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Polk County, Wisconsin

Polk County, Wisconsin
Old Polk County Courthouse in Balsam Lake
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Polk County
Location in the 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
 • Total 956 sq mi (2,476 km2)
 • Land 914 sq mi (2,367 km2)
 • Water 42 sq mi (109 km2), 4.4%
 • (2010) 44,205
 • Density 48/sq mi (19/km²)
Congressional district 7th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website .us.wi.polk.cowww

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 1
    • Adjacent counties 1.1
    • Major highways 1.2
    • National protected area 1.3
  • Demographics 2
  • Education 3
  • Communities 4
    • Cities 4.1
    • Villages 4.2
    • Towns 4.3
    • Census-designated place 4.4
    • Unincorporated communities 4.5
  • Notable residents 5
  • See also 6
  • Footnotes 7
  • External links 8


Native vegetation based on NRCS soils information[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

Major highways

National protected area


2000 Census Age Pyramid for Polk County

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.






Census-designated place

Unincorporated communities

Notable residents

  • Arnold Franz Brasz (1888–1966), a prominent painter, sculptor, and printmaker was born in Polk County on July 19, 1888
  • Socialist Party of America was born in rural Polk County and was a dairy farmer there.

See also


  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.  
  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. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  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".  

External links

  • Polk County Website
  • Polk County Economic Development Corporation
  • Polk County Tourism

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