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

Polk County was founded in 1839. Polk was created by taking area from McMinn and 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 last Census (which gave a population of 16,050 people in 2000).

At the time of the 2000 Census, Polk represented 0.28% of the total population of Tennessee, making it the state's 75th most populous county (out of 95 counties).

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
200016,050The Last Census

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


Below are some of the communities located in Polk County (for more communities, please visit our Nearby Page for Polk County):

Community 2009
(2009vs. 2000)
Benton   1,1971,1385.18% increase  
Copperhill   43651114.68% decrease  
Ducktown   37742711.71% decrease  

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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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