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The 2000 Census showed that Polk County had a population of 18,324 people. This represented 0.23% of the total population of North Carolina, making it the state's 83rd most populous county (out of 100 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Polk had a population of 19,255 people. This is an increase of 5.08% 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
201020,510+11.93%+6.52% since 2009
200919,255+5.08%+0.12% since 2008
200819,232+4.96%+0.49% since 2007
200719,138+4.44%+0.46% since 2006
200619,050+3.96%+1.01% since 2005
200518,859+2.92%+0.46% since 2004
200418,773+2.45%+0.66% since 2003
200218,642+1.74%+0.53% since 2001
200118,544+1.2%+1.2% since 2000
200018,324The Last Census

Polk County had 9,192 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Polk County has a total area<3> of 238.6 square miles [617 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of that area is covered by water (0.75 square miles [1.93 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Polk County had a population density of 77 people per square mile [29.74 people/km²], making it the state's 63rd most densely populated county (out of 100 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 North Carolina.

Click here for the Polk County QuickFact (QF-37149).

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
HendersonQF-37089   W103,66989,17316.26%
RutherfordQF-37161   NE63,41562,8990.82%
Greenville (SC)QF-45045   S451,428379,61618.92%
Spartanburg (SC)QF-45083   SE286,822253,79113.02%

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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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