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Polk County, Oregon (OR)

County population in 2016: 81,823 (80% urban, 20% rural); it was 62,380 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 13,602
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 5,134
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 15,779
Renter-occupied apartments: 9,552 (it was 7,279 in 2000)
% of renters here:

32%
State:

38%

Land area: 741 sq. mi.

Water area: 3.1 sq. mi.

Population density: 110 people per square mile   (average).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Polk County: 96.7 (near average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (22.5%), Educational, health and social services (20.5%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (11.9%), Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation and food services (11.8%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 64%
  • Government: 10%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 26%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Polk County, Oregon:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (78.4%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (13.7%)
  • Two or more races (3.0%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (2.2%)
  • Asian alone (1.7%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (0.4%)
Median resident age:  37.7 years
Oregon median age:  39.2 years
Males: 38,468  (47.0%)
Females: 43,355  (53.0%)
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Polk County,OR real estate house value trend


Average household size:
Polk County:

2.0 people
Oregon:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2016: $52,485 ($42,311 in 1999)

This county:

$52,485
Oregon:

$57,532

Median contract rent in 2016 for apartments: $845 (lower quartile is $601, upper quartile is $999)
This county:

$845
State:

$898


Estimated median house or condo value in 2016: $241,300 (it was $143,200 in 2000)
Polk:

$241,300
Oregon:

$287,100
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $166,200 - $332,100

Mean price in 2016:

Detached houses: $283,753
Here:

$283,753
State:

$356,344

Townhouses or other attached units: $646,939
Here:

$646,939
State:

$286,898

In 2-unit structures: $55,000
Here:

$55,000
State:

$383,218

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $122,281
Here:

$122,281
State:

$210,872

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $372,649
Here:

$372,649
State:

$328,829

Mobile homes: $138,373
Here:

$138,373
State:

$145,227

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $1,700
Here:

$1,700
State:

$60,142
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,443
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $472

Institutionalized population: 399

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

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 4
  • Robberies: 2
  • Assaults: 24
  • Burglaries: 131
  • Thefts: 239
  • Auto thefts: 40

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

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 3
  • Robberies: 2
  • Assaults: 23
  • Burglaries: 90
  • Thefts: 174
  • Auto thefts: 24
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Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2000: 167 buildings, average cost: $143,600
  • 2001: 148 buildings, average cost: $143,800
  • 2002: 200 buildings, average cost: $174,900
  • 2003: 282 buildings, average cost: $171,400
  • 2004: 407 buildings, average cost: $197,000
  • 2007: 165 buildings, average cost: $245,100
  • 2008: 82 buildings, average cost: $185,200
  • 2009: 78 buildings, average cost: $218,100
  • 2010: 85 buildings, average cost: $264,100
  • 2011: 59 buildings, average cost: $214,500
  • 2012: 79 buildings, average cost: $222,100
  • 2013: 90 buildings, average cost: $226,100
  • 2014: 106 buildings, average cost: $253,800
Number of permits per 10,000 residents
Average permit cost
Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2016: $2,740 (1.1%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2016: $2,394 (1.1%)

Polk County household income distribution in 2013 Polk County home values distribution in 2013 Polk County contract rent distribution in 2013
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2016: 12.2%
Polk County:

12.2%
Oregon:

13.3%
(10.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 16.1% for Black residents, 19.9% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 24.5% for American Indian residents, 22.1% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 18.3% for other race residents, 19.3% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2016: 37.7 years old
(Males: 39.2 years old, Females: 36.6 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 42.2 years old, Black residents: 19.5 years old, American Indian residents: 35.6 years old, Asian residents: 56.7 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 21.7 years old, Other race residents: 25.4 years old)

Area name: Salem, OR MSA
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Polk County is $520 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $622 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $904 a month.

Cities in this county include: Dallas, Monmouth, Independence, Falls City, Grand Ronde, Fort Hill, Rickreall, Eola.

