Polk County (Wisconsin)

Polk County is a county located in the state of Wisconsin in the United States. In the census in 2010, the County had 44.205 inhabitants and a population density of 18.6 inhabitants per square kilometer. The administrative headquarters ( County Seat) is Balsam Lake.


The County is located in northwestern Wisconsin, on the west by Minnesota, separated by the St. Croix River, which is the natural boundary. The Polk County has an area of ​​2477 square kilometers, of which 101 square kilometers are water surface. It is bordered by the following counties:


Polk County was formed in 1853 from parts of St. Croix County. It was named after James K. Polk, the eleventh president of the United States.

Demographic data

According to the census in 2000, lived in Polk County 41,319 people in 16 254 households. 11,329 families living in the county. The population density was 17 people per square kilometer. The racial the population was made ​​up of 97.64 percent White, 0.15 percent African American, 1.06 percent Native American, 0.26 percent Asian, 0.02 percent of residents from the Pacific Islander, and 0.20 percent from other races groups; 0.67 percent were descended from two or more races. 0.80 percent of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race, were members of the various groups mentioned.

Of the 16 254 households out of which 32.1 percent of children under the age of 18 living with them. 58.2 percent were married couples living together, 7.4 percent were single mothers. 30.3 percent were non-families. 25.2 percent of all households and 10.6 percent living alone who is 65 years or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.01 persons.

26.2 percent of the population were under 18 years old, 6.7 percent between 18 to 24, 27.7 percent between 25 and 44, 24.3 percent between 45 and 64, and 15.1 percent were 65 years or older. The average age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 99.9 males.

Cities and Towns

  • Amery
  • Balsam Lake
  • Centuria
  • Clayton
  • Clear Lake
  • Dresser
  • Frederic
  • Luck
  • Milltown
  • Osceola
  • St. Croix Falls
  • Turtle Lake1

1 - partially in Barron County