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Polk County, Wisconsin (WI)

County population in 2016: 43,663 (15% urban, 85% rural); it was 41,319 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 9,895
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 4,290
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 13,025
Renter-occupied apartments: 3,819 (it was 3,229 in 2000)
% of renters here:

20%
State:

32%

Land area: 917 sq. mi.

Water area: 39.0 sq. mi.

Population density: 48 people per square mile   (average).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Polk County: 88.4 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational, health and social services (21.1%), Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (15.1%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (14.1%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 57%
  • Government: 3%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 36%
  • Unpaid family work: 4%
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Races in Polk County, Wisconsin:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (95.2%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (1.9%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (1.0%)
  • Two or more races (1.0%)
  • Asian alone (0.5%)
Median resident age:  44.8 years
Wisconsin median age:  39.4 years
Males: 22,009  (50.4%)
Females: 21,654  (49.6%)
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Polk County,WI real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Polk County:

2.0 people
Wisconsin:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2016: $54,136 ($41,183 in 1999)

This county:

$54,136
Wisconsin:

$56,811

Median contract rent in 2016 for apartments: $606 (lower quartile is $475, upper quartile is $748)
This county:

$606
State:

$684


Estimated median house or condo value in 2016: $161,792 (it was $100,200 in 2000)
Polk:

$161,792
Wisconsin:

$173,200
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $109,953 - $243,259

Mean price in 2016:

Detached houses: $200,106
Here:

$200,106
State:

$219,030

Townhouses or other attached units: $170,078
Here:

$170,078
State:

$183,917

In 2-unit structures: $239,128
Here:

$239,128
State:

$162,149

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $106,085
Here:

$106,085
State:

$157,587

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $209,238
Here:

$209,238
State:

$204,898

Mobile homes: $62,954
Here:

$62,954
State:

$50,465

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $103,926
Here:

$103,926
State:

$77,758
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,281
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $473

Institutionalized population: 412

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

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 9
  • Robberies: 0
  • Assaults: 13
  • Burglaries: 179
  • Thefts: 155
  • Auto thefts: 40

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

  • Murders: 2
  • Rapes: 9
  • Robberies: 0
  • Assaults: 4
  • Burglaries: 167
  • Thefts: 165
  • Auto thefts: 32
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Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 215 buildings, average cost: $153,700
  • 2008: 136 buildings, average cost: $167,900
  • 2009: 77 buildings, average cost: $168,900
  • 2010: 83 buildings, average cost: $166,900
  • 2011: 46 buildings, average cost: $158,800
  • 2012: 68 buildings, average cost: $171,100
  • 2013: 68 buildings, average cost: $187,800
  • 2014: 83 buildings, average cost: $187,300

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

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2016 Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2016: $2,699 (1.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2016: $2,565 (1.7%)

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 2016: 9.2%
Polk County:

9.2%
Wisconsin:

11.8%
(8.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 28.9% for Black residents, 17.9% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 20.0% for American Indian residents, 22.0% for other race residents, 22.2% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2016: 44.8 years old
(Males: 44.3 years old, Females: 45.3 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 45.9 years old, Black residents: 24.1 years old, American Indian residents: 31.0 years old, Asian residents: 31.9 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 23.1 years old, Other race residents: 20.6 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Polk County is $457 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $600 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $738 a month.

Cities in this county include: Amery, Alden, Osceola, St. Croix Falls, Garfield, Eureka, Frederic, Luck, Black Brook, Apple River.

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: Penobscot County, Maine , Forest County , Multnomah County, Oregon , Tillamook County, Oregon , Park County, Montana , Langlade County .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

3.6%
Wisconsin:

3.7%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 1,120
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 92.9%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 20.4%

Number of foreign born residents: 549 (44.8% naturalized citizens)

Polk County:

1.3%
Whole state:

5.0%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 2010 or later: 141
  • 2000 to 2009: 172
  • 1990 to 1999: 113
  • 1980 to 1989: 45
  • 1970 to 1979: 33
  • Before 1970: 180
Note: State values scaled to Polk County population

Mean travel time to work (commute): 28.7 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 61.7%

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

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 19,436
  • One, attached: 613
  • Two: 458
  • 3 or 4: 328
  • 5 to 9: 586
  • 10 to 19: 328
  • 20 to 49: 485
  • 50 or more: 19
  • Mobile homes: 2,116
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 20

Housing units in Polk County with a mortgage: 9,077 (395 second mortgage, 1,165 home equity loan, 27 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 5,096

Here:

64.3% with mortgage
State:

64.1% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Polk County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant10,59637
Evangelical Protestant6,48039
Catholic3,7165
Orthodox1301
Other153
None23,268-
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: 11
Polk County:

2.49 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.86 / 10,000 pop.