Polk County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Polk County: Tri-Creek Ranch (A), Hudspeth Mill (B), Humphrey Camp (C), Knox Ranch (D), Old Stephenson Ranch (E), Happy Jack Camp (F), Mitchell Guard Station (G), Beaver Forest Service Station (H), Ihrig Ranch (I), Howard Ranch (J), Crystal Springs Organization Camp (K), Mossy Rock Camp (L), Ochoco Divide Research Area (M), Barnhouse Recreation Site (N), West Wolf Lookout (O), East Wolf Lookout (P), Mossy Rock Camp (Q), Fitzgerald Ranch (R), Wineburger Camp (S), Gage Ranch (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Richmond Cemetery (1), Camp Watson Cemetery (2), Mary Waterman Grave (3), Caleb Cemetery (4), Fossil IOOF Cemetery (5), Spray Cemetery (6), Spanish Gulch Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes, reservoirs, and swamps: Fred Creek Lake (A), Hubbel Lake (B), Wineland Lake (C), Slide Lake (D), Dry Lake (E), Clark Lake (F), Maxwell Reservoir (G), Nelson Reservoir (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Kitty Creek (A), Ives Creek (B), Keeton Creek (C), Kahler Creek (D), Johnson Creek (E), Joe Creek (F), Clover Creek (G), Double Corral Creek (H), Honeymoon Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Polk County include: Spray Riverfront Park (1), Wheeler Court House Park (2), Shelton Wayside County Park (3), Fossil Park (4), Bear Hollow County Park (5), Julia A Henderson Pioneer Park (6), H H Wheeler Historical Marker (7), Pioneer Park (8). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Benton County, Minnesota , Crook County, Wyoming , Johnson County, Wyoming , Hood River County , Washington County, Idaho , Marshall County, South Dakota .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

5.8%
Oregon:

5.6%

Unemployment by year
County total employment by year
County average yearly wages by year

Current college students: 5,087
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 90.5%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 29.7%

Number of foreign born residents: 6,689 (44.1% naturalized citizens)

Polk County:

8.2%
Whole state:

9.6%
Year of entry for the foreign-born population Note: State values scaled to Polk County population
  • 1,1562010 or later
  • 1,2642000 to 2009
  • 2,0331990 to 1999
  • 8751980 to 1989
  • 4671970 to 1979
  • 790Before 1970

Mean travel time to work (commute): 23.4 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 43.8%

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

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 21,363
  • One, attached: 1,688
  • Two: 791
  • 3 or 4: 1,895
  • 5 to 9: 1,088
  • 10 to 19: 1,084
  • 20 to 49: 432
  • 50 or more: 672
  • Mobile homes: 2,277
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 168

Housing units in Polk County with a mortgage: 12,191 (334 second mortgage, 911 home equity loan, 25 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 6,697

Here:

66.7% with mortgage
State:

66.3% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Polk County

Religions Adherents in 2010
Year 2000 to 2010 Change
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant8,52055
Other4,73416
Catholic2,5222
Mainline Protestant2,12712
None57,500-
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: 12
Polk County:

1.60 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.03 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Here:

0.13 / 10,000 pop.
Oregon:

0.33 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 14
This county:

1.87 / 10,000 pop.
Oregon:

2.01 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 11
Polk County:

1.47 / 10,000 pop.
Oregon:

1.69 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 43
This county:

5.73 / 10,000 pop.
State:

9.93 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Polk County:

7.5%
Oregon:

7.4%

Adult obesity rate:
Polk County:

31.0%
State:

25.6%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

16.3%
State:

14.2%

Agriculture in Polk County:

Average size of farms: 128 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $67,663
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $660.32
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 7.27%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 25.09%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $52,743
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 60.18%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 11.90%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $56,604
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 89.50%
Average age of principal farm operators: 55 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 10.05
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 35.20%
All wheat for grain: 6719 harvested acres
Vegetables: 2,537 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 7,030 acres

Earthquake activity:

