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Starke County, Indiana

Formed in 1850 and named after Revolutionary War General John Stark

County Seat: Knox

Largest City: Knox (2019 population: 3,545)

Population per Square Mile: 74.39

Square Miles: 309.10

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)23,362660.4%6,484,192
Today (2019)22,995660.3%6,732,219
Tomorrow (2030 projection)*22,719660.3%7,143,795
Percent Change 2010 to Today-1.6%53 3.8%

*Projection based on 2010 Census counts.
Sources: U.S. Census Bureau; Indiana Business Research Center

Components of Population Change, 2018-2019NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration6928 3,997
Net International Migration-285 14,379
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)-2278-0.1%18,536

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2019NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)1,339675.8%6.2%
School Age (5 to 17)3,8456516.7%17.1%
College Age (18 to 24)1,719687.5%9.8%
Young Adult (25 to 44)5,3256623.2%25.5%
Older Adult (45 to 64)6,3946627.8%25.2%
Seniors (65 and older)4,3736519.0%16.1%
Median Age42.0  Median Age = 37.9

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau; Indiana Business Research Center

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2019NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone114580.5%0.4%
Asian Alone54800.2%2.6%
Black Alone100800.4%9.9%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone0910.0%0.1%
White22,4406597.6%84.8%
Two or More Race Groups287661.2%2.2%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic22,0416695.9%92.7%
Hispanic954494.1%7.3%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2018 (Includes detail not shown below)8,73567100.0%100.0%
Married With Children1,6256618.6%18.6%
Married Without Children3,0537035.0%29.9%
Single Parents572726.5%9.5%
Living Alone2,0917223.9%28.5%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 5-year estimates.

HousingNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Total Housing Units in 2019 (estimate)11,22264100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2018 (includes vacant units)11,10964100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
6,9016562.1%61.3%
Median Value (2018)$108,00059  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
1,8347216.5%27.6%
Median Rent (2018)$49069  

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 5-year estimates.

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2019/2020 Total Reported) 3,456660.3%1,111,333
Public3,307660.3%1,050,614
Adults (25+ in 2018 ACS)15,775660.4%4,399,815
with High School diploma or higher84.1%82 88.6%
with B.A. or higher degree10.8%88 25.9%

Sources: Indiana Department of Education; U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 5-year estimates.

Income and PovertyNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Per Capita Personal Income (annual) in 2018$35,3478875.0%47,149
Median Household Income in 201849,9726789.7%$55,725
Poverty Rate in 201811.0%5684.6%13.0%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1819.3%30110.3%17.5%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 201921580.4%5,235
Food Stamp Recipients in 20192,749380.5%581,821
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2019/20201,944600.4%507,739

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis; U.S. Census Bureau; Indiana Family Social Services Administration; Indiana Department of Education

Health and Vital StatisticsNumberRank of Percent of StateIndiana
Births, 2017264670.3%82,170
Births to Teens, 201716680.3%5,152
Deaths, 2017270650.4%65,602

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2019NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force9,963680.3%3,387,366
Employed9,531690.3%3,275,056
Unemployed432590.4%112,310
Annual Unemployment Rate4.34130.3%3.3
August 2020 Unemployment Rate6.714103.1%6.5

Source: STATS Indiana, using data from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2018 EmploymentPct Dist.
in County
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work7,290100.0%$265,972100.0%$36,484
Wage and Salary5,00168.6%$166,20962.5%$33,235
Farm Proprietors4255.8%$13,9085.2%$32,725
Nonfarm Proprietors1,86425.6%$39,81515.0%$21,360
Farm5117.0%$16,6046.2%$32,493
Nonfarm6,77993.0%$249,36893.8%$36,785
Private5,67777.9%$201,69175.8%$35,528
  Accommodation, Food Serv.6649.1%$11,7484.4%$17,693
  Arts, Ent., Recreation751.0%$6850.3%$9,133
  Construction3725.1%$14,9915.6%$40,298
  Health Care, Social Serv.Data not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Information500.7%$2,8411.1%$56,820
  Manufacturing83311.4%$48,27718.2%$57,956
  Professional, Tech. Serv.1612.2%$4,2751.6%$26,553
  Retail Trade83611.5%$21,9958.3%$26,310
  Trans., WarehousingData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Wholesale Trade1141.6%$5,7752.2%$50,658
  Other Private (not above)1,589*21.8%*$49,389*18.6%*$31,082*
Government1,10215.1%$47,67717.9%$43,264

Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis
* These totals do not include county data that are not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.

Residential Building Permits, 2019UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed64100.0%100.0%$13,863$4,988,366
Single-Family64100.0%73.1%$13,863$4,298,385
2-Family00.0%1.6%0$48,202
3- and 4-Family00.0%0.7%$0$26,551
5+ Family00.0%24.6%$0$615,228

Notes: Detail cost may not sum to total due to rounding. Greene County does not currently issue building permits, so it is excluded.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Largest Cities and Towns in Starke County

NamePopulation
in 2019
Percent of County
Hamlet7613.3%
Knox3,54515.4%
North Judson1,7127.4%
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