Polk County, Georgia

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Polk County, Georgia
Courthouse of Polk County, Georgia.jpg
Polk County Courthouse in Cedartown, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Polk County
Location in the state of Georgia
Map of the United States highlighting Georgia
Georgia's location in the U.S.
Founded December 20, 1851
Named for James K. Polk
Seat Cedartown
Area
 • Total 312.13 sq mi (808 km2)
 • Land 311.14 sq mi (806 km2)
 • Water 0.99 sq mi (3 km2)
Population
 • (2010) 41,475
 • Density 133/sq mi (51/km²)
Congressional district 14th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Polk County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 41,475.[1] The county seat is Cedartown.[2]

History[edit]

Created on December 20, 1851, by an act of the Georgia General Assembly, the county is named after James K. Polk, the eleventh President of the United States.

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 312.13 square miles (808.4 km2), of which 311.14 square miles (805.8 km2) (or 99.68%) is land and 0.99 square miles (2.6 km2) (or 0.32%) is water.[3]

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Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 6,295
1870 7,822 24.3%
1880 11,952 52.8%
1890 14,945 25.0%
1900 17,856 19.5%
1910 20,203 13.1%
1920 20,357 0.8%
1930 25,141 23.5%
1940 28,467 13.2%
1950 30,976 8.8%
1960 28,015 −9.6%
1970 29,656 5.9%
1980 32,386 9.2%
1990 33,815 4.4%
2000 38,127 12.8%
2010 41,475 8.8%
Est. 2012 41,188 −0.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
2012 Estimate[5]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 38,127 people, 14,012 households, and 10,340 families residing in the county. The population density was 122 people per square mile (47/km²). There were 15,059 housing units at an average density of 48 per square mile (19/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 80.52% White, 13.34% Black or African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 4.62% from other races, and 0.95% from two or more races. 7.66% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 14,012 households out of which 32.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.90% were married couples living together, 13.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.20% were non-families. 22.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.10% under the age of 18, 9.70% from 18 to 24, 28.80% from 25 to 44, 22.30% from 45 to 64, and 13.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 99.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,328, and the median income for a family was $37,847. Males had a median income of $29,985 versus $21,452 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,617. About 11.20% of families and 15.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.70% of those under age 18 and 12.60% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[edit]

The Polk County Historical Marker

Recreation[edit]

See also[edit]

National Register of Historic Places listings in Polk County, Georgia

References[edit]

  1. ^ "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 18, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  4. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved July 23, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved July 23, 2013. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  7. ^ Silver Comet Trail, Polk County Information – Georgia

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Coordinates: 34°00′N 85°11′W / 34.00°N 85.18°W / 34.00; -85.18