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

0.23 / 10,000 pop.
Wisconsin:

0.38 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 25
Polk County:

5.65 / 10,000 pop.
Wisconsin:

4.12 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 37
This county:

8.37 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.64 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Polk County:

8.0%
Wisconsin:

7.6%

Adult obesity rate:
Polk County:

26.9%
State:

27.5%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

9.1%
State:

13.0%

Agriculture in Polk County:

Average size of farms: 177 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $43,696
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $134.79
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 73.19%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $37,920
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 49.23%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $46,858
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 92.95%
Average age of principal farm operators: 54 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 16.65
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 36.47%
Corn for grain: 49293 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 1704 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 20794 harvested acres
Vegetables: 2,373 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 183 acres

Earthquake activity:

Polk County-area historical earthquake activity is below Wisconsin state average. It is 94% 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 174.4 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 186.6 miles away from the county center
On 3/4/1983 at 06:32:18, a magnitude 4.6 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 4.4 ML) earthquake occurred 351.7 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 214.7 miles away from the county center
On 2/9/1994 at 08:45:35, a magnitude 3.1 (3.1 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 128.0 miles away from Polk County center
On 6/28/2004 at 06:10:52, a magnitude 4.2 (4.0 MB, 4.2 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 328.6 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • Wisconsin Hurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 01, 2005, Emergency Declared EM-3249: September 13, 2005, FEMA Id: 3249, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Wisconsin Severe Storms, Tornadoes and Flooding, Incident Period: September 02, 2002 to September 06, 2002, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1432: September 10, 2002, FEMA Id: 1432, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • Wisconsin Flooding, Incident Period: April 10, 2001 to July 06, 2001, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1369: May 11, 2001, FEMA Id: 1369, Natural disaster type: Flood
  • Wisconsin Severe Storms, Tornadoes And Flooding, Incident Period: May 26, 2000 to July 19, 2000, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1332: June 24, 2000, FEMA Id: 1332, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • Wisconsin Winds, Hail & Rain, Incident Period: August 05, 1977, Emergency Declared EM-3048: October 03, 1977, FEMA Id: 3048, Natural disaster type: Wind
  • Wisconsin Drought, Incident Period: June 17, 1976, Emergency Declared EM-3014: June 17, 1976, FEMA Id: 3014, Natural disaster type: Drought
  • Wisconsin TORNADOES, SEVERE STORMS, FLOODING, Incident Period: April 21, 1965, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-192: April 21, 1965, FEMA Id: 192, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood

The number of natural disasters in Polk County (7) is smaller than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 4
Emergencies Declared: 3

Class of Workers in 2016 (%)

Most common industries in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Health care and social assistance (24%)
  • Manufacturing (13%)
  • Retail trade (10%)
  • Educational services (7%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Public administration (4%)
  • Other services, except public administration (4%)
  • Health care and social assistance (28%)
  • Manufacturing (15%)
  • Retail trade (12%)
  • Educational services (8%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Public administration (4%)
  • Other services, except public administration (4%)
Most common occupations in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Production occupations (18%)
  • Management occupations (11%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (11%)
  • Sales and related occupations (9%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (8%)
  • Transportation occupations (7%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (19%)
  • Sales and related occupations (10%)
  • Production occupations (9%)
  • Management occupations (8%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (7%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (6%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (6%)

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

  • Mexico (29%)
  • Philippines (8%)
  • Argentina (7%)
  • China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan (7%)
  • Russia (6%)
  • Germany (4%)
  • India (4%)

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

  • German (28%)
  • Norwegian (15%)
  • American (8%)
  • Swedish (6%)
  • Irish (4%)
  • Scandinavian (3%)
  • English (3%)

Polk County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 13,148 (79.2%)
  • Carpooled: 1,310 (7.9%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 32 (0.2%)
  • Taxicab, motorcycle, or other means: 181 (1.1%)
  • Bicycle: 20 (0.1%)
  • Walked: 624 (3.8%)
  • Worked at home: 1,362 (8.2%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

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


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

  • 476 people in nursing homes
  • 47 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 37 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 15 people in homes for abused, dependent, and neglected children
  • 9 people in homes for the mentally retarded

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

  • 308 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 71 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 33 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 19 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 17 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 12 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $50,693.

