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Polk County, Tennessee

US county information
NamePolk County
StateTennessee
SeatBenton
Largest cityBenton
US Area
Total Area442 sq mi (1144.8 km2)
Land Area435 sq mi (1126.7 km2)
Water Area7 sq mi (18.1 km2)
Population16050 (2000)
Density14.3/km2 (37/sq mi)
Founded1839
Time zoneEastern
Time zoneEastern: UTC-5/-4: -5/-4

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Polk County is a county located in the southeastern corner of the U.S. state of Tennessee. It was created 28 November 1839 from parts of Bradley and McMinn counties. The county had a population of 16,050 in 2000. Its county seat is Benton . The county was named after then-governor James Knox Polk.

It is included in the Cleveland, Tennessee, Metropolitan Statistical Area.


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