List of counties in Kentucky

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Counties of Kentucky
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Location Commonwealth of Kentucky
Populations2,229 (Robertson) – 773,399 (Jefferson)
Areas100 square miles (260 km2) (Robertson) – 788 square miles (2,040 km2) (Pike)

There are 120 counties in the U.S. Commonwealth of Kentucky. Despite ranking 37th in size by area, Kentucky has 120 counties, fourth among states (including Virginia's independent cities). [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 in a single day, as well as being able to travel from one county seat to the next in the same fashion. Later, however, politics began to play a part, with citizens who disagreed with their county government petitioning the state to create a new county. [2] Today, 21 of the 120 counties have fewer than 10,000 residents, and half have fewer than 20,000. The 20 largest counties by population all have populations of 48,000 or higher, and just 7 of the 120 have a population of 100,000 or higher. The average county population, based on the estimated 2022 state population of 4.512 million, was 37,603.


Following concerns of too many counties, [2] the 1891 Kentucky Constitution placed stricter limits on county creation, stipulating that a new county:

These regulations have reined in the proliferation of counties in Kentucky. Since the 1891 Constitution, only McCreary County has been legally created, in 1912. The General Assembly's creation of Beckham County in 1904 was ruled unconstitutional. [3] Because today's largest county by area, Pike County, is 788 square miles (2,041 km2), it is only still possible to form a new county from portions of more than one existing county; McCreary County was formed in this manner, from parts of Wayne, Pulaski and Whitley counties.

Kentucky was originally a single county in Virginia, created in 1776. In 1780, Kentucky County was divided into Fayette, Jefferson, and Lincoln counties. Kentucky was admitted as a state in 1792, when it had nine counties. [4]

Each county has a legislative council called the fiscal court; [5] despite the name, it no longer has any responsibility for judicial proceedings. [6] The county judge/executive, the head of government of the county, is an ex officio member of the fiscal court and its presiding officer. Constitutionally, the fiscal court may either be composed of the magistrates for the county or of three commissioners elected from the county at large. [5] [7]

The largest city in Kentucky, Louisville, is a consolidated local government under KRS 67C. 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. [7] The second largest, Lexington, is an urban-county government under KRS 67A. Lexington and Fayette County are completely merged and there are no separate incorporated cities within the county. [7] In both of these counties, while Lexington and Louisville city governments govern their respective counties, a county judge/executive is still elected, as required by Kentucky's Constitution, but does not have substantive powers. [7] [8]

The Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) code, which is used by the United States government to uniquely identify counties, is provided with each entry; for Kentucky, the codes start with 21 and are completed with the three digit county code. The FIPS code for each county links to census data for that county.


FIPS code County seat [9] Est. [9] Formed from [10] Etymology [2] Population (2022) [11] Area [9] Map
AdairCounty 001 Columbia 1802 Green County John Adair, eighth Governor of Kentucky (1820–24)19,067407 sq mi
(1,054 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Adair County.svg
AllenCounty 003 Scottsville 1815 Barren County and Warren County John Allen (1771–1813), hero of the Battle of Frenchtown in the War of 1812 21,275346 sq mi
(896 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Allen County.svg
AndersonCounty 005 Lawrenceburg 1827 Franklin County, Washington County and Mercer County Richard Clough Anderson, Jr., Kentucky and United States legislator (1817–21)24,224203 sq mi
(526 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Anderson County.svg
BallardCounty 007 Wickliffe 1842 Hickman County and McCracken County Bland Ballard (1761–1853), hero of the Battle of Fallen Timbers and Battle of River Raisin 7,650251 sq mi
(650 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Ballard County.svg
