Polk County, NC

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2020 Population
20,682
0.608% 1-year growth
US Senator
Richard Burr
Republican Party
US Senator
Thom Tillis
Republican Party
2020 Median Age
53.7
1.9% 1-year increase
2020 Poverty Rate
10%
2.04% 1-year increase
2020 Median Household Income
$52,125
6.84% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$222,700
1.33% 1-year decline

About

In 2020, Polk County, NC had a population of 20.7k people with a median age of 53.7 and a median household income of $52,125. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Polk County, NC grew from 20,557 to 20,682, a 0.608% increase and its median household income grew from $48,787 to $52,125, a 6.84% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Polk County, NC are White (Non-Hispanic) (86.7%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (4.77%), White (Hispanic) (4%), Two+ (Hispanic) (1.33%), and Other (Non-Hispanic) (0.904%).

None of the households in Polk County, NC 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.

97.7% of the residents in Polk County, NC are U.S. citizens.

In 2020, the median property value in Polk County, NC was $222,700, and the homeownership rate was 75.6%.

Most people in Polk County, NC drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 27.3 minutes. The average car ownership in Polk County, NC was 2 cars per household.

geosearchPopulation & Diversity

Polk County, NC is home to a population of 20.7k people, from which 97.7% are citizens. As of 2020, 4.47% of Polk County, NC residents were born outside of the country (924 people).

In 2020, there were 18.2 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (17.9k people) in Polk County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 986 Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 827 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

97.7%
2020 Citizenship
97.7%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 97.7% of Polk County, NC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Polk County, NC was 97.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Polk County, NC
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    17.9k ± 201
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    986 ± 21
  3. White (Hispanic)
    827 ± 182
5.95%
Hispanic Population
1.23k people

In 2020, there were 18.2 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (17.9k people) in Polk County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 986 Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 827 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

5.95% of the people in Polk County, NC are hispanic (1.23k people).

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

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Foreign-Born Population

4.47%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
924 people
4.07%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
836 people

As of 2020, 4.47% of Polk County, NC residents (924 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Polk County, NC was 4.07%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    662 ± 129
  2. Korea
    200 ± 79
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    176 ± 92

Polk County, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.31 times greater than any other conflict.

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briefcaseEconomy

The economy of Polk County, NC employs 9.09k people. The largest industries in Polk County, NC are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,577 people), Manufacturing (1,147 people), and Retail Trade (1,071 people), and the highest paying industries are Wholesale Trade ($80,682), Public Administration ($60,750), and Finance & Insurance ($56,875).

Occupations

9.09k
2020 Value
± 637
8.73%
1 Year growth
± 8.99%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Polk County, NC grew at a rate of 8.73%, from 8.36k employees to 9.09k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Polk County, NC, are Sales & Related Occupations (982 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (904 people), and Management Occupations (880 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Polk County, NC.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

9.09k
2020 Value
± 637
8.73%
1 Year growth
± 8.99%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Polk County, NC grew at a rate of 8.73%, from 8.36k employees to 9.09k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Polk County, NC, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,577 people), Manufacturing (1,147 people), and Retail Trade (1,071 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Polk County, NC, though some of these residents may live in Polk County, NC and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$37,238
Median earning men ± $3,150
$24,587
Median earning women ± $4,186

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2020 are Wholesale Trade ($90,714), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($90,083), and Public Administration ($68,269).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2020 are Construction ($128,125), Public Administration ($60,500), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($43,403).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in North Carolina. 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 North Carolina.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 174
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 110
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services
  3. 103
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing

The visualization shows the distribution of establishments by industry and by size according to the number of employees.

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Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from North Carolina to other states, or from other states to North Carolina.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $53.9B
  2. $49B
  3. $48.7B

In 2020, the top outbound North Carolina product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $53.9B, followed by Machinery ($49B) and Pharmaceuticals ($48.7B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$488B
2020 Value in North Carolina
$926B
Projected 2050 Value in North Carolina
89.6% growth

In 2020, total outbound North Carolina trade was $488B. This is expected to increase 89.6% to $926B by 2050.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound North Carolina 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 North Carolina to other states, or from other states to North Carolina.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $35.1B
  2. $27B
  3. $18.5B

In 2020, the top outbound North Carolina domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was South Carolina with $35.1B, followed by Virginia with $27B and Georgia and $18.5B.

