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Kentucky Counties

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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Perry County, Kentucky

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Perry County is a county located in the state of Kentucky. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 28,712. Its county seat is Hazard. The county was founded in 1820. Both the county and county seat are named for Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, a naval hero in the War of 1812.

Etymology - Origin of Perry County Name

Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry (1785-1819), hero in the War of 1812.

Demographics:

County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts

Perry County History

Perry county was formed in 1821. It is located in the Eastern Coal Field region of the state. The elevation in the county ranges from 700 to 2520 feet above sea level. In 2000 the county population was 29,390 in a land area of 342.15 square miles, an average of 85.9 people per square mile. The county seat is Hazard.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 343 square miles (890 km2), of which 340 square miles (880 km2) is land and 2.9 square miles (7.5 km2) (0.9%) is water

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Northeast: Knott County
  • Southeast: Letcher County
  • South: Harlan County
  • Southwest: Leslie County
  • West: Clay County
  • Northwest: Owsley County; Breathitt County

Education

Public

The county has two school districts:

Perry County Schools
Hazard Independent Schools

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