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Kentucky has one hundred and twenty counties, third in the US behind Texas's (254) and Georgia's (159.) Washington County was the first county formed in the Commonwealth of Kentucky when it reached statehood, and the sixteenth county formed

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Boone County, Kentucky

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Boone County is a county located in the state of Kentucky. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 118,811. The county was created in 1798. The county seat is Burlington. The county is named for frontiersman Daniel Boone.

Boone County is part of the Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is the location of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, which serves Cincinnati and the tri-state area and was the former headquarters of Comair.

Etymology - Origin of Boone County Name

The county is named for Daniel Boone (1735-1820), frontiersman.


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Boone County History

Native Americans left a large late historic village in Petersburg that contained "at least two periods of habitation dating to 1150 A.D. and 1400 A.D."

An unnamed Frenchman in 1729 drew an area on his chart where Big Bone Lick State Park in modern-day Boone County exists with a French inscription that translates to "where they found the bones of an elephant." Later on, another Frenchman, Captain Charles le Moyne de Longueil (1687-1755) would be credited with investigating the Big Bone Lick area.

Boone county was formed in 1799. It is located in the Outer Bluegrass region of the state. The elevation in the county ranges from 455 to 964 feet above sea level. In 2000 the county population was 85,991 in a land area of 246.26 square miles, an average of 349.2 people per square mile. The county seat is Burlington. The largest city in the county is Florence. Boone county is in the northern Kentucky area.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 256 square miles (660 km2), of which 246 square miles (640 km2) is land and 10 square miles (26 km2) (3.9%) is water.

Boone county is located in north Kentucky. The location of the county, along the Ohio River was key to its early development, as the river was the major transportation route.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Northeast: Hamilton County, Ohio
  • Southeast: Kenton County; Grant County
  • Southwest: Gallatin County; Switzerland County, Ind.
  • West: Ohio County, Ind.
  • Northwest: Dearborn County, Ind.


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