There are seven billion people on Earth, 311 million in the United States, and 11.5 million in Ohio. Those statistics make our little corner of the world seem rather small. But small or not, Knox County is holding its own in terms of population growth.
Between the 2000 and 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau reports the population of Knox County grew by a healthy 11.8 percent, from 54,500 to 60,921, while the population of the United States grew by 9.7 percent and Ohio expanded by just 1.6 percent. The world’s population growth, by way of comparison, is roughly 14 percent each decade.
Nearly 30 percent of Knox County’s residents, 16,990 according to the 2010 Census, live in Mount Vernon. The county seat’s population is up 15 percent since 2000.
Village populations in the area include Fredericktown with 2,367, Utica with 2,211, Gambier with 1,882, Centerburg with 1,623 and Danville with 1,100. Centerburg, with a growing number of people commuting to greater Columbus, posted growth of 13.3 percent between the latest censuses. Attendance in the other villages named was roughly flat: Utica grew by four percent, Gambier grew by less than a percent, Danville was down fractionally and Fredericktown declined by 2.5 percent.