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Map of Kentucky's counties

This is a list of the one hundred and twenty counties in the U.S. state of Kentucky. Despite ranking 37th in size by area, Kentucky has 120 counties, third in the U.S. behind Texas's 254 and Georgia's 159.[1] The original motivation for having so many counties was to ensure that residents in the days of poor roads and horseback travel could make a round trip from their home to the county seat and back in a single day, as well as being able to travel from one county seat to the next in the same fashion.[2] Later, however, politics began to play a part, with citizens who disagreed with the present county government simply petitioning the state to create a new county. The 1891 Kentucky Constitution placed stricter limits on county creation, stipulating that a new county:

  • must have a land area of at least 400 square miles (1,000 km2);
  • must have a population of at least 12,000 people;
  • must not by its creation reduce the land area of an existing county to less than 400 square miles (1,000 km2);
  • must not by its creation reduce the population of an existing county to fewer than 12,000 people;
  • must not create a county boundary line that passes within 10 miles (16 km) of an existing county seat.

These regulations have reined in the proliferation of counties in Kentucky. Since the 1891 Constitution, only McCreary County has been created.[3]

Because today's largest county by area, Pike County, is 788 square miles (2,041 km2), it is now impossible to create a new county from a single existing county under the current constitution. Any county created in this manner will by necessity either be smaller than 400 square miles (1,000 km2) or reduce the land area of the old county to less than 400 square miles (1,000 km2). It is still theoretically possible to form a new county from portions of more than one existing county (McCreary County was formed in this manner), but the area and boundary restrictions would make this extremely difficult.

The two largest cities in Kentucky, Louisville and Lexington, are "urban-county governments," Kentucky's legal term for a consolidated city-county arrangement. Lexington and Fayette County are completely consolidated. When the Louisville Metro government was formed, all incorporated cities in Jefferson County, apart from Louisville, retained their status as cities; however, the Louisville Metro Council is the main government for the entire county, and is elected by residents in all of Jefferson County.

The Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) code, which is used by the United States government to uniquely identify counties, is provided with each entry. The FIPS code for each county links to census data for that county.

Contents

Alphabetical list

County
FIPS Code
[4]
County seat
[5]
Established
[5]
Origin
Etymology
Population
[5]
Area
[5]
Map
Adair County 001 Columbia 1802 Green County John Adair, Governor of Kentucky (1820–1824) &0000000000017244.00000017,244 &0000000000000407.000000407 sq mi
(&0000000000001054.0000001,054 km2)
State map highlighting Adair County
Allen County 003 Scottsville 1815 Barren County and Warren County John Allen (1771–1813), soldier in the War of 1812 &0000000000017800.00000017,800 &0000000000000346.000000346 sq mi
(&0000000000000896.000000896 km2)
State map highlighting Allen County
Anderson County 005 Lawrenceburg 1827 Franklin County, Washington County and Mercer County Richard Clough Anderson, Jr., Kentucky and United States legislator (1817–1821) &0000000000019111.00000019,111 &0000000000000203.000000203 sq mi
(&0000000000000526.000000526 km2)
State map highlighting Anderson County
Ballard County 007 Wickliffe 1842 Hickman County and McCracken County Bland Ballard (1761–1853), soldier in the Battle of Fallen Timbers and Battle of River Raisin &0000000000008286.0000008,286 &0000000000000251.000000251 sq mi
(&0000000000000650.000000650 km2)
State map highlighting Ballard County
Barren County 009 Glasgow 1798 Green County and Warren County The Barrens, a region of grassland in Kentucky &0000000000038033.00000038,033 &0000000000000491.000000491 sq mi
(&0000000000001272.0000001,272 km2)
State map highlighting Barren County
Bath County 011 Owingsville 1811 Montgomery County Medicinal springs located within the county &0000000000011085.00000011,085 &0000000000000279.000000279 sq mi
(&0000000000000723.000000723 km2)
State map highlighting Bath County
Bell County 013 Pineville 1867 Harlan County and Knox County Joshua Fry Bell, Kentucky legislator (1862–1867) &0000000000030060.00000030,060 &0000000000000361.000000361 sq mi
(&0000000000000935.000000935 km2)
State map highlighting Bell County
Boone County 015 Burlington 1798 Campbell County Daniel Boone (1734–1820), frontiersman &0000000000085991.00000085,991 &0000000000000246.000000246 sq mi
(&0000000000000637.000000637 km2)
State map highlighting Boone County
