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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Shelby County is a county located in the state of Kentucky. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 42,074. The county seat is
Shelbyville. The county was founded in 1792 and named for Isaac Shelby, the first Governor of Kentucky.
Shelby County is part of the Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Etymology - Origin of Shelby County Name
Gen. Isaac Shelby (1750-1826), Revolutionary War veteran,
Indian fighter, and Kentucky's first governor.
Shelby county was formed in 1792. It is located in the Outer Bluegrass region of the state. The elevation in the
county ranges from 550 to 1188 feet above sea level. In 2000 the county population was 33,337 in a land area of 384.19
square miles, an average of 86.8 people per square mile. The county seat is Shelbyville.
Geography: Land and Water
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 386 square miles (1,000 km2), of which 380 square miles (980 km2) is
land and 6.0 square miles (16 km2) (1.6%) is water. Jeptha Knob at 1,188 feet (362 m) is the highest point in the Louisville area. Guist Creek
Lake and Marina offers 325 acres of fishing.
Bordering counties are as follows:
North: Henry County
East: Franklin County
Southeast: Anderson County
Southwest: Spencer County
West: Jefferson County
Northwest: Oldham County
Shelby County Public Schools has six elementary schools, two middle schools, and two high schools. James Neihof is the Superintendent of