Polk County, Tennessee

Polk County: County in Tennessee, United States


Polk County is a county located in the U.S. state of Tennessee. As of the 2010 census, the population was 16,825 and a population density of 15 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 county had an estimated population of 16,835 inhabitants. Its county seat is Benton. The county was created 183 years ago in 1839.

Polk County locator map
Location of Polk County on Tennessee map.

Quick Facts about Polk County

Population : 16,835 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : Tennessee (United States)
Different from : Polk County
Area : 1146 km2
Water as percent of area : 1.7%
Land as percent of area : 98.3%
Named for : James K. Polk
Capital : Benton
Establishment : November 11, 1839
Time Zone : Eastern Time Zone
Local time : 09:09:50 (4th October 2023)
Density : 15 Pop. per km² as of 2020
Population growth : 0.06% (2010-2020)
Weather : 80℉ Sunny 7-days weather
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Polk-county-courthouse-tn1 image


Polk County is located at 35°7'12"N 84°31'24"W (35.1199000, -84.5233000). It has 5 neighbors: Cherokee County, Fannin County, Bradley County, McMinn County and Monroe County.

Polk County map

The largest city of Polk County is Benton with a population of 1,247. Other cities include, Ducktown population 467 and Copperhill population 316. See all Polk County cities & populated places.

Polk County Populated Places

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Polk County.

City Name Population Title
Benton 1,247 County in Tennessee, United States
Ducktown 467 City in Tennessee, United States
Copperhill 316 City in Polk County, Tennessee, United States


Polk County forecast: Sunny, with a high near 80. more

Polk County has 5 neighbours.

  • Benton


The population of Polk County increased by 0.06% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 16,825 - census
2011 16,771 -0.32% estimation process
2012 16,624 -0.88% estimation process
2013 16,632 0.05% estimation process
2014 16,684 0.31% estimation process
2015 16,769 0.51% estimation process
2016 16,794 0.15% estimation process
2017 16,759 -0.21% estimation process
2018 16,918 0.94% estimation process
2019 16,832 -0.51% estimation process
2020 16,835 0.02% estimation process

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People born in Polk County (2)

People born in Polk County, including politician John E. Hutton, College president G. Earl Guinn, .


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