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Polk County, North Carolina
Map of North Carolina highlighting Polk County
Location in the state of North Carolina
Map of the U.S. highlighting North Carolina
North Carolina's location in the U.S.
Founded 1855
Seat Columbus
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

239 sq mi (619 km²)

1 sq mi (3 km²), 0.31%
 - (2000)
 - Density

78/sq mi (30/km²)

Polk County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of 2000, the population is 18,324. Its county seat is Columbus6.


The county was formed in 1855 from parts of Henderson County and Rutherford County. It was named for William Polk, a colonel in the American Revolutionary War.

Law and government[]

Polk County is a member of the Isothermal Planning and Development Commission regional council of governments.Founded by A. A. H. Sheila Whitmire is the Registrar of Deeds.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 618 km² (239 sq mi). 616 km² (238 sq mi) of it is land and 2 km² (1 sq mi) of it is water. The total area is 0.31% water.

The county's largest body of water is Lake Adger, located about 5 miles north of Columbus.


The county is divided into six townships: Columbus, Cooper's Gap, Green Creek, Saluda, Tryon, and White Oak.

Adjacent Counties[]


Chocolate Drop Mountain

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 18,324 people, 7,908 households, and 5,337 families residing in the county. The population density was 30/km² (77/sq mi). There were 9,192 housing units at an average density of 15/km² (39/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 92.26% White, 5.89% Black or African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.63% from other races, and 0.76% from two or more races. 3.01% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,908 households out of which 23.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.30% were married couples living together, 7.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.50% were non-families. 28.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.78.

In the county the population was spread out with 20.10% under the age of 18, 5.80% from 18 to 24, 24.20% from 25 to 44, 26.30% from 45 to 64, and 23.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 90.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,259, and the median income for a family was $45,096. Males had a median income of $29,375 versus $23,070 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,804. 10.10% of the population and 6.40% of families were below the poverty line. 11.70% of those under the age of 18 and 8.80% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.

Cities and towns[]

Map of Polk County, North Carolina With Municipal and Township Labels

External links[]

Coordinates: 35°17′N 82°10′W / 35.28, -82.17

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