Polk County , Tennessee

Polk County: County in Tennessee, United States

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


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 9 years in 2019 county had an estimated population of 16,832 inhabitants. Its county seat is Benton. The county was created 181 years ago in 1839.


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.

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The largest city of Polk County is Benton with a population of 1,278. Other cities include, Ducktown population 467 and Copperhill population 321. See all Polk County cities & populated places.


Polk County forecast: Mostly clear, with a low around 62. West wind around 0 mph. more

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Polk County map

Polk County Quick Facts

Population : 16,832 (2019)
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 : 05:36:30 (15th June 2021)
Density : 15 Pop. per km² as of 2019
Population growth : 0.04% (2010-2019)
Weather : 62℉ Mostly Clear 7-days weather

Polk County has 5 neighbours.

  • Benton


The population of Polk County increased by 0.04% in 9 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

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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, you can see a list of people who born in Polk County.

Other places with the same name (11)

Polk County Populated Places

Cities, Towns, Neighborhoods & Other Populated Places in Polk County.

City Name Population Title
Benton 1,278 County in Tennessee, United States
Ducktown 467 City in Tennessee, United States
Copperhill 321 City in Polk County, Tennessee, United States

Tennessee Other Counties (more counties)

County Name Population Title
Tennessee 6,829,174 State of the United States of America
Shelby County 937,166 County in Tennessee, United States
Davidson County 694,144 County in Tennessee, United States
Nashville 684,410 Consolidated city-county in Davidson County, Tennessee, United States, and the state capital of Tennessee
Memphis 651,073 County seat of Shelby County, Tennessee, United States
Knox County 470,313 County in Maine, United States
Hamilton County 367,804 County in Tennessee, United States
Rutherford County 332,285 County in North Carolina, United States
Williamson County 238,412 County in Tennessee, United States
Montgomery County 208,993 County in Tennessee, United States
Sumner County 191,283 County in Tennessee, United States
Knoxville 187,603 County seat of Knox County, Tennessee, United States; third-largest city in Tennessee
Chattanooga 182,799 City in and county seat of Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States
Sullivan County 158,348 County in New York, United States
Clarksville 158,146 City in Tennessee
City of Murfreesboro 146,900 City in Tennessee, United States of America

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