Polk County, North Carolina Population 2024

20,576

Polk County, North Carolina's estimated 2024 population is 20,576 with a growth rate of 1.45% in the past year according to the most recent United States census data. Polk County, North Carolina is the 79th largest county in North Carolina. The 2010 population was 20,474 and has seen a growth of 0.5% since that time.

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
202922,0512951.36%
202821,7562951.37%
202721,4612951.39%
202621,1662951.41%
202520,8712951.43%
202420,5762951.45%
202320,2812951.48%
202219,9862951.5%
202119,6913081.59%
202019,383-1,340-6.47%
201920,723500.24%
201820,6731060.52%
201720,5671490.73%
201620,41810%
201520,417450.22%
201420,372-18-0.09%
201320,3901390.69%
201220,251-38-0.19%
201120,289-185-0.9%
201020,474
199014,4161,43211.03%
198012,9841,24910.64%
197011,7353402.98%
196011,395-232-2%
195011,627-247-2.08%
194011,8741,65816.23%
193010,2161,38415.67%
19208,8321,19215.6%
19107,6406369.08%
19007,0041,10218.67%
18905,90284016.59%
18805,06274317.2%
18704,3192766.83%
18604,043-18,008-81.67%
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2024 Growth Rate
1.45% (295)
County Website
Polk County
County Seat
2010 Population
20,474
Area
238 mi²
Density
86 people/mi²
Growth Since 2010
0.5% (102)
Founded
1855

Polk County, North Carolina Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White17,35188.81%
Black or African American9484.85%
Two or more races7573.87%
Other race4072.08%
Asian400.2%
Native American350.18%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
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White

Black or African American

Two or more races

Other race

Asian

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Polk County, North Carolina Population by Race

Polk County, North Carolina Population Pyramid 2024

Polk County, North Carolina Median Age

54.2

Total

52.2

Male

55.2

Female

Polk County, North Carolina Adults

There are 16,468 adults, (6,186 of whom are seniors) in Polk County, North Carolina.

Polk County, North Carolina Age Dependency

90

Age Dependency Ratio

60.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

29.9

Child Dependency Ratio

Polk County, North Carolina Sex Ratio

Female10,44053.43%
Male9,09846.57%

Polk County, North Carolina Population by Age

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

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All8,5412.2576.523.5
Married4,4722.8188.611.4
Non Family3,1951.1763.436.6
Female6473.5354.445.6
Male2272.7985.514.5
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2.83

Average Family Size

2.25

Average Household Size

76.5%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Polk County, North Carolina Households and Families

Male

Female

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Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

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

Polk County, North Carolina Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among asian people with a rate of 100%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 75%.

Polk County, North Carolina Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$36,798

Average Earnings

$45,471

Average Male

$28,853

Average Female

Polk County, North Carolina Earnings by Educational Attainment

Polk County, North Carolina Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Polk County, North Carolina Language

93% of Polk County, North Carolina residents speak only English, while 7% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 5.06% of the population.

Polk County, North Carolina Language

Polk County, North Carolina Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White16,4851,71210.39%
Black88016418.64%
Multiple75715921%
Hispanic1,1481119.67%
Native351645.71%
Asian40615%
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11.01%

Overall Poverty Rate

9.01%

Male Poverty Rate

12.75%

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 45.71% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Polk County, North Carolina is Hispanic, with 9.67% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.67%. Among those working part-time, it was 17.71%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 12.2%.

Polk County, North Carolina Poverty

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Rate
Poverty
High School17.08%
Less Than 9th Grade12.93%
Some College10.17%
Bachelors or Greater6.63%
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Polk County, North Carolina Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Unemployed25.13%
Male Unemployed16.67%
Female Employed11.46%
Male Employed4.6%
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Polk County, North Carolina Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Polk County, North Carolina Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

Polk County, North Carolina Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

56.2%

Overall Marriage Rate

60.5%

Male Marriage Rate

52.5%

Female Marriage Rate

Polk County, North Carolina Married by Age and Sex

male

female

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 55-64.

Polk County, North Carolina Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Polk County, North Carolina Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

1,486

Number of Veterans

1,432

Male Veterans

54

Female Veterans

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Polk County, North Carolina Veterans by War

count

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Polk County, North Carolina Veterans by Age

count

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Polk County, North Carolina Veterans by Race

Polk County, North Carolina Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

6.24%

Veteran Poverty Rate

30.09%

Veteran Disability Rate

Polk County, North Carolina Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

53.2%

Labor Force Participation

50.9%

Employment Rate

4.3%

Unemployment Rate

Polk County, North Carolina Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Polk County, North Carolina Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Polk County, North Carolina Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

39.04%

Born in Polk County, North Carolina

95.77%

Native Born

4.23%

Foreign Born

1.82%

Non Citizen

2.41%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

95.77% of Polk County, North Carolina residents were born in the United States, with 39.04% having been born in North Carolina. 1.82% 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

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