BarrenCounty 009 Glasgow 1798 Green County and Warren County The Barrens, a region of grassland in Kentucky44,854491 sq mi
(1,272 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Barren County.svg
BathCounty 011 Owingsville 1811 Montgomery County Medicinal springs located within the county12,829279 sq mi
(723 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Bath County.svg
BellCounty 013 Pineville 1867 Harlan County and Knox County Joshua Fry Bell, Kentucky legislator (1862–67)23,568361 sq mi
(935 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Bell County.svg
BooneCounty 015 Burlington 1798 Campbell County Daniel Boone (1734–1820), frontiersman 139,093246 sq mi
(637 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Boone County.svg
BourbonCounty 017 Paris 1785 Fayette County House of Bourbon, European royal house 20,093291 sq mi
(754 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Bourbon County.svg
BoydCounty 019 Catlettsburg 1860 Greenup County, Carter County and Lawrence County Linn Boyd, United States Congressman (1835–37; 1839–55) and Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky (1859)48,110160 sq mi
(414 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Boyd County.svg
BoyleCounty 021 Danville 1842 Lincoln County and Mercer County John Boyle, Chief Justice of the Kentucky Court of Appeals (1810–26)30,904182 sq mi
(471 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Boyle County.svg
BrackenCounty 023 Brooksville 1796 Mason County and Campbell County William Bracken, trapper and frontiersman8,452203 sq mi
(526 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Bracken County.svg
BreathittCounty 025 Jackson 1839 Clay County, Perry County and Estill County John Breathitt, eleventh Governor of Kentucky (1832–34)13,351495 sq mi
(1,282 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Breathitt County.svg
BreckinridgeCounty 027 Hardinsburg 1799 Hardin County John Breckinridge (1760–1806), Kentucky statesman and U.S. Senator 20,943572 sq mi
(1,481 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Breckinridge County.svg
BullittCounty 029 Shepherdsville 1796 Jefferson County and Nelson County Alexander Scott Bullitt, Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky (1800–04)83,836299 sq mi
(774 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Bullitt County.svg
ButlerCounty 031 Morgantown 1810 Logan County and Ohio County Richard Butler (1743–91), Revolutionary War general12,295428 sq mi
(1,109 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Butler County.svg
CaldwellCounty 033 Princeton 1809 Livingston County John Caldwell, Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky (1804)12,570347 sq mi
(899 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Caldwell County.svg
CallowayCounty 035 Murray 1822 Hickman County Richard Callaway (1724–80), pioneer37,685386 sq mi
(1,000 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Calloway County.svg
CampbellCounty 037 Alexandria
and Newport
1794 Harrison County, Mason County and Scott County John Campbell (1735–99), Revolutionary War colonel93,300152 sq mi
(394 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Campbell County.svg
CarlisleCounty 039 Bardwell 1886 Hickman County John G. Carlisle, United States legislator (1877–89) and Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives 4,720192 sq mi
(497 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Carlisle County.svg
CarrollCounty 041 Carrollton 1838 Gallatin County, Trimble County, and Henry county Charles Carroll (1737–1832), last living signer of the Declaration of Independence 10,938130 sq mi
(337 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Carroll County.svg
CarterCounty 043 Grayson 1838 Greenup County and Lawrence County William Grayson Carter, Kentucky state senator (1834–38)26,395411 sq mi
(1,064 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Carter County.svg
CaseyCounty 045 Liberty 1806 Lincoln County William Casey (1754–1816), Revolutionary War colonel15,920446 sq mi
(1,155 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Casey County.svg
ChristianCounty 047 Hopkinsville 1796 Logan County William Christian (1743–86), Revolutionary War soldier and founder of Louisville, Kentucky 73,037721 sq mi
(1,867 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Christian County.svg
ClarkCounty 049 Winchester 1792 Bourbon County and Fayette County George Rogers Clark (1752–1818), Revolutionary War general37,061254 sq mi
