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Starke County, Indiana

Formed in 1850 and named after Revolutionary War General John Stark

County Seat: Knox

Largest City: Knox (2022 population: 3,624)

Population per Square Mile: 75.08

Square Miles: 309.10

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2020)23,371660.4%6,484,050
Today (2023)23,206660.3%6,862,199
Tomorrow (2030 projection)*21,845660.3%7,014,880
Percent Change 2020 to Today-0.7%51 1.1%

*Projection based on 2015 Census population estimates.
Sources: U.S. Census Bureau; Indiana Business Research Center

Components of Population Change, 2022-2023NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration11539 4,599
Net International Migration1552 17,869
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)-12779-1.7%7,508

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2022NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)1,331675.7%5.9%
School Age (5 to 17)3,8586516.6%17.0%
College Age (18 to 24)1,735677.5%9.9%
Young Adult (25 to 44)5,3806523.1%25.7%
Older Adult (45 to 64)6,2156726.7%24.5%
Seniors (65 and older)4,7396320.4%16.9%
Median Age42.7  Median Age = 38.2

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2022NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone122570.5%0.4%
Asian Alone95700.4%2.8%
Black Alone161740.7%10.3%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone4810.0%0.1%
White22,5156596.8%84.0%
Two or More Race Groups361581.6%2.4%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic22,1626795.3%92.1%
Hispanic1,096484.7%7.9%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2022 (Includes detail not shown below)8,64767100.0%100.0%
Married With Children1,5166717.5%18.1%
Married Without Children2,9067033.6%29.6%
Single Parents660697.6%9.0%
Living Alone2,3966927.7%29.4%

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 2022 (estimate)11,26563100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2022 (includes vacant units)11,15763100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
7,2566565.0%63.5%
Median Value (2022)$145,60059  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
1,3917812.5%27.1%
Median Rent (2022)$49189  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2022/2023 Total Reported) 3,316670.3%1,124,094
Public3,173670.3%1,035,718
Adults (25+ in 2022 ACS)16,188660.4%4,532,091
with High School diploma or higher85.1%86 90%
with B.A. or higher degree13.1%87 28.2%

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 2022$41,9678972.0%58,323
Median Household Income in 202258,5237387.7%$66,768
Poverty Rate in 202212.6%40100.8%12.5%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1818.3%24118.8%15.4%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 202212610.3%3,933
Food Stamp Recipients in 20222,601400.4%611,203
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2022/20231,916600.4%511,735

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, 2021238670.3%79,946
Births to Teens, 202112640.3%3,845
Deaths, 2019284640.4%66,005

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2022NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force9,567690.3%3,373,887
Employed9,206690.3%3,270,662
Unemployed361610.3%103,225
Annual Unemployment Rate3.85122.6%3.1
February 2024 Unemployment Rate5.51134.1%4.1

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

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2022 EmploymentPct Dist.
in County
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work6,809100.0%$304,196100.0%$44,676
Wage and Salary4,39364.5%$186,91861.4%$42,549
Farm Proprietors4136.1%$26,4538.7%$64,051
Nonfarm Proprietors2,00329.4%$44,80614.7%$22,369
Farm4706.9%$28,6929.4%$61,047
Nonfarm6,33993.1%$275,50490.6%$43,462
Private5,36578.8%$225,53374.1%$42,038
  Accommodation, Food Serv.4296.3%$8,5442.8%$19,916
  Arts, Ent., Recreation831.2%$1,1540.4%$13,904
  Construction4025.9%$18,1726.0%$45,204
  Health Care, Social Serv.5067.4%$26,8928.8%$53,146
  Information490.7%$2,8690.9%$58,551
  Manufacturing6689.8%$44,15814.5%$66,105
  Professional, Tech. Serv.1762.6%$6,3972.1%$36,347
  Retail Trade77511.4%$23,2967.7%$30,059
  Trans., WarehousingData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Wholesale Trade1492.2%$8,8832.9%$59,617
  Other Private (not above)1,780*26.1%*$65,780*21.6%*$36,955*
Government97414.3%$49,97116.4%$51,305

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, 2022UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed67100.0%100.0%$16,045$6,635,992
Single-Family6394.0%65.0%$15,416$5,513,030
2-Family46.0%1.9%629$76,873
3- and 4-Family00.0%0.5%$0$14,702
5+ Family00.0%32.6%$0$1,031,387

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 2022
Percent of County
Hamlet7643.3%
Knox3,62415.6%
North Judson1,8217.8%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau annual population estimates

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