288: August 26, 1999, FEMA Id: 1288, Natural disaster type: Ice Storm, Flood, Heavy Rain
  • 15 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Polk County (25) is a lot greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 21
Emergencies Declared: 4

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 22, Storms: 12, Tornadoes: 6, Heavy Rains: 2, Blizzard: 1, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Snow: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2015 (%)
Males Females
  • Health care and social assistance (27%)
  • Educational services (15%)
  • Retail trade (10%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Other services, except public administration (6%)
  • Manufacturing (4%)
  • Finance and insurance (3%)
  • Health care and social assistance (30%)
  • Educational services (17%)
  • Retail trade (11%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Other services, except public administration (6%)
  • Manufacturing (5%)
  • Finance and insurance (4%)
Most common occupations in 2015 (%)
Males Females
  • Management occupations (16%)
  • Production occupations (11%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (10%)
  • Sales and related occupations (9%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (7%)
  • Transportation occupations (7%)
  • Material moving occupations (5%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (21%)
  • Sales and related occupations (10%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (10%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (8%)
  • Management occupations (7%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (6%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (6%)

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

  • Mexico (20%)
  • Canada (20%)
  • Laos (9%)
  • Germany (7%)
  • Micronesia (4%)
  • Other Eastern Africa (4%)
  • Korea (4%)

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

  • Norwegian (42%)
  • German (20%)
  • French (except Basque) (6%)
  • Swedish (4%)
  • Irish (4%)
  • French Canadian (3%)
  • Polish (2%)

Polk County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 10,954 (77%)
  • Carpooled: 1,543 (11%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 44 (0%)
  • Taxi: 9 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 4 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 22 (0%)
  • Walked: 758 (5%)
  • Other means: 87 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 765 (5%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

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


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

  • 644 people in nursing homes
  • 430 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 128 people in religious group quarters
  • 109 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 76 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 70 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 18 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 16 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 9 people in homes for the mentally ill

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

  • 540 people in college/university student housing
  • 367 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 150 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 147 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 65 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 32 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 29 people in residential treatment centers for adults
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $53,364.

6.04% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($31,366 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.04%
Minnesota average:

6.51%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
2.43% relocated from other counties in Minnesota ($11,922 average AGI)
3.60% relocated from other states ($19,446 average AGI)
Polk County:

3.60%
Minnesota average:

1.96%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Grand Forks County, ND  1.84% ($34,149 average AGI)
from Cass County, ND  0.27% ($26,156)
from Pennington County, MN  0.25% ($31,100)
from Clearwater County, MN  0.20% ($25,375)
from Red Lake County, MN  0.19% ($24,348)
from Clay County, MN  0.17% ($26,250)
from Marshall County, MN  0.13% ($37,063)


6.74% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($30,472 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.74%
Minnesota average:

6.71%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
2.55% relocated to other counties in Minnesota ($11,388 average AGI)
4.20% relocated to other states ($19,084 average AGI)
Polk County:

4.20%
Minnesota average:

2.16%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Grand Forks County, ND  1.91% ($30,517 average AGI)
to Clay County, MN  0.37% ($33,800)
to Cass County, ND  0.34% ($24,732)
to Hennepin County, MN  0.19% ($34,478)
to Beltrami County, MN  0.18% ($45,636)
to Marshall County, MN  0.16% ($37,300)
to Clearwater County, MN  0.16% ($29,200)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.6
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 12.1

Births per 1000 population in Polk County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.1
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.5
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 11.2

Deaths per 1000 population in Polk County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 7.4
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 5.7

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Polk County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 10.0%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 7.3%
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: 5,876 (5,079 aged, 797 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 477 (7%)

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, Minnesota in 1999 - 2014:

  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (479)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (331)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (326)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (272)
  • Unspecified dementia (263)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (221)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (187)
  • Unspecified diabetes mellitus, without complications (121)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (109)
  • Colon, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (98)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 12%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 7%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 6.43
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 7,342
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 868
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 25,862

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,169
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 903
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 19

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 42
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 80

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 10

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 143.4. This is more than state average.

