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Knox County, Ohio
Seal of Knox County, Ohio
Map
Map of Ohio highlighting Knox County
Location in the state of Ohio
Map of the USA highlighting Ohio
Ohio's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded March 1, 1808
Seat Mount Vernon
Largest City Mount Vernon
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

530 sq mi (1,373 km²)
525 sq mi (1,360 km²)
4.1 sq mi (11 km²), 0.8%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

60,921
116/sq mi (45/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: http://www.co.knox.oh.us/
Named for: Henry Knox
County flag Flag of Knox County, Ohio

Knox County is a county located in the U.S. state of Ohio. As of the 2010 census, the population was 60,921. Its county seat is Mount Vernon. The county is named for Henry Knox, an officer in the American Revolutionary War who was later the first Secretary of War.

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

History

Knox County was formed from Fairfield County in 1808. A rich African American cultural heritage has existed in the county since its founding.

Geography

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. 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.

Adjacent counties

Demographics

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. 2015 61,061 0.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2013

2000 census

As of the census of 2010, 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

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 60,921 people, 22,607 households, and 15,693 families residing in the county. 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). 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. In terms of ancestry, 30.5% were German, 14.4% were Irish, 13.9% were English, and 9.2% were American.

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.

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.

Communities

Map of Knox County Ohio With Municipal and Township Labels
Map of Knox County, Ohio with Municipal and Township Labels

City

Villages

Townships

  • Berlin
  • Brown
  • Butler
  • Clay
  • Clinton
  • College
  • Harrison
  • Hilliar
  • Howard
  • Jackson
  • Jefferson
  • Liberty
  • Middlebury
  • Milford
  • Miller
  • Monroe
  • Morgan
  • Morris
  • Pike
  • Pleasant
  • Union
  • Wayne

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities


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