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Polk, Wisconsin
Location of Polk, Wisconsin
Location of Polk, Wisconsin
Country  United States
State  Wisconsin
County Washington
Incorporated January 21, 1846; 176 years ago (January 21, 1846)
 • Total 32.2 sq mi (83.4 km2)
 • Land 31.9 sq mi (82.7 km2)
 • Water 0.3 sq mi (0.7 km2)
1,122 ft (342 m)
 • Total 3,938
 • Density 123.3/sq mi (47.6/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 262
FIPS code 55-63875
GNIS feature ID 1583950

Polk is a town in Washington County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 3,938 at the 2000 census. The unincorporated communities of Ackerville, Cedar Creek, Cedar Lake, Diefenbach Corners, Mayfield, and Rugby Junction are located in the town. The town derives its name from James K. Polk, 11th U.S. president, who was in office when the town incorporated in 1846.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 32.2 square miles (83.4 km²), of which, 31.9 square miles (82.7 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.7 km²) of it (0.87%) is water.


As of the census of 2000, there were 3,938 people, 1,352 households, and 1,139 families residing in the town. The population density was 123.3 people per square mile (47.6/km2). There were 1,430 housing units at an average density of 44.8 per square mile (17.3/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.70% White, 0.20% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 0.33% from other races, and 0.33% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.91% of the population.

There were 1,352 households, out of which 38.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 77.2% were married couples living together, 3.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 15.7% were non-families. 12.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 4.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.89 and the average family size was 3.16.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 26.9% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 28.5% from 25 to 44, 27.5% from 45 to 64, and 10.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 105.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 105.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $62,933, and the median income for a family was $74,643. Males had a median income of $42,955 versus $33,750 for females. The per capita income for the town was $27,518. About 3.2% of families and 3.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.2% of those under age 18 and 7.9% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people

  • Valentine Detling, Wisconsin businessman and legislator, lived in the town of Polk.
  • Louis D. Guth, Wisconsin businessman and legislator, was born in the town of Polk.
  • James Rolfe, Wisconsin farmer and legislator, lived in the town of Polk.
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