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Knox, Indiana
City of Knox
The Starke County Courthouse in Knox is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Location of Knox in Starke County, Indiana.
Location of Knox in Starke County, Indiana.
Country United States
State Indiana
County Starke
Township Center
Area
 • Total 3.96 sq mi (10.25 km2)
 • Land 3.96 sq mi (10.25 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
712 ft (217 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 3,662
 • Density 925.68/sq mi (357.38/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
46534
Area code(s) 574 Exchange: 772
FIPS code 18-40374
GNIS feature ID 437415
Website http://www.cityofknox.net

Knox is a city in Center Township, Starke County, in the U.S. state of Indiana. The population was 3,704 at the 2010 census. The city is the county seat of Starke County.

History

Knox, Indiana (1910)
East Lake Street, January 1910

Knox was founded in 1851, and is named after General Henry Knox. The Knox post office has been in operation since 1820.

Geography

Knox is located along the Yellow River.

According to the 2010 census, Knox has a total area of 3.92 square miles (10.15 km2), all land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 124
1870 244 96.8%
1880 316 29.5%
1890 790 150.0%
1900 1,466 85.6%
1910 1,644 12.1%
1920 1,577 −4.1%
1930 1,815 15.1%
1940 2,165 19.3%
1950 3,034 40.1%
1960 3,458 14.0%
1970 3,519 1.8%
1980 3,674 4.4%
1990 3,705 0.8%
2000 3,721 0.4%
2010 3,704 −0.5%
2020 3,662 −1.1%
US Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the 2010 census, there were 3,704 people, 1,457 households, and 975 families in the city. The population density was 944.9 inhabitants per square mile (364.8/km2). There were 1,633 housing units at an average density of 416.6 per square mile (160.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.3% White, 0.3%African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.4% from other races, and 1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.9% of the population.

There were 1,457 households, of which 34.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41% were married couples living together, 14% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 33.1% were non-families. 27.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.03.

The median age in the city was 36.2 years. 26% of residents were under the age of 18; 10.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.5% were from 25 to 44; 25.8% were from 45 to 64; and 13.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.3% male and 53.7% female.

In popular culture

The PBS Kids television series Postcards from Buster filmed the first episode here. Called "Meet Me At the Fair," Buster Baxter, the main character on the show, discovers what it is like to work on a farm.

Knox also features in the movie Bridegroom (film), a true story of a young man from Knox named Tom Bridegroom.

24/7 Wall St.com reported on June 5, 2015 that Knox is the poorest town in Indiana. Just 5.5% of adults have a bachelor's degree or higher, compared to the statewide rate of 23.2% and the national rate of 28.8%. The town’s median household income of $30,300 was more than $75,000 less than the median household income of Indiana’s wealthiest town, Zionsville.


Education

The public school system of Knox consists of Knox Community Elementary School (K-5th grade), Knox Community Middle School (6-8th grade), and Knox Community High School (9-12th grade). The schools are located at 1 Redskin Trail. Total enrolment is between 800 and 900 students.

The high school has a marching band program. The Knox Redskin Brigade is a 1996, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003 I.S.S.M.A. Class D State finalist; a 1988, 1991, 1992 and 2017 I.S.S.M.A. Class C State finalist; the 2005 Bands of America Indianapolis Regional Class A Champion. Knox High is the nation's first Conn-Selmer All-American High School.

Based on the 2009–10 school year, the Knox High School Student body consists of 51% males and 49% females, and a minority enrollment of 5%.

Knox has a public library, a branch of the Starke County Public Library System.

Notable people

  • Henry F. Schricker, two-time Indiana Governor
  • Stuart Gorrell, wrote the lyrics for the song "Georgia on My Mind".
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