Knox County, Missouri

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Knox County
Knox County Courthouse in Edina
Knox County Courthouse in Edina
Map of Missouri highlighting Knox County
Location within the U.S. state of Missouri
Map of the United States highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 40°07′N 92°09′W / 40.12°N 92.15°W / 40.12; -92.15
Country United States
State Missouri
FoundedFebruary 14, 1845
Named forHenry Knox
SeatEdina
Largest cityEdina
Area
 • Total507 sq mi (1,310 km2)
 • Land504 sq mi (1,310 km2)
 • Water2.8 sq mi (7 km2)  0.6%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total3,744
 • Density7.4/sq mi (2.9/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district6th
Websitewww.knoxcountymo.org

Knox County is a county located in the northeast portion of the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2020 census, its population was 3744, [1] making it the third-least populous county in Missouri. Its county seat is Edina.[2] The county was organized February 14, 1845 and named for U.S. Secretary of War General Henry Knox.[3]

Civil War[edit]

A battle was fought during the American Civil War at Newark, involving Joseph C. Porter on August 1, 1862.[4]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 507 square miles (1,310 km2), of which 504 square miles (1,310 km2) is land and 2.8 square miles (7.3 km2) (0.6%) is water.[5]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18502,894
18608,727201.6%
187010,97425.7%
188013,04718.9%
189013,5013.5%
190013,479−0.2%
191012,403−8.0%
192010,783−13.1%
19309,658−10.4%
19408,878−8.1%
19507,617−14.2%
19606,558−13.9%
19705,692−13.2%
19805,508−3.2%
19904,482−18.6%
20004,361−2.7%
20104,131−5.3%
20203,744−9.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2015[1]

As of the census[10] of 2010, there were 4,131 people in the county, organized into 1,791 households and 1,217 families. The population density was 9 people per square mile (3/km2). There were 2,317 housing units at an average density of 5 per square mile (2/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.51% White, 0.09% Black or African American, 0.09% Asian, 0.02% Native American, 0.16% from other races, and 1.12% from two or more races. Approximately 0.60% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,791 households, out of which 27.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.50% were married couples living together, 6.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.00% were non-families. 29.30% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.93.

24.90% of the county's population was under the age of 18, 6.20% from 18 to 24, 23.70% from 25 to 44, 23.90% from 45 to 64, and 21.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 92.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.6 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $27,124, and the median income for a family was $31,741. Males had a median income of $22,636 versus $18,902 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,075. 18.00% of the population and 12.90% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 24.10% of those under the age of 18 and 16.50% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.

The TFR for Knox County in 2004 was relatively high at 2.64, despite the population being 98% white. [1]

Education[edit]

Public schools[edit]

Public libraries[edit]

  • Northeast Missouri Library Service[11]

Politics[edit]

Local[edit]

The Democratic Party mostly controls politics at the local level in Knox County. Democrats hold all but five of the elected positions in the county.

Knox County, Missouri
Elected countywide officials
Assessor Anita James Republican
Circuit Clerk James Gibbons Democratic
County Clerk Marlene Spory Republican
Collector Brent Karhoff Republican
Commissioner
(Presiding)
Evan Glasgow Republican
Commissioner
(District 1)
Terry (“Red”) Callahan Democratic
Commissioner
(District 2)
Roger Parton Democratic
Coroner Jeffrey Doss Democratic
Prosecuting Attorney David M. Brown Republican
Public Administrator Theresa Allen-Hamlin Republican
Recorder Sandy Woods Democratic
Sheriff Allen Gudehus Democratic
Surveyor Dilbert Sullivan Democratic
Treasurer Donnie Davis Democratic

State[edit]

Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2020 82.66% 1,516 16.03% 294 1.31% 24
2016 61.61% 1,125 36.80% 672 1.59% 29
2012 47.35% 912 50.16% 966 2.49% 49
2008 58.88% 1,180 39.57% 793 1.55% 31
2004 67.41% 1,328 31.62% 623 0.96% 19
2000 55.48% 1,124 43.34% 878 1.19% 24
1996 30.52% 623 67.71% 1,382 1.76% 36

All of Knox County is included in Missouri's 4th District in the Missouri House of Representatives and is represented by Craig Redmon (R-Canton).

Missouri House of Representatives — District 4 — Knox County (2016)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Craig Redmon 1,612 100.00%
Missouri House of Representatives — District 4 — Knox County (2014)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Craig Redmon 1,144 100.00%
Missouri House of Representatives — District 4 — Knox County (2012)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Craig Redmon 1,587 100.00%

All of Knox County is a part of Missouri's 18th District in the Missouri Senate and is currently represented by Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown).

