Polk County, NC

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2022 Population
19,538
0.644% 1-year growth
US Senator
Thom Tillis
Republican Party
US Senator
Ted Budd
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
54.2
0.37% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
11%
15.6% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$60,465
9.82% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$255,000
11.8% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Polk County, NC had a population of 19.5k people with a median age of 54.2 and a median household income of $60,465. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Polk County, NC grew from 19,413 to 19,538, a 0.644% increase and its median household income grew from $55,058 to $60,465, a 9.82% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Polk County, NC are White (Non-Hispanic) (85.5%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (4.85%), White (Hispanic) (3.26%), Two+ (Hispanic) (2.17%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.71%).

None of the households in Polk County, NC reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

98.2% of the residents in Polk County, NC are U.S. citizens.

In 2022, the median property value in Polk County, NC was $255,000, and the homeownership rate was 76.5%.

Most people in Polk County, NC drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 27.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Polk County, NC was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Polk County, NC is home to a population of 19.5k people, from which 98.2% are citizens. As of 2022, 4.23% of Polk County, NC residents were born outside of the country (826 people).

In 2022, there were 17.6 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (16.7k people) in Polk County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 948 Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 637 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

98.2%
2022 Citizenship
97.9%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 98.2% of Polk County, NC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Polk County, NC was 97.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Polk County, NC
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    16.7k ± 314
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    948 ± 127
  3. White (Hispanic)
    637 ± 223
5.95%
Hispanic Population
1.16k people

In 2022, there were 17.6 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (16.7k people) in Polk County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 948 Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 637 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

5.95% of the people in Polk County, NC are hispanic (1.16k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Polk County, NC as a share of the total population.

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Foreign-Born Population

4.23%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
826 people
4.44%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
861 people

As of 2022, 4.23% of Polk County, NC residents (826 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Polk County, NC was 4.44%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    709 ± 131
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    201 ± 102
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    115 ± 67

Polk County, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.53 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Polk County, NC employs 8.55k people. The largest industries in Polk County, NC are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,406 people), Manufacturing (1,040 people), and Retail Trade (919 people), and the highest paying industries are Public Administration ($68,162), Wholesale Trade ($65,795), and Finance & Insurance ($63,297).

Occupations

8.55k
2022 Value
± 604
−0.627%
1 Year decline
± 10.2%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Polk County, NC declined at a rate of −0.627%, from 8.61k employees to 8.55k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Polk County, NC, are Sales & Related Occupations (990 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (906 people), and Management Occupations (798 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Polk County, NC.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

8.55k
2022 Value
± 604
−0.627%
1 Year decline
± 10.2%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Polk County, NC declined at a rate of −0.627%, from 8.61k employees to 8.55k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Polk County, NC, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,406 people), Manufacturing (1,040 people), and Retail Trade (919 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Polk County, NC, though some of these residents may live in Polk County, NC and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$44,552
Median earning men ± $4,178
$26,507
Median earning women ± $2,884

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Wholesale Trade ($69,125), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($64,250), and Public Administration ($56,513).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Construction ($145,804), Public Administration ($70,625), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($43,750).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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3.04%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 4.86M people employed in North Carolina. This represents a 3.04% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 10.9%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in North Carolina.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 174
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 110
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services
  3. 103
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Polk County, NC went to Donald J. Trump with 62.2% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (36.6%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (0.696%).

Thom Tillis and Ted Budd are the senators currently representing the state of North Carolina. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

North Carolina is currently represented by 14 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from North Carolina

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Thom Tillis
Senator from North Carolina2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015
Ted Budd
Senator from North Carolina3
Assumed office on January 3, 2023

Thom Tillis and Ted Budd are the senators currently representing North Carolina.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from North Carolina

North Carolina is currently represented by 14 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for North Carolina have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

Awarded Degrees over Time

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.944% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.805% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (2.16M), Some college (1.84M), and Bachelors Degree (1.63M).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Polk County, NC was $255,000 in 2022, which is 0.905 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $228,000 to $255,000, a 11.8% increase. The homeownership rate in Polk County, NC is 76.5%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Polk County, NC have an average commute time of 27.2 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Polk County, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Polk County, NC is $60,465. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Polk County, NC was Census Tract 9201.03 with a value of $68,468, followed by Census Tract 9201.04 and Census Tract 9203.03, with respective values of $65,649 and $61,813.

Property

$255,000
Median Property Value 2022
±$17,064
$6,537
Median Property Taxes
±$469

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Polk County, NC the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

76.5%
Homeownership
2022
61.9%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 76.5% of the housing units in Polk County, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 76.6%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9201.03
  2. Census Tract 9201.04
  3. Census Tract 9203.03

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Polk County, NC was Census Tract 9201.03 with a value of $68,468, followed by Census Tract 9201.04 and Census Tract 9203.03, with respective values of $65,649 and $61,813.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Polk County, NC colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$60,465
Median Household Income
± $4,574
8.54k
Number of Households
± 550

In 2022, the median household income of the 8.54k households in Polk County, NC grew to $60,465 from the previous year's value of $55,058.

The following chart displays the households in Polk County, NC distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Polk County, NC is from North Carolina.
0.47
2022 Wage GINI in North Carolina
0.47
2021 Wage GINI in North Carolina

In 2022, the income inequality in North Carolina was 0.47 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0732% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for North Carolina was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in North Carolina in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (77.2%)
  2. Worked At Home (12.4%)
  3. Carpooled (8.09%)

In 2022, 77.2% of workers in Polk County, NC drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (12.4%) and those who carpooled to work (8.09%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

27.2 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Polk County, NC have a longer commute time (27.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 2.92% of the workforce in Polk County, NC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Polk County, NC distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Polk County, NC have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

11% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Polk County, NC (2.12k out of 19.2k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 75+, followed by Females 55 - 64 and then Females 25 - 34.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Polk County, NC is White, followed by Black and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

90.1% of the population of Polk County, NC has health coverage, with 33.9% on employee plans, 13.5% on Medicaid, 23.8% on Medicare, 16.3% on non-group plans, and 2.5% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Polk County, NC see 1594 patients per year on average, which represents a 7.22% decrease from the previous year (1718 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 3004 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 568 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 45.4% were men and 54.6% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,594 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Polk County, NC

Primary care physicians in Polk County, NC see an average of 1,594 patients per year. This represents a 7.22% decrease from the previous year (1,718 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Polk County, NC in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 17.4% under 18 years, 13.3% between 18 and 34 years, 38.3% between 35 and 64 years, and 31% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 45.4% were men and 54.6% were women.

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Uninsured People

9.93%
Uninsured
33.9%
Employer Coverage
13.5%
Medicaid
23.8%
Medicare
16.3%
Non-Group
2.5%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Polk County, NC declined by 4.78% from 10.4% to 9.93%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Polk County, NC changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was N/A in Polk County, NC.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 32.6% in Polk County, NC.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 14.1% in Polk County, NC.

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