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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Nicholas County is a county located in the state of Kentucky. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 7,135. Its county seat is
Carlisle. Founded in 1799, the county is named for Col. George Nicholas, the "Father of the Kentucky Constitution"
Etymology - Origin of Nicholas County Name
George Nicholas (1743-1799), lawyer, Revolutionary War officer,
advocate of Kentucky statehood, one of the drafters of the Kentucky constitution
(known as the "Father of the Kentucky Constitution," and law professor.
Nicholas county was formed in 1800. It is located in the Bluegrass region of the state. The elevation in the county
ranges from 565 to 1060 feet above sea level. In 2000 the county population was 6,813 in a land area of 196.61 square
miles, an average of 34.7 people per square mile. The county seat is Carlisle.
Geography: Land and Water
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 197 square miles (510 km2), of which 195 square miles (510 km2) is land
and 1.7 square miles (4.4 km2) (0.8%) is water