Polk County, Texas
Polk County: County in Texas, United States
Polk County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 45,413 and a population density of 16 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 county had an estimated population of 52,995 inhabitants. Its county seat is Livingston. The county was created 177 years ago in 1845.
Polk County is located in east Texas, between Houston and Lake Livingston. The county seat is Livingston. With a population around 50,000, Polk County is known for timber, lakes, and natural scenery.
History of Polk County
Polk County was established in 1846 following Texas statehood. It was named for President James K. Polk.
The county's early economy relied on agriculture, specifically cotton. Lumbering took off in the late 1800s as rail lines connected the densely forested area to markets.
In the 1900s, the formation of Lake Livingston boosted fishing tourism and recreation.
Economy and Industry in Polk County
Today, major employers in Polk County include:
- The Alabama-Coushatta Tribe and their casino resort
- Lumber and wood product manufacturing
- Eastex Telephone Cooperative providing services across four counties
- Polk County School District
Outdoor recreation also thrives thanks to ample lakes, parks, and preserves.
Attractions and Things to Do in Polk County
Top attractions in Polk County include:
- Lake Livingston for boating, swimming, fishing and water sports
- Alabama-Coushatta Reservation with a museum and annual pow wow
- The Big Thicket National Preserve with hiking, camping, canoeing
- Historic towns like Corrigan with antique shops and cafes
- Annual events like the Trinity Neches Livestock Show
From pine forests to resort lakes, Polk County showcases the nature, history, and livelihood of East Texas.
Quick Facts about Polk County
|Population :||52,995 (2020)|
|Country :||United States of America|
|State :||Texas (United States)|
|Different from :||Polk County|
|Area :||2874 km2|
|Water as percent of area :||4.74%|
|Land as percent of area :||95.26%|
|Named for :||James K. Polk|
|Establishment :||January 01, 1846|
|Time Zone :||Central Time Zone|
|Local time :||10:10:15 (7th December 2023)|
|Density :||18 Pop. per km² as of 2020|
|Population growth :||14.31% (2010-2020)|
Polk County map
The largest city of Polk County is Onalaska with a population of 3,167. Other cities include, Corrigan population 1,702, Goodrich population 338 and Seven Oaks population 131. See all Polk County cities & populated places.
Polk County Populated Places
Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Polk County.
|West Livingston||8,071||Census designated place|
|Onalaska||3,167||City in Polk County, Texas, United States|
|Corrigan||1,702||City in Polk County, Texas, United States of America|
|Goodrich||338||City in Texas, United States|
|Seven Oaks||131||City in Polk County, Texas, United States|
- Official Website
Official website of Polk County
The population of Polk County increased by 14.31% in 10 years.
People born in Polk County (2)
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