4.90% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($39,011 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.90%
Wisconsin average:

5.10%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
2.38% relocated from other counties in Wisconsin ($16,147 average AGI)
2.52% relocated from other states ($22,863 average AGI)
Polk County:

2.52%
Wisconsin average:

1.76%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from St. Croix County, WI  0.85% ($36,228 average AGI)
from Barron County, WI  0.51% ($27,404)
from Washington County, MN  0.32% ($42,200)
from Burnett County, WI  0.29% ($31,560)
from Chisago County, MN  0.28% ($37,980)
from Hennepin County, MN  0.27% ($63,468)
from Ramsey County, MN  0.25% ($38,682)


5.70% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($32,285 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.70%
Wisconsin average:

5.34%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
2.81% relocated to other counties in Wisconsin ($14,384 average AGI)
2.89% relocated to other states ($17,902 average AGI)
Polk County:

2.89%
Wisconsin average:

2.00%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to St. Croix County, WI  1.03% ($32,967 average AGI)
to Barron County, WI  0.51% ($25,300)
to Hennepin County, MN  0.35% ($32,210)
to Washington County, MN  0.29% ($40,431)
to Burnett County, WI  0.28% ($24,122)
to Ramsey County, MN  0.28% ($32,469)
to Chisago County, MN  0.23% ($50,600)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.2
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.5

Births per 1000 population in Polk County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.0
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 9.4
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 9.6

Deaths per 1000 population in Polk County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 9.1
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 6.4

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Polk County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 11.6%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 6.0%
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: 7,576 (6,564 aged, 1,012 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 423 (4%)

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, Wisconsin in 1999 - 2014:

  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (475)
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (392)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (391)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (259)
  • Unspecified dementia (247)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (233)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (221)
  • Congestive heart failure (153)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (144)
  • Colon, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (138)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 8%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 6%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 6.84
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 9,267
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 212
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 26,931

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,157
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 927
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 5

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 41
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 54

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 18

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 119.8. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 96.5
  • Other - 23.3

Household type by relationship:

Households: 43,663
  • In family households: 35,773 (6,421 male householders, 5,829 female householders)
    9,779 spouses, 11,483 children (10,604 natural, 322 adopted, 563 stepchildren), 494 grandchildren, 181 brothers or sisters, 233 parents, 314 other relatives, 1,019 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 7,343 (3,297 male householders (2,666 living alone)), 2,757 female householders (2,341 living alone)), 1,292 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 507

Size of family households: 6,514 2-persons, 2,269 3-persons, 2,166 4-persons, 874 5-persons, 273 6-persons, 163 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 4,997 1-person, 877 2-persons, 79 3-persons, 69 4-persons, 15 5-persons, 3 7-or-more-persons.

6,160 married couples with children.
2,527 single-parent households (1,000 men, 1,527 women).

97.6% of residents of Polk speak English at home.
1.2% of residents speak Spanish at home (54% speak English very well, 15% speak English well, 27% speak English not well, 3% don't speak English at all).
0.7% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (71% speak English very well, 16% speak English well, 11% speak English not well, 2% don't speak English at all).
0.4% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (58% speak English very well, 21% speak English well, 22% speak English not well).
0.2% of residents speak other language at home (78% speak English very well, 15% speak English well, 7% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $198,452,000 ($4,522 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $12,432,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $98,033,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $37,863,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $5,713,000
Federal grants: $33,144,000
Federal procurement contracts: $15,378,000 ($9,773,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $8,319,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $2,275,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $16,832,000
Federal Government insurance: $18,763,000

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

Births: 2,462
Here:

56 per 1000 residents
State:

65 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 2,143
Here:

48 per 1000 residents
State:

44 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +81
Here:

+2 per 1000 residents
State:

+8 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +2,651
Here:

+60 per 1000 residents
State:

+3 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Polk County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 2.70 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.3
State:

6.4

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.3
State:

