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The 2000 Census showed that Polk County had a population of 16,050 people. This represented 0.28% of the total population of Tennessee, making it the state's 75th most populous county (out of 95 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Polk had a population of 15,648 people. This is a decrease of 2.5% 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
201016,825+4.83%+7.52% since 2009
200915,648-2.5%-0.77% since 2008
200815,770-1.74%+0.28% since 2007
200715,726-2.02%-0.34% since 2006
200615,780-1.68%+0.2% since 2005
200515,749-1.88%-0.18% since 2004
200415,777-1.7%-1.19% since 2003
200315,967-0.52%-0.25% since 2002
200216,007-0.27%-1.3% since 2001
200116,218+1.05%+1.05% since 2000
200016,050The Last Census

Polk County had 7,369 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Polk County has a total area<3> of 442.4 square miles [1,145 km²]. Of this total, 435.1 square miles [1,126 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (1.65%) being water (7.3 square miles [18.9 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Polk County had a population density of 36.89 people per square mile [14.24 people/km²], making it the state's 82nd most densely populated county (out of 95 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 Tennessee.

Click here for the Polk County QuickFact (QF-47139).

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
Fannin (GA)QF-13111   SE22,94519,79815.9%
Murray (GA)QF-13213   SW40,62136,50611.27%
Cherokee (NC)QF-37039   E26,30724,2988.27%
BradleyQF-47011   W97,71087,96511.08%
McMinnQF-47107   N52,73949,0157.6%
MonroeQF-47123   NE45,83038,96117.63%

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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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