Bourbon County 017 Paris 1785 Fayette County House of Bourbon, European royal house &0000000000019360.00000019,360 &0000000000000291.000000291 sq mi
(&0000000000000754.000000754 km2)
State map highlighting Bourbon County
Boyd County 019 Catlettsburg 1860 Greenup County, Carter County and Lawrence County Linn Boyd, United States Congressman (1835–1837; 1839–1855) and Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky (1859) &0000000000049752.00000049,752 &0000000000000160.000000160 sq mi
(&0000000000000414.000000414 km2)
State map highlighting Boyd County
Boyle County 021 Danville 1842 Lincoln County and Mercer County John Boyle, Chief Justice of the Kentucky Court of Appeals (1810–1826) &0000000000027697.00000027,697 &0000000000000182.000000182 sq mi
(&0000000000000471.000000471 km2)
State map highlighting Boyle County
Bracken County 023 Brooksville 1796 Mason County and Campbell County William Bracken, trapper and frontiersman &0000000000008279.0000008,279 &0000000000000203.000000203 sq mi
(&0000000000000526.000000526 km2)
State map highlighting Bracken County
Breathitt County 025 Jackson 1839 Clay County, Perry County and Estill County John Breathitt, Governor of Kentucky (1832–1834) &0000000000016100.00000016,100 &0000000000000495.000000495 sq mi
(&0000000000001282.0000001,282 km2)
State map highlighting Breathitt County
Breckinridge County 027 Hardinsburg 1799 Hardin County John Breckinridge (1760–1806), Kentucky statesman &0000000000018648.00000018,648 &0000000000000572.000000572 sq mi
(&0000000000001481.0000001,481 km2)
State map highlighting Breckinridge County
Bullitt County 029 Shepherdsville 1796 Jefferson County and Nelson County Alexander Scott Bullitt, Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky (1800–1804) &0000000000061236.00000061,236 &0000000000000299.000000299 sq mi
(&0000000000000774.000000774 km2)
State map highlighting Bullitt County
Butler County 031 Morgantown 1810 Logan County and Ohio County Richard Butler (1743–1791), Revolutionary War general &0000000000013010.00000013,010 &0000000000000428.000000428 sq mi
(&0000000000001109.0000001,109 km2)
State map highlighting Butler County
Caldwell County 033 Princeton 1809 Livingston County John Caldwell, Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky (1804) &0000000000013060.00000013,060 &0000000000000347.000000347 sq mi
(&0000000000000899.000000899 km2)
State map highlighting Caldwell County
Calloway County 035 Murray 1822 Hickman County Richard Callaway (1724–1780), pioneer &0000000000034177.00000034,177 &0000000000000386.000000386 sq mi
(&0000000000001000.0000001,000 km2)
State map highlighting Calloway County
Campbell County 037 Alexandria
and Newport
1794 Harrison County, Mason County and Scott County John Campbell (1735–1799), Revolutionary War soldier &0000000000088616.00000088,616 &0000000000000152.000000152 sq mi
(&0000000000000394.000000394 km2)
State map highlighting Campbell County
Carlisle County 039 Bardwell 1886 Hickman County John G. Carlisle, United States legislator (1877–1889) &0000000000005351.0000005,351 &0000000000000192.000000192 sq mi
(&0000000000000497.000000497 km2)
State map highlighting Carlisle County
Carroll County 041 Carrollton 1838 Gallatin County, Trimble County, and Henry county Charles Carroll (1737–1832), last living signer of the Declaration of Independence &0000000000010155.00000010,155 &0000000000000130.000000130 sq mi
(&0000000000000337.000000337 km2)
State map highlighting Carroll County
Carter County 043 Grayson 1838 Greenup County and Lawrence County William Grayson Carter, Kentucky state senator (1834–1838) &0000000000026889.00000026,889 &0000000000000411.000000411 sq mi
(&0000000000001064.0000001,064 km2)
State map highlighting Carter County
Casey County 045 Liberty 1806 Lincoln County William Casey (1754–1816), Revolutionary War soldier &0000000000015447.00000015,447 &0000000000000446.000000446 sq mi
(&0000000000001155.0000001,155 km2)
State map highlighting Casey County
Christian County 047 Hopkinsville 1796 Logan County William Christian (1743–1786), Revolutionary War soldier &0000000000072265.00000072,265 &0000000000000721.000000721 sq mi
(&0000000000001867.0000001,867 km2)
State map highlighting Christian County
Clark County 049 Winchester 1792 Bourbon County and Fayette County George Rogers Clark (1752–1818), Revolutionary War soldier &0000000000033144.00000033,144 &0000000000000254.000000254 sq mi
(&0000000000000658.000000658 km2)
State map highlighting Clark County
Clay County 051 Manchester 1807 Madison County, Floyd County, and Knox County Green Clay (1757–1828), military general and surveyor &0000000000024556.00000024,556 &0000000000000471.000000471 sq mi
(&0000000000001220.0000001,220 km2)
State map highlighting Clay County
Clinton County 053 Albany 1835 Cumberland County and Wayne County DeWitt Clinton, Governor of New York (1817–1823) &0000000000009634.0000009,634 &0000000000000198.000000198 sq mi
