District Area: 1,927 km2
Leader: Board of Commissioners
Name and Etymology:
Polk County is named after U.S. President James K. Polk.
The economy of Polk County is based on agriculture and forestry products.
Polk County was the home of the Yamhill and Luckiamute Kalapuya tribes before it was settled by fur traders in the nineteenth century. Settlers arrived en masse in the 1840s and the county, created in 1845, was made part of the Oregon Territory in 1848.