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Polk County, IA Public Records

District Court
500 Mulberry St, #212
Des Moines, IA 50309 www.iowacourts.gov/About_the_Cour...
Hours: 8AM-4:30PM CST
P: 515-286-3198
F: 515-323-5250
Jurisdiction: Felony, Misdemeanor, Civil, Small Claims, Eviction, Small Claims, Probate, Family, Traffic, Ordinance, Juvenile
Restricted Records: No juvenile, child, sealed, pending dissolution of marriage, mental health, expunged, domestic abuse or deferred records released
Judicial Magistrates, part of the District Court, have jurisdiction over simple misdemeanors, including scheduled violations, county and municipal infractions, and small claims.

Polk County, IA Vital Records

Contact the Polk County Office of the County Recorder if you would like to find vital records, such as birth, death, marriage, divorce, and real estate records.

Polk County
County Recorder
www.polkcountyiowa.gov/recorder
7:30AM-5:00PM CST
Phone: 515-286-3160
Fax: 515-323-5393
Recorded Documents

Polk County Vital Certificates

Polk County Vital Certificates

If you would like to obtain a hard copy of a birth, death, marriage, divorce, or other vital record, you can do so by searching for and requesting a vital certificate. Vital certificates are hard copy documents, the same as those used by the United States government.

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Polk County Population Records

Total Land Area (2000): 569.35 sq mi
Population (2009): 429,439
  • Females: 51.2%
  • White: 89.1%
  • Black/African American: 5.6%
  • Asian: 3.1%
  • Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.1%
  • Hispanic or Latino Origin: 7.0%
  • White, Not Hispanic: 82.9%
Population Change (2000-2009): 54,864
Foreign-Born Population (2000): 5.9%
Language other than English spoken at home (2000): 8.9%
Persons Below Poverty Level (2008): 9.9%
High School Graduates (2000): 88.3%
Bachelor’s Degree or Higher (2000): 29.7%
Persons per Household (2000): 2.45
Housing Units (2000): 156,447
Homeownership Rate (2000): 68.8%
Migration Flow to Polk County, IA from (2007-2008):

Polk County Records

Total Earnings by Industry, in thou. dol. (2007):
  • Total: $16,896,785
  • Construction: $1,168,875
  • Retail Trade: $999,462
  • Professional and Technical Services: $1,120,197
  • Healthcare: $1,580,163
  • Banking: $3,805,184
  • Retail Trade: $999,462
  • Accommodations and Food Services: $355,481
  • Manufacturing: $1,025,655
  • Farms: $17,114
  • Government: $2,183,761
Employed (2000): 200,662
Unemployed (2000): 9,991
Unemployment Rate (2009): 5.7%
Annual Payroll per Employee (2007): $41,992
Local Government Employment (2007): 20,352
Local Government Revenue (2007): $1,353,633 (thou. dol.)
Local Government Debt (2007): $1,193,105 (thou. dol.)

Polk County Birth, Death Records

Births (2007): 6,918
  • Per 1,000 population: 16.6
Deaths (2007): 2,962
  • Per 1,000 population: 7.1
Infant Deaths (2007): 42
  • Per 1,000 population: 6.1

Polk County Criminal Records

Violent Crimes (2008): 1,730
  • Murder and non-negligent manslaughter: 16
  • Forcible rape: 261
  • Robbery: 373
  • Aggravated Assault: 1,080
Property Crimes (2008): 15,026
  • Burglary: 2,798
  • Larceny-Theft: 11,260
  • Motor Vehicle Theft: 968

Polk County Genealogy Records