(&0000000000000513.000000513 km2)
State map highlighting Clinton County
Crittenden County 055 Marion 1842 Livingston County[6] John Jordan Crittenden, Governor of Kentucky (1848–1850) &0000000000009384.0000009,384 &0000000000000362.000000362 sq mi
(&0000000000000938.000000938 km2)
State map highlighting Crittenden County
Cumberland County 057 Burkesville 1798 Green County The Cumberland River, which flows through the county &0000000000007147.0000007,147 &0000000000000306.000000306 sq mi
(&0000000000000793.000000793 km2)
State map highlighting Cumberland County
Daviess County 059 Owensboro 1815 Ohio County Joseph Hamilton Daveiss (1774–1811), lawyer killed at the Battle of Tippecanoe &0000000000091545.00000091,545 &0000000000000462.000000462 sq mi
(&0000000000001197.0000001,197 km2)
State map highlighting Daviess County
Edmonson County 061 Brownsville 1825 Hart County, Grayson County, and Warren County John Edmonson (1764–1813), military captain killed at the Battle of River Raisin &0000000000012085.00000012,085 &0000000000000303.000000303 sq mi
(&0000000000000785.000000785 km2)
State map highlighting Edmonson County
Elliott County 063 Sandy Hook 1869 Morgan County, Lawrence County, and Carter County John Lisle Elliott or John Milton Elliott (1820–1885), legislators &0000000000006748.0000006,748 &0000000000000234.000000234 sq mi
(&0000000000000606.000000606 km2)
State map highlighting Elliott County
Estill County 065 Irvine 1808 Clark County and Madison County James Estill (1750–1782), military captain killed at the Battle of Little Mountain &0000000000015307.00000015,307 &0000000000000254.000000254 sq mi
(&0000000000000658.000000658 km2)
State map highlighting Estill County
Fayette County 067 Lexington 1780 One of three original Kentucky counties General Lafayette (1757–1834), Revolutionary War general &0000000000260512.000000260,512 &0000000000000284.000000284 sq mi
(&0000000000000736.000000736 km2)
State map highlighting Fayette County
Fleming County 069 Flemingsburg 1798 Mason County John Fleming (1735–1791), early settler of Kentucky &0000000000013792.00000013,792 &0000000000000351.000000351 sq mi
(&0000000000000909.000000909 km2)
State map highlighting Fleming County
Floyd County 071 Prestonsburg 1800 Fleming County, Montgomery County, and Mason County John Floyd (1750–1783), surveyor and pioneer &0000000000042441.00000042,441 &0000000000000394.000000394 sq mi
(&0000000000001020.0000001,020 km2)
State map highlighting Floyd County
Franklin County 073 Frankfort 1794 Mercer County, Shelby County, and Woodford County Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790), signer of the Declaration of Independence &0000000000047687.00000047,687 &0000000000000210.000000210 sq mi
(&0000000000000544.000000544 km2)
State map highlighting Franklin County
Fulton County 075 Hickman 1845 Hickman County Robert Fulton (1765–1815), inventor of the first commercially successful steamboat &0000000000007752.0000007,752 &0000000000000209.000000209 sq mi
(&0000000000000541.000000541 km2)
State map highlighting Fulton County
Gallatin County 077 Warsaw 1798 Franklin County and Shelby County Albert Gallatin, United States Secretary of the Treasury (1801–1814) &0000000000007870.0000007,870 &0000000000000099.00000099 sq mi
(&0000000000000256.000000256 km2)
State map highlighting Gallatin County
Garrard County 079 Lancaster 1796 Madison County, Lincoln County, and Mercer County[7] James Garrard, Governor of Kentucky (1796–1804) &0000000000014792.00000014,792 &0000000000000231.000000231 sq mi
(&0000000000000598.000000598 km2)
State map highlighting Garrard County
Grant County 081 Williamstown 1820 Pendleton County Samuel Grant (1762–1789 or 1794), John Grant (1754–1826), and / or Squire Grant (1764–1833), early settlers of Kentucky &0000000000022384.00000022,384 &0000000000000260.000000260 sq mi
(&0000000000000673.000000673 km2)
State map highlighting Grant County
Graves County 083 Mayfield 1824 Hickman County Benjamin F. Graves (1771–1813), soldier killed at the Battle of River Raisin &0000000000037028.00000037,028 &0000000000000556.000000556 sq mi
(&0000000000001440.0000001,440 km2)
State map highlighting Graves County
Grayson County 085 Leitchfield 1810 Hardin County and Ohio County William Grayson (1740–1790), aide to George Washington &0000000000024053.00000024,053 &0000000000000504.000000504 sq mi
(&0000000000001305.0000001,305 km2)
State map highlighting Grayson County
Green County 087 Greensburg 1792 Lincoln County and Nelson County Nathanael Greene (1742–1786), Revolutionary War general &0000000000011518.00000011,518 &0000000000000289.000000289 sq mi
(&0000000000000749.000000749 km2)
State map highlighting Green County
Greenup County 089 Greenup 1803 Mason County Christopher Greenup, Governor of Kentucky (1804–1808) &0000000000036891.00000036,891 &0000000000000346.000000346 sq mi
(&0000000000000896.000000896 km2)
State map highlighting Greenup County
