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Starke County, Indiana

Formed in 1850 and named after Revolutionary War General John Stark

County Seat: Knox

Largest City: Knox (2021 population: 3,585)

Population per Square Mile: 75.61

Square Miles: 309.10

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)23,362660.4%6,484,050
Today (2021)23,372650.3%6,805,985
Tomorrow (2030 projection)*22,719660.3%7,143,795
Percent Change 2010 to Today0.0%41 5.0%

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

Components of Population Change, 2020-2021NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration8744 14,280
Net International Migration264 4,756
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)-7558-10.8%692

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2021NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)1,351645.8%6.0%
School Age (5 to 17)4,0336517.3%17.3%
College Age (18 to 24)1,693667.2%9.7%
Young Adult (25 to 44)5,4106623.1%25.7%
Older Adult (45 to 64)6,3236627.1%24.9%
Seniors (65 and older)4,5626419.5%16.4%
Median Age42.2  Median Age = 38.1

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2021NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone120560.5%0.4%
Asian Alone65790.3%2.7%
Black Alone144750.6%10.2%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone0920.0%0.1%
White22,7426597.3%84.2%
Two or More Race Groups301641.3%2.3%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic22,3366795.6%92.3%
Hispanic1,036494.4%7.7%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2020 (Includes detail not shown below)8,49068100.0%100.0%
Married With Children1,3877016.3%18.3%
Married Without Children2,9967035.3%29.8%
Single Parents648697.6%9.3%
Living Alone2,0937424.7%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 2021 (estimate)11,19063100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2020 (includes vacant units)11,18564100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
6,9586562.2%62.3%
Median Value (2020)$111,10064  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
1,5327813.7%27.4%
Median Rent (2020)$50966  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2021/2022 Total Reported) 3,290670.3%1,120,155
Public3,143670.3%1,036,519
Adults (25+ in 2020 ACS)15,841660.4%4,466,180
with High School diploma or higher84.9%82 89.3%
with B.A. or higher degree11.6%89 27.2%

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 2021$42,0839074.5%56,497
Median Household Income in 202051,9967785.5%$60,794
Poverty Rate in 202014.2%14122.4%11.6%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1820.2%11135.6%14.9%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 202121560.3%6,453
Food Stamp Recipients in 20212,701440.4%636,675
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2021/20221,692610.4%481,568

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, 2019265640.3%80,859
Births to Teens, 201716680.3%5,152
Deaths, 2019284640.4%66,005

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2021NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force9,555670.3%3,321,548
Employed9,142680.3%3,203,166
Unemployed413550.3%118,382
Annual Unemployment Rate4.37119.4%3.6
October 2022 Unemployment Rate3.55125.0%2.8

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

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2021 EmploymentPct Dist.
in County
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work6,667100.0%$293,163100.0%$43,972
Wage and Salary4,41666.2%$175,39659.8%$39,718
Farm Proprietors4176.3%$27,1099.2%$65,010
Nonfarm Proprietors1,83427.5%$43,85015.0%$23,909
Farm4807.2%$29,0069.9%$60,429
Nonfarm6,18792.8%$264,15790.1%$42,695
Private5,22478.4%$214,77473.3%$41,113
  Accommodation, Food Serv.4506.7%$8,0672.8%$17,927
  Arts, Ent., Recreation731.1%$1,0010.3%$13,712
  Construction3815.7%$15,5885.3%$40,913
  Health Care, Social Serv.Data not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Information490.7%$3,1161.1%$63,592
  Manufacturing6299.4%$41,64114.2%$66,202
  Professional, Tech. Serv.1622.4%$5,6601.9%$34,938
  Retail Trade77411.6%$22,1017.5%$28,554
  Trans., Warehousing2423.6%$16,5535.6%$68,401
  Wholesale Trade1211.8%$7,1002.4%$58,678
  Other Private (not above)1,729*25.9%*$64,995*22.2%*$37,591*
Government96314.4%$49,38316.8%$51,280

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, 2021UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed80100.0%100.0%$13,390$7,583,249
Single-Family80100.0%74.4%$13,390$6,692,956
2-Family00.0%2.4%0$117,031
3- and 4-Family00.0%0.4%$0$30,324
5+ Family00.0%22.7%$0$742,937

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 2021
Percent of County
Hamlet7653.3%
Knox3,58515.3%
North Judson1,8547.9%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau annual population estimates

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