(658 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Clark County.svg
ClayCounty 051 Manchester 1807 Madison County, Floyd County, and Knox County Green Clay (1757–1828), Revolutionary War general and western surveyor19,913471 sq mi
(1,220 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Clay County.svg
ClintonCounty 053 Albany 1835 Cumberland County and Wayne County DeWitt Clinton, Governor of New York (1817–23)9,123198 sq mi
(513 km2)
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CrittendenCounty 055 Marion 1842 Livingston County John Jordan Crittenden, seventeenth Governor of Kentucky (1848–50)8,981362 sq mi
(938 km2)
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CumberlandCounty 057 Burkesville 1798 Green County The Cumberland River, which flows through the county5,946306 sq mi
(793 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Cumberland County.svg
DaviessCounty 059 Owensboro 1815 Ohio County Joseph Hamilton Daveiss (1774–1811), lawyer killed at the Battle of Tippecanoe 103,222462 sq mi
(1,197 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Daviess County.svg
EdmonsonCounty 061 Brownsville 1825 Hart County, Grayson County, and Warren County John Edmonson (1764–1813), military captain killed at the Battle of Frenchtown 12,269303 sq mi
(785 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Edmonson County.svg
ElliottCounty 063 Sandy Hook 1869 Morgan County, Lawrence County, and Carter County John Milton Elliott (1820–85), U.S. Representative from Kentucky7,293234 sq mi
(606 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Elliott County.svg
EstillCounty 065 Irvine 1808 Clark County and Madison County James Estill (1750–82), military captain killed at the Battle of Little Mountain 14,044254 sq mi
(658 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Estill County.svg
FayetteCounty 067 Lexington 1780 Kentucky County Gilbert du Motier, marquis de Lafayette (1757–1834), French-born Revolutionary War general320,347284 sq mi
(736 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Fayette County.svg
FlemingCounty 069 Flemingsburg 1798 Mason County John Fleming (1735–91), frontiersman and one of the county's original settlers15,288351 sq mi
(909 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Fleming County.svg
FloydCounty 071 Prestonsburg 1800 Fleming County, Montgomery County, and Mason County John Floyd (1750–83), surveyor and pioneer34,978394 sq mi
(1,020 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Floyd County.svg
FranklinCounty 073 Frankfort 1794 Mercer County, Shelby County, and Woodford County Benjamin Franklin (1706–90), signer of the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Founding Father51,607210 sq mi
(544 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Franklin County.svg
FultonCounty 075 Hickman 1845 Hickman County Robert Fulton (1765–1815), inventor of the first commercially successful steamboat 6,382209 sq mi
(541 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Fulton County.svg
GallatinCounty 077 Warsaw 1798 Franklin County and Shelby County Albert Gallatin, United States Secretary of the Treasury (1801–14)8,763105 sq mi
(272 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Gallatin County.svg
GarrardCounty 079 Lancaster 1796 Madison County, Lincoln County, and Mercer County James Garrard, second Governor of Kentucky (1796–1804)17,589231 sq mi
(598 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Garrard County.svg
GrantCounty 081 Williamstown 1820 Pendleton County Samuel Grant (1762–89 or 94), John Grant (1754–1826), and Squire Grant (1764–1833), three of the county's earliest settlers25,502260 sq mi
(673 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Grant County.svg
GravesCounty 083 Mayfield 1824 Hickman County Benjamin F. Graves (1771–1813), army major killed at the Battle of Frenchtown 36,412556 sq mi
(1,440 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Graves County.svg
GraysonCounty 085 Leitchfield 1810 Hardin County and Ohio County William Grayson (1740–90), aide to George Washington in the Revolutionary War and U.S. Senator from Virginia26,631504 sq mi
(1,305 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Grayson County.svg
GreenCounty 087 Greensburg 1792 Lincoln County and Nelson County Nathanael Greene (1742–86), Revolutionary War general11,365289 sq mi
(749 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Green County.svg