Hancock County 091 Hawesville 1829 Ohio County, Breckinridge County, and Daviess County John Hancock (1737–1793), signer of the Declaration of Independence &0000000000008392.0000008,392 &0000000000000189.000000189 sq mi
(&0000000000000490.000000490 km2)
State map highlighting Hancock County
Hardin County 093 Elizabethtown 1792 Nelson County John Hardin (1753–1792), pioneer &0000000000094174.00000094,174 &0000000000000628.000000628 sq mi
(&0000000000001627.0000001,627 km2)
State map highlighting Hardin County
Harlan County 095 Harlan 1819 Knox County Silas Harlan (1753–1782), soldier in the Battle of Blue Licks &0000000000033202.00000033,202 &0000000000000467.000000467 sq mi
(&0000000000001210.0000001,210 km2)
State map highlighting Harlan County
Harrison County 097 Cynthiana 1793 Bourbon County and Scott County Benjamin Harrison (1726–1791), co-author of the Kentucky Constitution &0000000000017983.00000017,983 &0000000000000310.000000310 sq mi
(&0000000000000803.000000803 km2)
State map highlighting Harrison County
Hart County 099 Munfordville 1819 Hardin County and Barren County Nathaniel G. T. Hart (1784–1813), lawyer captured at the Battle of River Raisin &0000000000017445.00000017,445 &0000000000000416.000000416 sq mi
(&0000000000001077.0000001,077 km2)
State map highlighting Hart County
Henderson County 101 Henderson 1798 Christian County Richard Henderson (1734–1785), founder of the Transylvania Company &0000000000044829.00000044,829 &0000000000000440.000000440 sq mi
(&0000000000001140.0000001,140 km2)
State map highlighting Henderson County
Henry County 103 New Castle 1798 Shelby County Patrick Henry (1736–1799), Revolutionary War patriot &0000000000015060.00000015,060 &0000000000000289.000000289 sq mi
(&0000000000000749.000000749 km2)
State map highlighting Henry County
Hickman County 105 Clinton 1821 Christian County Paschal Hickman, military captain killed at the Battle of River Raisin &0000000000005262.0000005,262 &0000000000000244.000000244 sq mi
(&0000000000000632.000000632 km2)
State map highlighting Hickman County
Hopkins County 107 Madisonville 1806 Henderson County Samuel Hopkins (1753–1819), Revolutionary War general &0000000000046519.00000046,519 &0000000000000551.000000551 sq mi
(&0000000000001427.0000001,427 km2)
State map highlighting Hopkins County
Jackson County 109 McKee 1858 Madison County, Estill County, Owsley County, Clay County, Laurel County, and Rockcastle County Andrew Jackson, President of the United States (1829–1837) &0000000000013495.00000013,495 &0000000000000346.000000346 sq mi
(&0000000000000896.000000896 km2)
State map highlighting Jackson County
Jefferson County 111 Louisville 1780 One of three original Kentucky counties Thomas Jefferson, President of the United States (1801–1809) &0000000000693604.000000693,604 &0000000000000385.000000385 sq mi
(&0000000000000997.000000997 km2)
State map highlighting Jefferson County
Jessamine County 113 Nicholasville 1798 Fayette County Jessamine Creek &0000000000039041.00000039,041 &0000000000000173.000000173 sq mi
(&0000000000000448.000000448 km2)
State map highlighting Jessamine County
Johnson County 115 Paintsville 1843 Floyd County, Lawrence County, and Morgan County Richard Mentor Johnson, Vice President of the United States (1837–1841) &0000000000023445.00000023,445 &0000000000000262.000000262 sq mi
(&0000000000000679.000000679 km2)
State map highlighting Johnson County
Kenton County 117 Covington and Independence 1840 Campbell County, Kentucky Simon Kenton (1755–1836), pioneer &0000000000151464.000000151,464 &0000000000000163.000000163 sq mi
(&0000000000000422.000000422 km2)
State map highlighting Kenton County
Knott County 119 Hindman 1884 Perry County, Letcher County, Floyd County, and Breathitt County James Proctor Knott, Governor of Kentucky (1883–1887) &0000000000017649.00000017,649 &0000000000000352.000000352 sq mi
(&0000000000000912.000000912 km2)
State map highlighting Knott County
Knox County 121 Barbourville 1799 Lincoln County Henry Knox, United States Secretary of War (1785–1794) &0000000000031795.00000031,795 &0000000000000388.000000388 sq mi
(&0000000000001005.0000001,005 km2)
State map highlighting Knox County
LaRue County 123 Hodgenville 1843 Hardin County John Larue (1746–1792), early settler of Kentucky &0000000000013373.00000013,373 &0000000000000263.000000263 sq mi
(&0000000000000681.000000681 km2)
File:Map of Kentucky highlighting LaRue County.svg
Laurel County 125 London 1825 Rockcastle County, Clay County, Knox County and Whitley County Mountain laurel trees that are prominent in the area &0000000000052715.00000052,715 &0000000000000436.000000436 sq mi
(&0000000000001129.0000001,129 km2)
State map highlighting Laurel County
Lawrence County 127 Louisa 1821 Greenup County and Floyd County James Lawrence (1781–1813), naval commander during the War of 1812 &0000000000015569.00000015,569 &0000000000000419.000000419 sq mi
(&0000000000001085.0000001,085 km2)
State map highlighting Lawrence County
