Polk County, North Carolina Population 2020

Polk County, North Carolina's estimated population is 20,797 with a growth rate of 0.45% 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
202020,797930.45%
201920,704930.45%
201820,611930.45%
201720,5181300.64%
201620,388-13-0.06%
201520,401300.15%
201420,371-21-0.10%
201320,3921410.70%
201220,251-41-0.20%
201120,292-189-0.92%
201020,4816,06542.07%
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 by Race

Race Population Percentage
White18,49790.41%
Black or African American1,0625.19%
Some Other Race6062.96%
Two or More Races1960.96%
Asian770.38%
American Indian and Alaska Native160.08%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander40.02%

Polk County, North Carolina Population Pyramid 2020

Polk County, North Carolina Median Age

52.4


Total

50.8


Male

54.4


Female

Polk County, North Carolina Adults

There are 17,030 adults, (6,016 of whom are seniors) in Polk County, North Carolina.

Polk County, North Carolina Age Dependency

85.7

Age Dependency Ratio

54.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

31.1

Child Dependency Ratio

Polk County, North Carolina Sex Ratio

Female

10,776

52.67%

Male

9,682

47.33%

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
Married85.4%14.6%
All73.4%26.6%
Female66.7%33.3%
Non Family59.7%40.3%
Male56.1%43.9%

73.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All9,0472.2273.4
Married4,6612.8585.4
Non Family3,5001.1459.7
Female6993.266.7
Male1873.1856.1

2.82

Average Family Size

2.22

Average Household Size

3.2%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.2%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Polk County, North Carolina Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade5923.75%
9th to 12th Grade8415.32%
High School Graduate4,10826.00%
Some College3,65823.15%
Associates Degree1,59010.06%
Bachelors Degree3,00219.00%
Graduate Degree2,01212.73%

Polk County, North Carolina Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White14,14913,0564,709
Black76262947
Hispanic633439180
Other Race20214919
Multiple Races968832
Asian454527
Native American165

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 60.00%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$31,296$35,123$28,059
Less Than High School$21,985$22,863$17,500
High School Grad$26,783$31,132$20,638
Some College$30,711$37,338$27,553
Bachelors Degree$43,563$44,620$43,250
Graduate Degree$46,750$51,875$45,036

$31,296

Average Earnings

$35,123

Average Male

$28,059

Average Female

Polk County, North Carolina Language

Polk County, North Carolina Language by Age

Polk County, North Carolina Language

94.44% of Polk County, North Carolina residents speak only English, while 5.56% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 4.12% of the population.

Polk County, North Carolina Poverty

Polk County, North Carolina Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White17,3201,4828.56%
Hispanic1,18124520.75%
Black97916416.75%
Other60611118.32%
Native161168.75%
Asian7745.19%

9.46%

Overall Poverty Rate

9.12%

Male Poverty Rate

9.76%

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 68.75% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Polk County, North Carolina is Asian, with 5.19% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.15%. Among those working part-time, it was 13.74%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 10.85%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School16.03%
High School9.19%
Some College8.66%
Bachelors or Greater5.31%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed24.90%
Male Unemployed21.79%
Female Employed6.26%
Male Employed5.00%

Polk County, North Carolina Income

Polk County, North Carolina Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$48,834$67,301
Families$59,392$78,282
Married Families$66,016-
Non Families$31,623$46,603

Polk County, North Carolina Marital Status

Polk County, North Carolina Marital Status

Marriage Rates

56.3%

Overall Marriage Rate

61.7%

Male Marriage Rate

51.6%

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 Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Polk County, North Carolina Marital Status by Race

Polk County, North Carolina Veterans

1,557

Number of Veterans

1,428

Male Veterans

129

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam734
Korea272
First Gulf War160
World War II139
Second Gulf War74
Age Group Veterans
75+651
65 to 74520
55 to 64248
35 to 54126
18 to 3412
Name Veterans % of Total
White1,5019.52%
Black536.52%
Hispanic182.49%
Asian34.92%

$Polk County, North Carolina Veterans by Education

8.26%

Veteran Poverty Rate

38.04%

Veteran Disability Rate

Polk County, North Carolina Employment Status

52.2%

Labor Force Participation

49.4%

Employment Rate

5.2%

Unemployment Rate

Polk County, North Carolina Place of Birth

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

39.86%

Born in North Carolina

96.38%

Native Born

3.62%

Foreign Born

1.77%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

96.38% of Polk County, North Carolina residents were born in the United States, with 39.86% having been born in North Carolina. 1.77% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

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