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Polk County, Arkansas

US county information
NamePolk County
StateArkansas
SeatMena
US Area
Total Area862.42 sq mi (2233.7 km2)
Land Area859.38 sq mi (2225.8 km2)
Water Area3.04 sq mi (7.9 km2)
Population20662 (2010)
Density9.28/km2 (24/sq mi)
FoundedNovember 30, 1844

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Polk County is a county located in the U.S. state of Arkansas, one of twelve Polk Counties in the United States. As of 2010, the population was 20,662. The county seat is Mena. Polk County is Arkansas's 48th county, formed on November 30, 1844, and named for James Polk, President of the United States. At that time, Polk was president elect. It is an alcohol prohibition or dry county. It is the setting for Stephen Hunter's fictional Bob Lee Swagger series, the most notable being Black Light, as well as the place where Joel B Reed's fictional character, Jazz Phillips, of the Jazz Phillips mystery series, grew up.


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