Polk County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Oregon state average. It is 188% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/13/1949 at 19:55:42, a magnitude 7.0 (7.0 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 166.5 miles away from Polk County center, causing $80,000,000 total damage
On 1/31/1922 at 13:17:28, a magnitude 7.6 (7.6 UK) earthquake occurred 312.1 miles away from the county center
On 2/28/2001 at 18:54:32, a magnitude 6.8 (6.5 MB, 6.6 MS, 6.8 MW, Depth: 32.2 mi, Class: Strong, Intensity: VII - IX) earthquake occurred 154.8 miles away from the county center, causing $2,000,000,000 total damage and $305,000,000 insured losses
On 11/8/1980 at 10:27:34, a magnitude 7.2 (6.2 MB, 7.2 MS, 7.2 MW, 7.0 ML) earthquake occurred 267.7 miles away from the county center
On 8/17/1991 at 22:17:14, a magnitude 7.1 (6.2 MB, 7.1 MS, 7.1 MW, 6.8 ML, Depth: 8.4 mi) earthquake occurred 246.0 miles away from Polk County center
On 7/13/1991 at 02:50:14, a magnitude 6.9 (6.2 MB, 6.9 MS, 6.8 MW, 6.7 ML, Depth: 6.8 mi) earthquake occurred 222.8 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • Oregon Severe Winter Storms, Straight-line Winds, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides, Incident Period: December 06, 2015 to December 23, 2015, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4258: February 17, 2016, FEMA Id: 4258, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Mudslide, Landslide, Flood, Wind
  • Oregon Severe Winter Storm, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides, Incident Period: January 17, 2012 to January 21, 2012, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4055: March 02, 2012, FEMA Id: 4055, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Mudslide, Landslide, Flood
  • Oregon Severe Winter Storm, Record and Near Record Snow, Landslides, and Mudslides, Incident Period: December 13, 2008 to December 26, 2008, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1824: March 02, 2009, FEMA Id: 1824, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Mudslide, Landslide, Snow
  • Oregon Severe Storms, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides, Incident Period: December 01, 2007 to December 17, 2007, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1733: December 08, 2007, FEMA Id: 1733, Natural disaster type: Storm, Mudslide, Landslide, Flood
  • Oregon Severe Winter Storm and Flooding, Incident Period: December 14, 2006 to December 15, 2006, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1683: February 22, 2007, FEMA Id: 1683, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Flood
  • Oregon Severe Storms, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides, Incident Period: December 18, 2005 to January 21, 2006, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1632: March 20, 2006, FEMA Id: 1632, Natural disaster type: Storm, Mudslide, Landslide, Flood
  • Oregon Hurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 01, 2005, Emergency Declared EM-3228: September 07, 2005, FEMA Id: 3228, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Oregon Severe Winter Storms, Incident Period: December 26, 2003 to January 14, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1510: February 19, 2004, FEMA Id: 1510, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
  • Oregon Severe Storms/Flooding, Incident Period: February 04, 1996 to February 21, 1996, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1099: February 09, 1996, FEMA Id: 1099, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • Oregon SEVERE STORMS, SNOWMELT, FLOODING, Incident Period: January 25, 1974, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-413: January 25, 1974, FEMA Id: 413, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood, Snow
  • 1 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Polk County (11) is near the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 10
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 8, Landslides: 5, Mudslides: 5, Winter Storms: 5, Storms: 4, Snows: 2, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Wind: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Class of Workers in 2016
Most common industries in 2016 (%)
Males Females
Most common industries for males in 2016


  • Health care and social assistance (18%)
  • Educational services (18%)
  • Public administration (12%)
  • Accommodation and food services (10%)
  • Retail trade (5%)
  • Other services, except public administration (5%)
  • Manufacturing (5%)

Most common industries for females in 2016


  • Health care and social assistance (19%)
  • Educational services (19%)
  • Public administration (13%)
  • Accommodation and food services (10%)
  • Retail trade (6%)
  • Other services, except public administration (6%)
  • Manufacturing (5%)

Most common occupations in 2016 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations for males in 2016


  • Management occupations (13%)
  • Production occupations (9%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (9%)
  • Sales and related occupations (7%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (7%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (6%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (5%)

Most common occupations for females in 2016


  • Office and administrative support occupations (23%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (14%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (9%)
  • Management occupations (8%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (7%)
  • Sales and related occupations (7%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (6%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents


  • Mexico (45%)
  • Canada (8%)
  • Ukraine (5%)
  • Saudi Arabia (5%)
  • China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan (4%)
  • Germany (4%)
  • Nigeria (3%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Polk County


  • German (14%)
  • American (12%)
  • European (8%)
  • English (6%)
  • Irish (4%)
  • Norwegian (3%)
  • Swedish (2%)

Polk County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 15,729 (70.9%)
  • Carpooled: 2,354 (10.6%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 273 (1.2%)
  • Railroad: 16 (0.1%)
  • Taxicab, motorcycle, or other means: 214 (1.0%)
  • Bicycle: 217 (1.0%)
  • Walked: 1,057 (4.8%)
  • Worked at home: 2,355 (10.6%)
Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders

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

  • 772 people in nursing homes
  • 764 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 183 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 137 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 62 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 44 people in agriculture workers' dormitories on farms
  • 42 people in other group homes
  • 16 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 12 people in homes for the mentally ill

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

  • 1,236 people in college/university student housing
  • 249 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 152 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 118 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 55 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 24 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 17 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 15 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
  • 14 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 5 people in residential treatment centers for adults
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $55,853.

