Polk County, North Carolina Population 2018

Polk County, North Carolina's estimated population is 20,558 with a growth rate of 1.15% in the past year according to the most recent United States census data. Polk County, North Carolina is the 81st largest county in North Carolina.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
201720,5582341.15%
201620,324-97-0.48%
201620,42190.04%
201520,412300.15%
201420,382-17-0.08%
201320,3991440.71%
201220,255-39-0.19%
201120,294-186-0.91%
201020,4806,06442.06%
199014,4161,43211.03%
198012,9841,24910.64%
197011,7353402.98%
196011,395-232-2.00%
195011,627-247-2.08%
194011,8741,65816.23%
193010,2161,38415.67%
19208,8321,19215.60%
19107,6406369.08%
19007,0041,10218.67%
18905,90284016.59%
18805,06274317.20%
18704,3192766.83%
18604,0430.00%

Polk County, North Carolina Population Growth

Population Data via

Population by Race

Race Population
White18,530
Black or African American1,084
Some Other Race413
Two or More Races214
American Indian and Alaska Native45
Asian30
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander8

Race Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey)

Polk County, North Carolina Population Pyramid 2018

0%2%4%6%8%10% Male Population0%2%4%6%8%10% Female Population80757065605550454035302520151050

Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S0101

Polk County, North Carolina Median Age

51.3


Total

49.2


Male

53.5


Female

Polk County, North Carolina Adults

There are 16,788 adults, (5,589 of which are seniors) in Polk County, North Carolina.

Polk County, North Carolina Age Dependency

81.4

Age Dependency Ratio

49.9

Old Age Dependency Ratio

31.5

Child Dependency Ratio

Polk County, North Carolina Sex Ratio

Female

10,592

52.12%

Male

9,732

47.88%

Polk County, North Carolina Households and Families

Polk County, North Carolina Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Polk County, North Carolina Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married83.6%16.4%
All73%27%
Non Family63.9%36.1%
Female54.3%45.7%
Male49.6%50.4%

73.0%

Rate of Home Ownership

Polk County, North Carolina Households by Type

Type Count Average Size Owned
All8,6622.3173
Married4,6052.8583.6
Non Family2,9691.1663.9
Female7313.254.3
Male3573.0649.6

2.81

Average Family Size

2.31

Average Household Size

4.1%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.3%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Polk County, North Carolina Households

Polk County, North Carolina Education

Polk County, North Carolina Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade7915.10%
9th to 12th Grade1,1027.11%
High School Graduate3,89925.16%
Some College3,23220.85%
Associates Degree1,5479.98%
Bachelors Degree3,15920.38%
Graduate Degree1,76811.41%

Polk County, North Carolina Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White14,04412,6544,712
Black75256361
Hispanic551252111
Other Race15428
Multiple Races979040
Native American4537
Asian30303

The highest rate of high school graduation is among asian people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 41.24%.

Polk County, North Carolina Earnings by Educational Attainment

Name Average Male Female
Overall$28,738$33,824$25,556
Less Than High School$20,145$21,047$18,684
High School Grad$23,072$29,853$19,398
Some College$29,460$32,847$27,907
Bachelors Degree$40,483$47,604$29,719
Graduate Degree$47,798$57,589$43,320

$28,738

Average Earnings

$33,824

Average Male

$25,556

Average Female

Polk County, North Carolina Language

Polk County, North Carolina Language by Age

Polk County, North Carolina Language

94.60% of Polk County, North Carolina residents speak only English, while 5.40% speak other languages. The largest non-English language is Spanish, which is spoken by 4.50% of the population.

Polk County, North Carolina Poverty

Polk County, North Carolina Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White17,6391,97211.18%
Black1,01350950.25%
Hispanic1,14639434.38%
Other41329872.15%
Native442761.36%

14.52%

Overall Poverty Rate

14.54%

Male Poverty Rate

14.49%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Polk County, North Carolina

The race most likely to be in poverty in Polk County, North Carolina is Other, with 72.15% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Polk County, North Carolina is White, with 11.18% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.15%. Among those working part-time, it was 15.79%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 15.65%.

Polk County, North Carolina Poverty Rate by Education

Name Poverty
Less Than High School24.66%
Some College15.08%
High School10.59%
Bachelors or Greater4.66%

Polk County, North Carolina Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Name Poverty
Female Unemployed36.05%
Male Unemployed29.95%
Male Employed9.03%
Female Employed5.73%

Polk County, North Carolina Income

Polk County, North Carolina Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$47,396$64,064
Families$55,564$72,308
Married Families$64,837$
Non Families$26,925$45,059

Polk County, North Carolina Marital Status

Polk County, North Carolina Marital Status

Marriage Rates

55.4%

Overall Marriage Rate

60.3%

Male Marriage Rate

51.0%

Female Marriage Rate

Polk County, North Carolina Married by Age and Sex

Polk County, North Carolina Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 45To54, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45To54.

Polk County, North Carolina Marital Status by Race

Polk County, North Carolina Veterans

Polk County, North Carolina Veterans by War

1,769

Number of Veterans

1,606

Male Veterans

163

Female Veterans

Name Veterans
Vietnam785
Korea294
First Gulf War197
World War II170
Second Gulf War150

Polk County, North Carolina Veterans by Age

Name Veterans
75+629
65 to 74552
55 to 64313
35 to 54209
18 to 3466

Polk County, North Carolina Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White1,72811.12%
Black394.89%
Hispanic263.76%
Asian26.67%

Polk County, North Carolina Veterans by Education

9.31%

Veteran Poverty Rate

33.12%

Veteran Disability Rate

Polk County, North Carolina Employment Status

Polk County, North Carolina Employment by Age

53.6%

Labor Force Participation

49.4%

Employment Rate

7.8%

Unemployment Rate

Polk County, North Carolina Employment by Race

Polk County, North Carolina Employment by Education

Population of Cities in Polk County, North Carolina

City 2010 Census 2016 Estimated Growth Growth Rate
Tryon16421621-21-1.28%
Columbus999981-18-1.80%
Saluda 714706-8-1.12%
Data Sources
  1. US Census City/Town Population estimates - Most recent state estimates from the Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program
  2. Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790 - 1990