Household type by relationship:

Households: 30,270
  • In family households: 24,893 (6,326 male householders, 1,870 female householders)
    6,498 spouses, 8,830 children (8,266 natural, 199 adopted, 365 stepchildren), 290 grandchildren, 151 brothers or sisters, 111 parents, 160 other relatives, 590 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 5,377 (2,265 male householders (1,846 living alone)), 2,243 female householders (1,982 living alone)), 869 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 1,330 (514 institutionalized population)

Size of family households: 4,030 2-persons, 1,591 3-persons, 1,438 4-persons, 744 5-persons, 263 6-persons, 130 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 3,828 1-person, 548 2-persons, 87 3-persons, 34 4-persons, 10 5-persons, 1 6-persons.

6,129 married couples with children.
1,558 single-parent households (352 men, 1,206 women).

91.9% of residents of Polk County speak English at home.
4.1% of residents speak Spanish at home (75% speak English very well, 12% speak English well, 13% speak English not well).
3.4% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (78% speak English very well, 18% speak English well, 4% speak English not well).
0.4% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (34% speak English very well, 31% speak English well, 5% speak English not well, 31% don't speak English at all).
0.3% of residents speak other language at home (68% speak English very well, 27% speak English well, 5% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $239,939,000 ($7,709 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $22,231,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $75,826,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $40,543,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $32,339,000
Federal grants: $62,222,000
Federal procurement contracts: $18,234,000 ($15,960,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $10,774,000 ($3,206,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $9,950,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $27,097,000
Federal Government insurance: $235,291,000

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

Births: 1,841
Here:

59 per 1000 residents
State:

70 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 1,961
Here:

63 per 1000 residents
State:

38 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +160
Here:

+5 per 1000 residents
State:

+14 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -245
Here -8 per 1000 residents
State -3 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Polk County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 7.75 millions of gallons per day (7% from ground, 93% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.3
State:

6.6

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.0
State:

3.7

Year house built

  • 2014 or later: 144
  • 2010 to 2013: 200
  • 2000 to 2009: 1,465
  • 1990 to 1999: 1,689
  • 1980 to 1989: 1,360
  • 1970 to 1979: 2,640
  • 1960 to 1969: 1,455
  • 1950 to 1959: 1,778
  • 1940 to 1949: 688
  • 1939 or earlier: 3,406
Note: State values scaled to Polk population
Rooms in houses/apartments in Polk County, Minnesota
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Polk County population
  • 1 room: 8
  • 2 rooms: 55
  • 3 rooms: 221
  • 4 rooms: 754
  • 5 rooms: 1,852
  • 6 rooms: 1,864
  • 7 rooms: 1,523
  • 8 rooms: 1,202
  • 9+ rooms: 1,448
  • 1 room: 68
  • 2 rooms: 366
  • 3 rooms: 756
  • 4 rooms: 817
  • 5 rooms: 508
  • 6 rooms: 298
  • 7 rooms: 208
  • 8 rooms: 62
  • 9+ rooms: 60
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Polk County, Minnesota
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Polk County population
  • no bedroom: 19
  • 1 bedroom: 262
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,754
  • 3 bedrooms: 4,066
  • 4 bedrooms: 2,291
  • 5+ bedrooms: 535
  • no bedroom: 119
  • 1 bedroom: 1,083
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,133
  • 3 bedrooms: 607
  • 4 bedrooms: 168
  • 5+ bedrooms: 33
Cars and other vehicles available in Polk County, Minnesota in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Polk County population
  • no vehicle: 255
  • 1 vehicle: 2,248
  • 2 vehicles: 4,200
  • 3 vehicles: 1,572
  • 4 vehicles: 497
  • 5+ vehicles: 155
  • no vehicle: 707
  • 1 vehicle: 1,574
  • 2 vehicles: 711
  • 3 vehicles: 129
  • 4 vehicles: 8
  • 5+ vehicles: 14

62% of Polk County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 54% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 44% lived in Minnesota.