8.81% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($36,433 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.81%
Oregon average:

7.22%


0.05% of residents moved from foreign countries ($246 average AGI)
Polk County:

0.05%
Oregon average:

0.04%

6.50% relocated from other counties in Oregon ($26,623 average AGI)
2.26% relocated from other states ($9,563 average AGI)
Polk County:

2.26%
Oregon average:

3.49%

Residents relocating <b>from</b> other counties or countries

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Marion County, OR  3.60% ($35,768 average AGI)
from Yamhill County, OR  0.52% ($27,276)
from Linn County, OR  0.30% ($72,628)
from Washington County, OR  0.29% ($37,093)
from Multnomah County, OR  0.27% ($28,143)
from Clackamas County, OR  0.27% ($37,812)
from Lane County, OR  0.24% ($28,468)


9.23% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($34,457 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

9.23%
Oregon average:

6.82%


0.06% of residents moved to foreign countries ($179 average AGI)
Polk County:

0.06%
Oregon average:

0.06%

6.93% relocated to other counties in Oregon ($25,544 average AGI)
2.24% relocated to other states ($8,734 average AGI)
Polk County:

2.24%
Oregon average:

3.06%

Residents relocating <b>to</b> other counties or countries

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Marion County, OR  3.84% ($33,555 average AGI)
to Yamhill County, OR  0.46% ($34,076)
to Multnomah County, OR  0.40% ($29,971)
to Washington County, OR  0.38% ($31,520)
to Clackamas County, OR  0.37% ($49,927)
to Linn County, OR  0.31% ($33,329)
to Benton County, OR  0.28% ($30,389)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.9
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.7

Births per 1000 population in Polk County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 8.5
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 8.1
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 8.3

Deaths per 1000 population in Polk County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 5.6
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 4.8

Infant deaths per 1000 population in Polk County
Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 16.9%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 6.9%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Polk County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19
Population without health insurance coverage in Polk County
18-64 population without health insurance coverage in Polk County
40-64 population without health insurance coverage in Polk County
50-64 population without health insurance coverage in Polk County
Population under 19 years without health insurance coverage in Polk County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 11,720 (10,082 aged, 1,638 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 1,880 (11%)
Persons enrolled in Medicare
Aged persons enrolled in Medicare
Disabled persons enrolled in Medicare

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

  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (633)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (531)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (440)
  • Unspecified dementia (382)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (364)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (349)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (348)
  • Congestive heart failure (210)
  • Breast, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (160)
  • Colon, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (152)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 13%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 11%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 1.48
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 223
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 9
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 14,983

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,083
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 814
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 3

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 29
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 65

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 9
Beer, wine & liquor stores per 100,000 population in 2005: 1

EPA green book nonattainment status in 2004-2006: 1

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 126.2. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide
Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 68.5
  • Other - 57.8

Household type by relationship:

Households: 81,823
  • In family households: 65,242 (11,079 male householders, 8,363 female householders)
    15,719 spouses, 24,940 children (23,556 natural, 431 adopted, 953 stepchildren), 1,125 grandchildren, 786 brothers or sisters, 831 parents, 1,053 other relatives, 1,346 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 14,940 (4,627 male householders (3,014 living alone)), 5,222 female householders (4,132 living alone)), 5,091 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 1,641

Size of family households: 9,763 2-persons, 4,476 3-persons, 2,850 4-persons, 2,028 5-persons, 261 6-persons, 64 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 7,146 1-person, 1,979 2-persons, 462 3-persons, 234 4-persons, 28 5-persons.

13,149 married couples with children.
3,722 single-parent households (638 men, 3,084 women).

