Fort Polk, LA


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Fort Polk is a somewhat small town located in the state of Louisiana. With a population of 11,580 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Fort Polk is the 40th largest community in Louisiana.

Fort Polk is a military town: the armed forces employs 37.82% of the workforce, making the military a major focus of life in the city. In the civilian sector, Public Service and Healthcare are important in the local economy and are the town’s largest civilian employers, employing 45.93% and 19.71% of the civilian workforce respectively.

Overall, Fort Polk’s crime rate is one of the lowest in the nation, which makes a great place to live if safety is an important concern.

One of the benefits of Fort Polk is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 12.11 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

As is often the case in a small town, Fort Polk doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.

The overall education level of Fort Polk is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 27.53% of adults 25 and older in the town have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Fort Polk in 2010 was $17,154, which is lower middle income relative to Louisiana, and low income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $68,616 for a family of four.

Fort Polk is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Fort Polk home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Fort Polk residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Fort Polk also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 19.42% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Fort Polk include Irish, English, Italian, and French .

The most common language spoken in Fort Polk is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.

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