Polk County, GA

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2019 Population
41,908
0.69% 1-year growth
US Senator
Jon Ossoff
Democratic Party
US Senator
Raphael Warnock
Democratic Party
2019 Median Age
37
0.27% 1-year decrease
2019 Poverty Rate
18.4%
2.54% 1-year increase
2019 Median Household Income
$44,891
3.22% 1-year growth
2019 Median Property Value
$110,700
5.03% 1-year growth
2019 Employed Population
18,213
0.914% 1-year growth

About

In 2019, Polk County, GA had a population of 41.9k people with a median age of 37 and a median household income of $44,891. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of Polk County, GA grew from 41,621 to 41,908, a 0.69% increase and its median household income grew from $43,491 to $44,891, a 3.22% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Polk County, GA are White (Non-Hispanic) (72%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (11.9%), White (Hispanic) (7.26%), Other (Hispanic) (5.13%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.54%). 0% of the households in Polk County, GA speak a non-English language at home as their primary language.

95.1% of the residents in Polk County, GA are U.S. citizens.

In 2019, the median property value in Polk County, GA was $110,700, and the homeownership rate was 64.6%. Most people in Polk County, GA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 27 minutes. The average car ownership in Polk County, GA was 2 cars per household.

Diversity

Polk County, GA is home to a population of 41.9k people, from which 95.1% are citizens. As of 2019, 23% of Polk County, GA residents were born outside of the country (9.62k people).

In 2019, there were 6.03 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (30.2k people) in Polk County, GA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 3.04k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Polk County, GA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    30.2k ± 37
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    5k ± 320
  3. White (Hispanic)
    3.04k ± 605
13.1%
Hispanic Population
5.48k people

In 2019, there were 6.03 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (30.2k people) in Polk County, GA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 3.04k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

13.1% of the people in Polk County, GA are hispanic (5.48k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Polk County, GA as a share of the total population.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

23%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
9.62k people
6.52%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
2.71k people

As of 2019, 23% of Polk County, GA residents (9.62k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 34%. In 2018, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Polk County, GA was 6.52%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

37
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.7
36
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 1.9

In 2019, the median age of all people in Polk County, GA was 37. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 37, were generally older than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 36. But people in Polk County, GA are getting getting younger. In 2018, the average age of all Polk County, GA residents was 37.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    246,708 ± 12,049 people
  2. India
    94,981 ± 7,532 people
  3. Korea
    42,867 ± 5,073 people

In 2019, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Georgia was Mexico, the natal country of 246,708 Georgia residents, followed by India with 94,981 and Korea with 42,867.

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Citizenship

95.1%
2019 Citizenship
95.4%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 95.1% of Polk County, GA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2018, the percentage of US citizens in Polk County, GA was 95.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    943 ± 194
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    409 ± 149
  3. Korea
    164 ± 79

Polk County, GA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.31 times greater than any other conflict.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Georgia, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Georgia (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

The most recent data point uses Advance State Claims data, which can be revised in subsequent weeks.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Georgia. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Georgia.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Georgia across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Economy

Median household income in Polk County, GA is $44,891. In 2019, the tract with the highest median household income in Polk County, GA was Census Tract 102 with a value of $53,193, followed by Census Tract 106 and Census Tract 107, with respective values of $50,667 and $49,911.

Males in Georgia have an average income that is 1.36 times higher than the average income of females, which is $49,410. The income inequality in Georgia (measured using the Gini index) is 0.477, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Polk County, GA employs 18.2k people. The largest industries in Polk County, GA are Manufacturing (5,032 people), Retail Trade (1,880 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1,685 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($68,958), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($40,379), and Educational Services ($39,397).

Wages

Median Household Income

$44,891
2019 value
± $4,327
3.22%
1 Year Growth
± 11.2%

Households in Polk County, GA have a median annual income of $44,891, which is less than the median annual income of $65,712 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $43,491 in 2018, which represents a 3.22% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$67,215
Average Male Salary in Georgia
± $1,246
$49,410
Average Female Salary in Georgia
± $863

In 2019, full-time male employees in Georgia made 1.36 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Georgia by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in Georgia
  1. Asian
    $64,371 ± $3,992
  2. White
    $58,053 ± $1,010
  3. Two or More Races
    $45,559 ± $4,644

In 2019 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Georgia workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.11 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Georgia.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Polk County, GA is from Georgia.
0.477
2019 Wage GINI in Georgia
0.478
2018 Wage GINI in Georgia

In 2019, the income inequality in Georgia was 0.477 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.199% decline from 2018 to 2019, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Georgia was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Georgia in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Georgia across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 102
  2. Census Tract 106
  3. Census Tract 107

In 2019, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Polk County, GA was Census Tract 102 with a value of $53,193, followed by Census Tract 106 and Census Tract 107, with respective values of $50,667 and $49,911.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Polk County, GA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

18.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Polk County, GA (7.63k out of 41.6k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.3%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Males < 5 and then Females 18 - 24.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty
  1. White
    4,858 ± 563
  2. Hispanic
    2,252 ± 357
  3. Black
    1,740 ± 404

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Polk County, GA is White, followed by Hispanic and Black.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

18.2k
2019 Value
± 1,105
0.914%
1 Year growth
± 8.68%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Polk County, GA grew at a rate of 0.914%, from 18k employees to 18.2k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Polk County, GA, are Production Occupations (3,743 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,146 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,414 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Polk County, GA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Polk County, GA, by number of employees, are Production Occupations (3,743 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,146 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,414 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Polk County, GA has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (3.63 times higher than expected), Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.98 times), and Material Moving Occupations (1.95 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Polk County, GA, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($72,917), Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($72,019), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($70,288).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

