- Polk County, Oregon
Infobox U.S. County
county = Polk County
state = Oregon
map size = 225
December 22, 1845
seat = Dallas | area_total_sq_mi =744
area percentage = 0.42%
census yr = 2000
pop = 62380
web = www.co.polk.or.us
Polk County is a county located in the
U.S. stateof Oregon. The county is named for James Knox Polk, the 11th president of the United States. In 2000, its population was 62,380. The seat of the county is Dallas.
The major industries of the county are agriculture, forest products, manufacturing, and education. With 1322 acres (5.3 km²), Polk has the second largest area devoted to grape-growing in Oregon.
Western Oregon Universityin Monmouth is a major employer.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 744
square miles (1,927 km²), of which, 741 square miles (1,919 km²) of it is land and 3 square miles (8 km²) of it (0.42%) is water.
About two thirds of Polk County, in the western part of the county is
forest, mostly of the coniferousand mixedvarieties, bordering on temperate rain forestaround Laurel Mountain, the wettest place in Oregon. [http://www.movingtoportland.net/oregon_geography.htm]
The eastern half lies in the lush
Willamette Valleyand is home mostly to farms.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 62,380 people, 23,058 households, and 16,140 families residing in the county. The population densitywas 84 people per square mile (32/km²). There were 24,461 housing units at an average density of 33 per square mile (13/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 89.19% White, 0.42% Black or African American, 1.85% Native American, 1.09% Asian, 0.25% Pacific Islander, 4.48% from other races, and 2.72% from two or more races. 8.78% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 20.4% were of German, 12.3% English, 7.6% American and 7.4% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.
There were 23,058 households out of which 32.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.10% were married couples living together, 9.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.00% were non-families. 22.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.07.
In the county, the population was spread out with 25.40% under the age of 18, 11.70% from 18 to 24, 24.70% from 25 to 44, 23.40% from 45 to 64, and 14.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 94.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.60 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $42,311, and the median income for a family was $50,483. Males had a median income of $36,667 versus $26,272 for females. The
per capita incomefor the county was $19,282. About 6.30% of families and 11.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.50% of those under age 18 and 5.50% of those age 65 or over.
The Oregon Provisional Legislature created Polk County from Yamhill District on
December 22, 1845, granting to it the entire southwestern portion of present day Oregon to the Californiaborder. County boundaries were periodically changed to reflect the creation of Benton and Lincoln counties. Many other counties were subsequently carved out of these as settlement spread towards the south, leaving Polk County many counties away from its former border with California.
The first county seat was a settlement on the north side of
Rickreall Creeknamed Cynthian (also known as Cynthia Ann). In 1852 city officials renamed Cynthian to Dallas after Vice President George M. Dallas, vice president to James Polk. During the 1880s and 1890s, there were a series of unsuccessful efforts to move the county seat to nearby Independence.
*Salem (though Salem is mostly in Marion County, west Salem is across the Willamette River in Polk County)
*Willamina (in Yamhill County but on the Polk County line)
= Unincorporated communities and CDPs=
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
Polk County (Oregon) — Polk County Courthouse in Dallas Verwaltung US Bundesstaat: Oregon … Deutsch Wikipedia
National Register of Historic Places listings in Polk County, Oregon — This is a list of properties and districts in Polk County, Oregon that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Map of all coordinates from Google Map of all coordinates from Bing … Wikipedia
Mount Baldy (Polk County, Oregon) — Mount Baldy Mount Baldy from the Baskett Slough visitor site Elevation 414 ft (126 m … Wikipedia
Bethel, Polk County, Oregon — Bethel is an unincorporated community in Polk County, Oregon, United States at the base of the Eola Hills in Plum Valley. Bethel is considered a ghost town as the only remaining structure is a school,cite book last = McArthur first = Lewis A.… … Wikipedia
Ash Creek (Polk County, Oregon) — Ash Creek is a stream in Polk County, Oregon, United States. It originates in the Oregon Coast Range and feeds into the Willamette River at Independence.External links* [http://www.ci.independence.or.us/Departments/ParksRecreation/AshCreekTrail/ta… … Wikipedia
Polk County — is the name of twelve counties in the United States, all except two named after president of the United States James Knox Polk: Polk County, Arkansas Polk County, Florida Polk County, Georgia Polk County, Iowa Polk County, Minnesota Polk County,… … Wikipedia
Polk County — Es gibt in den Vereinigten Staaten zwölf Countys mit dem Namen Polk County: Polk County (Arkansas) Polk County (Florida) Polk County (Georgia) Polk County (Iowa) Polk County (Minnesota) Polk County (Missouri) Polk County (Nebraska) Polk County… … Deutsch Wikipedia
Polk County Courthouse — bezeichnet mehrere gleichnamige, im NRHP gelistete, Objekte: Polk County Courthouse (Arkansas), ID Nr. 92001618 Polk County Courthouse (Iowa), ID Nr. 79000925 Polk County Courthouse (Nebraska), ID Nr. 89002238 Polk County Courthouse (North… … Deutsch Wikipedia
Polk County (Missouri) — Verwaltung US Bundesstaat: Missouri Verwaltungssitz: Bolivar Adresse des Verwaltungssitzes: County Courthouse 102 East Broadway Bolivar, MO 65613 1687 Gründung: 5. Januar 1835 … Deutsch Wikipedia
Polk County — Comté de Polk Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents comtés partageant un même nom. Douze comtés des États Unis portent le nom de comté de Polk (Polk County), tous baptisés, à l exception de deux, en l honneur de James Knox Polk… … Wikipédia en Français