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Polk County, North Carolina (NC)

County population in 2014: 20,357 (8% urban, 92% rural); it was 18,324 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 3,543
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 3,250
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 6,218
Renter-occupied apartments: 2,196 (it was 1,690 in 2000)
% of renters here:

21%
State:

33%

Land area: 238 sq. mi.

Water area: 0.7 sq. mi.

Population density: 86 people per square mile   (average).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Polk County: 83.4 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational, health and social services (26.6%), Finance, insurance, real estate, and rental and leasing (21.2%), Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (17.6%), Construction (13.9%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 75%
  • Government: 2%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 22%
  • Unpaid family work: 1%
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Races in Polk County, North Carolina:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (88.4%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (5.5%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (4.4%)
  • Two or more races (1.1%)
Median resident age:  49.0 years
North Carolina median age:  37.0 years
Males: 9,751  (47.9%)
Females: 10,606  (52.1%)

Polk County,NC real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Polk County:

2.0 people
North Carolina:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $43,920 ($36,259 in 1999)

This county:

$43920
North Carolina:

$45906

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $581 (lower quartile is $441, upper quartile is $885)
This county:

$581
State:

$619


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $170,976 (it was $103,900 in 2000)
Polk:

$170,976
North Carolina:

$154,300
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $94,172 - $303,524
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,109
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $353

Institutionalized population: 225

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

  • Murders: 2
  • Rapes: 2
  • Robberies: 0
  • Assaults: 17
  • Burglaries: 77
  • Thefts: 146
  • Auto thefts: 28

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

  • Murders: 1
  • Rapes: 3
  • Robberies: 4
  • Assaults: 23
  • Burglaries: 87
  • Thefts: 136
  • Auto thefts: 30
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Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2000: 121 buildings, average cost: $124,000
  • 2001: 152 buildings, average cost: $126,500
  • 2002: 160 buildings, average cost: $127,200
  • 2003: 197 buildings, average cost: $124,400
  • 2004: 155 buildings, average cost: $129,100
  • 2005: 165 buildings, average cost: $160,600
  • 2006: 191 buildings, average cost: $197,300
  • 2007: 162 buildings, average cost: $215,600
  • 2008: 88 buildings, average cost: $228,900
  • 2009: 51 buildings, average cost: $222,700
  • 2010: 39 buildings, average cost: $267,300
  • 2011: 41 buildings, average cost: $226,000
  • 2012: 43 buildings, average cost: $237,400
  • 2013: 47 buildings, average cost: $228,600
  • 2014: 67 buildings, average cost: $312,900

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: $1,297 (0.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $1,140 (0.7%)

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: 15.9%
(13.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 48.4% for Black residents, 34.6% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 56.3% for American Indian residents, 32.8% for other race residents, 5.8% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 15.8%
Polk County:

15.8%
North Carolina:

17.9%
(14.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 49.1% for Black residents, 33.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 50.0% for American Indian residents, 30.1% for other race residents, 6.1% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 51 years old
(Males: 48 years old, Females: 53 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 52 years old, Black residents: 30 years old, American Indian residents: 26 years old, Asian residents: 41 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 22 years old, Other race residents: 15 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Polk County is $467 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $573 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $716 a month.

Cities in this county include: Tryon, Columbus, Saluda.

Polk County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

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Neighboring counties: Buncombe County , Crittenden County, Arkansas , Greene County , Marshall County, Mississippi , Moore County, Tennessee , Tishomingo County, Mississippi .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

5.0%
North Carolina:

5.4%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 582
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 80.6%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 25.7%

Number of foreign born residents: 685 (43% naturalized citizens)

Polk County:

3.7%
Whole state:

5.3%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 216
  • 1990 to 1994: 24
  • 1985 to 1989: 53
  • 1980 to 1984: 62
  • 1975 to 1979: 95
  • 1970 to 1974: 31
  • 1970 to 1974: 38
  • 1965 to 1969: 166

Mean travel time to work (commute): 26.2 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 50.3%

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

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 6,377
  • One, attached: 158
  • Two: 161
  • 3 or 4: 140
  • 5 to 9: 102
  • 10 to 19: 101
  • 20 or more: 310
  • Mobile homes: 1,834
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 9

Housing units in Polk County with a mortgage: 1,945 (223 second mortgage, 299 home equity loan, 9 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,845

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

69.1% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Polk County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant6,86838
Mainline Protestant2,44314
Catholic1,1561
Black Protestant3502
Other353
None9,775-
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: 5
Polk County:

2.64 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.05 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 9
Polk County:

4.75 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

4.75 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 21
This county:

11.08 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.57 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Polk County:

10.0%
North Carolina:

9.8%

Adult obesity rate:
Polk County:

23.7%
State:

28.3%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

14.7%
State:

15.6%

Agriculture in Polk County:

Average size of farms: 104 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $17,467
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $627.92
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 37.50%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 38.71%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $25,864
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 16.33%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 1.29%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $35,269
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 91.92%
Average age of principal farm operators: 55 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 10.98
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 7.31%
Corn for grain: 9 harvested acres
Vegetables: 77 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 396 acres

Earthquake activity:

Polk County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above North Carolina state average. It is 83% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/2/1974 at 08:52:09, a magnitude 4.9 (4.3 MB, 4.9 LG, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 97.0 miles away from Polk County center
On 11/30/1973 at 07:48:41, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, 4.6 ML) earthquake occurred 105.7 miles away from the county center
On 7/27/1980 at 18:52:21, a magnitude 5.2 (5.1 MB, 4.7 MS, 5.0 UK, 5.2 UK, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 225.5 miles away from the county center
On 4/29/2003 at 08:59:39, a magnitude 4.9 (4.4 MB, 4.6 MW, 4.9 LG, Depth: 12.2 mi) earthquake occurred 201.2 miles away from the county center
On 11/22/1974 at 05:25:55, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB) earthquake occurred 201.3 miles away from Polk County center
On 11/23/2006 at 10:42:57, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.3 LG) earthquake occurred 132.2 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • North CarolinaHurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 1, 2005, Emergency Declared (EM-3222): September 5, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3222, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • North CarolinaHurricane Ivan, Incident Period: September 16, 2004 to September 23, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1553): September 18, 2004, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1553, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • North CarolinaTropical Storm Frances, Incident Period: September 7, 2004 to September 12, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1546): September 10, 2004, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1546, Natural disaster type: Tropical Storm
  • North CarolinaSevere Ice Storm, Incident Period: December 4, 2002 to December 6, 2002, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1448): December 12, 2002, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1448, Natural disaster type: Ice Storm
  • North CarolinaHurricane Fran, Incident Period: September 5, 1996 to October 21, 1996, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1134): September 6, 1996, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1134, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • North CarolinaStorms/Flooding, Incident Period: February 2, 1996 to February 9, 1996, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1103): February 23, 1996, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1103, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • North CarolinaBlizzard, Incident Period: January 6, 1996 to January 12, 1996, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1087): January 13, 1996, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1087, Natural disaster type: Blizzard
  • North CarolinaSevere Snowfall and Winter Storm, Incident Period: March 13, 1993 to March 17, 1993, Emergency Declared (EM-3110): March 17, 1993, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3110, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Snowfall
  • North CarolinaSEVERE STORMS, FLOODING, Incident Period: November 9, 1977, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-542): November 9, 1977, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-542, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • North CarolinaDrought, Incident Period: August 11, 1977, Emergency Declared (EM-3049): August 11, 1977, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3049, Natural disaster type: Drought

The number of natural disasters in Polk County (10) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 7
Emergencies Declared: 3

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Health care and social assistance (21%)
  • Retail trade (17%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (8%)
  • Educational services (6%)
  • Manufacturing (6%)
  • Other services, except public administration (4%)
  • Health care and social assistance (26%)
  • Retail trade (21%)
  • Accommodation and food services (10%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (10%)
  • Educational services (8%)
  • Manufacturing (8%)
  • Other services, except public administration (5%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction and extraction occupations (18%)
  • Sales and related occupations (12%)
  • Production occupations (12%)
  • Management occupations (10%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (7%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (6%)
  • Material moving occupations (6%)
  • Sales and related occupations (18%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (14%)
  • Management occupations (11%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (11%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (7%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (6%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (5%)

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

  • Mexico (34%)
  • Germany (13%)
  • United Kingdom (12%)
  • Other Eastern Europe (6%)
  • El Salvador (5%)
  • Canada (5%)
  • France (3%)

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

  • United States or American (19%)
  • English (17%)
  • Irish (12%)
  • German (10%)
  • Scotch-Irish (7%)
  • Scottish (3%)
  • Italian (3%)

Polk County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 6,075 (78%)
  • Carpooled: 1,100 (14%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 6 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 10 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 5 (0%)
  • Walked: 157 (2%)
  • Other means: 57 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 366 (5%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

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


People in group quarters in Polk County, North Carolina in 2000:

  • 234 people in nursing homes
  • 54 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 19 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 13 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 8 people in homes for the mentally retarded

People in group quarters in Polk County, North Carolina in 2010:

  • 211 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 56 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 43 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 14 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 5 people in other noninstitutional facilities
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $48,916.

