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Ballard County is a county located in the state of Kentucky. Based on the 2010 census, the
population was 8,249. Ballard County was
created on February 15, 1842. The county
Wickliffe. The county is named for Captain Bland
Ballard, a soldier, statesman, and member of the Kentucky General
Ballard County is part of the Paducah, KY-IL Micropolitan Statistical Area.
The county is named for Bland W. Ballard (1761-1853), Indian fighter and scout for General George Rogers Clark; fought in the War of 1812; Kentucky legislator. One of those honored after the Battle of River Raisin.
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
Ballard county was formed in 1842. It is located in the Jackson Purchase region of the state. The elevation in the county ranges from 285 to 495 feet above sea level. In 2000 the county population was 8,286 in a land area of 251.16 square miles, an average of 33.0 people per square mile. The county seat is Wickliffe.
On February 17, 1880, the courthouse was destroyed by a fire, which also destroyed most of the county's early records. The county seat was transferred from Blandville to Wickliffe in 1882
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 274 square miles (710 km2), of which 247 square miles (640 km2) is land and 27 square miles (70 km2) (9.9%) is water.
Ballard county is located in west Kentucky. Axe Lake Swamp State Nature Preserve is a 458 acres nature preserve located in this county.
Bordering counties are as follows: