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Time Zone: Polk County lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time.

The community of Balsam Lake is the Seat for Polk County.

Polk County was founded in 1853 and was created by taking area from Saint CroixCounty.

From the Census Estimates for 2009, <1> Polk had a population of 44,252 people. This is an increase of 7.1% since the last Census (which gave a population of 41,319 people in 2000).

At the time of the 2000 Census, Polk represented 0.77% of the total population of Wisconsin, making it the state's 32nd most populous county (out of 72 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
201044,205+6.98%-0.11% since 2009
200944,252+7.1%+0.15% since 2008
200844,187+6.94% 
200744,174+6.91% 
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200041,319The Last Census

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

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

Community 2009
Population
2000
Population
Change
(2009vs. 2000)
Alden   2,8112,6157.5% increase  
Osceola   2,7702,08532.85% increase  
Amery   2,7522,8453.27% decrease  
Osceola   2,6872,42110.99% increase  
Lincoln   2,3732,3042.99% increase  

Websites for Polk County

Official Website:   www.co.polk.wi.us/

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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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