GreenupCounty 089 Greenup 1803 Mason County Christopher Greenup, third Governor of Kentucky (1804–08)35,403346 sq mi
(896 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Greenup County.svg
HancockCounty 091 Hawesville 1829 Ohio County, Breckinridge County, and Daviess County John Hancock (1737–93), signer of the Declaration of Independence9,021189 sq mi
(490 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Hancock County.svg
HardinCounty 093 Elizabethtown 1792 Nelson County John Hardin (1753–92), pioneer111,862628 sq mi
(1,627 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Hardin County.svg
HarlanCounty 095 Harlan 1819 Knox County Silas Harlan (1753–82), army major in the Battle of Blue Licks 25,662467 sq mi
(1,210 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Harlan County.svg
HarrisonCounty 097 Cynthiana 1793 Bourbon County and Scott County Benjamin Harrison (1726–91), co-author of the Kentucky Constitution19,103310 sq mi
(803 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Harrison County.svg
HartCounty 099 Munfordville 1819 Hardin County and Barren County Nathaniel G. S. Hart (1784–1813), army major and lawyer captured at the Battle of Frenchtown 19,600416 sq mi
(1,077 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Hart County.svg
HendersonCounty 101 Henderson 1798 Christian County Richard Henderson (1734–85), founder of the Transylvania Company 44,046440 sq mi
(1,140 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Henderson County.svg
HenryCounty 103 New Castle 1798 Shelby County Patrick Henry (1736–99), Revolutionary War-era legislator and U.S. founding father15,771289 sq mi
(749 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Henry County.svg
HickmanCounty 105 Clinton 1821 Christian County Paschal Hickman, military captain killed at the Battle of Frenchtown 4,422244 sq mi
(632 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Hickman County.svg
HopkinsCounty 107 Madisonville 1806 Henderson County Samuel Hopkins (1753–1819), Revolutionary War general44,812551 sq mi
(1,427 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Hopkins County.svg
JacksonCounty 109 McKee 1858 Madison County, Estill County, Owsley County, Clay County, Laurel County, and Rockcastle County Andrew Jackson, President of the United States (1829–37)12,973346 sq mi
(896 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Jackson County.svg
JeffersonCounty 111 Louisville 1780 Kentucky County Thomas Jefferson, President of the United States (1801–09)773,399385 sq mi
(997 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Jefferson County.svg
JessamineCounty 113 Nicholasville 1798 Fayette County Jessamine Creek, which contains a set of rapids that are the county's most well known natural feature54,254173 sq mi
(448 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Jessamine County.svg
JohnsonCounty 115 Paintsville 1843 Floyd County, Lawrence County, and Morgan County Richard Mentor Johnson, Vice President of the United States (1837–41)22,244262 sq mi
(679 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Johnson County.svg
KentonCounty 117 Covington and Independence 1840 Campbell County Simon Kenton (1755–1836), pioneer170,313163 sq mi
(422 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Kenton County.svg
KnottCounty 119 Hindman 1884 Perry County, Letcher County, Floyd County, and Breathitt County James Proctor Knott, twenty-ninth Governor of Kentucky (1883–87)13,874352 sq mi
(912 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Knott County.svg
KnoxCounty 121 Barbourville 1799 Lincoln County Henry Knox, United States Secretary of War (1785–94)29,791388 sq mi
(1,005 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Knox County.svg
LaRueCounty 123 Hodgenville 1843 Hardin County John LaRue (1746–92), one of the county's original settlers and the grandfather of Governor John L. Helm 15,163263 sq mi
(681 km2)
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LaurelCounty 125 London 1825 Rockcastle County, Clay County, Knox County and Whitley County Mountain laurel trees that are prominent in the area62,885436 sq mi
(1,129 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Laurel County.svg
LawrenceCounty 127 Louisa 1821 Greenup County and Floyd County James Lawrence (1781–1813), naval commander during the War of 181216,109419 sq mi
(1,085 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Lawrence County.svg
