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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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Rowan County, Kentucky

Rowan County Education, Geography, and HistoryRowan County, Kentucky Courthouse

Rowan County is a county located in the state of Kentucky. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 23,333. Its county seat is Morehead. The county was created in 1856 from parts of Fleming and Morgan counties, and named after John Rowan, who represented Kentucky in the US House and Senate.

Etymology - Origin of County Name

John Rowan (1773-1843), justice in the Kentucky Court of Appeals and US senator.

Demographics:

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County History

In 1854, Morehead became the third community to be settled in the area. Colonel John Hargis founded the city after purchasing land in the county, naming it after governor James Morehead. Rowan County came into existence in May 1856, seceding from Morgan County and Fleming County. It was divided into four districts with Morehead being declared the county seat

 It is located in the Eastern Coal Field region of the state. The elevation in the county ranges from 625 to 1435 feet above sea level. In 2000 the county population was 22,094 in a land area of 280.82 square miles, an average of 78.7 people per square mile. The county seat is Morehead.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 286 square miles (740 km2), of which 280 square miles (730 km2) is land and 6.5 square miles (17 km2) (2.3%) is water. Its highest point is "Limestone Knob" at about 1,409 feet (429 m) above mean sea level.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • North: Lewis County
  • Northeast: Carter County
  • Southeast: Elliott County; Morgan County
  • Southwest: Menifee County
  • West: Bath County
  • Northwest: Fleming County

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