The army base and U.S. Bullion depository for which Fort Knox is known began as a battleground early in America's history. Native American tribes such as the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Creek, Shawnee, Miami, Iroquois, and the Wiandot understood Fort Knox's strategic importance and fought unwaveringly to unseat the Union Army stationed there.
The town, named after Revolutionary War general and former Secretary of War Henry T. Knox, has a population of 12,377, according to the 2000 US Census. Maldraugh, Radcliff, Vine Grove, and West Point are the cities closest to Fort Knox, KY. The town of Fort Knox has a very low per capita income ($12,410), in large part because the enlisted soldiers there have benefits that cover housing, food, and other amenities which are not included in income statistics.
Of the Fort Knox population, 96% have a high school diploma or higher. Education, health and social services provide employment to just over a quarter of the work force. Retail trade and public administration provide employment for 14% and 12%, respectively.
The Armor School and the U.S. Bullion depository are the leading employers in Fort Knox, KY. Fort Knox National Company, a customer service organization, also employs hundreds of people, but the military and related small business activities generate most of the employment opportunities in Fort Knox. Retail, trade, and tourism are also sizeable employment sectors.
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