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Knox County, Ohio
Knox County, Ohio Courthouse (14516804607).jpg
The Knox County Courthouse in 2013
Flag of Knox County, Ohio
Flag
Seal of Knox County, Ohio
Seal
Map of Ohio highlighting Knox County
Location in the state of Ohio
Map of the U.S. 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
 - Land
 - Water

530 sq mi (1,373 km²)
525 sq mi (1,360 km²)
4.1 sq mi (11 km²), 0.8%
Population
 - (2020)
 - Density

62,721
auto/sq mi (Expression error: Unrecognized word "auto"./km²)
Congressional district 7th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website http://www.co.knox.oh.us/

Knox County is a county located in the U.S. state of Ohio. As of the 2020 census, the population was 62,721.[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[]

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

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.[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[]

Demographics[]

Historical populations
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%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
1790–1960[9] 1900–1990[10]
1990–2000[11] 2020 [12]

2000 census[]

As of the census[13] of 2010,[14] there were 60,921 people, 22,607 households, and 15,693 families living 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 living in the county.[15] 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).[16] 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.[15] In terms of ancestry, 30.5% were German, 14.4% were Irish, 13.9% were English, and 9.2% were American.[17]

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.[15]

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.[18]

Politics[]

Knox County is a Republican stronghold county in presidential elections. The last time it supported Democrats was for Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964.

United States presidential election results for Knox County, Ohio[19]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 22,340 71.01% 8,589 27.30% 530 1.68%
2016 19,131 66.14% 8,171 28.25% 1,625 5.62%
2012 17,266 60.66% 10,470 36.78% 727 2.55%
2008 16,640 58.83% 11,014 38.94% 631 2.23%
2004 17,068 63.11% 9,820 36.31% 157 0.58%
2000 13,393 63.00% 7,133 33.55% 734 3.45%
1996 10,159 50.62% 7,562 37.68% 2,347 11.70%
1992 9,044 41.59% 7,259 33.38% 5,442 25.03%
1988 12,180 63.44% 6,882 35.84% 138 0.72%
1984 14,062 70.66% 5,730 28.79% 109 0.55%
1980 10,384 57.07% 6,586 36.20% 1,225 6.73%
1976 9,290 54.39% 7,361 43.09% 430 2.52%
1972 10,705 63.95% 5,370 32.08% 664 3.97%
1968 9,072 55.01% 5,725 34.71% 1,695 10.28%
1964 7,258 39.27% 11,222 60.73% 0 0.00%
1960 12,711 65.94% 6,565 34.06% 0 0.00%
1956 12,347 71.35% 4,958 28.65% 0 0.00%
1952 12,705 69.05% 5,694 30.95% 0 0.00%
1948 8,607 58.33% 6,120 41.48% 28 0.19%
1944 9,963 64.13% 5,573 35.87% 0 0.00%
1940 10,303 59.27% 7,081 40.73% 0 0.00%
1936 7,956 47.81% 8,315 49.97% 370 2.22%
1932 8,272 53.42% 7,008 45.25% 206 1.33%
1928 10,028 73.07% 3,601 26.24% 95 0.69%
1924 7,519 57.43% 4,721 36.06% 853 6.51%
1920 8,178 55.98% 6,361 43.54% 71 0.49%
1916 3,646 43.49% 4,578 54.61% 159 1.90%
1912 2,530 32.05% 3,632 46.01% 1,732 21.94%
1908 4,318 49.09% 4,233 48.12% 245 2.79%
1904 4,235 56.17% 3,036 40.27% 269 3.57%
1900 4,011 50.56% 3,797 47.86% 125 1.58%
1896 3,762 47.72% 4,062 51.52% 60 0.76%
1892 3,347 45.98% 3,489 47.93% 444 6.10%
1888 3,588 48.68% 3,528 47.86% 255 3.46%
1884 3,573 49.03% 3,530 48.44% 185 2.54%
1880 3,432 48.82% 3,475 49.43% 123 1.75%
1876 3,151 48.15% 3,301 50.44% 92 1.41%
1872 2,773 49.44% 2,730 48.67% 106 1.89%
1868 2,908 51.25% 2,766 48.75% 0 0.00%
1864 2,899 53.25% 2,545 46.75% 0 0.00%
1860 2,860 51.48% 2,060 37.08% 636 11.45%
1856 2,735 51.64% 2,437 46.02% 124 2.34%



Government[]

County Commissioners[]

  • Theresa Bemiller, Republican [1]
  • Bill Pursel, Republican [2]
  • Thom Collier, Republican [3]

