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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Powell County is a county located in the state of Kentucky. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 12,613. Its county seat is
Stanton. The county was formed January 7, 1852, by Kentucky Governor Lazarus W. Powell. It is a prohibition or dry county.
Etymology - Origin of Powell County Name
Lazarus W. Powell (1812-1867), Kentucky governor and senator.
Powell county was formed in 1852. It is located in the Eastern Knobs and Eastern Coal Field regions of the state. The
elevation in the county ranges from 580 to 1440 feet above sea level. In 2000 the county population was 13,237 in a land
area of 180.14 square miles, an average of 73.5 people per square mile. The county seat is Stanton.
Geography: Land and Water
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 180 square miles (470 km2), of which 179 square miles (460 km2) is land
and 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2) (0.6%) is water.