Polk County, North Carolina Population 2022

Polk County, North Carolina's estimated population is 20,892 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 in North Carolina. The 2010 Population was 20,475 and has seen a growth of 2.04% since this time.

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
18604,0430.00%
18704,3192766.83%
18805,06274317.20%
18905,90284016.59%
19007,0041,10218.67%
19107,6406369.08%
19208,8321,19215.60%
193010,2161,38415.67%
194011,8741,65816.23%
195011,627-247-2.08%
196011,395-232-2.00%
197011,7353402.98%
198012,9841,24910.64%
199014,4161,43211.03%
201020,4756,05942.03%
201120,288-187-0.91%
201220,249-39-0.19%
201320,3881390.69%
201420,367-21-0.10%
201520,414470.23%
201620,4140.00%
201720,5641500.73%
201820,6681040.51%
201920,724560.27%
202020,780560.27%
202120,836560.27%
202220,892560.27%
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Polk County, North Carolina Population Growth

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White18,76890.75%
Black or African American9964.82%
American Indian and Alaska Native750.36%
Asian1530.74%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander40.02%
Some Other Race3011.46%
Two or More Races3851.86%
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Polk County, North Carolina Population by Race

Polk County, North Carolina Population Pyramid 2022

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Polk County, North Carolina Median Age

53.7


Total

52.2


Male

55


Female

Polk County, North Carolina Adults

There are 17,327 adults, (6,417 of whom are seniors) in Polk County, North Carolina.

Polk County, North Carolina Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

58.8

Old Age Dependency Ratio

30.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Polk County, North Carolina Sex Ratio

Female

10,949

52.94%

Male

9,733

47.06%

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
Married87.7%12.3%
Male82.3%17.7%
All75.6%24.4%
Female66.3%33.7%
Non Family61.4%38.6%

75.6%

Rate of Home Ownership

Polk County, North Carolina Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All9,2522.275.6
Married4,6812.8687.7
Male2542.9482.3
Female6293.2366.3
Non Family3,6881.1561.4

2.84

Average Family Size

2.2

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 Grade5183.22%
9th to 12th Grade8365.19%
High School Graduate4,17625.93%
Some College3,61322.43%
Associates Degree1,69810.54%
Bachelors Degree3,29720.47%
Graduate Degree1,96812.22%
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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
Asian888848
White14,45113,4154,943
Hispanic676502152
Other Race1379529
2+ Races22721236
Black70957159
Native American2314

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 54.55%.

Polk County, North Carolina Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$32,822$38,936$26,446
Less Than 9th Grade$31,632$33,185$30,500
High School Graduate$30,958$34,773$18,641
Some College$31,656$39,324$25,030
Bachelors Degree$35,459$40,882$30,690
Graduate Degree$50,455$54,397$42,500

$32,822

Average Earnings

$38,936

Average Male

$26,446

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

92.14% of Polk County, North Carolina residents speak only English, while 7.86% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 5.36% 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
Native7575100.00%
Hispanic1,22729524.04%
Multiple3855012.99%
White17,7231,6319.20%
Asian15374.58%
Black925384.11%
Other76NaN%

10.03%

Overall Poverty Rate

7.74%

Male Poverty Rate

12.08%

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 Other, with NaN% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.32%. Among those working part-time, it was 17.37%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 9.85%.

Polk County, North Carolina Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade12.57%
High School13.84%
Some College7.95%
Bachelors or Greater4.89%

Polk County, North Carolina Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Employed4.72%
Male Unemployed19.33%
Female Employed10.87%
Female Unemployed28.32%

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$52,125$71,585
Families$65,766$86,663
Married Families$71,121-
Non Families$32,737$45,916
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Income by Household Type

Polk County, North Carolina Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

56.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

60.3%

Male Marriage Rate

52.2%

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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1,479

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War176
First Gulf War157
Vietnam671
Korea207
World War II51

Polk County, North Carolina Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
18 to 34104
35 to 54155
55 to 64200
65 to 74466
75+554

Polk County, North Carolina Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White1,4088.80%
Black719.07%
Hispanic50.65%

Polk County, North Carolina Veterans by Race

Polk County, North Carolina Veterans by Education

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5.68%

Veteran Poverty Rate

37.07%

Veteran Disability Rate

Polk County, North Carolina Veterans by Education

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53.2%

Labor Force Participation

51.2%

Employment Rate

3.7%

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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37.48%

Born in Polk County, North Carolina

95.53%

Native Born

4.47%

Foreign Born

2.33%

Non Citizen

2.14%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

95.53% of Polk County, North Carolina residents were born in the United States, with 37.48% having been born in North Carolina. 2.33% 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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