Polk County, Wisconsin

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Polk County, Wisconsin
Polk County Wisconsin Courthouse.jpg
Polk County Highway Department in Balsam Lake
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Polk County
Location in the U.S. state of Wisconsin
Map of the United States highlighting Wisconsin
Wisconsin's location in the U.S.
Founded 1853
Named for James K. Polk[1]
Seat Balsam Lake
Largest city Amery
Area
 • Total 956 sq mi (2,476 km2)
 • Land 914 sq mi (2,367 km2)
 • Water 42 sq mi (109 km2), 4.4%
Population
 • (2010) 44,205
 • Density 48/sq mi (19/km2)
Congressional district 7th
Time zone Central: UTC−6/−5
Website www.co.polk.wi.us

Polk County is a county in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. As of the 2010 census, the population was 44,205.[2] Its county seat is Balsam Lake.[3] The county was created in 1853.[4]

Geography[edit]

Soils of Polk County[5]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 956 square miles (2,480 km2), of which 914 square miles (2,370 km2) is land and 42 square miles (110 km2) (4.4%) is water.[6]

Adjacent counties[edit]

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National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Polk County
Historical population
Census Pop.
18601,400
18703,422144.4%
188010,018192.8%
189012,96829.4%
190017,80137.3%
191021,36720.0%
192026,87025.8%
193026,567−1.1%
194026,197−1.4%
195024,944−4.8%
196024,9680.1%
197026,6666.8%
198032,35121.3%
199034,7737.5%
200041,31918.8%
201044,2057.0%
Est. 201743,481[7]−1.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
1790–1960[9] 1900–1990[10]
1990–2000[11] 2010–2014[2]

As of the 2000 census,[12] there were 41,319 people, 16,254 households, and 11,329 families residing in the county. The population density was 45 people per square mile (17/km²). There were 21,129 housing units at an average density of 23 per square mile (9/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.64% White, 0.15% Black or African American, 1.06% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.20% from other races, and 0.67% from two or more races. 0.80% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 31.4% were of German, 18.6% Norwegian, 11.3% Swedish, 5.5% Irish and 5.3% American ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 16,254 households out of which 32.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.20% were married couples living together, 7.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.30% were non-families. 25.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.20% under the age of 18, 6.70% from 18 to 24, 27.70% from 25 to 44, 24.30% from 45 to 64, and 15.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 99.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.50 males.

Education[edit]

Communities[edit]

The sign for Polk County while entering Wisconsin on US8

Cities[edit]

Villages[edit]

Towns[edit]

Census-designated place[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Notable residents[edit]

  • Arnold Franz Brasz (1888–1966), a prominent painter, sculptor, and printmaker was born in Polk County on July 19, 1888
  • George A. Nelson (1873-1962) — the 1936 candidate for Vice President of the United States of the Socialist Party of America was born in rural Polk County and was a dairy farmer there.

Politics[edit]

Presidential elections results
Presidential elections results[13]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 60.7% 13,810 33.3% 7,565 6.0% 1,370
2012 53.6% 12,094 44.6% 10,073 1.8% 406
2008 49.8% 11,282 48.0% 10,876 2.1% 485
2004 51.5% 12,095 47.5% 11,173 1.0% 235
2000 48.4% 9,557 45.3% 8,961 6.3% 1,244
1996 32.8% 5,387 50.8% 8,334 16.4% 2,692
1992 30.1% 5,446 42.9% 7,746 27.0% 4,879
1988 43.0% 6,866 56.2% 8,981 0.8% 128
1984 49.8% 8,106 49.4% 8,034 0.8% 129
1980 44.2% 7,207 46.7% 7,607 9.1% 1,482
1976 41.3% 6,159 56.9% 8,485 1.9% 280
1972 52.4% 6,567 45.8% 5,738 1.8% 228
1968 48.8% 5,583 45.3% 5,179 5.9% 671
1964 34.1% 3,754 65.6% 7,215 0.3% 34
1960 55.2% 6,387 44.5% 5,148 0.3% 30
1956 54.0% 5,894 45.7% 4,985 0.3% 27
1952 61.7% 6,966 37.9% 4,274 0.4% 42
1948 41.5% 3,974 55.7% 5,330 2.8% 268
1944 53.6% 5,329 45.1% 4,489 1.3% 127
1940 53.6% 6,031 44.3% 4,979 2.1% 238
1936 34.3% 3,596 53.5% 5,618 12.2% 1,285
1932 37.1% 3,425 58.7% 5,421 4.2% 386
1928 75.1% 6,905 23.7% 2,177 1.2% 108
1924 37.6% 2,793 4.3% 317 58.2% 4,324
1920 80.5% 4,796 12.6% 752 6.9% 412
1916 51.2% 2,080 42.2% 1,713 6.6% 269
1912 27.1% 848 26.6% 830 46.3% 1,447
1908 72.0% 2,788 21.1% 816 6.9% 267
1904 85.6% 2,985 8.5% 296 6.0% 208
1900 77.5% 2,735 19.7% 694 2.9% 101
1896 74.6% 2,861 23.2% 891 2.2% 85
1892 60.3% 1,477 23.9% 585 15.8% 386

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chicago and North Western Railway Company (1908). A History of the Origin of the Place Names Connected with the Chicago & North Western and Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railways. p. 163. 
  2. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ "Wisconsin: Individual County Chronologies". Wisconsin Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. The Newberry Library. 2007. Retrieved August 15, 2015. 
  5. ^ Nelson, Steven (2011). Savanna Soils of Minnesota. Minnesota: Self. pp. 61 - 64. ISBN 978-0-615-50320-2.
  6. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved August 8, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 8, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved August 8, 2015. 
  10. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 8, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved August 8, 2015. 
  12. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  13. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 2018-08-14. 

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Coordinates: 45°28′N 92°26′W / 45.46°N 92.44°W / 45.46; -92.44