Polk County NC Information


Polk County Subdivisions

Polk County NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 21,307
Daytime Population: Workers 6,740
Daytime Population: Residents 12,120
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 18,860
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.89
Population in Households 20,958
Population in Familes 16,634
Population in Group Qrtrs 349
Population Density2 90
Diversity Index3 28


Median Household Income $43,475
Average Household Income $57,887
Per Capita Income $25,363


Total Housing Units 11,929 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 6,718 (56.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,516 (21.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,695 (22.6%)
Median Home Value $193,440
Average Home Value $244,946


Total Households 9,234
Average Household Size 2.27
Family Households 5,858
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.53% 0.64%
Households 0.37% 0.55%
Families 0.18% 0.44%
Median Household Income   1.02%
Per Capita Income   1.98%


Polk County NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Polk County to the other 100 counties and county equivalents in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 80 21st
Population Density # 63 38th
Diversity Index # 86 15th
Median Household Income # 45 56th
Per Capita Income # 28 73rd

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