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Polk County

County Seat Benton
Nearest MSA Chattanooga, 44 Miles
Population 2020 - 17,544
Available Labor Force
Labor Force 7,417 (August 2021)
Unemployment 292
Unemployment Rate 3.9%
Tax Structure
Property Tax $2.51 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
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'
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 Board of Education Education 272
Life Care Center of Copper Basin Healthcare 103
County of Polk Government 100
AngioSystems Custom Medical Products 75
Ocoee Outdoors Inc. Recreation 50

Wage Information (2019) 
All Industries Average Wage$33,922
Manufacturing Average Wage$36,957

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
(August 2021)
Labor Force9,408
% Unemp3.6
% Participation Rate60.9

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