Polk County is located in scenic northwestern Wisconsin, about 50 miles northeast of St. Paul, Minnesota. The total population of Polk County is 45,550. The county has 50 persons per square mile, a density which ranks 36th out of 72. The ethnic make-up is 97.6% white. The county seat, Balsam Lake, is populated by 950 persons (2000 Census). According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 956 square miles, of that 917 square miles is land and 39 square miles or 4.08% water.
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