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The 2000 Census showed that Polk County had a population of 38,127 people. This represented 0.47% of the total population of Georgia, making it the state's 46th most populous county (out of 159 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Polk had a population of 42,298 people. This is an increase of 10.94% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
201041,475+8.78%-1.95% since 2009
200942,298+10.94%+0.52% since 2008
200842,081+10.37%+1.53% since 2007
200741,447+8.71%+1.22% since 2006
200640,946+7.39%+1.6% since 2005
200540,300+5.7%+0.88% since 2004
200439,950+4.78%+0.84% since 2003
200339,616+3.91%+0.53% since 2002
200239,409+3.36%+1.61% since 2001
200138,783+1.72%+1.72% since 2000
200038,127The Last Census

Polk County had 15,059 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Polk County has a total area<3> of 312.1 square miles [808 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of that area is covered by water (0.99 square miles [2.57 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Polk County had a population density of 122.5 people per square mile [47.31 people/km²], making it the state's 43rd most densely populated county (out of 159 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Polk County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Polk and the state of Georgia.

Click here for the Polk County QuickFact (QF-13233).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Polk County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Polk County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
Cherokee (AL)QF-01019   NW24,44823,9881.92%
Cleburne (AL)QF-01029   SW14,75914,1234.5%
BartowQF-13015   NE96,21776,01926.57%
FloydQF-13115   N96,25090,5656.28%
HaralsonQF-13143   S28,89025,69012.46%
PauldingQF-13223   E136,65581,67867.31%

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Polk. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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