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Polk County Courthouse in Cedartown
Location within the U.S. state of Georgia
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|Founded||December 20, 1851|
|Named for||James K. Polk|
|• Total||312 sq mi (810 km2)|
|• Land||310 sq mi (800 km2)|
|• Water||1.8 sq mi (5 km2) 0.6%%|
| • Estimate
|• Density||134/sq mi (52/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
Polk County is a county located in the northwestern part of the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 41,475. The county seat is Cedartown. The county was created on December 20, 1851, by an act of the Georgia General Assembly and named after James K. Polk, the eleventh President of the United States.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 312 square miles (810 km2), of which 310 square miles (800 km2) is land and 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2) (0.6%) is water.
Most of eastern Polk County, centered on Rockmart, is located in the Etowah River sub-basin of the ACT River Basin (Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa River Basin), while most of western Polk County, centered on Cedartown, is located in the Upper Coosa River sub-basin of the same ACT River Basin. Small slivers of the southern edges of the county are located in the Upper Tallapoosa River sub-basin of the same larger ACT River Basin.
- U.S. Route 27
U.S. Route 27 Business
- U.S. Route 278
U.S. Route 278 Business
- State Route 1
- State Route 1 Business
- State Route 6
- State Route 6 Business
- State Route 100
- State Route 101
- State Route 113
- Floyd County – north
- Bartow County – northeast
- Paulding County – east
- Haralson County – south
- Cleburne County, Alabama – southwest
- Cherokee County, Alabama – west
|U.S. Decennial Census
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 41,475 people, 15,092 households, and 10,908 families living in the county. The population density was 133.6 inhabitants per square mile (51.6/km2). There were 16,908 housing units at an average density of 54.5 per square mile (21.0/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 77.1% white, 12.5% black or African American, 0.7% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 0.1% Pacific islander, 7.5% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 11.8% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 17.2% were English, 15.2% were American, 13.0% were Irish, and 5.3% were German.
Of the 15,092 households, 38.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.5% were married couples living together, 14.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 27.7% were non-families, and 23.6% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.20. The median age was 36.2 years.
The median income for a household in the county was $38,646 and the median income for a family was $43,172. Males had a median income of $37,070 versus $27,758 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,214. About 15.6% of families and 19.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.4% of those under age 18 and 10.5% of those age 65 or over.
|Black or African American (non-Hispanic)||5,119||11.95%|
|Hispanic or Latino||5,585||13.03%|
As of the 2020 United States census, there were 42,853 people, 15,038 households, and 10,151 families residing in the county.
- Silver Comet Trail
- Nathan Dean Complex and Park
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