POLK COUNTY
County Seat Benton
Nearest MSA Chattanooga, 44 Miles
Population 2015 Est. - 16,773
Available Labor Force
Labor Force 7,330
Unemployment 500
Unemployment Rate 6.8%
Tax Structure
Property Tax $2.40 per $100
Ratio of Assessment:
Residential 25%
Industrial 40%
Personal (Equipment Inventory) Raw Materials Only 30%
Sales Tax (County) 2.25%
County Lodging Tax: 3.0%
Sales Tax (State) 7.0%
Income Tax: None
Personal 6.0% on interest and dividends
Excise (Corporate) 6.5% of net earnings
Franchise Tax .25 per $100 of Capital Properties
Unemployment Tax (New Employers) 2.7% of first $9,000
Transportation
Railroads CSX Transportation, Old Line RR
Highways: US Hwy 64, 411 State Hwy 30, 314,68
I-75 18 miles to access
Air Freight 0
Motor Freight 4
Navigable Waterway: Tennessee River Nearest Port Facility - Chattanooga, 30 miles Channel Depth, 9'
Air Service: Martin Campbell Field
Commercial Service Chattanooga Metro Airport, 30 miles Runway Length, 7,400'
General Aviation Hardwick Field, Cleveland, 19 miles Runway Length, 3,300'
Education
Number of High Schools 2-Copper Basin High School, Polk County High School
Number of Colleges Serving Polk County (2 & 4 year) 1-Kimsey Junior College
Health Care
Hospitals 1-Copper Basin Medical (44 beds)
Clinics 2-Polk County Health Department, Bradley Polk Walk-In Clinic
Doctors 11
Dentists 2
Nursing Homes 3-Bradley Health Care & Rehabilitation, Etowah Healthcare Center, Life Care Center of Copper Basin
Major Employers Product Total Employees
Polk County Schools Schools 260
Polk County Board of Education Education 207
County of Polk Government 117
Copper Basin Community Hosptial, Inc. Healthcare 90
Ocoee Outdoors Inc. Recreation 60

Wage Information 
All Industries Average Wage$29,780
Manufacturing Average Wage$33,896

Commuting Patterns 
Workers 16 and Over9,713
Percent Working Outside County of Residence40.4

Educational Attainment 
Population 25 & Over17,736
Percent High School Graduate or Higher68.4
Percent Bachelor's Degree or Higher8.0

Employment Data 
Labor Force10,398
Employment9,258
Unemp1,140
% Unemp11.0

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