Other County Offices[]

  • Auditor, Jonette Curry, Republican [4]
  • Clerk of Courts, Christy Milligan Staton, Republican [5]
  • Coroner, Jennifer Ogle, Republican [6], [7]
  • Engineer, Cameron Keaton, Republican [8]
  • Prosecuting Attorney, Chip McConville, Republican [9]
  • Recorder, Tanner S. Salyers, Republican [10]
  • Sheriff, David Schaffer, Republican [11]
  • Treasurer, Shelley Coon, Republican [12]

Judgeships[]

  • Court of Common Pleas, Richard Wetzel Jr., Republican [13]
  • Court of Common Pleas Juvenile Division (Probate), Jay Nixon, Republican [14]
  • Municipal Court, [John Clyde Thatcher] Republican [15]

Court of Appeals[]

  • John W. Wise, Republican, Ohio Fifth District Court of Appeals [16]
  • Craig Baldwin, Republican, Ohio Fifth District Court of Appeals [17]
  • Earle Wise, Democrat, Ohio Fifth District Court of Appeals [18]
  • Patricia Delaney, Democrat Ohio Fifth District Court of Appeals [19]
  • Scott Gwin, Democrat, Ohio Fifth District Court of Appeals [20]

State Senate[]

  • Andrew Brenner, Republican, Ohio's 19th Senatorial District [21]

State Representative[]

  • Rick Carfagna, Republican, Ohio's 68th Representative District [22]

United States House of Representatives[]

  • Bob Gibbs, Republican, Ohio's 7th congressional district [23]

United States Senators[]

Economy[]

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, 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[]

  • Kenyon College
  • Mount Vernon Nazarene University
  • Central Ohio Technical College

Communities[]

Map of Knox County, Ohio with Municipal and Township Labels

City[]

  • Mount Vernon (county seat)

Villages[]

  • Centerburg
  • Danville
  • Fredericktown
  • Gambier
  • Gann
  • Martinsburg
  • Utica

Townships[]

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

https://web.archive.org/web/20160715023447/http://www.ohiotownships.org/township-websites

Census-designated places[]

Unincorporated communities[]

  • Amity
  • Ankenytown
  • Artanna
  • Bangs
  • Batemantown
  • Brandon
  • Five Corners
  • Green Valley
  • Greer
  • Hunt
  • Jelloway
  • Knox
  • Lock
  • Lucerne
  • Millwood
  • Monroe Mills
  • Morgan Center
  • Mt. Liberty
  • North Liberty
  • Palmyra
  • Pipesville
  • Rich Hill
  • Rossville
  • Waterford
  • Zuck

Notable residents[]

  • Thomas Peter Akers, United States Congressman[20]
  • Dan Emmett, songwriter of "Dixie"
  • George Hunt, Illinois Attorney General
  • Paul Lynde, actor (Bewitched, Hollywood Squares)
  • Luke Perry, American Actor

See also[]

  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Knox County, Ohio

References[]

  1. ^ "Ohio County Profiles: Knox County" (PDF). Ohio Department of Development. http://www.odod.state.oh.us/research/FILES/S0/Knox.pdf. 
  2. ^ 2020 census
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Counties/Pages/FindACounty.aspx. 
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Government Printing Office. pp. 177. https://archive.org/details/bub_gb_9V1IAAAAMAAJ. 
  5. ^ Miller, Charles Christian (1912). History of Fairfield County, Ohio, and representative citizens. Chicago: Richmond-Arnold Publishing Company. pp. 82. http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/009560821. 
  6. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. https://www.census.gov/geo/maps-data/data/docs/gazetteer/counties_list_39.txt. 
  7. ^ a b Reed, Alan. 17 March 2012. "County crop, livestock receipts at $110M." Script error: No such module "webarchive". Mount Vernon News. Accessed: 17 March 2012.
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/decennial-census.html. 
  9. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. http://mapserver.lib.virginia.edu. 
  10. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/population/cencounts/oh190090.txt. 
  11. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. https://www.census.gov/population/www/cen2000/briefs/phc-t4/tables/tab02.pdf. 
  12. ^ 2020 census
  13. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov. 
  14. ^ "2010 Census". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov. 
  15. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/DEC/10_DP/DPDP1/0500000US39083. 
  16. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/DEC/10_SF1/GCTPH1.CY07/0500000US39083. 
  17. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/10_5YR/DP02/0500000US39083. 
  18. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/10_5YR/DP03/0500000US39083. 
  19. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS. 
  20. ^ Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607–1896. Marquis Who's Who. 1967. 

External links[]

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

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