Lee County 129 Beattyville 1870 Breathitt County, Estill County, Owsley County, and Wolfe County Robert E. Lee (1807–1870), Confederate general or Lee County, Virginia &0000000000007916.0000007,916 &0000000000000210.000000210 sq mi
(&0000000000000544.000000544 km2)
State map highlighting Lee County
Leslie County 131 Hyden 1878 Clay County, Harlan County and Perry County Preston Leslie, Governor of Kentucky (1871–1875) &0000000000012401.00000012,401 &0000000000000404.000000404 sq mi
(&0000000000001046.0000001,046 km2)
State map highlighting Leslie County
Letcher County 133 Whitesburg 1842 Perry County and Harlan County Robert P. Letcher, Governor of Kentucky (1840–1844) &0000000000025277.00000025,277 &0000000000000339.000000339 sq mi
(&0000000000000878.000000878 km2)
State map highlighting Letcher County
Lewis County 135 Vanceburg 1806 Mason County Meriwether Lewis (1774–1809), explorer &0000000000014092.00000014,092 &0000000000000484.000000484 sq mi
(&0000000000001254.0000001,254 km2)
State map highlighting Lewis County
Lincoln County 137 Stanford 1780 One of three original Kentucky counties Benjamin Lincoln (1733–1810), Revolutionary War general &0000000000023361.00000023,361 &0000000000000337.000000337 sq mi
(&0000000000000873.000000873 km2)
State map highlighting Lincoln County
Livingston County 139 Smithland 1799 Christian County Robert Livingston (1746–1813), one of the Committee of Five that drafted the Declaration of Independence &0000000000009804.0000009,804 &0000000000000316.000000316 sq mi
(&0000000000000818.000000818 km2)
State map highlighting Livingston County
Logan County 141 Russellville 1792 Lincoln County Benjamin Logan (1742–1802), military general from Virginia &0000000000026573.00000026,573 &0000000000000556.000000556 sq mi
(&0000000000001440.0000001,440 km2)
State map highlighting Logan County
Lyon County 143 Eddyville 1854 Caldwell County Chittenden Lyon, United States Representative (1827–1835) &0000000000008080.0000008,080 &0000000000000216.000000216 sq mi
(&0000000000000559.000000559 km2)
State map highlighting Lyon County
McCracken County 145 Paducah 1825 Hickman County Virgil McCracken, military captain killed at the Battle of River Raisin &0000000000065514.00000065,514 &0000000000000251.000000251 sq mi
(&0000000000000650.000000650 km2)
State map highlighting McCracken County
McCreary County 147 Whitley City 1912 Pulaski County, Wayne County and Whitley County James McCreary, Governor of Kentucky (1912–1916) &0000000000017080.00000017,080 &0000000000000428.000000428 sq mi
(&0000000000001109.0000001,109 km2)
State map highlighting McCreary County
McLean County 149 Calhoun 1854 Daviess County, Muhlenberg County and Ohio County Alney McLean (1815–1817; 1819–1821), United States Representative &0000000000009938.0000009,938 &0000000000000254.000000254 sq mi
(&0000000000000658.000000658 km2)
State map highlighting McLean County
Madison County 151 Richmond 1785 Lincoln County James Madison, President of the United States (1809–1817) &0000000000070872.00000070,872 &0000000000000441.000000441 sq mi
(&0000000000001142.0000001,142 km2)
State map highlighting Madison County
Magoffin County 153 Salyersville 1860 Floyd County, Johnson County and Morgan County Beriah Magoffin, Governor of Kentucky (1859–1862) &0000000000013332.00000013,332 &0000000000000310.000000310 sq mi
(&0000000000000803.000000803 km2)
State map highlighting Magoffin County
Marion County 155 Lebanon 1834 Washington County Francis Marion (1732–1795), Revolutionary War general &0000000000018212.00000018,212 &0000000000000347.000000347 sq mi
(&0000000000000899.000000899 km2)
State map highlighting Marion County
Marshall County 157 Benton 1842 Calloway County John Marshall, Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court (1801–1835) &0000000000030125.00000030,125 &0000000000000305.000000305 sq mi
(&0000000000000790.000000790 km2)
State map highlighting Marshall County
Martin County 159 Inez 1870 Floyd County, Johnson County, Pike County, and Lawrence County John P. Martin, United States Congressman (1845–1847) &0000000000012578.00000012,578 &0000000000000231.000000231 sq mi
(&0000000000000598.000000598 km2)
State map highlighting Martin County
Mason County 161 Maysville 1788 Bourbon County[8] George Mason (1725–1792), statesman &0000000000016800.00000016,800 &0000000000000241.000000241 sq mi
(&0000000000000624.000000624 km2)
State map highlighting Mason County
Meade County 163 Brandenburg 1823 Breckinridge County and Hardin County James Meade, killed at the Battle of River Raisin &0000000000026349.00000026,349 &0000000000000308.000000308 sq mi
(&0000000000000798.000000798 km2)
State map highlighting Meade County
Menifee County 165 Frenchburg 1869 Bath County, Montgomery County, Morgan County, Powell County and Wolfe County Richard H. Menefee, United States Congressman (1837–1839) &0000000000006556.0000006,556 &0000000000000204.000000204 sq mi