Missouri Senate — District 18 — Knox County (2014)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Brian Munzlinger 1,174 100.00%

Federal[edit]

U.S. Senate — Missouri — Knox County (2016)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Roy Blunt 1,208 66.19% +19.59
Democratic Jason Kander 558 30.58% -19.11
Libertarian Jonathan Dine 29 1.59% -2.12
Green Johnathan McFarland 16 0.88% +0.88
Constitution Fred Ryman 14 0.77% +0.77
U.S. Senate — Missouri — Knox County (2012)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Todd Akin 905 46.60%
Democratic Claire McCaskill 965 49.69%
Libertarian Jonathan Dine 72 3.71%

All of Knox County is included in Missouri's 6th Congressional District and is currently represented by Sam Graves (R-Tarkio) in the U.S. House of Representatives.

U.S. House of Representatives — Missouri's 6th Congressional District — Knox County (2016)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Sam Graves 1,425 80.19% +4.74
Democratic David M. Blackwell 317 17.84% -4.07
Libertarian Russ Lee Monchil 24 1.35% -1.29
Green Mike Diel 11 0.62%
U.S. House of Representatives — Missouri’s 6th Congressional District — Knox County (2014)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Sam Graves 971 75.45% +7.72
Democratic Bill Hedge 282 21.91% -8.55
Libertarian Russ Lee Monchil 34 2.64% +0.83
U.S. House of Representatives — Missouri's 6th Congressional District — Knox County (2012)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Sam Graves 1,232 67.73%
Democratic Kyle Yarber 554 30.46%
Libertarian Russ Lee Monchil 33 1.81%
Presidential elections results
Presidential elections results[12]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2020 80.2% 1,486 18.4% 340 1.5% 28
2016 75.7% 1,416 20.3% 379 4.0% 75
2012 61.6% 1,205 35.7% 698 2.8% 54
2008 59.7% 1,212 37.4% 759 2.9% 58
2004 61.0% 1,207 38.5% 761 0.5% 10
2000 59.7% 1,226 38.3% 787 2.1% 42
1996 42.7% 862 44.1% 891 13.3% 268
1992 32.0% 724 44.7% 1,010 23.3% 528
1988 49.0% 1,212 50.8% 1,255 0.2% 5
1984 58.0% 1,513 42.0% 1,097
1980 54.4% 1,475 43.8% 1,187 1.8% 48
1976 47.6% 1,216 51.6% 1,319 0.8% 21
1972 64.8% 1,896 35.2% 1,031
1968 49.3% 1,562 39.7% 1,257 11.0% 350
1964 38.5% 1,305 61.5% 2,085
1960 51.1% 1,874 48.9% 1,796
1956 51.1% 1,934 48.9% 1,850
1952 52.8% 2,229 47.1% 1,988 0.2% 7
1948 41.7% 1,620 58.3% 2,268 0.0% 1
1944 51.3% 2,057 48.5% 1,943 0.2% 8
1940 47.6% 2,370 52.1% 2,594 0.4% 19
1936 41.1% 2,134 58.4% 3,030 0.6% 29
1932 32.1% 1,465 66.8% 3,045 1.1% 52
1928 54.2% 2,628 45.7% 2,213 0.1% 7
1924 43.8% 2,288 52.2% 2,722 4.0% 210
1920 54.3% 2,749 44.5% 2,250 1.2% 62
1916 45.9% 1,460 52.1% 1,657 2.0% 63
1912 34.7% 1,092 53.0% 1,666 12.3% 386
1908 43.7% 1,339 53.9% 1,652 2.4% 72
1904 45.2% 1,321 52.2% 1,527 2.7% 78
1900 40.4% 1,344 57.3% 1,908 2.3% 78
1896 36.0% 1,246 63.0% 2,185 1.0% 35
1892 31.7% 968 48.2% 1,472 20.1% 614
1888 44.1% 1,371 53.4% 1,661 2.5% 77

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Villages[edit]

Census-designated place[edit]

Other unincorporated place[edit]

Townships[edit]

Knox County is divided into 13 townships:

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2020: DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171)". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 17, 2021.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ Eaton, David Wolfe (1916). How Missouri Counties, Towns and Streams Were Named. The State Historical Society of Missouri. p. 182.
  4. ^ Williams, Walter (1913). A History of Northeast Missouri, Volume 1. p. 61. ISBN 9780722207567. Retrieved December 31, 2019. (Google books)
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on September 13, 2014. Retrieved November 16, 2014.
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 16, 2014.
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved November 16, 2014.
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 16, 2014.
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 16, 2014.
  10. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  11. ^ Breeding, Marshall. "Northeast Missouri Library Service". Libraries.org. Retrieved May 8, 2017.
  12. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved March 25, 2018.

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Coordinates: 40°07′N 92°09′W / 40.12°N 92.15°W / 40.12; -92.15