Polk County, WI

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Population

43,328

0.356% decline

Median Age

44.8


Median Household Income

$53,551

2.91% growth

Poverty Rate

9.87%


Number of Employees

21,257

0.155% growth

Median Property Value

$158,300

1.47% growth

About

In 2017, Polk County, WI had a population of 43.3k people with a median age of 44.8 and a median household income of $53,551. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Polk County, WI declined from 43,483 to 43,328, a -0.356% decrease and its median household income grew from $52,039 to $53,551, a 2.91% increase.

The population of Polk County, WI is 95.3% White Alone, 1.87% Hispanic or Latino, and 1.18% Two or More Races. N/A% of the people in Polk County, WI speak a non-English language, and 99.6% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Polk County, WI is $158,300, and the homeownership rate is 78.4%. Most people in Polk County, WI commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 27.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Polk County, WI is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Polk County, WI employs 21.3k people. The largest industries in Polk County, WI are Manufacturing (5,049 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (3,299 people), and Retail Trade (2,298 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($60,833), Utilities ($51,648), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($51,325).

Median household income in Polk County, WI is $53,551. Males in Polk County, WI have an average income that is 1.33 times higher than the average income of females, which is $46,291. The income inequality in Polk County, WI (measured using the Gini index) is 0.453, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$53,551

2017 value

± $1,215

2.91%

1 Year Growth

± 3.28%

Households in Polk County, WI have a median annual income of $53,551, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $52,039 in 2016, which represents a 2.91% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$61,348

Average Male Salary

± $1,322

$46,291

Average Female Salary

± $998

In 2017, full-time male employees in Wisconsin made 1.33 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $51,905 ± $6,236

  2. White

    $46,737 ± $788

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $43,959 ± $36,574

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Wisconsin workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.11 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Polk County, WI is from Wisconsin.

0.453

2017 Wage GINI

0.452

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Wisconsin was 0.453 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.212% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Wisconsin was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Wisconsin in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Wisconsin across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 9609

  2. Census Tract 9608

  3. Census Tract 9605

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Polk County, WI was Census Tract 9609 with a value of $69,556, followed by Census Tract 9608 and Census Tract 9605, with respective values of $61,589 and $59,321.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Polk County, WI colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 55 - 64

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

9.87% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Polk County, WI (4.22k out of 42.7k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 55 - 64, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Females 55 - 64.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    3,849 ± 226

  2. Hispanic

    158 ± 78

  3. Two Or More

    121 ± 78

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Polk County, WI is White, followed by Hispanic and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

21.3k

2017 Value

± 513

0.155%

1 Year growth

± 3.43%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Polk County, WI grew at a rate of 0.155%, from 21.2k employees to 21.3k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Polk County, WI, are Production Occupations (3,136 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,363 people), and Management Occupations (1,960 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Polk County, WI.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Polk County, WI, by number of employees, are Production Occupations (3,136 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,363 people), and Management Occupations (1,960 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Polk County, WI has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (2.54 times higher than expected), Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2.51 times), and Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.42 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Polk County, WI, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($64,464), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($62,162), and Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($60,750).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

21.3k

2017 Value

± 513

0.155%

1 Year growth

± 3.43%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Polk County, WI grew at a rate of 0.155%, from 21.2k employees to 21.3k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Polk County, WI, are Manufacturing (5,049 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (3,299 people), and Retail Trade (2,298 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Polk County, WI, though some of these residents may live in Polk County, WI and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Polk County, WI, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (5,049 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (3,299 people), and Retail Trade (2,298 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Polk County, WI has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (3.46 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (2.35 times), and Construction (1.22 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Polk County, WI, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($60,833), Utilities ($51,648), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($51,325).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Wisconsin to other states, or from other states to Wisconsin.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $41.9B

  2. $30.3B

  3. $29.6B

In 2015, the top outbound Wisconsin product (by dollars) was Other foodstuffs with $41.9B, followed by Machinery ($30.3B) and Mixed freight ($29.6B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Wisconsin products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$356B

2020 Value

$493B

Projected 2045 Value

38.5% growth

In 2020, total outbound Wisconsin trade was $356B. This is expected to increase 38.5% to $493B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Wisconsin trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Wisconsin to other states, or from other states to Wisconsin.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $31.3B

  2. $29.3B

  3. $11.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Wisconsin domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Illinois with $31.3B, followed by Minnesota with $29.3B and Michigan and $11.1B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Wisconsin shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

92.7% of the population of Polk County, WI has health coverage, with 49.2% on employee plans, 14.9% on Medicaid, 13.9% on Medicare, 13.2% on non-group plans, and 1.48% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Polk County, WI was $8,702 in 2014. This is a 6.26% increase from the previous year ($8,189).

