Knox County, Ohio
|Knox County, Ohio|
Location in the state of Ohio
Ohio's location in the U.S.
|Founded||March 1, 1808|
|Named for||Henry Knox|
|Largest city||Mount Vernon|
529.63 sq mi (1,372 km²)
525.49 sq mi (1,361 km²)
4.14 sq mi (11 km²), 0.78%
115.9/sq mi (45/km²)
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
Knox County is a county located in the state of Ohio, United States. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 60,921, which is an increase of 11.8% from 54,500 in 2000. Its county seat is Mount Vernon and is named for Henry Knox, an officer in the American Revolutionary War who was later the first Secretary of War.
The Mount Vernon Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Knox County.
According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 529.63 square miles (1,371.7 km2), of which 525.49 square miles (1,361.0 km2) (or 99.22%) is land and 4.14 square miles (10.7 km2) (or 0.78%) is water. Approximately 58% of the county is farmland and 28% is forested. Most of the county lies in the Glaciated Allegheny Plateau with rolling hills and valleys. Although the relief is not sharp, some elevations in the county reach over 1400 feet above sea level.
A large portion of Knox County's economy is based on agriculture, with gross cash receipts for crops and livestock at $110 million for 2011. Corn is the primary crop, followed by soybeans and livestock. Mount Vernon, the county seat, is home to major employers in the county, Rolls-Royce Energy Systems, Inc. (formerly Cooper Industries) and Ariel Corporation, both of which are manufacturers of components used in the natural gas industry. Major employers in the county also include Kenyon College located in Gambier, Mount Vernon Nazarene University in Mount Vernon, and the Kokosing Construction Company near Fredericktown.
Adjacent counties 
- Richland County (north)
- Ashland County (far northeast)
- Holmes County (northeast)
- Coshocton County (east)
- Licking County (south)
- Delaware County (southwest)
- Morrow County (northwest)
As of the census of 2000, there were 54,500 people, 19,975 households, and 14,362 families residing in the county. The population density was 103 people per square mile (40/km²). There were 21,793 housing units at an average density of 41 per square mile (16/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.66% White, 0.67% Black or African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.34% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.21% from other races, and 0.89% from two or more races. 0.68% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 95.6% spoke English, 1.3% German and 1.1% Spanish as their first language.
There were 19,975 households out of which 32.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.60% were married couples living together, 8.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.10% were non-families. 23.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.03.
In the county, the population was spread out with 24.80% under the age of 18, 11.70% from 18 to 24, 26.70% from 25 to 44, 23.00% from 45 to 64, and 13.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 94.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.90 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $38,877, and the median income for a family was $45,119. Males had a median income of $34,363 versus $24,352 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,695. About 7.40% of families and 10.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.60% of those under age 18 and 7.60% of those age 65 or over.
Roster of County Officials:
- Commissioners: Teresa Bemiller, Allen Stockberger, Bob Wise
- Prosecutor: John C. Thatcher
- Sheriff: David B. Barber
- Auditor: Jonette Curry
- Treasurer: Sandra Mizer
- Recorder: John Lybarger
- Clerk of Courts: Mary Jo Hawkins
- Engineer: Jim Henry
- Judge, Common Pleas Court: Otho Eyster
- Judge, Juvenile/Probate: James M. Ronk
Unincorporated communities 
Colleges and universities 
Notable residents 
- Thomas Peter Akers, United States Congressman
- Paul Lynde, actor "Bewitched", "Hollywood Squares"
- Dan Emmett, songwriter of Dixie
- Luke Perry, actor in the 90's teen drama series Beverly Hills, 90210
See also 
- "Ohio County Profiles: Knox County" (PDF). Ohio Department of Development. Retrieved 2007-04-28.
- "Knox County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-02-16.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- "Knox County data". Ohio State University Extension Data Center. Retrieved 2007-04-28.[dead link]
- "Census 2010 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-11-05.
- Reed, Alan. 17 March 2012. "County crop, livestock receipts at $110M." Mount Vernon News. Accessed: 17 March 2012.
- Miller, Charles Christian (1912). History of Fairfield County, Ohio, and representative citizens. Chicago: Richmond-Arnold Publishing Company. p. 82.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607-1896. Marquis Who's Who. 1967.
||Morrow County||Richland County||Ashland County and Holmes County|
|Delaware County||Licking County|