Polk County, MO

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2022 Population
31,877
1.07% 1-year growth
US Senator
Josh Hawley
Republican Party
US Senator
Eric Schmitt
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
38.9
1.83% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
17.2%
8.11% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$54,487
7.07% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$171,700
17.4% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
13,983
0.171% 1-year decline

About

In 2022, Polk County, MO had a population of 31.9k people with a median age of 38.9 and a median household income of $54,487. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Polk County, MO grew from 31,541 to 31,877, a 1.07% increase and its median household income grew from $50,890 to $54,487, a 7.07% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Polk County, MO are White (Non-Hispanic) (92.4%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.27%), Two+ (Hispanic) (1.88%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (1.16%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (0.759%).

None of the households in Polk County, MO reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

99.4% of the residents in Polk County, MO are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Polk County, MO are Southwest Baptist University (794 degrees awarded in 2022) and Bolivar Technical College (52 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Polk County, MO was $171,700, and the homeownership rate was 71.7%.

Most people in Polk County, MO drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 26.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Polk County, MO was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Polk County, MO is home to a population of 31.9k people, from which 99.4% are citizens. As of 2022, 1.41% of Polk County, MO residents were born outside of the country (449 people).

In 2022, there were 40.7 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (29.4k people) in Polk County, MO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 723 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 600 Two+ (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

99.4%
2022 Citizenship
99.6%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 99.4% of Polk County, MO residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Polk County, MO was 99.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Polk County, MO
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    29.4k ± 145
  2. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    723 ± 162
  3. Two+ (Hispanic)
    600 ± 128
2.82%
Hispanic Population
898 people

In 2022, there were 40.7 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (29.4k people) in Polk County, MO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 723 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 600 Two+ (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

2.82% of the people in Polk County, MO are hispanic (898 people).

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

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    37,430 ± 4,735 people
  2. India
    22,246 ± 3,655 people
  3. China
    18,085 ± 3,297 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Missouri was Mexico, the natal country of 37,430 Missouri residents, followed by India with 22,246 and China with 18,085.

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Foreign-Born Population

1.41%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
449 people
1.07%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
339 people

As of 2022, 1.41% of Polk County, MO residents (449 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Polk County, MO was 1.07%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    667 ± 151
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    359 ± 166
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    284 ± 106

Polk County, MO has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.86 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Polk County, MO employs 14k people. The largest industries in Polk County, MO are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,322 people), Retail Trade (1,698 people), and Manufacturing (1,658 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($90,667), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($63,750), and Finance & Insurance ($63,141).

Males in Missouri have an average income that is 1.33 times higher than the average income of females, which is $55,490. The income inequality in Missouri (measured using the Gini index) is 0.455, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

14k
2022 Value
± 876
−0.171%
1 Year decline
± 8.84%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Polk County, MO declined at a rate of −0.171%, from 14k employees to 14k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Polk County, MO, are Management Occupations (1,718 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,717 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,431 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Polk County, MO.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

14k
2022 Value
± 876
−0.171%
1 Year decline
± 8.84%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Polk County, MO declined at a rate of −0.171%, from 14k employees to 14k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Polk County, MO, are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,322 people), Retail Trade (1,698 people), and Manufacturing (1,658 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Polk County, MO, though some of these residents may live in Polk County, MO and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$39,430
Median earning men ± $3,743
$27,692
Median earning women ± $2,033

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($61,563), Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($59,018), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($52,955).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($56,971), Public Administration ($40,625), and Manufacturing ($30,347).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
2.17%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 2.94M people employed in Missouri. This represents a 2.17% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 11.8%.

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

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 243
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 126
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 123
    Retail Trade

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Polk County, MO went to Donald J. Trump with 78.7% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (19.2%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.85%).

Josh Hawley and Eric Schmitt are the senators currently representing the state of Missouri. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Missouri is currently represented by 8 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Missouri

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Josh Hawley
Senator from Missouri1
Assumed office on January 3, 2019
Eric Schmitt
Senator from Missouri3
Assumed office on January 3, 2023

Josh Hawley and Eric Schmitt are the senators currently representing Missouri.

