Polk County, North Carolina Population 2021

Polk County, North Carolina's estimated population is 20,836 with a growth rate of 0.27% in the past year according to the most recent United States census data. Polk County, North Carolina is the 82nd largest county inNorth Carolina. The 2010 Population was 20,475 and has seen a growth of 1.76% since this time.

Note: 2020 and 2021 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202120,836560.27%
202020,780560.27%
201920,724560.27%
201820,6681040.51%
201720,5641500.73%
201620,4140.00%
201520,414470.23%
201420,367-21-0.10%
201320,3881390.69%
201220,249-39-0.19%
201120,288-187-0.91%
201020,4756,05942.03%
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%
2021 Growth Rate
0.27% (56)
County Website
Founded
1855
County Seat
2010 Population
20,475
Growth Since 2010
1.76% (361)
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Polk County, North Carolina Population Growth

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White18,55690.27%
Black or African American1,0054.89%
Some Other Race6173.00%
Two or More Races1730.84%
Asian1360.66%
American Indian and Alaska Native640.31%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander60.03%
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Polk County, North Carolina Population by Race

Polk County, North Carolina Population Pyramid $2021

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Polk County, North Carolina Median Age

52.7


Total

51.5


Male

54.7


Female

Polk County, North Carolina Adults

There are 17,183 adults, (6,203 of whom are seniors) in Polk County, North Carolina.

Polk County, North Carolina Age Dependency

87.2

Age Dependency Ratio

56.5

Old Age Dependency Ratio

30.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Polk County, North Carolina Sex Ratio

Female

10,838

52.72%

Male

9,719

47.28%

Polk County, North Carolina Population by Age

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

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Polk County, North Carolina Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Non Family62%38%
Female64.7%35.3%
Male71.4%28.6%
All74%26%
Married84.3%15.7%

74.0%

Rate of Home Ownership

Polk County, North Carolina Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All9,0712.2374
Married4,7312.8784.3
Non Family3,5211.1462
Female6203.1864.7
Male1993.3171.4

2.85

Average Family Size

2.23

Average Household Size

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Polk County, North Carolina Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade6203.90%
9th to 12th Grade8495.34%
High School Graduate3,99025.11%
Some College3,89824.53%
Associates Degree1,91112.03%
Bachelors Degree2,95718.61%
Graduate Degree1,66410.47%
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Polk County, North Carolina Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Polk County, North Carolina Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White14,25913,1624,362
Black67554329
Hispanic654434162
Other Race23013617
2+ Races968113
Asian808038
Native American2212

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 47.50%.

Polk County, North Carolina Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$32,253$36,671$29,160
Less Than 9th Grade$27,986$25,625$30,000
High School Graduate$29,411$32,778$20,982
Some College$32,903$38,513$27,373
Bachelors Degree$39,508$44,609$35,603
Graduate Degree$50,556$41,750$50,972

$32,253

Average Earnings

$36,671

Average Male

$29,160

Average Female

Polk County, North Carolina Earnings by Educational Attainment

Polk County, North Carolina Language by Age

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Polk County, North Carolina Language

92.79% of Polk County, North Carolina residents speak only English, while 7.21% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 4.58% of the population.

Polk County, North Carolina Language

Polk County, North Carolina Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White17,3901,5979.18%
Hispanic1,20130625.48%
Other61714523.50%
Native6464100.00%
Black925171.84%
Asian13685.88%

9.83%

Overall Poverty Rate

8.22%

Male Poverty Rate

11.29%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Polk County, North Carolina

The race most likely to be in poverty in Polk County, North Carolina is Native, with 100.00% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Polk County, North Carolina is Black, with 1.84% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.42%. Among those working part-time, it was 14.21%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 11.05%.

Polk County, North Carolina Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade15.53%
High School9.94%
Some College8.49%
Bachelors or Greater5.72%

Polk County, North Carolina Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed30.24%
Male Unemployed11.82%
Female Employed7.44%
Male Employed5.05%

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

Polk County, North Carolina Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$48,787$68,076
Families$59,966$81,050
Married Families$65,701-
Non Families$33,278$44,610
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Income by Household Type

Polk County, North Carolina Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

56.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

60.5%

Male Marriage Rate

53.0%

Female Marriage Rate

Polk County, North Carolina Married by Age and Sex

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Polk County, North Carolina 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 45-54.

Polk County, North Carolina Marital Status by Race

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Polk County, North Carolina Marital Status

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1,553

Number of Veterans

1,435

Male Veterans

118

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam742
Korea215
First Gulf War169
World War II104
Second Gulf War102

Polk County, North Carolina Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
75+594
65 to 74549
55 to 64241
35 to 54146
18 to 3423

Polk County, North Carolina Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White1,4749.29%
Black759.52%
Hispanic50.66%
Asian43.70%

Polk County, North Carolina Veterans by Race

Polk County, North Carolina Veterans by Education

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8.65%

Veteran Poverty Rate

42.36%

Veteran Disability Rate

Polk County, North Carolina Veterans by Education

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50.2%

Labor Force Participation

47.5%

Employment Rate

5.1%

Unemployment Rate

Polk County, North Carolina Employment by Age

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Polk County, North Carolina Employment by Race

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Polk County, North Carolina 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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36.91%

Born in Polk County, North Carolina

95.93%

Native Born

4.07%

Foreign Born

2.26%

Non Citizen

1.81%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

95.93% of Polk County, North Carolina residents were born in the United States, with 36.91% having been born in North Carolina. 2.26% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Polk County, North Carolina 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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