LeeCounty 129 Beattyville 1870 Breathitt County, Estill County, Owsley County, and Wolfe County Robert E. Lee (1807–1870), a confederate general during the Civil War7,261210 sq mi
(544 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Lee County.svg
LeslieCounty 131 Hyden 1878 Clay County, Harlan County and Perry County Preston Leslie, twenty-sixth Governor of Kentucky (1871–75)10,093404 sq mi
(1,046 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Leslie County.svg
LetcherCounty 133 Whitesburg 1842 Perry County and Harlan County Robert P. Letcher, fifteenth Governor of Kentucky (1840–44)20,893339 sq mi
(878 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Letcher County.svg
LewisCounty 135 Vanceburg 1806 Mason County Meriwether Lewis (1774–1809), explorer12,954484 sq mi
(1,254 km2)
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LincolnCounty 137 Stanford 1780 Kentucky County Benjamin Lincoln (1733–1810), Revolutionary War general24,360337 sq mi
(873 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Lincoln County.svg
LivingstonCounty 139 Smithland 1799 Christian County Robert Livingston (1746–1813), one of the Committee of Five that drafted the Declaration of Independence 8,963316 sq mi
(818 km2)
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LoganCounty 141 Russellville 1792 Lincoln County Benjamin Logan (1742–1802), Revolutionary War general27,877556 sq mi
(1,440 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Logan County.svg
LyonCounty 143 Eddyville 1854 Caldwell County Chittenden Lyon, United States Representative from Kentucky (1827–35)9,101216 sq mi
(559 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Lyon County.svg
McCrackenCounty 145 Paducah 1825 Hickman County Virgil McCracken, military captain killed at the Battle of Frenchtown 67,490251 sq mi
(650 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting McCracken County.svg
McCrearyCounty 147 Whitley City 1912 Pulaski County, Wayne County, Whitley County James McCreary, thirty-seventh Governor of Kentucky (1912–16)16,701428 sq mi
(1,109 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting McCreary County.svg
McLeanCounty 149 Calhoun 1854 Daviess County, Muhlenberg County and Ohio County Alney McLean (1815–17; 1819–21), United States Representative from Kentucky9,105254 sq mi
(658 km2)
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MadisonCounty 151 Richmond 1785 Lincoln County James Madison, President of the United States (1809–17)95,187441 sq mi
(1,142 km2)
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MagoffinCounty 153 Salyersville 1860 Floyd County, Johnson County and Morgan County Beriah Magoffin, twenty-first Governor of Kentucky (1859–62)11,357310 sq mi
(803 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Magoffin County.svg
MarionCounty 155 Lebanon 1834 Washington County Francis Marion (1732–95), Revolutionary War general19,775347 sq mi
(899 km2)
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MarshallCounty 157 Benton 1842 Calloway County John Marshall, Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court (1801–35)31,777305 sq mi
(790 km2)
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MartinCounty 159 Inez 1870 Floyd County, Johnson County, Pike County, and Lawrence County John P. Martin, United States Congressman from Kentucky (1845–47)11,095231 sq mi
(598 km2)
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MasonCounty 161 Maysville 1788 Bourbon County George Mason (1725–92), statesman known as the "Father of the Bill of Rights"16,930241 sq mi
(624 km2)
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MeadeCounty 163 Brandenburg 1823 Breckinridge County and Hardin County James Meade, military captain killed at the Battle of Frenchtown 30,001308 sq mi
(798 km2)
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MenifeeCounty 165 Frenchburg 1869 Bath County, Montgomery County, Morgan County, Powell County and Wolfe County Richard H. Menefee, United States Congressman from Kentucky (1837–39)6,250204 sq mi
(528 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Menifee County.svg
MercerCounty 167 Harrodsburg 1785 Lincoln County Hugh Mercer (1726–77), Revolutionary War hero who was killed at the Battle of Princeton 22,902251 sq mi
(650 km2)
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MetcalfeCounty 169 Edmonton 1860 Barren County, Hart County, Green County, Adair County, Cumberland County and Monroe County Thomas Metcalfe, tenth Governor of Kentucky (1828–32)10,370291 sq mi
