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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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Green County, Kentucky

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Green County is a county located in the state of Kentucky. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 11,258. Green County was created on December 20, 1792. The county seat is Greensburg. The county is named for Revolutionary War hero General Nathanael Greene.

Etymology - Origin of Green County Name

Green county is named for General  Nathaniel Greene (1742-1786), Revolutionary War hero.


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Green County History

Green County was formed in 1792 from portions of Lincoln and Nelson counties. It is located in the Pennyrile region of the state. The elevation in the county ranges from 490 to 1045 feet above sea level. In 2000 the county population was 11,518 in a land area of 288.66 square miles, an average of 39.9 people per square mile. The county seat is Greensburg.

Three courthouses have served Green County. In 1804, a brick building replaced an earlier structure, and while no longer operational, it stands in the Downtown Greensburg Historic District as the oldest courthouse building in the commonwealth. The present courthouse dates from 1931.

Green county is a prohibition or dry county.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 289 square miles (750 km2), of which 286 square miles (740 km2) is land and 2.8 square miles (7.3 km2) (1.0%) is water.

Green county is located close to the center of Kentucky. The Green River is located in this county.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Northeast: Taylor County
  • Southeast: Adair County
  • South: Metcalfe County
  • West: Hart County
  • Northwest: Larue County


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