(&0000000000000528.000000528 km2)
State map highlighting Menifee County
Mercer County 167 Harrodsburg 1785 Lincoln County Hugh Mercer (1726–1777), killed at the Battle of Princeton &0000000000020817.00000020,817 &0000000000000251.000000251 sq mi
(&0000000000000650.000000650 km2)
State map highlighting Mercer County
Metcalfe County 169 Edmonton 1860 Barren County, Hart County, Green County, Adair County, Cumberland County and Monroe County Thomas Metcalfe, Governor of Kentucky (1828–1832) &0000000000010037.00000010,037 &0000000000000291.000000291 sq mi
(&0000000000000754.000000754 km2)
State map highlighting Metcalfe County
Monroe County 171 Tompkinsville 1820 Barren County and Cumberland County James Monroe, President of the United States (1817–1825) &0000000000011756.00000011,756 &0000000000000331.000000331 sq mi
(&0000000000000857.000000857 km2)
State map highlighting Monroe County
Montgomery County 173 Mount Sterling 1796 Clark County[9] Richard Montgomery (1736–1775), military general killed at the Battle of Quebec &0000000000022554.00000022,554 &0000000000000199.000000199 sq mi
(&0000000000000515.000000515 km2)
State map highlighting Montgomery County
Morgan County 175 West Liberty 1822 Bath County and Floyd County Daniel Morgan (1736–1802), Revolutionary War general &0000000000013948.00000013,948 &0000000000000381.000000381 sq mi
(&0000000000000987.000000987 km2)
State map highlighting Morgan County
Muhlenberg County 177 Greenville 1798 Christian County and Logan County Peter Muhlenberg (1746–1807), Revolutionary War general &0000000000031839.00000031,839 &0000000000000475.000000475 sq mi
(&0000000000001230.0000001,230 km2)
State map highlighting Muhlenberg County
Nelson County 179 Bardstown 1784 Jefferson County Thomas Nelson, Jr. (1738–1789), signer of the Declaration of Independence &0000000000037477.00000037,477 &0000000000000423.000000423 sq mi
(&0000000000001096.0000001,096 km2)
State map highlighting Nelson County
Nicholas County 181 Carlisle 1799 Mason County and Bourbon County George Nicholas (1743–1799), Revolutionary War colonel &0000000000006813.0000006,813 &0000000000000197.000000197 sq mi
(&0000000000000510.000000510 km2)
State map highlighting Nicholas County
Ohio County 183 Hartford 1798 Hardin County The Ohio River, which formed the county's northern border until the creation of Daviess and Hancock counties &0000000000022916.00000022,916 &0000000000000594.000000594 sq mi
(&0000000000001538.0000001,538 km2)
State map highlighting Ohio County
Oldham County 185 La Grange 1823 Henry County, Jefferson County and Shelby County William Oldham (1753–1791), Revolutionary War colonel &0000000000046178.00000046,178 &0000000000000189.000000189 sq mi
(&0000000000000490.000000490 km2)
State map highlighting Oldham County
Owen County 187 Owenton 1819 Franklin County, Gallatin County and Scott County Abraham Owen (1769–1811), killed at the Battle of Tippecanoe &0000000000010547.00000010,547 &0000000000000352.000000352 sq mi
(&0000000000000912.000000912 km2)
State map highlighting Owen County
Owsley County 189 Booneville 1843 Breathitt County, Clay County, and Estill County William Owsley, Governor of Kentucky (1844–1848) &0000000000004858.0000004,858 &0000000000000198.000000198 sq mi
(&0000000000000513.000000513 km2)
State map highlighting Owsley County
Pendleton County 191 Falmouth 1798 Campbell County and Bracken County Edmund Pendleton (1721–1803), member of the Continental Congress &0000000000014390.00000014,390 &0000000000000280.000000280 sq mi
(&0000000000000725.000000725 km2)
State map highlighting Pendleton County
Perry County 193 Hazard 1820 Floyd County and Clay County Oliver Hazard Perry (1785–1819), Admiral in the War of 1812 &0000000000029390.00000029,390 &0000000000000342.000000342 sq mi
(&0000000000000886.000000886 km2)
State map highlighting Perry County
Pike County 195 Pikeville 1821 Floyd County Zebulon Pike (1779–1813), discoverer of Pike's Peak &0000000000068736.00000068,736 &0000000000000788.000000788 sq mi
(&0000000000002041.0000002,041 km2)
State map highlighting Pike County
Powell County 197 Stanton 1852 Clark County, Estill County, and Montgomery County Lazarus Whitehead Powell, Governor of Kentucky (1851–1855) &0000000000013237.00000013,237 &0000000000000180.000000180 sq mi
(&0000000000000466.000000466 km2)
State map highlighting Powell County
Pulaski County 199 Somerset 1798 Green County and Lincoln County Casimir Pulaski (1746–1779), Revolutionary War soldier killed at the Battle of Savannah &0000000000056217.00000056,217 &0000000000000662.000000662 sq mi
(&0000000000001715.0000001,715 km2)
State map highlighting Pulaski County
Robertson County 201 Mount Olivet 1867 Bracken County, Harrison County, Mason County, and Nicholas County George Robertson, chief justice of the Kentucky court of appeals (1828–1843) &0000000000002266.0000002,266 &0000000000000100.000000100 sq mi
(&0000000000000259.000000259 km2)
State map highlighting Robertson County
