Polk County, Florida Population 2021

Polk County, Florida's estimated population is 761,137 with a growth rate of 2.45% in the past year according to the most recent United States census data. Polk County, Florida is the 10th largest county in Florida. The 2010 Population was 603,102 and has seen a growth of 26.20% since this time.

Note: 2020 and 2021 data is projected
Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2021761,13718,1802.45%
2020742,95718,1802.51%
2019724,77718,1802.57%
2018706,59721,2293.10%
2017685,36819,5452.94%
2016665,82317,3002.67%
2015648,52314,1252.23%
2014634,39811,7651.89%
2013622,6337,1801.17%
2012615,4535,5050.90%
2011609,9486,8461.14%
2010603,102197,72048.77%
1990405,38283,73026.03%
1980321,65294,43041.56%
1970227,22232,08316.44%
1960195,13971,14257.37%
1950123,99737,33243.08%
194086,66514,37419.88%
193072,29133,63086.99%
192038,66114,51360.10%
191024,14811,67693.62%
190012,4724,56757.77%
18907,9054,724148.51%
18803,181120.38%
18703,1690.00%
2021 Growth Rate
2.45%
County Website
State
Founded
February 8, 1861
County Seat
2010 Population
603,102
Growth Since 2010
26.20%
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Polk County, Florida Population Growth

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White528,84377.07%
Black or African American104,67615.25%
Some Other Race20,8453.04%
Two or More Races16,9512.47%
Asian12,2441.78%
American Indian and Alaska Native2,3580.34%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander3010.04%
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Polk County, Florida Population by Race

Polk County, Florida Population Pyramid $2021

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Polk County, Florida Median Age

40.2


Total

39.1


Male

41.3


Female

Polk County, Florida Adults

There are 533,359 adults, (138,341 of whom are seniors) in Polk County, Florida.

Polk County, Florida Age Dependency

73.7

Age Dependency Ratio

35

Old Age Dependency Ratio

38.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Polk County, Florida Sex Ratio

Female

349,939

51.00%

Male

336,279

49.00%

Polk County, Florida Population by Age

Polk County, Florida Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Polk County, Florida Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married80.1%19.9%
All68.9%31.1%
Non Family61.8%38.2%
Male57.8%42.2%
Female48.5%51.5%

68.9%

Rate of Home Ownership

Polk County, Florida Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All235,2832.8668.9
Married117,0743.3280.1
Non Family73,8141.3561.8
Female31,6684.2648.5
Male12,7273.9857.8

3.44

Average Family Size

2.86

Average Household Size

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Polk County, Florida Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade28,3385.96%
9th to 12th Grade42,7138.99%
High School Graduate165,07434.73%
Some College99,46420.93%
Associates Degree43,8169.22%
Bachelors Degree62,68513.19%
Graduate Degree33,1666.98%
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Polk County, Florida Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Polk County, Florida Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White308,961275,57668,145
Hispanic88,14064,42312,853
Black64,74753,1909,740
Other Race13,0849,3692,065
Asian9,1567,3613,799
2+ Races6,6685,7141,697
Native American1,7201,424247
Islander16813518

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 89.19%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 41.49%.

Polk County, Florida Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$32,352$37,715$28,807
Less Than 9th Grade$23,088$27,281$17,558
High School Graduate$28,646$32,310$24,036
Some College$32,530$39,810$28,293
Bachelors Degree$45,272$52,396$41,886
Graduate Degree$53,340$63,143$49,375

$32,352

Average Earnings

$37,715

Average Male

$28,807

Average Female

Polk County, Florida Earnings by Educational Attainment

Polk County, Florida Language by Age

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Polk County, Florida Language

77.69% of Polk County, Florida residents speak only English, while 22.31% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 18.16% of the population.

Polk County, Florida Language

Polk County, Florida Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White396,37346,03611.61%
Hispanic152,36933,19421.79%
Black101,13224,29024.02%
Other20,6803,83918.56%
Multiple16,7022,71416.25%
Asian12,1801,30810.74%
Native2,27649621.79%
Islander3014113.62%

15.83%

Overall Poverty Rate

14.41%

Male Poverty Rate

17.17%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Polk County, Florida

The race most likely to be in poverty in Polk County, Florida is Black, with 24.02% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Polk County, Florida is Asian, with 10.74% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.03%. Among those working part-time, it was 16.59%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 21.67%.

Polk County, Florida Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade26.31%
High School13.77%
Some College9.89%
Bachelors or Greater4.94%

Polk County, Florida Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Unemployed35.14%
Female Unemployed32.29%
Female Employed7.47%
Male Employed5.68%

Polk County, Florida Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Polk County, Florida Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$50,584$66,810
Families$58,508$75,478
Married Families$68,872$87,083
Non Families$31,438$43,682
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Income by Household Type

Polk County, Florida Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

46.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

49.1%

Male Marriage Rate

44.8%

Female Marriage Rate

Polk County, Florida Married by Age and Sex

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Polk County, Florida Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Polk County, Florida Marital Status by Race

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Polk County, Florida Marital Status

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48,684

Number of Veterans

44,614

Male Veterans

4,070

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam19,160
First Gulf War8,463
Second Gulf War6,412
Korea4,472
World War II1,746

Polk County, Florida Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
65 to 7414,422
75+13,900
55 to 648,805
35 to 548,544
18 to 343,013

Polk County, Florida Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White42,30310.04%
Black4,4895.92%
Hispanic3,9723.79%
Other Race6374.25%
2+ Races5836.70%
Asian3143.13%
Native American31415.87%
Islander4419.05%

Polk County, Florida Veterans by Race

Polk County, Florida Veterans by Education

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8.06%

Veteran Poverty Rate

33.73%

Veteran Disability Rate

Polk County, Florida Veterans by Education

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55.2%

Labor Force Participation

51.8%

Employment Rate

5.9%

Unemployment Rate

Polk County, Florida Employment by Age

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Polk County, Florida Employment by Race

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Polk County, Florida Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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42.83%

Born in Polk County, Florida

89.97%

Native Born

10.03%

Foreign Born

5.26%

Non Citizen

4.77%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

89.97% of Polk County, Florida residents were born in the United States, with 42.83% having been born in Florida. 5.26% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Polk County, Florida Place of Birth

  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

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