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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: 74.57

Square Miles: 309.10

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)23,362660.4%6,484,050
Today (2020)23,049650.3%6,754,953
Tomorrow (2030 projection)*22,719660.3%7,143,795
Percent Change 2010 to Today-1.3%50 4.2%

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

Components of Population Change, 2019-2020NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration8124 1,323
Net International Migration175 8,743
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)-4577-0.3%13,740

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 2019 (Includes detail not shown below)8,54968100.0%100.0%
Married With Children1,4496916.9%18.5%
Married Without Children2,9617034.6%29.7%
Single Parents498765.8%9.3%
Living Alone2,0857324.4%29.0%

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 2019 (includes vacant units)11,16564100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
6,8526661.4%61.5%
Median Value (2019)$115,50058  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
1,6977315.2%27.5%
Median Rent (2019)$50265  

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 2019 ACS)15,797660.4%4,430,493
with High School diploma or higher84.9%81 88.8%
with B.A. or higher degree11.9%86 26.5%

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 2019$35,6489073.2%48,678
Median Household Income in 201954,0015893.7%$57,617
Poverty Rate in 201913.3%20111.8%11.9%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1818.7%19123.8%15.1%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 202025530.4%6,657
Food Stamp Recipients in 20203,076390.5%659,095
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, 2020NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force9,730670.3%3,319,010
Employed8,947690.3%3,082,982
Unemployed783620.3%236,028
Annual Unemployment Rate8.012112.7%7.1
March 2021 Unemployment Rate5.59117.0%4.7

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

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2019 EmploymentPct Dist.
in County
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work6,852100.0%$256,885100.0%$37,491
Wage and Salary4,62067.4%$162,38463.2%$35,148
Farm Proprietors4246.2%$8,8253.4%$20,814
Nonfarm Proprietors1,80826.4%$38,62415.0%$21,363
Farm5007.3%$11,0134.3%$22,026
Nonfarm6,35292.7%$245,87295.7%$38,708
Private5,33077.8%$196,34776.4%$36,838
  Accommodation, Food Serv.3605.3%$6,1242.4%$17,011
  Arts, Ent., Recreation901.3%$7770.3%$8,633
  Construction3585.2%$12,1194.7%$33,852
  Health Care, Social Serv.Data not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Information490.7%$2,8871.1%$58,918
  Manufacturing83512.2%$45,70317.8%$54,734
  Professional, Tech. Serv.1612.3%$4,0131.6%$24,925
  Retail Trade79411.6%$22,0258.6%$27,739
  Trans., Warehousing2503.6%$18,1847.1%$72,736
  Wholesale Trade1081.6%$5,6072.2%$51,917
  Other Private (not above)1,656*24.2%*$55,778*21.7%*$33,682*
Government1,02214.9%$49,52519.3%$48,459

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, 2020UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed59100.0%100.0%$13,501$5,872,297
Single-Family59100.0%76.2%$13,501$5,209,930
2-Family00.0%2.5%0$83,895
3- and 4-Family00.0%0.8%$0$25,965
5+ Family00.0%20.6%$0$552,508

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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