Polk County is located in western North Carolina. The County Seat is Columbus and the largest city is Tryon . The Official Web Site is located at http://www.polknc.org/. The 2014 population estimate is 20,357 and the 2010 census population was 20,510. The land area is 237.79 square miles and there are 86.3 persons per square mile.
93% of the population is White, 4.5% is Black or African American, 5.6% is Hispanic or Latino, 0.5% is Asian, 0.6% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 1.4% is two or more races. 87% have a high school degree or higher, and 26.9% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $170,200, there are 8,788 households, an average of 2.28 persons per household. The per capita income is $24,611, the median household income is $44,745, and 16.7% of the persons in Polk County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 2,705. Retail sales (in $1000) were $110,320, and sales per capita were $5,764. The percentage of black-owned firms is 0%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 32.3%.
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