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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

Montgomery County, Kentucky

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Montgomery County is a county located in the state of Kentucky. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 26,499. Montgomery County was established in 1796. The county seat is Mount Sterling. Montgomery County was named in honor of Richard Montgomery, an American Revolutionary War Brigadier General. 

Montgomery County is part of the Mount Sterling, KY Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Lexington-Fayette-Richmond-Frankfort, KY Combined Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Montgomery County Name

Montgomery County was named in honor of Richard Montgomery, an American Revolutionary War Brigadier General killed in 1775 while attempting to capture Quebec City, Canada. An alternative story holds that the County was named for Thomas Montgomery, from Virginia, who served in the Revolutionary War. In 1793 Thomas Montgomery settled in Mt. Sterling. In 1805, Thomas Montgomery moved on to Gibson County, Indiana.


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Montgomery County History

Montgomery County was established in 1796 from land given by Clark County. Montgomery was the 22nd Kentucky county in order of formation  It is located in the Outer Bluegrass region of the state. The elevation in the county ranges from 707 to 1447 feet above sea level. In 2000 the county population was 22,554 in a land area of 198.59 square miles, an average of 113.6 people per square mile. The county seat is Mount Sterling.

With regard to the sale of alcohol, it is classified as a moist county- a county in which alcohol sales are prohibited (a dry county), but containing a "wet" city where package alcohol sales are allowed, in this case Mount Sterling.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 199 square miles (520 km2), of which 197 square miles (510 km2) is land and 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2) (0.7%) is water.

Montgomery county is located in east Kentucky. The county is located in the Outer Bluegrass region of the state. Sid Calk Lake is located in this county.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Northeast: Bath County
  • Southeast: Menifee County; Powell County
  • Southwest: Clark County
  • Northwest: Bourbon County


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