6.03% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($48,995 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.03%
North Carolina average:

7.13%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
2.51% relocated from other counties in North Carolina ($14,223 average AGI)
3.52% relocated from other states ($34,772 average AGI)
Polk County:

3.52%
North Carolina average:

3.45%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Spartanburg County, SC  0.83% ($37,298 average AGI)
from Henderson County, NC  0.80% ($35,436)
from Rutherford County, NC  0.54% ($26,919)
from Buncombe County, NC  0.41% ($23,607)
from Greenville County, SC  0.23% ($54,563)


6.26% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($34,233 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.26%
North Carolina average:

6.77%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
2.52% relocated to other counties in North Carolina ($10,672 average AGI)
3.74% relocated to other states ($23,560 average AGI)
Polk County:

3.74%
North Carolina average:

3.07%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Spartanburg County, SC  0.99% ($28,441 average AGI)
to Henderson County, NC  0.83% ($19,351)
to Rutherford County, NC  0.55% ($30,816)
to Buncombe County, NC  0.41% ($26,571)
to Greenville County, SC  0.20% ($54,143)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.1
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 9.2

Births per 1000 population in Polk County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 14.2
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 14.9
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 14.2

Deaths per 1000 population in Polk County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 12.2
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 8.1

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Polk County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 21.6%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 11.2%
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: 4,900 (4,307 aged, 593 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 516 (14%)

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, North Carolina in 1999 - 2014:

  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (324)
  • Unspecified dementia (280)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (251)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (238)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (235)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (194)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (187)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (96)
  • Congestive heart failure (93)
  • Colon, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (81)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 13%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 12%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 5.26
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 10325.43
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 331.210
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 44440.36

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 993
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1411.100
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 5.23

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 29.7
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 57.49

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 20.91

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 236.9. This is more than state average.

Household type by relationship:

Households: 20,180
  • In family households: 16,490 (4,244 male householders, 1,537 female householders)
    4,630 spouses, 4,764 children (4,342 natural, 155 adopted, 267 stepchildren), 405 grandchildren, 119 brothers or sisters, 136 parents, 192 other relatives, 365 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 3,690 (1,310 male householders (1,092 living alone)), 1,898 female householders (1,717 living alone)), 482 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 330 (225 institutionalized population)

Size of family households: 3,251 2-persons, 1,076 3-persons, 853 4-persons, 375 5-persons, 146 6-persons, 80 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 2,809 1-person, 345 2-persons, 40 3-persons, 8 4-persons, 3 5-persons, 2 6-persons, 1 7-or-more-persons.

2,591 married couples with children.
704 single-parent households (195 men, 509 women).

94.1% of residents of Polk County speak English at home.
3.6% of residents speak Spanish at home (44% speak English very well, 19% speak English well, 26% speak English not well, 11% don't speak English at all).
2.1% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (89% speak English very well, 9% speak English well, 2% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (100% speak English very well).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (72% speak English very well, 28% speak English well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $113,835,000 ($5985 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $5,468,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $70,599,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $21,204,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $266,000
Federal grants: $18,063,000
Federal procurement contracts: $885,000 ($154,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $2,818,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $0,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $972,000
Federal Government insurance: $7,341,000

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

Births: 904
Here:

47 per 1000 residents
State:

72 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 1,444
Here:

75 per 1000 residents
State:

44 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +174
Here:

+9 per 1000 residents
State:

+18 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +1,215
Here:

+63 per 1000 residents
State:

+27 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Polk County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 1.23 millions of gallons per day (32% from ground, 68% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.8
State:

5.9

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.4
State:

4.3

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 95
  • 2000 to 2004: 1,956
  • 1990 to 1999: 2,234
  • 1980 to 1989: 1,896
  • 1970 to 1979: 1,436
  • 1960 to 1969: 963
  • 1950 to 1959: 1,004
  • 1940 to 1949: 749
  • 1939 or earlier: 1,048
Rooms in houses/apartments in Polk County, North Carolina
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 15
  • 2 rooms: 58
  • 3 rooms: 250
  • 4 rooms: 823
  • 5 rooms: 1,363
  • 6 rooms: 1,877
  • 7 rooms: 838
  • 8 rooms: 539
  • 9+ rooms: 455
  • 1 room: 6
  • 2 rooms: 108
  • 3 rooms: 280
  • 4 rooms: 514
  • 5 rooms: 342
  • 6 rooms: 252
  • 7 rooms: 131
  • 8 rooms: 30
  • 9+ rooms: 27
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Polk County, North Carolina
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 17
  • 1 bedroom: 210
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,986
  • 3 bedrooms: 3,208
  • 4 bedrooms: 671
  • 5+ bedrooms: 126
  • no bedroom: 15
  • 1 bedroom: 318
  • 2 bedrooms: 785
  • 3 bedrooms: 464
  • 4 bedrooms: 88
  • 5+ bedrooms: 20
Cars and other vehicles available in Polk County, North Carolina in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 288
  • 1 vehicle: 1,601
  • 2 vehicles: 2,820
  • 3 vehicles: 1,118
  • 4 vehicles: 234
  • 5+ vehicles: 157
  • no vehicle: 222
  • 1 vehicle: 798
  • 2 vehicles: 469
  • 3 vehicles: 150
  • 4 vehicles: 35
  • 5+ vehicles: 16

