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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B+
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    B-
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    B-
Polk County is located in North Carolina with a population of 20,434. Polk County is one of the best places to live in North Carolina. Living in Polk County offers residents a rural feel and most residents own their homes. Many retirees live in Polk County and residents tend to be conservative. The public schools in Polk County are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$205,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$825
National
$949
Area Feel
Rural
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    27%
  • Own
    73%
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Polk County Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    38.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    0
    40.7
  • Robbery
    0
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    577.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,617.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    154
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    8%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    8%
  • 35-44 years
    9%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    17%
  • 65+ years
    28%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    20%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    32%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    25%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    10%
    13%

Working in Polk County

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$48,412
National
$55,322

Places to Work in Polk County

Polk County Reviews

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I personally love living in Polk County. We do not have much to offer being that we are a small town, but its a very peaceful place. The people are friendly, almost everyone knows everyone and it will always be a great place to call home.
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Having relocated here from another country I can say that I handpicked this area to live in due to it's safety, beauty and qualitiy of life.
I've not heard much about crime in the area.