86.0% of residents of Polk speak English at home.
10.5% of residents speak Spanish at home (68% speak English very well, 13% speak English well, 14% speak English not well, 4% don't speak English at all).
1.4% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (84% speak English very well, 15% speak English well, 1% speak English not well).
1.5% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (76% speak English very well, 12% speak English well, 12% speak English not well).
0.6% of residents speak other language at home (60% speak English very well, 37% speak English well, 2% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $407,833,000 ($6,036 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $13,198,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $106,061,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $51,757,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $3,286,000
Federal grants: $234,760,000
Federal procurement contracts: $2,718,000 ($196,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $9,251,000 ($3,648,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $41,673,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $43,642,000
Federal Government insurance: $59,682,000

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

Births: 3,975
Here:

57 per 1000 residents
State:

65 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 2,966
Here:

42 per 1000 residents
State:

44 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +1,026
Here:

+15 per 1000 residents
State:

+20 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +6,067
Here:

+86 per 1000 residents
State:

+21 per 1000 residents
Population growth in Polk County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 4.62 millions of gallons per day (40% from ground, 60% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.7
State:

6.3

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.6
State:

4.1

Year house built in Polk County, Oregon Note: State values scaled to Polk County population
  • 3752014 or later
  • 4872010 to 2013
  • 7,4072000 to 2009
  • 6,1531990 to 1999
  • 2,5411980 to 1989
  • 4,8071970 to 1979
  • 3,5981960 to 1969
  • 1,7241950 to 1959
  • 1,4341940 to 1949
  • 2,9321939 or earlier
Rooms in houses/apartments in Polk County, Oregon
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Polk County, Oregon Note: State values scaled to Polk County population
  • 01 room
  • 02 rooms
  • 1563 rooms
  • 8874 rooms
  • 2,8375 rooms
  • 5,0766 rooms
  • 3,1797 rooms
  • 3,7938 rooms
  • 2,9609+ rooms
Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Polk County, Oregon Note: State values scaled to Polk County population
  • 1441 room
  • 4362 rooms
  • 1,8563 rooms
  • 2,4724 rooms
  • 2,2895 rooms
  • 2,1896 rooms
  • 4017 rooms
  • 1428 rooms
  • 4749+ rooms
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Polk County, Oregon
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Polk County, Oregon Note: State values scaled to Polk County population
  • 14no bedroom
  • 921 bedroom
  • 2,0942 bedrooms
  • 11,0333 bedrooms
  • 4,5684 bedrooms
  • 1,0875+ bedrooms
Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Polk County, Oregon Note: State values scaled to Polk County population
  • 225no bedroom
  • 1,6311 bedroom
  • 4,4792 bedrooms
  • 2,8313 bedrooms
  • 1,1744 bedrooms
  • 635+ bedrooms
Cars and other vehicles available in Polk County, Oregon in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Cars and other vehicles available in Polk County in owner-occupied houses/condos Note: State values scaled to Polk County population
  • 245no vehicle
  • 4,0831 vehicle
  • 8,2482 vehicles
  • 3,7713 vehicles
  • 1,8354 vehicles
  • 7065+ vehicles
Cars and other vehicles available in Polk County in renter-occupied apartments Note: State values scaled to Polk County population
  • 1,192no vehicle
  • 4,1281 vehicle
  • 4,3242 vehicles
  • 4963 vehicles
  • 1674 vehicles
  • 965+ vehicles

82.3% of Polk County residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 28% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 72% lived in Oregon.

Polk County:

82.3%
State average:

81.6%

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

  • This state: 45,336
  • Other state: 28,752
  • Northeast: 1,728
  • Midwest: 6,761
  • South: 3,489
  • West: 16,774
Year Householders Moved Into Unit
Most commonly used house heating fuel in Polk County
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos
  • 43.6%Utility gas
  • 42.9%Electricity
  • 8.5%Wood
  • 2.2%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 2.0%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.7%Other fuel
  • 0.3%No fuel used
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments
  • 73.4%Electricity
  • 18.6%Utility gas
  • 5.7%Wood
  • 1.0%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 0.7%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.6%No fuel used
  • 0.2%Coal or coke

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 461
Here:

5.7%
Oregon:

9.2%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 269
Here:

5.6%
Oregon:

8.8%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 473
Here:

5.4%
Oregon:

14.8%

Educational Attainment
School Enrollment by Level of School
Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Noninstitutionalized Residents with Employment Disability