63% of Polk County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 33% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 33% lived in North Carolina.

Polk County:

62.9%
State average:

54.4%

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

  • This state: 8308
  • Northeast: 2089
  • Midwest: 1950
  • South: 4813
  • West: 327

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $106,300


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 1%

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
  • Electricity (46.5%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (20.8%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (16.9%)
  • Utility gas (9.8%)
  • Wood (5.9%)
  • Electricity (51.8%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (20.6%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (12.9%)
  • Utility gas (10.1%)
  • Wood (3.7%)
  • Other fuel (0.5%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 246
Here:

15.3%
North Carolina:

8.2%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 73
Here:

8.5%
North Carolina:

6.9%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 46
Here:

10.2%
North Carolina:

20.2%

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, Cash Assistance Programs - Other: $2,306,000
  • Construction - General Public Buildings: $8,375,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $51,000
  • Current Operations - Elementary and Secondary Education: $22,424,000
    General - Other: $4,538,000
    Financial Administration: $3,006,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $1,342,000
    Police Protection: $1,148,000
    Solid Waste Management: $849,000
    Local Fire Protection: $837,000
    Health - Other: $804,000
    Central Staff Services: $671,000
    Transit Utilities: $526,000
    Correctional Institutions: $432,000
    Libraries: $414,000
    Parks and Recreation: $389,000
    General Public Buildings: $245,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $240,000
    Housing and Community Development: $119,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $106,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $35,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $1,226,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - General - Other: $4,750,000
    Health - Other: $173,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General Public Building: $1,797,000
    General - Other: $605,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $306,000
    Transit Utilities: $162,000
    Solid Waste Management: $121,000
    Police Protection: $107,000
    Central Staff Services: $39,000
    Parks and Recreation: $25,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $24,000
    Health - Other: $17,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $15,000
    Libraries: $9,000
    Financial Administration: $5,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $3,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $2,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $19,534,000

Polk County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - Solid Waste Management: $1,040,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education School Lunch: $610,000
    All Other: $591,000
    Parks and Recreation: $78,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education - Other: $46,000
    Sewerage: $19,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education School Tuition and Transportation: $15,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Transit Utilities: $268,000
    General Local Government Support: $84,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $26,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $430,000
    General Revenue, NEC: $66,000
  • Revenue - Transit Utilities: $224,000
    Water Utilities: $8,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Education: $16,642,000
    All Other: $3,348,000
    Public Welfare: $2,168,000
    Housing and Community Development: $1,652,000
    General Local Government Support: $502,000
  • Tax - Property: $13,163,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $3,348,000
    NEC: $274,000
    Other License: $201,000
    Other Selective Sales: $60,000

Polk County government finances - Debt in 2006:

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $26,948,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $24,610,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,338,000

Polk County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $1,490,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $8,802,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $97,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 306
  • Number of aged recipients: 41
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 265
  • Number of recipients under 18: 37
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 195
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 74
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 149
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 113
Polk County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
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Polk County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
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Most common first names in Polk County, NC among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John18978.4 years
William17775.2 years
Mary15881.4 years
Robert15076.3 years
James11773.6 years
Ruth7983.5 years
Charles7876.1 years
George6976.3 years
Dorothy6783.7 years
Helen6382.8 years
Most common last names in Polk County, NC among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Thompson7077.6 years
Jones7076.3 years
Pace6275.4 years
Johnson5978.2 years
Smith4977.5 years
Edwards4579.2 years
Wilson4281.0 years
Foster4276.1 years
Williams4079.1 years
Davis3778.0 years
Businesses in Polk County, NC
NameCountNameCount
Advance Auto Parts1McDonald's1
Burger King1Subway2
CVS1Taco Bell1
Days Inn1U-Haul3
FedEx4U.S. Cellular1
Ford1UPS2
H&R Block1Waffle House1
KFC1Wendy's1