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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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Jessamine County, Kentucky

Jessamine County Education, Geography, and HistoryJessamine County, Kentucky Courthouse

Jessamine County is a county located in the state of Kentucky. As of the 2014, the population was 50,815. Jessamine County was created on December 19, 1798. The county seat is Nicholasville. The county name of origin is questionable. Historians attribute Jessamine County's name to originate from the jasmine flowers that grow in the area, or the area is named after a Jessamine Creek near Wilmore. It is also possible the county is named for Jessamine Douglass, the daughter of a pioneer settler.

Jessamine County is part of the Lexington-Fayette, KY Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is within the Inner Blue Grass region, long a center of farming and blooded stock raising, including thoroughbred horses.

Etymology - Origin of Jessamine County Name

The county name of origin questionable, historians attribute Jessamine County's name to originate from the jasmine flowers that grow in the area, or the area is named after a Jessamine Creek near Wilmore or possibly the county is named for Jessamine Douglass, the daughter of a pioneer settler.

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Jessamine County History

Jessamine County was established in 1798 from land given by Fayette County. Jessamine was the 36th Kentucky county in order of formation. It is located in the Inner Bluegrass region of the state. There is  an average of 225.5 people per square mile. The county seat is Nicholasville.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 175 square miles (450 km2), of which 172 square miles (450 km2) is land and 2.4 square miles (6.2 km2) (1.4%) is water. In 2000, nearly 129 square miles (330 km2) of the county's total area was dedicated to agriculture. The elevation in the county ranges from 497 to 1072 feet above sea level. In 2000 the county population was 39,041 in a land area of 173.13 square miles

Jessamine county is located close to the center of Kentucky. The county's entire southern border is formed by the Kentucky River. Jessamine County's river bank extends roughly 42 miles long, due to it's winding through this county.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Northeast: Fayette County
  • Southeast: Madison County
  • South: Garrard County
  • Southwest: Mercer County
  • Northwest: Woodford County

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