18.2k
2019 Value
± 1,105
0.914%
1 Year growth
± 8.68%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Polk County, GA grew at a rate of 0.914%, from 18k employees to 18.2k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Polk County, GA, are Manufacturing (5,032 people), Retail Trade (1,880 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1,685 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Polk County, GA, though some of these residents may live in Polk County, GA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Polk County, GA, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (5,032 people), Retail Trade (1,880 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1,685 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Polk County, GA has an unusually high number of Manufacturing (2.76 times higher than expected), Utilities (2.57 times), and Construction (1.4 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Polk County, GA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($68,958), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($40,379), and Educational Services ($39,397).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Georgia to other states, or from other states to Georgia.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $64B
  2. $52.9B
  3. $50.2B

In 2018, the top outbound Georgia product (by dollars) was Motorized vehicles with $64B, followed by Mixed freight ($52.9B) and Electronics ($50.2B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Georgia products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$573B
2018 Value in Georgia
$1.16T
Projected 2045 Value in Georgia
103% growth

In 2018, total outbound Georgia trade was $573B. This is expected to increase 103% to $1.16T by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Georgia trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Georgia to other states, or from other states to Georgia.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $44.2B
  2. $27.4B
  3. $27.4B

In 2018, the top outbound Georgia domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Florida with $44.2B, followed by South Carolina with $27.4B and Alabama and $27.4B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Georgia shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Polk County, GA went to Donald J. Trump with 77.5% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (20.2%), followed by Other (2.35%). The most partisan county was Glascock County, GA with 88.8% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock are the senators currently representing the state of Georgia. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Georgia is currently represented by 14 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Showing data up to the 2016 election. Updated election results are currently being processed, and will be released in the coming months.
Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Polk County, GA
77.5% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in Georgia
  1. 88.8% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 88.4% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 87.9% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in Georgia was Glascock County, GA with 88.8% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

The following map shows the counties in Georgia colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from Georgia

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Jon Ossoff
Senator from Georgia2
Assumed office on January 20, 2021
Raphael Warnock
Senator from Georgia3
Assumed office on January 20, 2021
Elected to the seat to succeed Kelly Loeffler, who had been appointed to the seat following Johnny Isakson's resignation.

Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock are the senators currently representing Georgia.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Georgia over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Georgia

Georgia is currently represented by 14 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Georgia have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Polk County, GA was $110,700 in 2019, which is 0.46 times smaller than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $105,400 to $110,700, a 5.03% increase. The homeownership rate in Polk County, GA is 64.6%, which is higher than the national average of 64.1%. People in Polk County, GA have an average commute time of 27 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Polk County, GA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$110,700
2019 Median
± $7,270
$105,400
2018 Median
± $7,715

In 2019, the median property value in Polk County, GA grew to to $110,700 from the previous year's value of $105,400.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Polk County, GA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Polk County, GA the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$44,891
Median Household Income
± $4,327
15k
Number of Households
± 976

In 2019, the median household income of the 15k households in Polk County, GA grew to $44,891 from the previous year's value of $43,491.

The following chart displays the households in Polk County, GA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800
Average Range

This chart shows the households in Polk County, GA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Polk County, GA the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

64.6%
2019 Homeownership
65%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 64.6% of the housing units in Polk County, GA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 65%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 64.1%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Polk County, GA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

27 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Polk County, GA have a longer commute time (27 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 3.87% of the workforce in Polk County, GA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2019
  1. Drove Alone (83.3%)
  2. Carpooled (9.98%)
  3. Worked At Home (3.38%)

In 2019, 83.3% of workers in Polk County, GA drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (9.98%) and those who worked at home (3.38%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Polk County, GA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Polk County, GA have 2 cars, followed by false.

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Health

84.3% of the population of Polk County, GA has health coverage, with 45.3% on employee plans, 18.2% on Medicaid, 11.2% on Medicare, 8.03% on non-group plans, and 1.57% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Georgia was $6,587 in 2014. This is a 5.41% increase from the previous year ($6,249).

Primary care physicians in Polk County, GA see 3539 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.912% increase from the previous year (3507 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 3874 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1420 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Telfair County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (25.8%). Additionally, Candler County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (53.7%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

3,539 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Polk County, GA

Primary care physicians in Polk County, GA see an average of 3,539 patients per year. This represents a 0.912% increase from the previous year (3,507 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Polk County, GA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.
State with the Highest Prevalence
  1. 8.26% of the population affected
  2. 8.13% of the population affected
  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.
Most prevalent states
  1. 19.2% of adults
  2. 17.9% of adults
  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$6,587
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Georgia
$4,406
Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care
$5,199
Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care
$10,429
Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Georgia (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.41%, from $6,249 to $6,587.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

15.7%
Uninsured
45.3%
Employer Coverage
18.2%
Medicaid
11.2%
Medicare
8.03%
Non-Group
1.57%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in Polk County, GA grew by 2.72% from 15.3% to 15.7%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Polk County, GA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.
Most at risk counties
  1. 25.8% prevalence
  2. 25.5% prevalence
  3. 24.2% prevalence

Telfair County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Georgia, at 25.8%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Georgia by county over multiple years.

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