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Polk County, FL&

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2.47% growth
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Median Household Income
5.21% growth
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Number of Employees
5.99% growth
Median Property Value
9.9% growth

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The economy of Polk County, FL employs 274,271 people. The economy of Polk County, FL is specialized in Arts, Entertainment, Recreation; Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Hunting; and Admin., Support, Waste Management Services, which employ respectively 2.46; 1.79; and 1.5 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Polk County, FL are Retail trade (46,668), Healthcare & Social Assistance (26,656), and Accommodation & Food Service (26,621), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, Oil, Gas Extraction ($57,383), Utilities ($51,953), and Professional, Scientific, Tech Services ($41,330).

Median household income in Polk County, FL is $46,355. Males in Polk County, FL have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $43,586. The income inequality of Polk County, FL (measured using the Gini index) is 0.479 which is lower than the national average.


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Health & Safety

Insurance and Medicare coverage combined with state and county level health and safety statistics for Polk County, FL. In Polk County, FL the age groups most likely to have health care coverage are 6-17 and 6-17, men and women, respectively. The location has a 1 to 51 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $10,968. Duval County, FL has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in Florida.


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Polk County, FL is home to a population of 666,149 people, from which 94% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Polk County, FL is composed of 402,676 White residents (60.4%), 140,642 Hispanic residents (21.1%), 97,337 Black residents (14.6%), 12,327 Asian residents (1.85%), and 10,308 Two+ residents (1.55%). The most common foreign languages in Polk County, FL are Spanish (94,296 speakers), French Creole (6,044 speakers), and French (1,866 speakers), but compared to other places, Polk County, FL has a relative high number of French Creole (6,044 speakers), Hmong (602 speakers), and Spanish (94,296 speakers).


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In 2015 universities in Polk County, FL awarded 4,344 degrees. The student population of Polk County, FL is skewed towards females, with 1,599 male students and 2,745 female students. Most students in Polk County, FL are White (2,688 and 61.9%), followed by Black or African American (650 and 15%), Hispanic or Latino (597 and 13.7%), and Unknown (104 and 2.39%). The largest universities in Polk County, FL by number of graduates are Polk State College (2,198 and 50.6%), Florida Southern College (690 and 15.9%), and Southeastern University (622 and 14.3%). The most popular majors in Polk County, FL are Other Business Administration, Management, & Operations (262 and 6.03%), General Business Administration & Management (202 and 4.65%), and Registered Nursing (130 and 2.99%). The median tuition costs in Polk County, FL are $23,160 for private four year colleges, and $2,483 and $9,933 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.



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Housing & Living

The median property value in Polk County, FL is $135,300, which is 0.66 times smaller than the national average of $205,000. Between 2015 and 2016 the median property value increased from $123,100 to $135,300, a 9.9% increase. The homeownership rate of Polk County, FL is 67.9%, which is higher than the national average of 63.1%. People in Polk County, FL have an average commute time of 24.6 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Polk County, FL is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.


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