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

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In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Polk County, NC went to Donald J. Trump with 62.2% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (36.6%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (0.696%).

Richard Burr and Thom Tillis are the senators currently representing the state of North Carolina. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

North Carolina is currently represented by 13 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from North Carolina

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Richard Burr
Senator from North Carolina3
Assumed office on January 3, 2005
Thom Tillis
Senator from North Carolina2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015

Richard Burr and Thom Tillis are the senators currently representing North Carolina.

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 North Carolina

North Carolina is currently represented by 13 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 North Carolina have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2020, 0.849% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.733% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2020 were High School or Equivalent (2.14M), Some college (1.89M), and Bachelors Degree (1.54M).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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The median property value in Polk County, NC was $222,700 in 2020, which is 0.969 times smaller than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $225,700 to $222,700, a 1.33% decrease. The homeownership rate in Polk County, NC is 75.6%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.4%.

People in Polk County, NC have an average commute time of 27.3 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Polk County, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Polk County, NC is $52,125. In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Polk County, NC was Census Tract 9201.03 with a value of $56,344, followed by Census Tract 9201.04 and Census Tract 9203.03, with respective values of $55,536 and $53,641.

Property

$222,700
Median Property Value 2020
±$14,969
$6,995
Median Property Taxes
±$494

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, NC the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Polk County, NC compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

75.6%
Homeownership
2020
65.3%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2020

In 2020, 75.6% of the housing units in Polk County, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 74%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9201.03
  2. Census Tract 9201.04
  3. Census Tract 9203.03

In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Polk County, NC was Census Tract 9201.03 with a value of $56,344, followed by Census Tract 9201.04 and Census Tract 9203.03, with respective values of $55,536 and $53,641.

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

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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.
$52,125
Median Household Income
± $5,009
9.25k
Number of Households
± 606

In 2020, the median household income of the 9.25k households in Polk County, NC grew to $52,125 from the previous year's value of $48,787.

The following chart displays the households in Polk County, NC 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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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Polk County, NC is from North Carolina.
0.47
2020 Wage GINI in North Carolina
0.472
2019 Wage GINI in North Carolina

In 2020, the income inequality in North Carolina was 0.47 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.395% decline from 2019 to 2020, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for North Carolina was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in North Carolina in comparison to the national average.

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

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (79.4%)
  2. Carpooled (8.9%)
  3. Worked At Home (8.77%)

In 2020, 79.4% of workers in Polk County, NC drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (8.9%) and those who worked at home (8.77%).

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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Commute Time

27.3 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Polk County, NC have a longer commute time (27.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 3.05% of the workforce in Polk County, NC 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, NC distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Polk County, NC have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

10% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Polk County, NC (2.05k out of 20.4k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 75+ and then Females 55 - 64.

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

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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89.4% of the population of Polk County, NC has health coverage, with 33.2% on employee plans, 12.3% on Medicaid, 24.8% on Medicare, 16.7% on non-group plans, and 2.39% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in North Carolina was $7,264 in 2014. This is a 3.37% increase from the previous year ($7,027).

Primary care physicians in Polk County, NC see 1718 patients per year on average, which represents a 8.08% decrease from the previous year (1869 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2961 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 545 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 46.3% were men and 53.7% were women.

Daily New Cases by Date

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

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Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,718 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Polk County, NC

Primary care physicians in Polk County, NC see an average of 1,718 patients per year. This represents a 8.08% decrease from the previous year (1,869 patients).

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

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Community Mobility

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

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Health Care Diversity

In 2020, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 17.8% under 18 years, 13.1% between 18 and 34 years, 38.7% between 35 and 64 years, and 30.5% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 46.3% were men and 53.7% were women.

The following chart shows the number of people with health coverage by gender.

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Uninsured People

10.6%
Uninsured
33.2%
Employer Coverage
12.3%
Medicaid
24.8%
Medicare
16.7%
Non-Group
2.39%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Polk County, NC grew by 4.18% from 10.1% to 10.6%.

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

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2021, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was N/A in Polk County, NC.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2021, 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 32.5% in Polk County, NC.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2021, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 14% in Polk County, NC.

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