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1.56% growth
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Median Household Income
2.25% growth
Poverty Rate
Number of Employees
2.92% growth
Median Property Value
2.77% growth

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The economy of Polk County, OR employs 33,643 people. The economy of Polk County, OR is specialized in Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Hunting; Management of Companies & Enterprises; and Public Admin., which employ respectively 3.97; 2.25; and 2.21 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Polk County, OR are Healthcare & Social Assistance (4,789), Educational Services (4,025), and Public Admin. (3,524), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($54,716), Finance & Insurance ($46,493), and Transportation & Warehousing ($44,018).

Median household income in Polk County, OR is $54,010. Males in Polk County, OR have an average income that is 1.29 times higher than the average income of females, which is $40,790. The income inequality of Polk County, OR (measured using the Gini index) is 0.471 which is lower than the national average.


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Health & Safety

Insurance and Medicare coverage combined with state and county level health and safety statistics for Polk County, OR. In Polk County, OR the age groups most likely to have health care coverage are 6-17 and 6-17, men and women, respectively. The location has a 1 to 56 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $7,623. Jefferson County, OR has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in Oregon.


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Polk County, OR is home to a population of 78,470 people, from which 95.2% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Polk County, OR is composed of 62,253 White residents (79.3%), 10,232 Hispanic residents (13%), 2,728 Two+ residents (3.48%), 1,507 Asian residents (1.92%), and 849 Native residents (1.08%). The most common foreign languages in Polk County, OR are Spanish (7,298 speakers), Chinese (526 speakers), and German (334 speakers), but compared to other places, Polk County, OR has a relative high number of Other Pacific Island (184 speakers), Scandinavian (51 speakers), and German (334 speakers).


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In 2015 universities in Polk County, OR awarded 1,535 degrees. The student population of Polk County, OR is skewed towards females, with 570 male students and 965 female students. Most students in Polk County, OR are White (1,087 and 70.8%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (139 and 9.1%), Unknown (49 and 3.19%), and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander (25 and 1.63%). The largest universities in Polk County, OR by number of graduates are Western Oregon University (1,535 and 100%), N/A (N/A and N/A), and N/A (N/A and N/A). The most popular majors in Polk County, OR are General Business (148 and 9.6%), Corrections Administration (125 and 8.14%), and General Psychology (109 and 7.1%). The median tuition costs in Polk County, OR are N/A for private four year colleges, and $7,575 and $21,735 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.



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Housing & Living

The median property value in Polk County, OR is $215,000, which is 1.05 times larger than the national average of $205,000. Between 2015 and 2016 the median property value increased from $209,200 to $215,000, a 2.77% increase. The homeownership rate of Polk County, OR is 64.6%, which is higher than the national average of 63.6%. People in Polk County, OR have an average commute time of 22.8 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Polk County, OR is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.


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