Knox County, Ohio

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Knox County, Ohio
County
Knox County
Knox County, Ohio Courthouse (14516804607).jpg
Flag of Knox County, Ohio
Flag
Seal of Knox County, Ohio
Seal
Map of Ohio highlighting Knox County
Location in the U.S. 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 530 sq mi (1,373 km2)
 • Land 525 sq mi (1,360 km2)
 • Water 4.1 sq mi (11 km2), 0.8%
Population
 • (2010) 60,921
 • Density 116/sq mi (45/km²)
Congressional district 7th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.co.knox.oh.us

Knox County is a county located in the U.S. state of Ohio. As of the 2010 census, the population was 60,921.[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. A rich African American cultural heritage has existed in the county since its founding.[6]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 530 square miles (1,400 km2), of which 525 square miles (1,360 km2) is land and 4.1 square miles (11 km2) (0.8%) is water.[7] Approximately 58% of the county is farmland and 28% is forested.[8] 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. 2016 60,814 [9] −0.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]
1790–1960[11] 1900–1990[12]
1990–2000[13] 2010–2013[2]

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[14] of 2010,[15] 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.

2010 census[edit]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 60,921 people, 22,607 households, and 15,693 families residing in the county.[16] The population density was 115.9 inhabitants per square mile (44.7/km2). There were 25,118 housing units at an average density of 47.8 per square mile (18.5/km2).[17] The racial makeup of the county was 96.7% white, 0.8% black or African American, 0.6% Asian, 0.2% American Indian, 0.4% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.2% of the population.[16] In terms of ancestry, 30.5% were German, 14.4% were Irish, 13.9% were English, and 9.2% were American.[18]

Of the 22,607 households, 32.4% 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, 30.6% were non-families, and 25.7% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.04. The median age was 38.3 years.[16]

The median income for a household in the county was $45,655 and the median income for a family was $55,881. Males had a median income of $41,762 versus $30,836 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,204. About 9.1% of families and 13.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.8% of those under age 18 and 9.5% of those age 65 or over.[19]

Politics[edit]

Presidential Elections Results[20]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 66.1% 19,131 28.3% 8,171 5.6% 1,625
2012 60.7% 17,266 36.8% 10,470 2.6% 727
2008 58.8% 16,640 38.9% 11,014 2.2% 631
2004 63.1% 17,068 36.3% 9,820 0.6% 157
2000 63.0% 13,393 33.6% 7,133 3.5% 734
1996 50.6% 10,159 37.7% 7,562 11.7% 2,347
1992 41.6% 9,044 33.4% 7,259 25.0% 5,442
1988 63.4% 12,180 35.8% 6,882 0.7% 138
1984 70.7% 14,062 28.8% 5,730 0.6% 109
1980 57.1% 10,384 36.2% 6,586 6.7% 1,225
1976 54.4% 9,290 43.1% 7,361 2.5% 430
1972 64.0% 10,705 32.1% 5,370 4.0% 664
1968 55.0% 9,072 34.7% 5,725 10.3% 1,695
1964 39.3% 7,258 60.7% 11,222
1960 65.9% 12,711 34.1% 6,565
1956 71.4% 12,347 28.7% 4,958
1952 69.1% 12,705 31.0% 5,694
1948 58.3% 8,607 41.5% 6,120 0.2% 28
1944 64.1% 9,963 35.9% 5,573
1940 59.3% 10,303 40.7% 7,081
1936 47.8% 7,956 50.0% 8,315 2.2% 370
1932 53.4% 8,272 45.3% 7,008 1.3% 206
1928 73.1% 10,028 26.2% 3,601 0.7% 95
1924 57.4% 7,519 36.1% 4,721 6.5% 853
1920 56.0% 8,178 43.5% 6,361 0.5% 71
1916 43.5% 3,646 54.6% 4,578 1.9% 159
1912 32.1% 2,530 46.0% 3,632 21.9% 1,732
1908 49.1% 4,318 48.1% 4,233 2.8% 245
1904 56.2% 4,235 40.3% 3,036 3.6% 269
1900 50.6% 4,011 47.9% 3,797 1.6% 125
1896 47.7% 3,762 51.5% 4,062 0.8% 60
1892 46.0% 3,347 47.9% 3,489 6.1% 444
1888 48.7% 3,588 47.9% 3,528 3.5% 255
1884 49.0% 3,573 48.4% 3,530 2.5% 185
1880 48.8% 3,432 49.4% 3,475 1.8% 123
1876 48.2% 3,151 50.4% 3,301 1.4% 92
1872 49.4% 2,773 48.7% 2,730 1.9% 106

Government[edit]

Roster of County Officials:

  • Commissioners: Teresa Bemiller, Roger Reed, Thom Collier
  • Prosecutor: Chip McConville
  • Sheriff: David Shaffer
  • Auditor: Jonette Curry
  • Treasurer: Shelly Coon
  • Recorder: John Lybarger
  • Clerk of Courts: Mary Jo Hawkins
  • Engineer: Cameron Keaton
  • Judge, Common Pleas Court: Otho Eyster
  • Judge, Juvenile/Probate: Jennifer Springer

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.[8] Mount Vernon, the county seat, is home to major employers in the county, Siemens Energy Inc. (formerly Rolls-Royce Energy Systems, Inc. and Cooper Industries before that) 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.

Education[edit]

Communities[edit]

Map of Knox County, Ohio with Municipal and Township Labels

City[edit]

Villages[edit]

Townships[edit]

Census-designated places[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Notable residents[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ohio County Profiles: Knox County" (PDF). Ohio Department of Development. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-06-21. Retrieved 2007-04-28. 
  2. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 6, 2011. Retrieved February 8, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Government Printing Office. p. 177. 
  5. ^ Miller, Charles Christian (1912). History of Fairfield County, Ohio, and representative citizens. Chicago: Richmond-Arnold Publishing Company. p. 82. 
  6. ^ "The Community Within: Knox County Black History Archives". Kenyon College Digital Archives. Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  7. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on May 4, 2014. Retrieved February 8, 2015. 
  8. ^ a b Reed, Alan. 17 March 2012. "County crop, livestock receipts at $110M." Mount Vernon News. Accessed: 17 March 2012.
  9. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  10. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved February 8, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved February 8, 2015. 
  12. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 8, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved February 8, 2015. 
  14. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  15. ^ "2010 Census". American Fact Finder. United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 10 December 2014. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  16. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-12-27. 
  17. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-12-27. 
  18. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-12-27. 
  19. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-12-27. 
  20. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS
  21. ^ Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607–1896. Marquis Who's Who. 1967. 

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