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The 2000 Census showed that Polk County had a population of 20,229 people. This represented 0.76% of the total population of Arkansas, making it the state's 38th most populous county (out of 75 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Polk had a population of 20,259 people. This is an increase of 0.15% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
201020,662+2.14%+1.99% since 2009
200920,259+0.15%+0.71% since 2008
200820,117-0.55%-0.1% since 2007
200720,137-0.45%-0.23% since 2006
200620,183-0.23%+0.89% since 2005
200520,004-1.11%+0.52% since 2004
200419,901-1.62%-0.89% since 2003
200320,079-0.74%-0.45% since 2002
200220,170-0.29%+0.1% since 2001
200120,150-0.39%-0.39% since 2000
200020,229The Last Census

Polk County had 9,236 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Polk County has a total area<3> of 862 square miles [2,233 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of that area is covered by water (3.04 square miles [7.88 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Polk County had a population density of 23.54 people per square mile [9.09 people/km²], making it the state's 49th most densely populated county (out of 75 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Polk County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Polk and the state of Arkansas.

Click here for the Polk County QuickFact (QF-05113).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Polk County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Polk County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
HowardQF-05061   SE14,29114,300---
MontgomeryQF-05097   E9,0099,245-2.55%
ScottQF-05127   N11,12310,9961.15%
SevierQF-05133   S16,90415,7577.28%
Le Flore (OK)QF-40079   NW49,91548,1093.75%
McCurtain (OK)QF-40089   SW33,37034,402-3%

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Census QuickFact for Polk County

Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Polk. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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