(754 km2)
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MonroeCounty 171 Tompkinsville 1820 Barren County and Cumberland County James Monroe, President of the United States (1817–25)11,355331 sq mi
(857 km2)
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MontgomeryCounty 173 Mount Sterling 1796 Clark County Richard Montgomery (1736–75), military general killed at the Battle of Quebec 28,367199 sq mi
(515 km2)
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MorganCounty 175 West Liberty 1822 Bath County and Floyd County Daniel Morgan (1736–1802), Revolutionary War general14,120381 sq mi
(987 km2)
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MuhlenbergCounty 177 Greenville 1798 Christian County and Logan County Peter Muhlenberg (1746–1807), Revolutionary War general30,455475 sq mi
(1,230 km2)
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NelsonCounty 179 Bardstown 1784 Jefferson County Thomas Nelson, Jr. (1738–89), signer of the Declaration of Independence47,392423 sq mi
(1,096 km2)
Map of Kentucky highlighting Nelson County.svg
NicholasCounty 181 Carlisle 1799 Mason County and Bourbon County George Nicholas (1743–99), Revolutionary War colonel7,805197 sq mi
(510 km2)
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OhioCounty 183 Hartford 1798 Hardin County The Ohio River, which formed the county's northern border until the creation of Daviess and Hancock counties23,527594 sq mi
(1,538 km2)
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OldhamCounty 185 La Grange 1823 Henry County, Jefferson County and Shelby County William Oldham (1753–91), Revolutionary War colonel69,431189 sq mi
(490 km2)
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OwenCounty 187 Owenton 1819 Franklin County, Gallatin County and Scott County Abraham Owen (1769–1811), killed at the Battle of Tippecanoe 11,290352 sq mi
(912 km2)
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OwsleyCounty 189 Booneville 1843 Breathitt County, Clay County, and Estill County William Owsley, Kentucky Secretary of State and later Governor of Kentucky (1844–48)3,929198 sq mi
(513 km2)
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PendletonCounty 191 Falmouth 1798 Campbell County and Bracken County Edmund Pendleton (1721–1803), member of the Continental Congress 14,676280 sq mi
(725 km2)
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PerryCounty 193 Hazard 1820 Floyd County and Clay County Oliver Hazard Perry (1785–1819), Admiral in the War of 181227,361342 sq mi
(886 km2)
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PikeCounty 195 Pikeville 1821 Floyd County Zebulon Pike (1779–1813), western explorer and discoverer of Pike's Peak 56,286788 sq mi
(2,041 km2)
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PowellCounty 197 Stanton 1852 Clark County, Estill County, and Montgomery County Lazarus Whitehead Powell, nineteenth Governor of Kentucky (1851–55)13,083180 sq mi
(466 km2)
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PulaskiCounty 199 Somerset 1798 Green County and Lincoln County Casimir Pulaski (1746–79), Polish-born Revolutionary War soldier killed at the Battle of Savannah 65,795662 sq mi
(1,715 km2)
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RobertsonCounty 201 Mount Olivet 1867 Bracken County, Harrison County, Mason County, and Nicholas County George Robertson, chief justice of the Kentucky court of appeals (1828–43)2,229100 sq mi
(259 km2)
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RockcastleCounty 203 Mount Vernon 1810 Lincoln County, Madison County, Knox County and Pulaski County Rockcastle River, the boundary between Rockcastle and Laurel County 16,242318 sq mi
(824 km2)
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RowanCounty 205 Morehead 1856 Fleming County and Morgan County John Rowan, Congressman from Kentucky (1809–11; 1825–31))24,388281 sq mi
(728 km2)
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RussellCounty 207 Jamestown 1825 Adair County, Wayne County and Cumberland County William Russell (1758–1825), pioneer and state legislator18,178254 sq mi
(658 km2)
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ScottCounty 209 Georgetown 1792 Woodford County Charles Scott (Governor of Kentucky), Revolutionary war general and later Governor of Kentucky (1808–12)59,099285 sq mi
(738 km2)
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ShelbyCounty 211 Shelbyville 1792 Jefferson County Isaac Shelby, first Governor of Kentucky (1792–96; 1812–16)48,886384 sq mi
