Knox County, IL

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2022 Population
49,751
0.881% 1-year decline
US Senator
Dick Durbin
Democratic Party
US Senator
Tammy Duckworth
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
42.3
1.2% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
16.3%
0.857% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$50,263
9.28% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$96,800
12.2% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
20,717
1.17% 1-year decline

About

In 2022, Knox County, IL had a population of 49.8k people with a median age of 42.3 and a median household income of $50,263. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Knox County, IL declined from 50,193 to 49,751, a −0.881% decrease and its median household income grew from $45,994 to $50,263, a 9.28% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Knox County, IL are White (Non-Hispanic) (81.4%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (7.99%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.03%), White (Hispanic) (2.29%), and Other (Hispanic) (2.21%).

None of the households in Knox County, IL reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

97.4% of the residents in Knox County, IL are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Knox County, IL are Carl Sandburg College (512 degrees awarded in 2022) and Knox College (332 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Knox County, IL was $96,800, and the homeownership rate was 68.7%.

Most people in Knox County, IL drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 21.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Knox County, IL was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Knox County, IL is home to a population of 49.8k people, from which 97.4% are citizens. As of 2022, 3.34% of Knox County, IL residents were born outside of the country (1.66k people).

In 2022, there were 10.2 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (40.5k people) in Knox County, IL than any other race or ethnicity. There were 3.97k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 1.51k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

97.4%
2022 Citizenship
97.5%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 97.4% of Knox County, IL residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Knox County, IL was 97.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Knox County, IL
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    40.5k ± 190
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    3.97k ± 279
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    1.51k ± 329
6.2%
Hispanic Population
3.09k people

In 2022, there were 10.2 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (40.5k people) in Knox County, IL than any other race or ethnicity. There were 3.97k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 1.51k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

6.2% of the people in Knox County, IL are hispanic (3.09k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Knox County, IL as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    622,347 ± 18,890 people
  2. India
    165,336 ± 9,918 people
  3. Poland
    123,006 ± 8,569 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Illinois was Mexico, the natal country of 622,347 Illinois residents, followed by India with 165,336 and Poland with 123,006.

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Foreign-Born Population

3.34%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
1.66k people
3.14%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
1.58k people

As of 2022, 3.34% of Knox County, IL residents (1.66k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Knox County, IL was 3.14%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,332 ± 178
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    433 ± 110
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    340 ± 115

Knox County, IL has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.08 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Knox County, IL employs 20.7k people. The largest industries in Knox County, IL are Health Care & Social Assistance (3,644 people), Retail Trade (3,043 people), and Educational Services (2,682 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($88,750), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($68,997), and Transportation & Warehousing ($68,732).

Males in Illinois have an average income that is 1.33 times higher than the average income of females, which is $66,581. The income inequality in Illinois (measured using the Gini index) is 0.477, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

20.7k
2022 Value
± 877
−1.17%
1 Year decline
± 6%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Knox County, IL declined at a rate of −1.17%, from 21k employees to 20.7k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Knox County, IL, are Sales & Related Occupations (2,252 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,979 people), and Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (1,841 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Knox County, IL.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

20.7k
2022 Value
± 877
−1.17%
1 Year decline
± 6%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Knox County, IL declined at a rate of −1.17%, from 21k employees to 20.7k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Knox County, IL, are Health Care & Social Assistance (3,644 people), Retail Trade (3,043 people), and Educational Services (2,682 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Knox County, IL, though some of these residents may live in Knox County, IL and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$43,872
Median earning men ± $3,239
$30,961
Median earning women ± $1,866

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($72,122), Public Administration ($66,731), and Information ($56,250).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Public Administration ($57,375), Manufacturing ($45,391), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($43,672).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.47%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 6.03M people employed in Illinois. This represents a 2.47% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 13%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Illinois.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 350
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 302
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 246
    Retail Trade

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Knox County, IL went to Donald J. Trump with 51.9% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (46.2%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.11%).

Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth are the senators currently representing the state of Illinois. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Illinois is currently represented by 17 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Illinois

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Dick Durbin
Senator from Illinois2
Assumed office on January 3, 1997
Tammy Duckworth
Senator from Illinois3
Assumed office on January 3, 2017

Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth are the senators currently representing Illinois.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Illinois

Illinois is currently represented by 17 members in the U.S. house.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Knox County, IL awarded 844 degrees. The student population of Knox County, IL in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 1,077 male students and 1,669 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Knox County, IL are White (558 and 72.5%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (73 and 9.48%), Black or African American (50 and 6.49%), and Two or More Races (40 and 5.19%).

