Polk County, Tennessee Population 2021

Polk County, Tennessee's estimated population is 16,660 with a growth rate of -0.51% in the past year according to the most recent United States census data. Polk County, Tennessee is the 75th largest county inTennessee. The 2010 Population was 16,813 and has seen a growth of -0.91% since this time.

Note: 2020 and 2021 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202116,660-86-0.51%
202016,746-86-0.51%
201916,832-86-0.51%
201816,9181590.95%
201716,759-35-0.21%
201616,794250.15%
201516,769850.51%
201416,684520.31%
201316,63280.05%
201216,624-147-0.88%
201116,771-42-0.25%
201016,8133,17023.24%
199013,643410.30%
198013,6021,93316.57%
197011,669-491-4.04%
196012,160-1,914-13.60%
195014,074-1,399-9.04%
194015,473-213-1.36%
193015,6861,44310.13%
192014,2431270.90%
191014,1162,75924.29%
190011,3572,99635.83%
18908,3611,09215.02%
18807,269-100-1.36%
18707,369-1,357-15.55%
18608,7262,38837.68%
18506,3382,76877.54%
18403,5700.00%
2021 Growth Rate
-0.51% (-86)
County Website
Founded
November 28, 1839
County Seat
2010 Population
16,813
Growth Since 2010
-0.91% (-153)
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Polk County, Tennessee Population Growth

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White16,16096.11%
Two or More Races3532.10%
Some Other Race1791.06%
Black or African American560.33%
American Indian and Alaska Native490.29%
Asian170.10%
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Polk County, Tennessee Population by Race

Polk County, Tennessee Population Pyramid $2021

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Polk County, Tennessee Median Age

45.6


Total

45.1


Male

46.4


Female

Polk County, Tennessee Adults

There are 13,478 adults, (3,449 of whom are seniors) in Polk County, Tennessee.

Polk County, Tennessee Age Dependency

67.7

Age Dependency Ratio

34.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

33.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Polk County, Tennessee Sex Ratio

Female

8,448

50.24%

Male

8,366

49.76%

Polk County, Tennessee Population by Age

Polk County, Tennessee Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Polk County, Tennessee Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Female54.2%45.8%
Non Family67.4%32.6%
Male68.5%31.5%
All73.7%26.3%
Married81.7%18.3%

73.7%

Rate of Home Ownership

Polk County, Tennessee Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All7,3832.2473.7
Married4,0252.7681.7
Non Family2,1441.1667.4
Female8492.4554.2
Male3652.4668.5

2.64

Average Family Size

2.24

Average Household Size

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Polk County, Tennessee Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade9227.50%
9th to 12th Grade1,23910.08%
High School Graduate4,84739.44%
Some College2,76822.53%
Associates Degree1,0558.59%
Bachelors Degree8667.05%
Graduate Degree5914.81%
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Polk County, Tennessee Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Polk County, Tennessee Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White11,7209,7481,396
2+ Races2321897
Hispanic1977028
Other Race8964
Black4223
Native American353521
Asian15155

The highest rate of high school graduation is among native american people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among native american people with a rate of 60.00%.

Polk County, Tennessee Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$32,160$37,974$25,879
Less Than 9th Grade$26,069$27,439$17,750
High School Graduate$31,175$37,813$21,125
Some College$32,869$38,273$29,148
Bachelors Degree$46,456$46,200$46,574
Graduate Degree$50,060$53,902$44,181

$32,160

Average Earnings

$37,974

Average Male

$25,879

Average Female

Polk County, Tennessee Earnings by Educational Attainment

Polk County, Tennessee Language by Age

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Polk County, Tennessee Language

97.73% of Polk County, Tennessee residents speak only English, while 2.27% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 1.49% of the population.

Polk County, Tennessee Language

Polk County, Tennessee Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White15,6792,30514.70%
Hispanic3409728.53%
Other1798849.16%
Multiple3534412.46%
Native492244.90%
Black9333.33%
Asian17211.76%

14.99%

Overall Poverty Rate

12.23%

Male Poverty Rate

17.68%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Polk County, Tennessee

The race most likely to be in poverty in Polk County, Tennessee is Other, with 49.16% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Polk County, Tennessee is Asian, with 11.76% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.16%. Among those working part-time, it was 18.74%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 22.19%.

Polk County, Tennessee Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade29.60%
High School11.47%
Some College9.08%
Bachelors or Greater5.47%

Polk County, Tennessee Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed34.08%
Male Unemployed12.72%
Female Employed9.12%
Male Employed4.00%

Polk County, Tennessee Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Polk County, Tennessee Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$43,306$60,185
Families$54,591$69,642
Married Families$60,841-
Non Families$27,460$34,319
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Income by Household Type

Polk County, Tennessee Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

59.8%

Overall Marriage Rate

58.6%

Male Marriage Rate

60.9%

Female Marriage Rate

Polk County, Tennessee Married by Age and Sex

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Polk County, Tennessee 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, Tennessee Marital Status by Race

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Polk County, Tennessee Marital Status

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1,134

Number of Veterans

1,105

Male Veterans

29

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam457
First Gulf War220
Second Gulf War184
Korea120
World War II4

Polk County, Tennessee Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
65 to 74449
35 to 54237
75+221
55 to 64187
18 to 3440

Polk County, Tennessee Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White1,1278.65%
Black610.71%
2+ Races10.40%

Polk County, Tennessee Veterans by Race

Polk County, Tennessee Veterans by Education

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2.66%

Veteran Poverty Rate

32.18%

Veteran Disability Rate

Polk County, Tennessee Veterans by Education

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55.6%

Labor Force Participation

51.7%

Employment Rate

7%

Unemployment Rate

Polk County, Tennessee Employment by Age

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Polk County, Tennessee Employment by Race

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Polk County, Tennessee 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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60.56%

Born in Polk County, Tennessee

98.76%

Native Born

1.24%

Foreign Born

0.60%

Non Citizen

0.64%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

98.76% of Polk County, Tennessee residents were born in the United States, with 60.56% having been born in Tennessee. 0.60% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Polk County, Tennessee 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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