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Polk Census Data

HOUSEHOLDS AND FAMILIES: From 2005-2007 there were 222,000 households in Polk County. The average household size was 2.5 people.

Families made up 71 percent of the households in Polk County. This figure includes both married-couple families (53 percent) and other families (17 percent). Nonfamily households made up 29 percent of all households in Polk County. Most of the nonfamily households were people living alone, but some were composed of people living in households in which no one was related to the householder.

The Types of Households in Polk County, Florida in 2005-2007
Married-couple families
53%
Other families
17%
People living alone
23%
Other nonfamily households
6%
Percent of households

NATIVITY AND LANGUAGE: Ten percent of the people living in Polk County from 2005-2007 there were foreign born. Ninety percent was native, including 42 percent who were born in Florida.

Among people at least five years old living in Polk County from 2005-2007, 17 percent spoke a language other than English at home. Of those speaking a language other than English at home, 78 percent spoke Spanish and 22 percent spoke some other language; 51 percent reported that they did not speak English "very well."

GEOGRAPHIC MOBILITY: From 2005-2007, 79 percent of the people at least one year old living in Polk County were living in the same residence one year earlier; 13 percent had moved during the past year from another residence in the same county, 4 percent from another county in the same state, 4 percent from another state, and 1 percent from abroad.

Geographic Mobility of Residents of Polk County, Florida in 2005-2007
Same residence
79%
Different residence, same county
13%
Different county, same state
4%
Different state
4%
Abroad
1%
Percent of people age 1 year and over

EDUCATION: From 2005-2007, 81 percent of people 25 years and over had at least graduated from high school and 17 percent had a bachelor's degree or higher. Nineteen percent were dropouts; they were not enrolled in school and had not graduated from high school.

The total school enrollment in Polk County was 125,000 from 2005-2007. Nursery school and kindergarten enrollment was 17,000 and elementary or high school enrollment was 86,000 children. College or graduate school enrollment was 23,000.

The Educational Attainment of People in Polk County, Florida in 2005-2007
Graduate or professional degree
5%
Bachelor's degree
12%
Associate's degree
8%
Some college, no degree
19%
High school diploma or equivalency
38%
Less than high school diploma
19%
Percent of people 25 years and over

DISABILITY: In Polk County, among people at least five years old from 2005-2007, 17 percent reported a disability. The likelihood of having a disability varied by age - from 7 percent of people 5 to 15 years old, to 14 percent of people 16 to 64 years old, and to 39 percent of those 65 and older.

INDUSTRIES: From 2005-2007, for the employed population 16 years and older, the leading industries in Polk County were Educational services, and health care, and social assistance, 18 percent, and Retail trade, 14 percent.

Employment by Industry in Polk County, Florida in 2005-2007
Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and mining
3%
Construction
11%
Manufacturing
7%
Wholesale trade
3%
Retail trade
14%
Transportation and warehousing, and utilities
6%
Information
2%
Finance and insurance, and real estate and rental and leasing
7%
Professional, scientific, and management, and administrative and waste management services
9%
Educational services, health care, and social assistance
18%
Arts, entertainment, and recreation, and accommodation, and food services
11%
Other Services (except public administration)
5%
Public administration
4%
Percent of employed people 16 years and over

OCCUPATIONS AND TYPE OF EMPLOYER: Among the most common occupations were: Management, professional, and related occupations, 27 percent; Sales and office occupations, 27 percent; Service occupations, 17 percent; Production, transportation, and material moving occupations, 14 percent; and Construction, extraction, maintenance and repair occupations, 13 percent. Eighty-three percent of the people employed were Private wage and salary workers; 12 percent was Federal, state, or local government workers; and 5 percent was Self-employed in own not incorporated business workers.

TRAVEL TO WORK: Eighty-one percent of Polk County workers drove to work alone from 2005-2007, 12 percent carpooled, 1 percent took public transportation, and 4 percent used other means. The remaining 2 percent worked at home. Among those who commuted to work, it took them on average 25 minutes to get to work.

INCOME: The median income of households in Polk County was $42,534. Seventy-four percent of the households received earnings and 20 percent received retirement income other than Social Security. Thirty-five percent of the households received Social Security. The average income from Social Security was $15,010. These income sources are not mutually exclusive; that is, some households received income from more than one source.

POVERTY AND PARTICIPATION IN GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS: From 2005-2007, 13 percent of people were in poverty. Twenty percent of related children under 18 were below the poverty level, compared with 8 percent of people 65 years old and over. Ten percent of all families and 29 percent of families with a female householder and no husband present had incomes below the poverty level.

Poverty Rates in Polk County, Florida in 2005-2007
People age 65 and over
8%
Related children under 18 years
20%
All families
10%
Female householder families
29%
Percent below poverty level

POPULATION OF Polk County: From 2005-2007, Polk County had a total population of 557,000 - 283,000 (51 percent) females and 275,000 (49 percent) males. The median age was 38.2 years. Twenty-four percent of the population was under 18 years and 17 percent was 65 years and older.

The Age Distribution of People in Polk County, Florida in 2005-2007
65 and over
17%
45 to 64
24%
25 to 44
26%
18 to 24
9%
Under 18
24%
Percent of population

For people reporting one race alone, 78 percent was White; 14 percent was Black or African American; less than 0.5 percent was American Indian and Alaska Native; 1 percent was Asian; less than 0.5 percent was Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, and 6 percent was Some other race. Two percent reported Two or more races. Fourteen percent of the people in Polk County was Hispanic. Sixty-nine percent of the people in Polk County was White non-Hispanic. People of Hispanic origin may be of any race.