The largest universities in Knox County, IL by number of degrees awarded are Carl Sandburg College (512 and 60.7%) and Knox College (332 and 39.3%).

The most popular majors in Knox County, IL are General Studies (191 and 22.6%), Liberal Arts & Sciences (131 and 15.5%), and General Business Administration & Management (45 and 5.33%).

The median tuition cost in Knox County, IL for private four year colleges is $52,461.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Knox County, IL, the percentage of applicants admitted was 73.3%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 11.3%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 2,746 (39.2% men and 60.8% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 2,746 students enrolled in Knox County, IL, 39.2% men and 60.8% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 1,745 records, of which 62.6% were women and 37.4% men.

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Concentrations

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Knox County, IL was General Business Administration & Management with 42 degrees awarded.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 512 degrees awarded
  2. 332 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Carl Sandburg College with 512 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 335 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Knox County, IL, which is 0.658 times less than the 509 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 558 degrees mean that there were 7.64 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 73 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($52,461) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($798) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($1,200) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 1.08% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 1.01% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (2.62M), Some college (2.15M), and Bachelors Degree (2.1M).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Knox County, IL was $96,800 in 2022, which is 0.343 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $86,300 to $96,800, a 12.2% increase. The homeownership rate in Knox County, IL is 68.7%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Knox County, IL have an average commute time of 21.2 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Knox County, IL is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Knox County, IL is $50,263. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Knox County, IL was Census Tract 14 with a value of $84,216, followed by Census Tract 12 and Census Tract 2, with respective values of $74,375 and $73,594.

In 2022, 11.6% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Knox County, IL. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 1.11%.

Property

$96,800
Median Property Value 2022
±$2,240
$14,246
Median Property Taxes
±$647

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Knox County, IL the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

68.7%
Homeownership
2022
59.5%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 68.7% of the housing units in Knox County, IL were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 67.7%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 14
  2. Census Tract 12
  3. Census Tract 2

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Knox County, IL was Census Tract 14 with a value of $84,216, followed by Census Tract 12 and Census Tract 2, with respective values of $74,375 and $73,594.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Knox County, IL colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$50,263
Median Household Income
± $3,338
20.7k
Number of Households
± 880

In 2022, the median household income of the 20.7k households in Knox County, IL grew to $50,263 from the previous year's value of $45,994.

The following chart displays the households in Knox County, IL distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Knox County, IL is from Illinois.
0.477
2022 Wage GINI in Illinois
0.478
2021 Wage GINI in Illinois

In 2022, the income inequality in Illinois was 0.477 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.371% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Illinois was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Illinois in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (80.4%)
  2. Carpooled (10.2%)
  3. Worked At Home (4.79%)

In 2022, 80.4% of workers in Knox County, IL drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (10.2%) and those who worked at home (4.79%).

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Commute Time

21.2 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Knox County, IL have a shorter commute time (21.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 2.46% of the workforce in Knox County, IL have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Knox County, IL distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Knox County, IL have 2 cars.

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 11.6% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Knox County, IL. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 1.11%.

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Poverty & Diversity

16.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Knox County, IL (7.47k out of 45.8k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Males 55 - 64 and then Females 65 - 74.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Knox County, IL is White, followed by Black and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Children in Poverty

In 2022, 18.3% of the children was living in poverty in Knox County, IL. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 5.6%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 355 in Knox County, IL. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 12.2 per 100,000 population.

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Health

94.4% of the population of Knox County, IL has health coverage, with 44% on employee plans, 20.9% on Medicaid, 17.1% on Medicare, 10.8% on non-group plans, and 1.56% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Knox County, IL see 1988 patients per year on average, which represents a 3.17% increase from the previous year (1927 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2582 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 533 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48% were men and 52% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,988 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Knox County, IL

Primary care physicians in Knox County, IL see an average of 1,988 patients per year. This represents a 3.17% increase from the previous year (1,927 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Knox County, IL in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 22.5% under 18 years, 19.5% between 18 and 34 years, 36.4% between 35 and 64 years, and 21.6% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48% were men and 52% were women.

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Uninsured People

5.61%
Uninsured
44%
Employer Coverage
20.9%
Medicaid
17.1%
Medicare
10.8%
Non-Group
1.56%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Knox County, IL grew by 1.08% from 5.56% to 5.61%.

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 38 in Knox County, IL.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 39% in Knox County, IL.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 7.28% in Knox County, IL.

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