Knox County, Ohio

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Knox County, Ohio
Seal of Knox County, Ohio
Seal
Map of Ohio highlighting Knox County
Location in the state of Ohio
Map of the United States highlighting Ohio
Ohio's location in the U.S.
Founded March 1, 1808[1]
Named for Henry Knox
Seat Mount Vernon
Largest city Mount Vernon
Area
 • Total 529.63 sq mi (1,372 km2)
 • Land 525.49 sq mi (1,361 km2)
 • Water 4.14 sq mi (11 km2), 0.78%
Population
 • (2010) 60,921
 • Density 115.9/sq mi (45/km²)
Congressional district 7th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.knoxcountyohio.org

Coordinates: 40°23′N 82°28′W / 40.383°N 82.467°W / 40.383; -82.467

Knox County is a county located in the U.S. state of Ohio. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 60,921, which is an increase of 11.8% from 54,500 in 2000.[2] Its county seat is Mount Vernon.[3] The county is named for Henry Knox, an officer in the American Revolutionary War who was later the first Secretary of War.[4]

Knox County comprises the Mount Vernon, OH Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Columbus-Marion-Zanesville, OH Combined Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Knox County was formed from Fairfield County[5] in 1808.

Geography[edit]

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.[6] Approximately 58% of the county is farmland and 28% is forested.[7] 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.

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1810 2,149
1820 8,326 287.4%
1830 17,085 105.2%
1840 29,579 73.1%
1850 28,872 −2.4%
1860 27,735 −3.9%
1870 26,333 −5.1%
1880 27,431 4.2%
1890 27,600 0.6%
1900 27,768 0.6%
1910 30,181 8.7%
1920 29,580 −2.0%
1930 29,338 −0.8%
1940 31,024 5.7%
1950 35,287 13.7%
1960 38,808 10.0%
1970 41,795 7.7%
1980 46,304 10.8%
1990 47,473 2.5%
2000 54,500 14.8%
2010 60,921 11.8%
Est. 2012 60,705 −0.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
2012 Estimate[2]

As of the census[9] of 2010,[10] there were 60,921 people, 22,607 households, and 15,693 families residing in the county. There were 24,997 housing units. The racial makeup of the county was 96.7% White, 0.8% Black or African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.4% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. 1.2% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 22,607 households out of which 29.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.2% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.6% were non-families. 25.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 27.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the county, the population was spread out with 28.0% under the age of 20, 7.9% from 20 to 24, 22.5% from 25 to 44, 27.0% from 45 to 64, and 14.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38.3 years. For every 100 females there were 94.70 males. For every 100 females, there were 95.4 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $48,734, and the median income for a family was $50,034. The per capita income for the county was $22,628. About 9.4% of families and 13.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.2% of those under age 18 and 8.3% of those age 65 or over.

Economy[edit]

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.[7] 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.

Government[edit]

Roster of County Officials:

  • Commissioners: Teresa Bemiller, Allen Stockberger, Bob Wise, Roger Reed
  • Prosecutor: John C. Thatcher
  • Sheriff: David Shaffer
  • 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

Communities[edit]

Map of Knox County, Ohio with Municipal and Township Labels

City[edit]

Villages[edit]

Townships[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Colleges and universities[edit]

Notable residents[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ohio County Profiles: Knox County" (PDF). Ohio Department of Development. Retrieved 2007-04-28. 
  2. ^ a b "Knox County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ "Knox County data". Ohio State University Extension Data Center. Retrieved 2007-04-28. [dead link]
  5. ^ Miller, Charles Christian (1912). History of Fairfield County, Ohio, and representative citizens. Chicago: Richmond-Arnold Publishing Company. p. 82. 
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  7. ^ a b Reed, Alan. 17 March 2012. "County crop, livestock receipts at $110M." Mount Vernon News. Accessed: 17 March 2012.
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved November 5, 2013. 
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  10. ^ "2010 Census". American Fact Finder. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  11. ^ Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607-1896. Marquis Who's Who. 1967. 

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