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Polk County, Wisconsin
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Polk County
Location in the state of Wisconsin
Map of the U.S. highlighting Wisconsin
Wisconsin's location in the U.S.
Founded 1848
Seat Balsam Lake
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

956 sq mi (2,476 km²)
917 sq mi (2,375 km²)
39 sq mi (101 km²), 4.08%
 - (2000)
 - Density


Polk County is a county in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. As of 2000, the population was 41,319. Its county seat is Balsam Lake6.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,477 km² (956 sq mi). 2,376 km² (917 sq mi) of it is land and 101 km² (39 sq mi) of it (4.08%) is water.

Adjacent counties[]


2000 Census Age Pyramid for Polk County.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1900 17,801
1910 21,367 20.0%
1920 26,870 25.8%
1930 26,567 −1.1%
1940 26,197 −1.4%
1950 24,944 −4.8%
1960 24,968 0.1%
1970 26,666 6.8%
1980 32,351 21.3%
1990 34,773 7.5%
2000 41,319 18.8%
WI Counties 1900-1990

As of the census² of 2000, there were 41,319 people, 16,254 households, and 11,329 families residing in the county. The population density was 17/km² (45/sq mi). There were 21,129 housing units at an average density of 9/km² (23/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 97.64% White, 0.15% Black or African American, 1.06% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.20% from other races, and 0.67% from two or more races. 0.80% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 31.4% were of German, 18.6% Norwegian, 11.3% Swedish, 5.5% Irish and 5.3% American ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 16,254 households out of which 32.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.20% were married couples living together, 7.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.30% were non-families. 25.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.20% under the age of 18, 6.70% from 18 to 24, 27.70% from 25 to 44, 24.30% from 45 to 64, and 15.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 99.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.50 males.


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Coordinates: 45°28′N 92°26′W / 45.46, -92.44

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