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

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US Representatives from Missouri

Missouri is currently represented by 8 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 Missouri have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Polk County, MO awarded 846 degrees. The student population of Polk County, MO in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 893 male students and 1,623 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Polk County, MO are White (705 and 84.2%), followed by Unknown (57 and 6.81%), Hispanic or Latino (28 and 3.35%), and Black or African American (21 and 2.51%).

The largest universities in Polk County, MO by number of degrees awarded are Southwest Baptist University (794 and 93.9%) and Bolivar Technical College (52 and 6.15%).

The most popular majors in Polk County, MO are Registered Nursing (225 and 26.6%), General Education (99 and 11.7%), and Physical Therapy (77 and 9.1%).

The median tuition cost in Polk County, MO for private four year colleges is $22,870.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
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In 2022 in Polk County, MO, the percentage of applicants admitted was 99.6%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 33.2%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 2,516 (35.5% men and 64.5% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 2,516 students enrolled in Polk County, MO, 35.5% men and 64.5% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 1,788 records, of which 67.2% were women and 32.8% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 25 degrees awarded
  2. 63 degrees awarded
  3. 26 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Polk County, MO was General Business Administration & Management with 25 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Polk County, MO according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 794 degrees awarded
  2. 52 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Southwest Baptist University with 794 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 271 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Polk County, MO, which is 0.471 times less than the 575 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 705 degrees mean that there were 12.4 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Unknown, with 57 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($22,870) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($2,920) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($2,125) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.699% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.592% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (1.48M), Some college (1.12M), and Bachelors Degree (864k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Polk County, MO was $171,700 in 2022, which is 0.609 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $146,300 to $171,700, a 17.4% increase. The homeownership rate in Polk County, MO is 71.7%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Polk County, MO have an average commute time of 26.9 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Polk County, MO is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

In 2022, 13.9% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Polk County, MO. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 1.07%.

Property

$171,700
Median Property Value 2022
±$9,102
$8,461
Median Property Taxes
±$628

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Polk County, MO the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

71.7%
Homeownership
2022
69.7%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 71.7% of the housing units in Polk County, MO were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 71.1%.

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Income by Location

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

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Household Income

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$54,487
Median Household Income
± $4,425
11.8k
Number of Households
± 773

In 2022, the median household income of the 11.8k households in Polk County, MO grew to $54,487 from the previous year's value of $50,890.

The following chart displays the households in Polk County, MO 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 $60k - $75k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Polk County, MO is from Missouri.
0.455
2022 Wage GINI in Missouri
0.457
2021 Wage GINI in Missouri

In 2022, the income inequality in Missouri was 0.455 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.432% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Missouri was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Missouri in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (79.8%)
  2. Carpooled (8.39%)
  3. Worked At Home (7.12%)

In 2022, 79.8% of workers in Polk County, MO drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (8.39%) and those who worked at home (7.12%).

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Commute Time

26.9 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Polk County, MO have a longer commute time (26.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 2.53% of the workforce in Polk County, MO have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 13.9% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Polk County, MO. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 1.07%.

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Poverty & Diversity

17.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Polk County, MO (5.22k out of 30.4k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 35 - 44, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Polk County, MO is White, followed by Two Or More and Hispanic.

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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Children in Poverty

In 2022, 21.2% of the children was living in poverty in Polk County, MO. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 9.3%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 393 in Polk County, MO. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 27 per 100,000 population.

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Health

85.6% of the population of Polk County, MO has health coverage, with 41.3% on employee plans, 14.9% on Medicaid, 13.7% on Medicare, 13.3% on non-group plans, and 2.41% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Polk County, MO see 1398 patients per year on average, which represents a 4.17% increase from the previous year (1342 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 3610 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 500 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.8% were men and 52.2% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,398 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Polk County, MO

Primary care physicians in Polk County, MO see an average of 1,398 patients per year. This represents a 4.17% increase from the previous year (1,342 patients).

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 24.5% under 18 years, 21.5% between 18 and 34 years, 36.4% between 35 and 64 years, and 17.7% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.8% were men and 52.2% were women.

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Uninsured People

14.4%
Uninsured
41.3%
Employer Coverage
14.9%
Medicaid
13.7%
Medicare
13.3%
Non-Group
2.41%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Polk County, MO grew by 13.2% from 12.7% to 14.4%.

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was N/A in Polk County, MO.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 36.6% in Polk County, MO.

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Clinical Care

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In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 16% in Polk County, MO.

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