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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Simpson County was established in 1819 from Allen, Logan, and Warren Counties. It is located in the Pennyrile region of the state. The elevation in the county
ranges from 490 to 928 feet above sea level. In 2000 the county population was 16,405 in a land area of 236.19 square
miles, an average of 69.5 people per square mile. The county seat is Franklin.
Geography: Land and Water
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 236 square miles (610 km2), of which 234 square miles (610 km2) is land
and 2.3 square miles (6.0 km2) (1.0%) is water.