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Time Zone: Polk County lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time.

The community of Columbus is the Seat for Polk County.

Polk County was founded in 1855. Polk was created by taking area from Henderson and 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 last Census (which gave a population of 18,324 people in 2000).

At the time of the 2000 Census, Polk represented 0.23% of the total population of North Carolina, making it the state's 83rd most populous county (out of 100 counties).

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

YearPopulationChange
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% 
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200018,324The Last Census

More information can be found on the Polk County Census Page for Polk County.

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Websites for Polk County

Official Website:   www.polknc.org

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<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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