A General Description of Knox County

house Knox County is located in central Ohio. The county was founded in 1808 and consists of twenty-two townships. It is approximately 532 square miles. Family farming has defined the area for nearly 200 years. The rural landscape of Knox County is particularly captivating, with fields of corn, soybeans, and wheat covering slightly rolling hills. The county has a population of about 45,000. Approximately 15,000 of these people live in Mount Vernon, the county seat.

Kenyon College, a liberal arts school which was founded in 1826, is located in College Township, Knox County.

In recent years critics have complained that the rural atmosphere and the friendly community, the very aspects which make Knox County a beautiful, pleasant place, are being theatened by the expansion of Columbus and the increase of agricultural technology. The future of Knox County is of great concern.

photo credit: Stephanie Martin

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