Polk County, IA

474,045 Population
573.8 square miles 826.1 people per square mile

Census data: ACS 2016 1-year unless noted

 

 People

Percent of State Population
15.1%
was 15.0%
Ranked 1st Highest in IA
Population Density
826.1
US 88.8 people/sq mile
Dependency Ratio
50.3%
was 49.6%
US Population Dependency Ratio is 49.7
Percent Foreign Born
9.0%
was 8.6%
Ranked 3rd Highest in IA
Percent Under 18
25.2%
was 25.2%
Ranked 3rd Highest in IA
Percent 65 and Over
12.3%
was 11.9%
Ranked 7th Highest in IA

 Economics

Unemployment Rate
3
was 3.6
Ranked 12th Lowest in IA
Percent Living in Poverty
10.9%
was 12.0%
Ranked 5th Lowest in IA
Median Household Income
$61,684
was $60,176
Ranked 2nd Highest in IA
Gini Income Distribution
 
43.7
45
US Gini Index is 42.0
Number of Businesses per 100,000
2,637
Ranked 51st Highest in IA
Patents per 100,000
30
Ranked 15th Highest in IA

 Safety

Homicides per 100,000
0.2
 
Violent Crimes per 100,000
14.4
 
Property Crimes per 100,000
155.9
 

 Housing

Total Housing Units
196,679
was 195,133
Ranked 1st Highest in IA
Median Rent
$850
was $824
Ranked 4th Highest in IA
Total Building Permits
4,202
was 3,509
 
Occupied Housing Units
182,537
was 182,948
 
Homeownership Rate
67.0%
was 65.3%
Ranked 5th Highest in IA
Single Family Building Permits
2,648
was 2,402
 
Residential Units Per Sq Mile
342.8
was 340.2
Ranked 1st Highest in IA
Rental Vacancy Rate
19.0%
was 16.1%
Ranked 7th Highest in IA
Multifamily Building Permits
1,554
was 1,107
 
Persons Per Dwelling Unit
2.5
was 2.5
Ranked 2nd Highest in IA
Building Permits per 1000 Housing Units
22.3
was 18.9
 
Building Permits per 1000 Residents
9.3
was 7.9
 

 Health

Percent with Insurance Under 18
97.7%
was 97.0%
Ranked 8th Highest in IA
Percent with Insurance 18 to 64
93.6%
Ranked 7th Highest in IA
Percent with Insurance Over 65
100%
was 99.9%
Ranked 1st Highest in IA

 Education

Percent with High School Diploma or Higher
90.8%
was 91.1%
Ranked 9th Highest in IA
Percent with Bachelors Degree or Higher
35.8%
was 34.9%
Ranked 4th Highest in IA

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