Primary care physicians in Polk County, WI see 1114 patients per year on average, which represents a 5.19% increase from the previous year (1059 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1890 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 565 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Adams County and Menominee County have the highest prevalence of diabetes (13.1%). Additionally, Menominee County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (45.1%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,114 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Polk County, WI see an average of 1,114 patients per year. This represents a 5.19% increase from the previous year (1,059 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Polk County, WI in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$8,702

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$5,159

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,057

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,608

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Wisconsin (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 6.26%, from $8,189 to $8,702.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

7.27%

Uninsured

49.2%

Employer Coverage

14.9%

Medicaid

13.9%

Medicare

13.2%

Non-Group

1.48%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Polk County, WI declined by 14.5% from 8.5% to 7.27%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Polk County, WI changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 13.1% prevalence

  2. 13.1% prevalence

  3. 12.4% prevalence

Adams County and Menominee County have the highest prevalence of diabetes in Wisconsin, at 13.1%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Wisconsin by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Polk County, WI is home to a population of 43.3k people, from which 99.6% are citizens. As of 2017, 1.02% of Polk County, WI residents were born outside of the country (443 people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Polk County, WI is composed of 41.3k White Alone residents (95.3%), 810 Hispanic or Latino residents (1.87%), 510 Two or More Races residents (1.18%), 415 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.958%), 165 Asian Alone residents (0.381%), 132 Black or African American Alone residents (0.305%), 12 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0277%), and 4 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.00923%).

Age

Age by Nativity

45

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.2

38

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 10.9

In 2017, the median age of all people in Polk County, WI was 44.8. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 45, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 38. But people in Polk County, WI are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Polk County, WI residents was 45.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

1.02%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

443 people

1.21%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

528 people

As of 2017, 1.02% of Polk County, WI residents (443 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Polk County, WI was 1.21%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    89,715 ± 7,296 people

  2. India

    23,224 ± 3,734 people

  3. Laos

    17,104 ± 3,206 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Wisconsin was Mexico, the natal country of 89,715 Wisconsin residents, followed by India with 23,224 and Laos with 17,104.

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Citizenship

99.6%

2017 Citizenship

99.3%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99.6% of Polk County, WI residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Polk County, WI was 99.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    41.3k ± 17

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    810 ± 135

  3. Two or More Races

    510 ± 76.4

In 2017, there were 51 times more White Alone residents (41.3k people) in Polk County, WI than any other race or ethnicity. There were 810 Hispanic or Latino and 510 Two or More Races residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Polk County, WI as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    1,271 ± 107

  2. Korea

    343 ± 64

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    330 ± 74

Polk County, WI has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.71 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Polk County, WI was $158,300 in 2017, which is 0.689 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $156,000 to $158,300, a 1.47% increase. The homeownership rate in Polk County, WI is 78.4%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Polk County, WI have an average commute time of 27.6 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Polk County, WI is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$158,300

2017 Median

± $3,030

$156,000

2016 Median

± $2,144

In 2017, the median property value in Polk County, WI grew to to $158,300 from the previous year's value of $156,000.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Polk County, WI compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Polk County, WI the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Household Income

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$53,551

Median Household Income

± $1,215

18.2k

Number of Households

± 467

In 2017, the median household income of the 18.2k households in Polk County, WI grew to $53,551 from the previous year's value of $52,039.

The following chart displays the households in Polk County, WI distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Polk County, WI distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Polk County, WI the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

78.4%

2017 Homeownership

77.7%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 78.4% of the housing units in Polk County, WI were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 77.7%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Polk County, WI compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

27.6 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Polk County, WI have a longer commute time (27.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 3.85% of the workforce in Polk County, WI have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    81.2%

  2. Carpooled

    9.51%

  3. Worked At Home

    5.16%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Polk County, WI was Drove Alone (81.2%), followed by those who Carpooled (9.51%) and those who Worked At Home (5.16%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Polk County, WI distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Polk County, WI have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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