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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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Warren County, Kentucky

Warren County Education, Geography, and HistoryWarren County, Kentucky Courthouse

Warren County is a county located in the state of Kentucky. As of 2014, the population was 120,460, making it the fifth-most populous county in Kentucky. The county seat is Bowling Green. Generally the county is dry, prohibiting the sale of alcohol, but retail alcohol sales are allowed in the "wet city" of Bowling Green; Warren County is classified as a moist county.

Warren County is included in the Bowling Green, KY Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is located in the Pennyroyal Plateau and Western Coal Fields regions.

Etymology - Origin of Warren County Name

It was named after General Joseph Warren of the Revolutionary War. He dispatched William Dawes and Paul Revere on their famous midnight ride to warn residents of the approaching British troops. He was also a hero of the Battle of Bunker Hill.


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Warren County History

Warren County was the location of several Native American villages and burial mounds. The first white men to enter the area were the long hunters in the 1770s. General Elijah Covington was among the first landowners. McFadden's Station, one of the earliest settlements, was established in 1785 by Andrew McFadden/McFadin on the northern bank of the Barren River at the Cumberland Trace.

Warren County became the 23rd county of Kentucky in 1796, from a section of Logan County.

 It is located in the Pennyrile and Western Coal Field regions of the state. The elevation in the county ranges from 395 to 955 feet above sea level. In 2000 the county population was 92,522 in a land area of 545.21 square miles, an average of 169.7 people per square mile. The county seat is Bowling Green.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 548 square miles (1,420 km2), of which 542 square miles (1,400 km2) is land and 6.0 square miles (16 km2) (1.1%) is water.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Northeast: Edmonson County
  • East: Barren County
  • Southeast: Allen County
  • Southwest: Simpson County; Logan County
  • Northwest: Butler County


Two public school districts operate in the county:

Warren County Public Schools, which serves most of the county.
Bowling Green Independent Schools, which serves most of the city of Bowling Green.

There are also private schools

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