Polk County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Construction - Regular Highways: $5,603,000
  • Current Operations - Health - Other: $18,113,000
    Police Protection: $4,019,000
    Regular Highways: $3,606,000
    Financial Administration: $3,038,000
    Correctional Institutions: $2,912,000
    Central Staff Services: $1,535,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $1,281,000
    General Public Buildings: $1,091,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $1,055,000
    Corrections - Other: $1,027,000
    General - Other: $619,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $602,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $390,000
    Housing and Community Development: $117,000
    Parks and Recreation: $61,000
    Libraries: $39,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $124,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - Elementary and Secondary Education: $100,000
    General - Other: $63,000
    Regular Highways: $56,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - Regular Highways: $89,000
    Housing and Community Development: $37,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $32,000
    Health - Other: $11,000
    Central Staff Services: $9,000
    Financial Administration: $2,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $882,000
    Police Protection: $693,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $109,000
    Correctional Institutions: $95,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $62,000
    Central Staff Services: $45,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $25,000
    General Public Building: $24,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $11,453,000

Polk County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - All Other: $2,798,000
    Regular Highways: $88,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $2,431,000
    All Other: $1,284,000
    Health and Hospitals: $470,000
    Public Welfare: $152,000
    Highways: $7,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $513,000
    Health and Hospitals: $448,000
    Housing and Community Development: $24,000
    General Local Government Support: $16,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $628,000
    Interest Earnings: $544,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $259,000
    Rents: $172,000
    Sale of Property: $137,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $31,000
    Special Assessments: $4,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Health and Hospitals: $16,764,000
    Highways: $3,209,000
    All Other: $2,616,000
    General Local Government Support: $537,000
    Public Welfare: $263,000
    Housing and Community Development: $179,000
  • Tax - Property: $6,959,000
    Other License: $897,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $632,000

Polk County government finances - Debt in 2006:

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,942,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,932,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,010,000

Polk County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $10,305,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $99,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 1,055
  • Number of aged recipients: 106
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 949
  • Number of recipients under 18: 169
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 693
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 193
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 395
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 461
Polk County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians
Fatal accident count
Vehicles involved in fatal accidents
Fatal accidents involving drunken persons
Fatalities
Persons involved in fatal accidents
Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents
Polk County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians
Fatal accident count
Vehicles involved in fatal accidents
Fatal accidents involving drunken persons
Fatalities
Persons involved in fatal accidents
Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents
Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 12 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 ORIGINATED380$194,634275$201,3241,909$196,71258$125,5345$868,400117$160,906107$153,290
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED39$175,28232$200,469280$201,82122$107,7730$010$181,00019$128,737
APPLICATIONS DENIED93$185,53874$192,541789$209,12263$105,3024$1,017,50062$160,83961$132,443
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN44$198,20551$235,647569$205,74315$113,5330$036$172,41717$178,294
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS8$190,75015$282,80080$199,6255$99,2000$07$344,1436$200,833
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 11 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED35$254,60039$243,9230$0
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED21$259,42930$226,8332$165,500
APPLICATIONS DENIED8$295,5009$275,4440$0
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN1$383,0005$245,2000$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS3$157,3330$01$175,000
Conventional Home Purchase Loans
Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value
Most common first names in Polk County, OR among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John20876.0 years
Robert17171.7 years
William16975.4 years
Mary14880.0 years
George11876.8 years
James11172.8 years
Helen10178.2 years
Charles8878.5 years
Dorothy7679.6 years
Harold7176.0 years
Most common last names in Polk County, OR among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith11374.8 years
Johnson7075.4 years
Miller5475.3 years
Jones5378.8 years
Brown5080.3 years
Davis4476.5 years
Anderson4374.3 years
Wilson4076.8 years
Thompson3475.8 years
Williams2876.0 years
Businesses in Polk County, OR
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware1La-Z-Boy1
Best Western1Little Caesars Pizza2
Blockbuster1MasterBrand Cabinets1
Burger King1McDonald's2
Circle K1Quiznos1
Cricket Wireless2RadioShack1
Curves2Rite Aid1
Dairy Queen2Starbucks2
Domino's Pizza1Subway3
FedEx2True Value1
Ford1U-Haul3
GNC1UPS3
Goodwill1Vons1
H&R Block2Walmart1
KFC1World Gym1

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