HOUSING CHARACTERISTICS: From 2005-2007, Polk County had a total of 268,000 housing units, 17 percent of which were vacant. Of the total housing units, 60 percent was in single-unit structures, 15 percent was in multi-unit structures, and 25 percent was mobile homes. Thirty-eight percent of the housing units were built since 1990.

The Types of Housing Units in Polk County, Florida in 2005-2007
Single-unit structures
60%
In multi-unit structures
15%
Mobile homes
25%
Percent of housing units

OCCUPIED HOUSING UNIT CHARACTERISTICS: From 2005-2007, Polk County had 222,000 occupied housing units - 159,000 (72 percent) owner occupied and 63,000 (28 percent) renter occupied. Eight percent of the households did not have telephone service and 5 percent of the households did not have access to a car, truck, or van for private use. Multi Vehicle households were not rare. Thirty-nine percent had two vehicles and another 15 percent had three or more.

HOUSING COSTS: The median monthly housing costs for mortgaged owners was $1,185, nonmortgaged owners $362, and renters $770. Thirty-nine percent of owners with mortgages, 14 percent of owners without mortgages, and 44 percent of renters in Polk County spent 30 percent or more of household income on housing.

Occupants with a Housing Cost Burden in Polk County, Florida in 2005-2007
Owners with mortgage
39%
Owners without mortgage
14%
Renters
44%
Percent paying 30 percent or more of income for housing

Social Characteristics

Estimate

Percent

U.S.

Margin of Error

Average household size

2.45

(X)

2.60

+/-0.02

Average family size

2.88

(X)

3.19

+/-0.03

Population 25 years and over

374,804

 

 

+/-155

High school graduate or higher

(X)

81.2

84.0%

(X)

Bachelor's degree or higher

(X)

17.2

27.0%

(X)

Civilian veterans (civilian population 18 years and over)

55,185

13.1

10.4%

+/-1,820

Disability status (population 5 years and over)

87,638

17.2

15.1%

+/-2,347

Foreign born

56,516

10.1

12.5%

+/-2,710

Male, Now married, except separated (population 15 years and over)

127,790

58.7

52.6%

+/-2,041

Female, Now married, except separated (population 15 years and over)

124,825

54.8

48.5%

+/-1,817

Speak a language other than English at home (population 5 years and over)

86,298

16.7

19.5%

+/-2,813

Household population

544,373

 

 

+/-262

Group quarters population

(X)

(X)

(X)

(X)

 

 

 

 

 

Economic Characteristics

Estimate

Percent

U.S.

Margin of Error

In labor force (population 16 years and over)

256,675

58.6

64.7%

+/-2,621

Mean travel time to work in minutes (workers 16 years and over)

25.0

(X)

25.1

+/-0.5

Median household income (in 2007 inflation-adjusted dollars)

42,534

(X)

50,007

+/-804

Median family income (in 2007 inflation-adjusted dollars)

48,969

(X)

60,374

+/-1,068

Per capita income (in 2007 inflation-adjusted dollars)

21,670

(X)

26,178

+/-418

Families below poverty level

(X)

10.1

9.8%

(X)

Individuals below poverty level

(X)

13.3

13.3%

(X)

 

 

 

 

 

Housing Characteristics

Estimate

Percent

U.S.

Margin of Error

Total housing units

267,907

 

 

+/-151

Occupied housing units

222,196

82.9

88.4%

+/-1,973

Owner-occupied housing units

159,199

71.6

67.3%

+/-2,229

Renter-occupied housing units

62,997

28.4

32.7%

+/-1,856

Vacant housing units

45,711

17.1

11.6%

+/-1,979

Owner-occupied homes

159,199

 

 

+/-2,229

Median value (dollars)

132,400

(X)

181,800

+/-2,652

Median of selected monthly owner costs

 

 

 

 

With a mortgage (dollars)

1,185

(X)

1,427

+/-19

Not mortgaged (dollars)

362

(X)

402

+/-8

 

 

 

 

 

Demographic Estimates

Estimate

Percent

U.S.

Margin of Error

Total population

557,184

 

 

*****

Male

274,684

49.3

49.2%

+/-151

Female

282,500

50.7

50.8%

+/-151

Median age (years)

38.2

(X)

36.4

+/-0.2

Under 5 years

39,197

7.0

6.9%

+/-59

18 years and over

422,177

75.8

75.3%

*****

65 years and over

96,695

17.4

12.5%

+/-141

One race

545,711

97.9

97.9%

+/-1,450

White

428,186

76.8

74.1%

+/-2,813

Black or African American

75,742

13.6

12.4%

+/-1,058

American Indian and Alaska Native

2,240

0.4

0.8%

+/-399

Asian

7,691

1.4

4.3%

+/-410

Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

48

0.0

0.1%

+/-58

Some other race

31,804

5.7

6.2%

+/-2,804

Two or more races

11,473

2.1

2.1%

+/-1,450

Hispanic or Latino (of any race)

80,666

14.5

14.7%

*****



Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005-2007 American Community Survey

Explanation of Symbols:
'***' - The median falls in the lowest interval or upper interval of an open-ended distribution. A statistical test is not appropriate.
'*****' - The estimate is controlled. A statistical test for sampling variability is not appropriate.
'N' - Data for this geographic area cannot be displayed because the number of sample cases is too small.
'(X)' - The value is not applicable or not available.

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