Rockcastle County 203 Mount Vernon 1810 Lincoln County, Madison County, Knox County and Pulaski County Rockcastle River, the boundary between Rockcastle and Laurel County &0000000000016582.00000016,582 &0000000000000318.000000318 sq mi
(&0000000000000824.000000824 km2)
State map highlighting Rockcastle County
Rowan County 205 Morehead 1856 Fleming County and Morgan County John Rowan, Congressman from Kentucky (1809–1811; 1825–1831)) &0000000000022094.00000022,094 &0000000000000281.000000281 sq mi
(&0000000000000728.000000728 km2)
State map highlighting Rowan County
Russell County 207 Jamestown 1825 Adair County, Wayne County and Cumberland County William Russell (1758–1825), soldier and legislator &0000000000016315.00000016,315 &0000000000000254.000000254 sq mi
(&0000000000000658.000000658 km2)
State map highlighting Russell County
Scott County 209 Georgetown 1792 Woodford County Charles Scott, Governor of Kentucky (1808–1812) &0000000000033061.00000033,061 &0000000000000285.000000285 sq mi
(&0000000000000738.000000738 km2)
State map highlighting Scott County
Shelby County 211 Shelbyville 1792 Jefferson County Isaac Shelby, Governor of Kentucky (1792–1796; 1812–1816) &0000000000033337.00000033,337 &0000000000000384.000000384 sq mi
(&0000000000000995.000000995 km2)
State map highlighting Shelby County
Simpson County 213 Franklin 1819 Allen County, Logan County and Warren County John Simpson, military captain killed at the Battle of River Raisin &0000000000016405.00000016,405 &0000000000000236.000000236 sq mi
(&0000000000000611.000000611 km2)
State map highlighting Simpson County
Spencer County 215 Taylorsville 1824 Nelson County, Shelby County, and Bullitt County Spears Spencer, military captain killed at the Battle of Tippecanoe &0000000000011766.00000011,766 &0000000000000186.000000186 sq mi
(&0000000000000482.000000482 km2)
State map highlighting Spencer County
Taylor County 217 Campbellsville 1848 Green County Zachary Taylor, President of the United States (1849–1850) &0000000000022927.00000022,927 &0000000000000270.000000270 sq mi
(&0000000000000699.000000699 km2)
State map highlighting Taylor County
Todd County 219 Elkton 1819 Logan County and Christian County John Todd (1750–1782), military colonel killed at the Battle of Blue Licks &0000000000011971.00000011,971 &0000000000000376.000000376 sq mi
(&0000000000000974.000000974 km2)
State map highlighting Todd County
Trigg County 221 Cadiz 1820 Christian County and Caldwell County Stephen Trigg (1744–1782), military colonel killed at the Battle of Blue Licks &0000000000012597.00000012,597 &0000000000000443.000000443 sq mi
(&0000000000001147.0000001,147 km2)
State map highlighting Trigg County
Trimble County 223 Bedford 1837 Gallatin County, Henry County and Oldham County Robert Trimble, Associate Supreme Court Justice (1826–1828) &0000000000008125.0000008,125 &0000000000000149.000000149 sq mi
(&0000000000000386.000000386 km2)
State map highlighting Trimble County
Union County 225 Morganfield 1811 Henderson County Unanimous decision of the residents to create a new county &0000000000015637.00000015,637 &0000000000000345.000000345 sq mi
(&0000000000000894.000000894 km2)
State map highlighting Union County
Warren County 227 Bowling Green 1796 Logan County Joseph Warren (1741–1775), Revolutionary War general &0000000000092522.00000092,522 &0000000000000545.000000545 sq mi
(&0000000000001412.0000001,412 km2)
State map highlighting Warren County
Washington County 229 Springfield 1792 Jefferson County George Washington, President of the United States (1789–1797) &0000000000010916.00000010,916 &0000000000000301.000000301 sq mi
(&0000000000000780.000000780 km2)
State map highlighting Washington County
Wayne County 231 Monticello 1800 Pulaski County and Cumberland County Anthony Wayne (1745–1796), Revolutionary War general &0000000000019923.00000019,923 &0000000000000459.000000459 sq mi
(&0000000000001189.0000001,189 km2)
State map highlighting Wayne County
Webster County 233 Dixon 1860 Henderson County, Hopkins County, and Union County Daniel Webster, United States Secretary of State (1841–1843; 1850–1852) &0000000000014120.00000014,120 &0000000000000335.000000335 sq mi
(&0000000000000868.000000868 km2)
State map highlighting Webster County
Whitley County 235 Williamsburg 1818 Knox County William Whitley (1749–1813), Kentucky pioneer &0000000000035865.00000035,865 &0000000000000440.000000440 sq mi
(&0000000000001140.0000001,140 km2)
State map highlighting Whitley County
Wolfe County 237 Campton 1860 Breathitt County, Owsley County, and Powell County Nathaniel Wolfe (1808–1865), member of the Kentucky General Assembly &0000000000007065.0000007,065 &0000000000000223.000000223 sq mi
(&0000000000000578.000000578 km2)
State map highlighting Wolfe County
Woodford County 239 Versailles 1788 Fayette County William Woodford (1734–1780), Revolutionary War general &0000000000023208.00000023,208 &0000000000000191.000000191 sq mi