(995 km2)
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SimpsonCounty 213 Franklin 1819 Allen County, Logan County and Warren County John Simpson, military captain killed at the Battle of Frenchtown 19,949236 sq mi
(611 km2)
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SpencerCounty 215 Taylorsville 1824 Nelson County, Shelby County, and Bullitt County Spier Spencer, military captain killed at the Battle of Tippecanoe20,204186 sq mi
(482 km2)
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TaylorCounty 217 Campbellsville 1848 Green County Zachary Taylor, President of the United States (1849–50)26,407270 sq mi
(699 km2)
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ToddCounty 219 Elkton 1819 Logan County and Christian County John Todd (1750–82), military colonel killed at the Battle of Blue Licks12,404376 sq mi
(974 km2)
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TriggCounty 221 Cadiz 1820 Christian County and Caldwell County Stephen Trigg (1744–82), military colonel killed at the Battle of Blue Licks14,332443 sq mi
(1,147 km2)
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TrimbleCounty 223 Bedford 1837 Gallatin County, Henry County and Oldham County Robert Trimble, Associate Supreme Court Justice (1826–28)8,539149 sq mi
(386 km2)
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UnionCounty 225 Morganfield 1811 Henderson County Unanimous decision of the residents to unite together and create a new county12,961345 sq mi
(894 km2)
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WarrenCounty 227 Bowling Green 1796 Logan County Joseph Warren (1741–75), Revolutionary War general139,843545 sq mi
(1,412 km2)
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WashingtonCounty 229 Springfield 1792 Jefferson County George Washington, President of the United States (1789–97)12,061301 sq mi
(780 km2)
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WayneCounty 231 Monticello 1800 Pulaski County and Cumberland County Anthony Wayne (1745–96), Revolutionary War general19,681459 sq mi
(1,189 km2)
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WebsterCounty 233 Dixon 1860 Henderson County, Hopkins County, and Union County Daniel Webster, U.S. Senator from Massachusetts and United States Secretary of State (1841–43; 1850–52)12,726335 sq mi
(868 km2)
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WhitleyCounty 235 Williamsburg 1818 Knox County William Whitley (1749–1813), Kentucky pioneer36,873440 sq mi
(1,140 km2)
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WolfeCounty 237 Campton 1860 Breathitt County, Owsley County, and Powell County Nathaniel Wolfe (1808–65), member of the Kentucky General Assembly 6,400223 sq mi
(578 km2)
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WoodfordCounty 239 Versailles 1788 Fayette County William Woodford (1734–80), Revolutionary War general27,062191 sq mi
(495 km2)
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Map of Kentucky's counties

See also


  1. "States, Counties, and Statistically Equivalent Entities" (PDF). Census Bureau.
  2. 1 2 3 Ireland, Robert M. (1992). "Counties". In Kleber, John E. (ed.). The Kentucky Encyclopedia. Lexington, Kentucky: The University Press of Kentucky. pp. 229–231. ISBN   0-8131-1772-0.
  3. "Fiscal Court". County Government in Kentucky: Informational Bulletin No. 115. Frankfort, Kentucky: Kentucky Legislative Research Commission. 1996.
  4. "Kentucky: Consolidated Chronology of State and County Boundaries". Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. Newberry Library. Retrieved May 22, 2021.
  5. 1 2 Section 144, Kentucky Constitution of 1891
  6. "Boone County, Kentucky Fiscal Court". Archived from the original on July 25, 2007. Retrieved September 25, 2007.
  7. 1 2 3 4 "County Government In Kentucky" (PDF). Legislative Research Commission. 2016.
  8. "Candidate wants to abolish Fayette County's judge-executive office". Lexington Herald-Leader. November 2, 2010.
  9. 1 2 3 National Association of Counties. "NACo – Find A County" . Retrieved March 26, 2020.
  10. "Kentucky: Individual County Chronologies". Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. Newberry Library. Retrieved May 22, 2021.
  11. "U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts: Kentucky" . Retrieved April 7, 2023.

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