Polk County, Missouri

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Polk County is a county located in the U.S. state of Missouri. As of 2000, the population was 26,992. Its county seat is Bolivar[1].

Polk County is part of the Springfield, Missouri, Metropolitan Statistical Area.



Polk County was organized and separated from Greene County on January 5, 1835. Its original boundaries were later reduced to set up Dade, Dallas, and Hickory Counties. The name was suggested by a local pioneer, Ezekiel Campbell, to honor his grandfather Ezekiel Polk who was a colonel in the Revolutionary War and an early settler in western Tennessee. But, when the legislature acted to create the county, they named it for another grandson, James K. Polk, who was the Speaker of the House in the U.S. Congress at the time.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 642 square miles (1,664 km²), of which, 637 square miles (1,650 km²) of it is land and 5 square miles (14 km²) of it (0.82%) is water.

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