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Polk County, Arkansas
Polk Co. Courthouse
Map of Arkansas highlighting Polk County
Location in the state of Arkansas
Map of USA AR
Arkansas's location in the U.S.
Founded November 30, 1844
Named for James K. Polk
Seat Mena
Largest city Mena
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

862 sq mi (2,233 km²)
858 sq mi (2,222 km²)
4.8 sq mi (12 km²), 0.6%
 - (2015)
 - Density

24/sq mi (9/km²)
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Polk County is a county located in the U.S. state of Arkansas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 20,662.[1] The county seat is Mena.[2] Polk County is Arkansas's 48th county, formed on November 30, 1844, and named for James Polk, President of the United States. It is an alcohol prohibition or dry county.

Polk County is the setting for Stephen Hunter's fictional Bob Lee Swagger series, the most notable being Black Light, as well as the place where Joel B Reed's fictional character, Jazz Phillips, of the Jazz Phillips mystery series, grew up.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 862 square miles (2,230 km2), of which 858 square miles (2,220 km2) is land and 4.8 square miles (12 km2) (0.6%) is water.[3]

Major highwaysEdit

Adjacent countiesEdit

National protected areaEdit


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1850 1,263
1860 4,262 237.5%
1870 3,376 −20.8%
1880 5,857 73.5%
1890 9,283 58.5%
1900 18,352 97.7%
1910 17,216 −6.2%
1920 16,412 −4.7%
1930 14,857 −9.5%
1940 15,832 6.6%
1950 14,182 −10.4%
1960 11,981 −15.5%
1970 13,297 11.0%
1980 17,007 27.9%
1990 17,347 2.0%
2000 20,229 16.6%
2010 20,662 2.1%
Est. 2015 20,216 [4] −0.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790–1960[6] 1900–1990[7]
1990–2000[8] 2010–2015[1]
USA Polk County, Arkansas age pyramid

Age pyramid Polk County[9]

As of the 2000 United States Census,[10] there were 20,229 people, 8,047 households, and 5,793 families residing in the county. The population density was 24 people per square mile (9/km²). There were 9,236 housing units at an average density of 11 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 94.69% White, 0.16% Black or African American, 1.49% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 1.72% from other races, and 1.67% from two or more races. 3.50% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 8,047 households out of which 31.90% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.40% were married couples living together, 8.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.00% were non-families. 25.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.60% under the age of 18, 7.90% from 18 to 24, 25.00% from 25 to 44, 24.50% from 45 to 64, and 17.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 97.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $25,180, and the median income for a family was $31,379. Males had a median income of $23,397 versus $17,294 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,063. 18.20% of the population and 14.00% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 23.50% are under the age of 18 and 16.20% are 65 or older.

As of 2010 Polk County had a population of 20,662. Of this population 89.77% were Non-Hispanic whites, 0.31% were blacks, 1.76% Native Americans, 0.45% Asians, 2.03% Non-Hispanics reporting one or more race and 5.76% Hispanic or Latino.




Unincorporated communityEdit


Polk County Arkansas 2010 Township Map large

Townships in Polk County, Arkansas as of 2010

Townships in Arkansas are the divisions of a county. Each township includes unincorporated areas and some may have incorporated towns or cities within part of their space. Townships have limited purposes in modern times. However, the US Census does list Arkansas population based on townships (often referred to as "minor civil divisions"). Townships are also of value for historical purposes in terms of genealogical research. Each town or city is within one or more townships in an Arkansas county based on census maps. The townships of Polk County are listed below with the town(s) and/or city that are fully or partially inside them listed in parentheses.


  • Acorn (small part of Mena)
  • Big Fork
  • Cedar
  • Center (most of Mena)
  • Cove (Hatfield)
  • Eagle
  • Faulkner
  • Freedom
  • Fulton
  • Gap Springs
  • Mill Creek
  • Mountain
  • Ouachita
  • Ozark (Grannis, Wickes)
  • Potter (small part of Mena)
  • Rich Mountain
  • White (Cove, Vandervoort)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 19, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved August 27, 2015. 
  4. ^ "County Totals Dataset: Population, Population Change and Estimated Components of Population Change: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 27, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved August 27, 2015. 
  7. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 27, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved August 27, 2015. 
  9. ^ Based on 2000 census data
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  11. ^ U. S. Census Bureau. 2011 Boundary and Annexation Survey (BAS): Polk County, AR [map]. Retrieved 2011-08-12.
  12. ^ "Arkansas: 2010 Census Block Maps - County Subdivision". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 29, 2014. 

Coordinates: 34°30′07″N 94°14′27″W / 34.50194, -94.24083

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