Polk County:

62.5%
State average:

58.1%

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

  • This state: 17,918
  • Northeast: 204
  • Midwest: 10,288
  • South: 1,034
  • West: 1,140

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $39,300


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 2%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 2%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Polk County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (37.5%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (23.3%)
  • Electricity (20.3%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (15.3%)
  • Wood (3.3%)
  • Electricity (45.4%)
  • Utility gas (26.8%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (13.0%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (8.7%)
  • Other fuel (3.3%)
  • No fuel used (1.5%)
  • Wood (1.1%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 393
Here:

10.1%
Minnesota:

11.7%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 109
Here:

5.2%
Minnesota:

6.8%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 76
Here:

4.2%
Minnesota:

24.6%

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:

  • Assistance and Subsidies - Public Welfare, Federal Categorical Assistance Programs: $6,446,000
    Public Welfare, Cash Assistance Programs - Other: $1,372,000
  • Construction - Regular Highways: $7,131,000
    General - Other: $2,875,000
    Parks and Recreation: $381,000
  • Current Operations - Public Welfare - Other: $5,760,000
    Solid Waste Management: $4,814,000
    Regular Highways: $4,197,000
    Police Protection: $2,333,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $1,795,000
    Correctional Institutions: $1,649,000
    Health - Other: $1,506,000
    Financial Administration: $1,498,000
    Central Staff Services: $1,271,000
    General Public Buildings: $1,044,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $636,000
    General - Other: $556,000
    Libraries: $180,000
    Parks and Recreation: $111,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $792,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - Regular Highways: $752,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $193,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $6,668,000

Polk County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - Solid Waste Management: $3,542,000
    All Other: $1,775,000
    Regular Highways: $372,000
  • Miscellaneous - Special Assessments: $2,982,000
    General Revenue, NEC: $2,462,000
    Interest Earnings: $964,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $48,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $11,580,000
    Public Welfare: $9,072,000
    General Local Government Support: $3,126,000
    All Other: $1,620,000
  • Tax - Property: $12,961,000
    Other License: $47,000

Polk County government finances - Debt in 2006:

  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $32,580,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $19,040,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $15,542,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,002,000

Polk County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $6,651,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $26,411,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 597
  • Number of aged recipients: 119
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 478
  • Number of recipients under 18: 57
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 362
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 178
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 297
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 225
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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 10 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 ORIGINATED110$125,927185$114,757655$120,93189$44,3489$911,88977$113,94818$64,167
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED3$129,3338$87,00032$114,8139$48,2220$01$121,0004$59,250
APPLICATIONS DENIED11$138,36423$98,261130$124,31531$28,9030$07$119,0006$90,667
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN10$127,30014$129,35784$130,1677$91,4290$06$185,0003$131,667
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$01$180,00019$105,3164$52,2500$01$84,0000$0
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 10 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
D) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED29$122,41430$144,9670$0
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED1$54,0005$178,8000$0
APPLICATIONS DENIED1$313,0009$124,6670$0
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN1$150,0001$134,0001$150,000
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$00$00$0

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

Most common first names in Polk County, MN among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John22378.4 years
Mary14882.1 years
George12579.0 years
Anna11984.5 years
Clara11285.5 years
William11177.5 years
Oscar10681.0 years
Carl10581.7 years
Arthur10480.2 years
Robert9970.9 years
Most common last names in Polk County, MN among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson27580.1 years
Anderson18878.1 years
Olson18178.3 years
Hanson13981.0 years
Nelson13679.4 years
Larson11081.8 years
Erickson9682.1 years
Peterson9178.9 years
Thompson7078.7 years
Carlson6879.5 years
Businesses in Polk County, MN
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware1Jimmy John's2
AmericInn1La-Z-Boy1
Applebee's1Lane Furniture1
Arby's1McDonald's2
Burger King1New Balance1
Chevrolet2RadioShack1
Curves1Subway2
Dairy Queen3Super 81
Domino's Pizza1True Value2
FedEx5U-Haul1
Ford1UPS3
H&R Block2Walmart1