(&0000000000000495.000000495 km2)
State map highlighting Woodford County

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Fulton County, Kentucky Hickman County, Kentucky Carlisle County, Kentucky Ballard County, Kentucky Graves County, Kentucky McCracken County, Kentucky Livingston County, Kentucky Marshall County, Kentucky Calloway County, Kentucky Trigg County, Kentucky Lyon County, Kentucky Crittenden County, Kentucky Caldwell County, Kentucky Christian County, Kentucky Hopkins County, Kentucky Webster County, Kentucky Union County, Kentucky Henderson County, Kentucky Daviess County, Kentucky McLean County, Kentucky Muhlenberg County, Kentucky Todd County, Kentucky Hancock County, Kentucky Ohio County, Kentucky Butler County, Kentucky Warren County, Kentucky Logan County, Kentucky Simpson County, Kentucky Allen County, Kentucky Breckinridge County, Kentucky Grayson County, Kentucky Edmonson County, Kentucky Meade County, Kentucky Hardin County, Kentucky Hart County, Kentucky Barren County, Kentucky Larue County, Kentucky Monroe County, Kentucky Metcalfe County, Kentucky Green County, Kentucky Bullitt County, Kentucky Jefferson County, Kentucky Spencer County, Kentucky Nelson County, Kentucky Cumberland County, Kentucky Washington County, Kentucky Marion County, Kentucky Taylor County, Kentucky Adair County, Kentucky Clinton County, Kentucky Wayne County, Kentucky Russell County, Kentucky McCreary County, Kentucky Pulaski County, Kentucky Casey County, Kentucky Lincoln County, Kentucky Boyle County, Kentucky Garrard County, Kentucky Mercer County, Kentucky Anderson County, Kentucky Shelby County, Kentucky Oldham County, Kentucky Woodford County, Kentucky Jessamine County, Kentucky Franklin County, Kentucky Carroll County, Kentucky Henry County, Kentucky Trimble County, Kentucky Campbell County, Kentucky Kenton County, Kentucky Boone County, Kentucky Gallatin County, Kentucky Owen County, Kentucky Scott County, Kentucky Fayette County, Kentucky Grant County, Kentucky Whitley County, Kentucky Rockcastle County, Kentucky Laurel County, Kentucky Knox County, Kentucky Clay County, Kentucky Bell County, Kentucky Owsley County, Kentucky Harlan County, Kentucky Letcher County, Kentucky Perry County, Kentucky Leslie County, Kentucky Pike County, Kentucky Knott County, Kentucky Breathitt County, Kentucky Jackson County, Kentucky Lee County, Kentucky Estill County, Kentucky Madison County, Kentucky Pendleton County, Kentucky Magoffin County, Kentucky Floyd County, Kentucky Wolfe County, Kentucky Powell County, Kentucky Clark County, Kentucky Bourbon County, Kentucky Montgomery County, Kentucky Harrison County, Kentucky Bracken County, Kentucky Robertson County, Kentucky Fleming County, Kentucky Nicholas County, Kentucky Bath County, Kentucky Menifee County, Kentucky Mason County, Kentucky Martin County, Kentucky Lawrence County, Kentucky Johnson County, Kentucky Morgan County, Kentucky Lewis County, Kentucky Greenup County, Kentucky Rowan County, Kentucky Elliott County, Kentucky Carter County, Kentucky Boyd County, Kentucky Map of Kentucky's counties
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General

  • Kleber, John E. (1992). The Kentucky Encyclopedia. Lexington, Kentucky: The University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 0813117720.  (Main reference for data in the list, unless otherwise noted).

Notes

  1. ^ "How Many Counties are in Your State?". Click and Learn. http://www.clickandlearn.cc/FreeBlacklineMaps/Counties.htm. Retrieved 2009-08-26. 
  2. ^ Kleber, John E., ed (1992). "Counties". The Kentucky Encyclopedia. Associate editors: Thomas D. Clark, Lowell H. Harrison, and James C. Klotter. Lexington, Kentucky: The University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 0813117720. 
  3. ^ "Fiscal Court". County Government in Kentucky: Informational Bulletin No. 115. Frankfort, Kentucky: Kentucky Legislative Research Commission. 1996. 
  4. ^ "EPA County FIPS Code Listing". EPA. http://www.epa.gov/enviro/html/codes/ky.html. Retrieved 2007-04-09. 
  5. ^ a b c d National Association of Counties. "NACo - Find a county". http://www.naco.org/Template.cfm?Section=Find_a_County&Template=/cffiles/counties/state.cfm&state.cfm&statecode=KY. Retrieved 2007-07-22. 
  6. ^ "History of Crittenden County, Kentucky and The Crittenden Press, published since 1879". The Crittenden Press. http://www.the-press.com/history.html. Retrieved 2007-01-26. 
  7. ^ "About Garrard County". Kentucky Comprehensive Genealogy Database. http://www.rootsweb.com/~kygarrar/AboutGarrard.html. Retrieved 2007-01-26. 
  8. ^ "Welcome to Mason County, Kentucky". http://www.masoncountykentucky.com/articles/home.asp. Retrieved 2007-01-26. 
  9. ^ "Montgomery County, Kentucky Genealogy". Kentucky Comprehensive Genealogy Database. http://www.rootsweb.com/~kymontgo/montgo.html. Retrieved 2007-01-26. 

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