4.2

Year house built

  • 2014 or later: 228
  • 2010 to 2013: 293
  • 2000 to 2009: 4,430
  • 1990 to 1999: 4,185
  • 1980 to 1989: 2,915
  • 1970 to 1979: 3,594
  • 1960 to 1969: 1,816
  • 1950 to 1959: 1,722
  • 1940 to 1949: 1,274
  • 1939 or earlier: 3,963
Note: State values scaled to Polk population
Rooms in houses/apartments in Polk County, Wisconsin
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Polk County population
  • 1 room: 27
  • 2 rooms: 101
  • 3 rooms: 494
  • 4 rooms: 1,612
  • 5 rooms: 2,613
  • 6 rooms: 2,702
  • 7 rooms: 2,255
  • 8 rooms: 1,859
  • 9+ rooms: 2,526
  • 1 room: 80
  • 2 rooms: 246
  • 3 rooms: 833
  • 4 rooms: 1,052
  • 5 rooms: 674
  • 6 rooms: 544
  • 7 rooms: 312
  • 8 rooms: 195
  • 9+ rooms: 163
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Polk County, Wisconsin
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Polk County population
  • no bedroom: 34
  • 1 bedroom: 492
  • 2 bedrooms: 3,483
  • 3 bedrooms: 6,736
  • 4 bedrooms: 2,720
  • 5+ bedrooms: 681
  • no bedroom: 81
  • 1 bedroom: 939
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,648
  • 3 bedrooms: 1,022
  • 4 bedrooms: 320
  • 5+ bedrooms: 92
Cars and other vehicles available in Polk County, Wisconsin in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Polk County population
  • no vehicle: 271
  • 1 vehicle: 2,941
  • 2 vehicles: 5,797
  • 3 vehicles: 3,413
  • 4 vehicles: 1,195
  • 5+ vehicles: 630
  • no vehicle: 412
  • 1 vehicle: 1,877
  • 2 vehicles: 1,289
  • 3 vehicles: 397
  • 4 vehicles: 91
  • 5+ vehicles: 63

88% of Polk County residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 35% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 50% lived in Wisconsin.

Polk County:

88.0%
State average:

85.4%

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

  • This state: 24,702
  • Other state: 18,025
  • Northeast: 521
  • Midwest: 15,369
  • South: 982
  • West: 1,107

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Polk County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (43.6%)
  • Utility gas (29.8%)
  • Wood (12.6%)
  • Electricity (9.4%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (2.5%)
  • Other fuel (1.1%)
  • No fuel used (0.3%)
  • Utility gas (35.6%)
  • Electricity (34.0%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (20.7%)
  • Wood (3.7%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (1.8%)
  • Other fuel (1.7%)
  • No fuel used (1.0%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 320
Here:

7.4%
Wisconsin:

15.4%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 143
Here:

6.3%
Wisconsin:

9.3%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 182
Here:

15.4%
Wisconsin:

19.5%

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: $36,000
  • Construction - Regular Highways: $3,304,000
  • Current Operations - Health - Other: $10,280,000
    Regular Highways: $8,048,000
    Public Welfare Institutions: $6,704,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $5,644,000
    Police Protection: $3,656,000
    General - Other: $2,792,000
    Correctional Institutions: $2,605,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $1,635,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $1,466,000
    Central Staff Services: $1,279,000
    General Public Buildings: $748,000
    Financial Administration: $533,000
    Libraries: $523,000
    Solid Waste Management: $508,000
    Parks and Recreation: $304,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $266,000
    Housing and Community Development: $94,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $1,246,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $1,279,000
    Police Protection: $199,000
    Central Staff Services: $132,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $16,966,000

Polk County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - All Other: $10,125,000
    Solid Waste Management: $361,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $102,000
    Parks and Recreation: $7,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - All Other: $59,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $841,000
    Highways: $601,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $2,155,000
    Interest Earnings: $513,000
    Rents: $320,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $304,000
    Sale of Property: $69,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $50,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $9,250,000
    Highways: $3,120,000
    General Local Government Support: $2,364,000
    All Other: $1,970,000
    Health and Hospitals: $403,000
    Housing and Community Development: $48,000
    Education: $14,000
  • Tax - Property: $15,019,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $2,405,000
    Other License: $611,000
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $175,000

Polk County government finances - Debt in 2006:

  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $34,828,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $30,335,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $24,100,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $19,607,000

Polk County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $4,409,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $11,320,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $59,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 476
  • Number of aged recipients: 60
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 416
  • Number of recipients under 18: 61
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 322
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 93
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 221
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 179
Polk County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Polk County, WI among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John28776.4 years
William17378.6 years
Robert16872.6 years
Mary15183.0 years
George13179.3 years
Carl12179.6 years
Donald11470.9 years
Henry11281.8 years
Arthur11079.0 years
Helen10681.5 years
Most common last names in Polk County, WI among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson41679.7 years
Anderson29578.8 years
Peterson22479.5 years
Nelson19078.6 years
Olson17681.0 years
Jensen11679.7 years
Carlson11578.9 years
Larson9775.8 years
Hansen8580.7 years
Erickson7279.6 years
Businesses in Polk County, WI
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware1MasterBrand Cabinets4
Alco Stores1McDonald's1
Chevrolet3Menards1
DHL1RadioShack3
Dairy Queen3Sears1
FedEx3Slumberland2
H&R Block2Subway5
Hardee's1T-Mobile1
Jimmy John's2True Value2
Jones New York1U-Haul2
KFC1UPS3
La-Z-Boy3Walmart1
Lane Furniture2YMCA1