Polk County, TN


County Seat - Benton
Nearest MSA - Chattanooga, 44 Miles

2015 Est. - 16,773

Available Labor Force

Labor Force 7,330
Unemployment 500
Unemployment Rate 6.8%

Tax Structure

Property Tax $2.40 per $100
Ratio of Assessment:  
    Residential 25%
    Industrial 40%
    Personal (Equipment Inventory) Raw Materials Only 30%
Sales Tax (County) 2.25%

County Lodging Tax:


Sales Tax (State) 7.0%
Income Tax: None
Personal 6.0% on interest and dividends
Excise (Corporate) 6.5% of net earnings
Franchise Tax .25 per $100 of Capital Properties
Unemployment Tax  
(New Employers) 2.7% of first $9,000


Railroads CSX Transportation, Old Line RR
Highways: US Hwy 64, 411  State Hwy 30, 314,68
I-75 18 miles to access
Air Freight 0
Motor Freight 4
Navigable Waterway: Tennessee River
Nearest Port Facility - Chattanooga, 30 miles
Channel Depth, 9'
Air Service: Martin Campbell Field
Commercial Service Chattanooga Metro Airport, 30 miles
Runway Length, 7,400'
General Aviation Hardwick Field, Cleveland, 19 miles
Runway Length, 3,300'


Number of High Schools 2-Copper Basin High School, Polk County High School
Number of Colleges Serving Polk County (2 & 4 year) 1-Kimsey Junior College

Health Care

Hospitals 1-Copper Basin Medical (44 beds)
Clinics 2-Polk County Health Department, Bradley Polk Walk-In Clinic
Doctors 11
Dentists 2
Nursing Homes 3-Bradley Health Care & Rehabilitation, Etowah Healthcare Center, Life Care Center of Copper Basin

Major Employers

Firm Name Product Total Employees
Polk County Schools Schools 260
Polk County Board of Education Education 207
County of Polk Government 117
Copper Basin Community Hosptial, Inc. Healthcare 90
Ocoee Outdoors Inc. Recreation 60