Polk County, GA

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2022 Population
43,019
0.766% 1-year growth
US Senator
Jon Ossoff
Democratic Party
US Senator
Raphael Warnock
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
37.9
0.263% 1-year decrease
2022 Poverty Rate
17.2%
4.87% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$51,956
6.12% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$151,400
14.4% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Polk County, GA had a population of 43k people with a median age of 37.9 and a median household income of $51,956. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Polk County, GA grew from 42,692 to 43,019, a 0.766% increase and its median household income grew from $48,958 to $51,956, a 6.12% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Polk County, GA are White (Non-Hispanic) (70.6%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (12.1%), White (Hispanic) (6.23%), Two+ (Hispanic) (4.72%), and Other (Hispanic) (2.71%).

None of the households in Polk County, GA 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.

94.8% of the residents in Polk County, GA are U.S. citizens.

In 2022, the median property value in Polk County, GA was $151,400, and the homeownership rate was 65.1%.

Most people in Polk County, GA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 30.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Polk County, GA was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Polk County, GA is home to a population of 43k people, from which 94.8% are citizens. As of 2022, 6.85% of Polk County, GA residents were born outside of the country (2.95k people).

In 2022, there were 5.84 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (30.4k people) in Polk County, GA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5.2k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 2.68k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

94.8%
2022 Citizenship
94.2%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 94.8% of Polk County, GA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Polk County, GA was 94.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Polk County, GA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    30.4k ± 156
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    5.2k ± 295
  3. White (Hispanic)
    2.68k ± 734
13.8%
Hispanic Population
5.95k people

In 2022, there were 5.84 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (30.4k people) in Polk County, GA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5.2k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 2.68k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

13.8% of the people in Polk County, GA are hispanic (5.95k people).

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

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Foreign-Born Population

6.85%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
2.95k people
7.28%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
3.11k people

As of 2022, 6.85% of Polk County, GA residents (2.95k 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, GA was 7.28%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    587 ± 185
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    349 ± 141
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    109 ± 94

Polk County, GA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.68 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Polk County, GA employs 18.3k people. The largest industries in Polk County, GA are Manufacturing (4,259 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,177 people), and Retail Trade (1,771 people), and the highest paying industries are Wholesale Trade ($64,821), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($63,750), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting ($63,173).

Occupations

18.3k
2022 Value
± 1,198
0.0493%
1 Year growth
± 9.35%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Polk County, GA grew at a rate of 0.0493%, from 18.2k employees to 18.3k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Polk County, GA, are Production Occupations (2,371 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,187 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,772 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Polk County, GA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

18.3k
2022 Value
± 1,198
0.0493%
1 Year growth
± 9.35%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Polk County, GA grew at a rate of 0.0493%, from 18.2k employees to 18.3k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Polk County, GA, are Manufacturing (4,259 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,177 people), and Retail Trade (1,771 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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Median Earnings by Industry

$43,333
Median earning men ± $3,134
$32,691
Median earning women ± $1,976

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Wholesale Trade ($64,702), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($63,750), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($57,552).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Wholesale Trade ($67,619), Construction ($58,629), and Public Administration ($45,035).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.94%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 4.87M people employed in Georgia. This represents a 2.94% 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 11.9%.

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

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 187
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 162
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 148
    Retail Trade

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Polk County, GA went to Donald J. Trump with 78.1% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (21%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (0.874%).

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.

US Senators from Georgia

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Jon Ossoff
Senator from Georgia2
Assumed office on January 20, 2021
Inauguration delayed as incumbent senator David Perdue's term expired on January 3, 2021, two days prior to the 2020-21 United States Senate election in Georgia|runoff election.
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 the resignation of Johnny Isakson.

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.

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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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Education

Awarded Degrees over Time

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 1.08% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 1.03% 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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The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (2.33M), Some college (1.78M), and Bachelors Degree (1.56M).

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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Housing & Living

The median property value in Polk County, GA was $151,400 in 2022, which is 0.537 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $132,400 to $151,400, a 14.4% increase. The homeownership rate in Polk County, GA is 65.1%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Polk County, GA have an average commute time of 30.2 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.

Median household income in Polk County, GA is $51,956. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Polk County, GA was Census Tract 101 with a value of $61,917, followed by Census Tract 103 and Census Tract 106, with respective values of $53,380 and $52,125.

Property

$151,400
Median Property Value 2022
±$10,518
$10,098
Median Property Taxes
±$841

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, GA the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

65.1%
Homeownership
2022
67.4%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 65.1% of the housing units in Polk County, GA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 63.8%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 101
  2. Census Tract 103
  3. Census Tract 106

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Polk County, GA was Census Tract 101 with a value of $61,917, followed by Census Tract 103 and Census Tract 106, with respective values of $53,380 and $52,125.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Polk County, GA 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.
$51,956
Median Household Income
± $4,304
15.5k
Number of Households
± 1,059

In 2022, the median household income of the 15.5k households in Polk County, GA grew to $51,956 from the previous year's value of $48,958.

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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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Polk County, GA is from Georgia.
0.474
2022 Wage GINI in Georgia
0.475
2021 Wage GINI in Georgia

In 2022, the income inequality in Georgia was 0.474 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.224% decline from 2021 to 2022, 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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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (82.4%)
  2. Carpooled (9.49%)
  3. Worked At Home (4.6%)

In 2022, 82.4% of workers in Polk County, GA drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (9.49%) and those who worked at home (4.6%).

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

30.2 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Polk County, GA have a longer commute time (30.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 4.41% of the workforce in Polk County, GA 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, 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.

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Poverty & Diversity

17.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Polk County, GA (7.34k out of 42.7k 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 25 - 34, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Males 18 - 24.

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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Health

85.8% of the population of Polk County, GA has health coverage, with 44.7% on employee plans, 19% on Medicaid, 11.1% on Medicare, 9.88% on non-group plans, and 1.08% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Polk County, GA see 3551 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.339% increase from the previous year (3539 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 3895 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1477 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.4% were men and 50.6% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

3,551 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Polk County, GA

Primary care physicians in Polk County, GA see an average of 3,551 patients per year. This represents a 0.339% increase from the previous year (3,539 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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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 26.7% under 18 years, 20.4% between 18 and 34 years, 37.6% between 35 and 64 years, and 15.3% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.4% were men and 50.6% were women.

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Uninsured People

14.2%
Uninsured
44.7%
Employer Coverage
19%
Medicaid
11.1%
Medicare
9.88%
Non-Group
1.08%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Polk County, GA declined by 10.5% from 15.9% to 14.2%.

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 Outcomes

Indicator

In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 57.9 in Polk County, GA.

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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 34.9% in Polk County, GA.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 17.9% in Polk County, GA.

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