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Kentucky has 120 counties, third among U.S. states to Texas (254) and Georgia (159). (Virginia has 95 counties, but 134 county equivalents when independent cities are included.) An early Kentucky law stated that no part of a county could be more than one day's ride away from the county seat.

Kentucky counties map
FIPS State Code State State Abbr.
21Kentucky KY
FIPS County Code County Population, 2000 Housing units Area in square miles Density per square mile of land area
Total area Water area Land area Population Housing units
001 Adair County 17,244 7,792 412.23 5.39 406.84 42.4 19.2
003 Allen County 17,800 8,057 352.04 5.92 346.12 51.4 23.3
005 Anderson County 19,111 7,752 204.28 1.61 202.67 94.3 38.2
007 Ballard County 8,286 3,837 273.60 22.44 251.16 33.0 15.3
009 Barren County 38,033 17,095 499.93 8.96 490.97 77.5 34.8
011 Bath County 11,085 4,994 283.94 4.48 279.46 39.7 17.9
013 Bell County 30,060 13,341 361.35 0.58 360.77 83.3 37.0
015 Boone County 85,991 33,351 256.96 10.70 246.26 349.2 135.4
017 Bourbon County 19,360 8,349 291.66 0.23 291.43 66.4 28.6
019 Boyd County 49,752 21,976 161.82 1.65 160.17 310.6 137.2
021 Boyle County 27,697 11,418 182.99 1.09 181.90 152.3 62.8
023 Bracken County 8,279 3,715 208.89 5.67 203.22 40.7 18.3
025 Breathitt County 16,100 6,812 495.29 0.09 495.19 32.5 13.8
027 Breckinridge County 18,648 9,890 585.53 13.12 572.41 32.6 17.3
029 Bullitt County 61,236 23,160 300.20 1.12 299.08 204.8 77.4
031 Butler County 13,010 5,815 431.52 3.44 428.08 30.4 13.6
033 Caldwell County 13,060 6,126 348.18 1.20 346.98 37.6 17.7
035 Calloway County 34,177 16,069 410.79 24.53 386.25 88.5 41.6
037 Campbell County 88,616 36,898 159.43 7.87 151.55 584.7 243.5
039 Carlisle County 5,351 2,490 199.02 6.54 192.49 27.8 12.9
041 Carroll County 10,155 4,439 137.27 7.18 130.09 78.1 34.1
043 Carter County 26,889 11,534 412.15 1.55 410.60 65.5 28.1
045 Casey County 15,447 7,242 445.73 0.12 445.61 34.7 16.3
047 Christian County 72,265 27,182 724.01 2.69 721.32 100.2 37.7
049 Clark County 33,144 13,749 255.16 0.85 254.31 130.3 54.1
051 Clay County 24,556 9,439 471.08 0.07 471.01 52.1 20.0
053 Clinton County 9,634 4,888 205.54 8.09 197.46 48.8 24.8
055 Crittenden County 9,384 4,410 370.95 8.81 362.14 25.9 12.2
057 Cumberland County 7,147 3,567 310.85 5.02 305.82 23.4 11.7
059 Daviess County 91,545 38,432 476.27 13.88 462.39 198.0 83.1
061 Edmonson County 11,644 6,104 308.01 5.39 302.62 38.5 20.2
063 Elliott County 6,748 3,107 235.20 1.24 233.96 28.8 13.3
065 Estill County 15,307 6,824 255.70 1.76 253.93 60.3 26.9
067 Fayette County (Lexington) 260,512 116,167 285.52 1.00 284.52 915.6 408.3
069 Fleming County 13,792 6,120 351.47 0.62 350.84 39.3 17.4
071 Floyd County 42,441 18,551 395.46 1.16 394.29 107.6 47.0
073 Franklin County 47,687 21,409 212.11 1.65 210.46 226.6 101.7
075 Fulton County 7,752 3,697 230.55 21.60 208.95 37.1 17.7
077 Gallatin County 7,870 3,362 104.67 5.87 98.81 79.7 34.0
079 Garrard County 14,792 6,414 233.88 2.67 231.21 64.0 27.7
081 Grant County 22,384 9,306 260.79 0.86 259.93 86.1 35.8
083 Graves County 37,028 16,340 556.46 0.87 555.59 66.6 29.4
085 Grayson County 24,053 12,802 510.85 7.17 503.68 47.8 25.4
087 Green County 11,518 5,420 288.78 0.12 288.66 39.9 18.8
089 Greenup County 36,891 15,977 354.51 8.41 346.11 106.6 46.2
091 Hancock County 8,392 3,600 198.92 10.12 188.80 44.4 19.1
093 Hardin County 94,174 37,673 629.86 1.88 627.98 150.0 60.0
095 Harlan County 33,202 15,017 467.97 0.78 467.20 71.1 32.1
097 Harrison County 17,983 7,660 309.88 0.20 309.68 58.1 24.7
099 Hart County 17,445 8,045 417.91 1.98 415.93 41.9 19.3
101 Henderson County 44,829 19,466 467.24 27.11 440.12 101.9 44.2
103 Henry County 15,060 6,381 291.11 1.79 289.32 52.1 22.1
105 Hickman County 5,262 2,436 252.94 8.49 244.44 21.5 10.0
107 Hopkins County 46,519 20,668 554.23 3.67 550.56 84.5 37.5
109 Jackson County 13,495 6,065 346.57 0.24 346.33 39.0 17.5
111 Jefferson County (Louisville) 693,604 305,835 398.58 13.49 385.09 1,801.2 794.2
