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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Breathitt County Education, Geography, and History
BreathittCounty is a county located in the state of Kentucky. Based on the 2010 census, the
population was 13,878. Breathitt County was
created on February 8, 1839. The countyseat is
Jackson, Kentucky. Breathitt county is named for John
Breathitt who was Governor of Kentucky from 1832 to 1834.
Etymology - Origin of Breathitt County Name
The county is named for John Breathitt (1786-1834), Kentucky's 11th governor.
Breathitt county was formed in 1839. It is located in the Eastern Coal Field region of the state. The elevation in
the county ranges from 650 to 1600 feet above sea level. In 2000 the county population was 16,100 in a land area of
495.19 square miles, an average of 32.5 people per square mile. The county seat is Jackson.
Geography: Land and Water
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 495 square miles (1,280 km2), of which 492 square miles (1,270 km2) is
land and 2.9 square miles (7.5 km2) (0.6%) is water.
Breathitt county is located in east Kentucky.
The North and Middle Forks of the Kentucky River pass through the county as the main water sources.
This county is located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in
the Eastern Coal Field region.
Bordering counties are as follows:
Northeast: Magoffin County
Southeast: Knott County; Perry County
Southwest: Owsley County
West: Lee County
Northwest: Wolfe County
Jackson independent schools
Jackson independent schools is a school district that educates students inside and outside the city limits of Jackson, Kentucky.
Jackson City School - a single K-12 facility.
Breathitt County Schools
Breathitt County Schools is another school district with an array of schools within the city limits of Jackson, Kentucky and throughout the
L.B.J. Elementary School - Jackson, Kentucky (Opened 1970)
Highland-Turner Elementary School - Canoe, Kentucky (Opened 1992)
Rousseau Elementary School (CLOSED 2013) - Rousseau, Kentucky
Marie Roberts-Caney Elementary School - Lost Creek, Kentucky (Expanded School Opened 1996)
Sebastian Middle School - Jackson, Kentucky (Opened 1975)
Breathitt County High School - Jackson, Kentucky (New School Opened 1982)
Mount Carmel School - Vancleve, Kentucky
Oakdale Christian Academy - Jackson, Kentucky
Riverside Christian School - Lost Creek, Kentucky
Lees College Campus of Hazard Community and Technical College (part of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System) - Jackson,
Kentucky Mountain Bible College - Vancleve, Kentucky
Morehead State University Jackson campus - Jackson, Kentucky