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Polk County, Iowa

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Table

Polk County, Iowa
Population Estimates, July 1 2021, (V2021)
496,844
People
Population
Population Estimates, July 1 2021, (V2021)
496,844
Population estimates base, April 1, 2020, (V2021)
492,401
Population, percent change - April 1, 2020 (estimates base) to July 1, 2021, (V2021)
0.9%
Population, Census, April 1, 2020 492,401
Population, Census, April 1, 2010 430,640
Age and Sex
Persons under 5 years, percent
6.5%
Persons under 18 years, percent
24.5%
Persons 65 years and over, percent
13.7%
Female persons, percent
50.3%
Race and Hispanic Origin
White alone, percent
84.1%
Black or African American alone, percent(a)
7.7%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent(a)
0.4%
Asian alone, percent(a)
5.2%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone, percent(a)
0.1%
Two or More Races, percent
2.6%
Hispanic or Latino, percent(b)
9.1%
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino, percent
75.7%
Population Characteristics
Veterans, 2016-2020 23,183
Foreign born persons, percent, 2016-2020 9.1%
Housing
Housing units, July 1, 2021, (V2021) 214,991
Owner-occupied housing unit rate, 2016-2020 67.1%
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2016-2020 $190,400
Median selected monthly owner costs -with a mortgage, 2016-2020 $1,475
Median selected monthly owner costs -without a mortgage, 2016-2020 $585
Median gross rent, 2016-2020 $938
Building permits, 2021 4,785
Families & Living Arrangements
Households, 2016-2020 191,125
Persons per household, 2016-2020 2.49
Living in same house 1 year ago, percent of persons age 1 year+, 2016-2020 84.0%
Language other than English spoken at home, percent of persons age 5 years+, 2016-2020 13.4%
Computer and Internet Use
Households with a computer, percent, 2016-2020 93.9%
Households with a broadband Internet subscription, percent, 2016-2020 87.0%
Education
High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2016-2020 92.1%
Bachelor's degree or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2016-2020 37.6%
Health
With a disability, under age 65 years, percent, 2016-2020 8.2%
Persons without health insurance, under age 65 years, percent
5.8%
Economy
In civilian labor force, total, percent of population age 16 years+, 2016-2020 71.5%
In civilian labor force, female, percent of population age 16 years+, 2016-2020 66.7%
Total accommodation and food services sales, 2017 ($1,000)(c) 1,484,997
Total health care and social assistance receipts/revenue, 2017 ($1,000)(c) 4,322,601
Total transportation and warehousing receipts/revenue, 2017 ($1,000)(c) 1,805,584
Total retail sales, 2017 ($1,000)(c) 8,957,960
Total retail sales per capita, 2017(c) $18,625
Transportation
Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16 years+, 2016-2020 19.6
Income & Poverty
Median household income (in 2020 dollars), 2016-2020 $69,747
Per capita income in past 12 months (in 2020 dollars), 2016-2020 $36,290
Persons in poverty, percent
11.5%
Businesses
Businesses
Total employer establishments, 2020 13,496
Total employment, 2020 282,508
Total annual payroll, 2020 ($1,000) 15,798,331
Total employment, percent change, 2019-2020 2.3%
Total nonemployer establishments, 2019 34,441
All employer firms, Reference year 2017 9,983
Men-owned employer firms, Reference year 2017 5,532
Women-owned employer firms, Reference year 2017 1,754
Minority-owned employer firms, Reference year 2017 554
Nonminority-owned employer firms, Reference year 2017 7,985
Veteran-owned employer firms, Reference year 2017 563
Nonveteran-owned employer firms, Reference year 2017 7,783
Geography
Geography
Population per square mile, 2020 860.5
Population per square mile, 2010 750.5
Land area in square miles, 2020 572.20
Land area in square miles, 2010 573.80
FIPS Code 19153
Value Notes

Estimates are not comparable to other geographic levels due to methodology differences that may exist between different data sources.

Some estimates presented here come from sample data, and thus have sampling errors that may render some apparent differences between geographies statistically indistinguishable. Click the Quick Info icon to the left of each row in TABLE view to learn about sampling error.

The vintage year (e.g., V2021) refers to the final year of the series (2020 thru 2021). Different vintage years of estimates are not comparable.

Users should exercise caution when comparing 2016-2020 ACS 5-year estimates to other ACS estimates. For more information, please visit the 2020 5-year ACS Comparison Guidance page.

Fact Notes Value Flags

QuickFacts data are derived from: Population Estimates, American Community Survey, Census of Population and Housing, Current Population Survey, Small Area Health Insurance Estimates, Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates, State and County Housing Unit Estimates, County Business Patterns, Nonemployer Statistics, Economic Census, Survey of Business Owners, Building Permits.

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