113 Jessamine County 39,041 14,646 174.45 1.32 173.13 225.5 84.6
115 Johnson County 23,445 10,236 263.94 2.40 261.54 89.6 39.1
117 Kenton County 151,464 63,571 164.38 2.42 161.97 935.2 392.5
119 Knott County 17,649 7,579 353.01 0.82 352.19 50.1 21.5
121 Knox County 31,795 13,999 387.71 0.04 387.66 82.0 36.1
123 Larue County 13,373 5,860 263.72 0.53 263.20 50.8 22.3
125 Laurel County 52,715 22,317 443.74 8.07 435.67 121.0 51.2
127 Lawrence County 15,569 7,040 420.12 1.35 418.78 37.2 16.8
129 Lee County 7,916 3,321 211.22 1.36 209.86 37.7 15.8
131 Leslie County 12,401 5,502 404.36 0.33 404.03 30.7 13.6
133 Letcher County 25,277 11,405 339.12 0.07 339.04 74.6 33.6
135 Lewis County 14,092 6,173 495.70 11.21 484.49 29.1 12.7
137 Lincoln County 23,361 10,127 336.47 0.21 336.26 69.5 30.1
139 Livingston County 9,804 4,772 342.20 26.12 316.08 31.0 15.1
141 Logan County 26,573 11,875 557.10 1.41 555.68 47.8 21.4
143 Lyon County 8,080 4,189 256.42 40.71 215.70 37.5 19.4
145 McCracken County 65,514 30,361 268.08 17.05 251.02 261.0 120.9
147 McCreary County 17,080 7,405 430.64 2.94 427.70 39.9 17.3
149 McLean County 9,938 4,392 256.17 1.88 254.30 39.1 17.3
151 Madison County 70,872 29,595 443.11 2.42 440.68 160.8 67.2
153 Magoffin County 13,332 5,447 309.44 0.01 309.44 43.1 17.6
155 Marion County 18,212 7,277 346.86 0.47 346.39 52.6 21.0
157 Marshall County 30,125 14,730 340.32 35.43 304.89 98.8 48.3
159 Martin County 12,578 5,551 230.81 0.11 230.70 54.5 24.1
161 Mason County 16,800 7,754 246.60 5.49 241.11 69.7 32.2
163 Meade County 26,349 10,293 324.22 15.71 308.51 85.4 33.4
165 Menifee County 6,556 3,710 206.03 2.13 203.90 32.2 18.2
167 Mercer County 20,817 9,289 253.11 2.20 250.92 83.0 37.0
169 Metcalfe County 10,037 4,592 290.96 0.07 290.90 34.5 15.8
171 Monroe County 11,756 5,288 332.11 1.30 330.81 35.5 16.0
173 Montgomery County 22,554 9,682 198.80 0.21 198.59 113.6 48.8
175 Morgan County 13,948 5,487 383.73 2.47 381.26 36.6 14.4
177 Muhlenberg County 31,839 13,675 479.43 4.71 474.72 67.1 28.8
179 Nelson County 37,477 14,934 424.07 1.45 422.63 88.7 35.3
181 Nicholas County 6,813 3,051 196.85 0.24 196.61 34.7 15.5
183 Ohio County 22,916 9,909 596.73 2.94 593.79 38.6 16.7
185 Oldham County 46,178 15,541 196.54 7.36 189.19 244.1 82.1
187 Owen County 10,547 5,345 354.16 2.02 352.14 30.0 15.2
189 Owsley County 4,858 2,247 198.09 0.00 198.09 24.5 11.3
191 Pendleton County 14,390 5,756 281.87 1.33 280.54 51.3 20.5
193 Perry County 29,390 12,741 342.64 0.49 342.15 85.9 37.2
195 Pike County 68,736 30,923 788.84 1.15 787.69 87.3 39.3
197 Powell County 13,237 5,526 180.20 0.07 180.14 73.5 30.7
199 Pulaski County 56,217 27,181 677.05 15.45 661.60 85.0 41.1
201 Robertson County 2,266 1,034 100.11 0.04 100.07 22.6 10.3
203 Rockcastle County 16,582 7,353 318.06 0.54 317.53 52.2 23.2
205 Rowan County 22,094 8,985 286.25 5.43 280.82 78.7 32.0
207 Russell County 16,315 9,064 282.82 29.29 253.53 64.4 35.8
209 Scott County 33,061 12,977 285.30 0.57 284.72 116.1 45.6
211 Shelby County 33,337 12,857 385.65 1.46 384.19 86.8 33.5
213 Simpson County 16,405 7,016 236.19 0.00 236.19 69.5 29.7
215 Spencer County 11,766 4,555 191.80 5.89 185.90 63.3 24.5
217 Taylor County 22,927 10,180 277.05 7.22 269.83 85.0 37.7
219 Todd County 11,971 5,121 376.97 0.62 376.35 31.8 13.6
221 Trigg County 12,597 6,698 481.13 38.01 443.12 28.4 15.1
223 Trimble County 8,125 3,437 156.23 7.38 148.85 54.6 23.1
225 Union County 15,637 6,234 363.43 18.33 345.10 45.3 18.1
227 Warren County 92,522 38,350 547.69 2.48 545.21 169.7 70.3
229 Washington County 10,916 4,542 301.52 0.93 300.59 36.3 15.1
231 Wayne County 19,923 9,789 484.20 24.80 459.40 43.4 21.3
233 Webster County 14,120 6,250 335.68 0.93 334.75 42.2 18.7
235 Whitley County 35,865 15,288 445.15 4.99 440.15 81.5 34.7
237 Wolfe County 7,065 3,264 222.86 0.08 222.78 31.7 14.7
239 Woodford County 23,208 9,374 191.98 1.30 190.68 121.7 49.2
  Totals 4,041,769 1,750,927 40,409.02 680.79 39,728.21

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