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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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Wayne County, Kentucky

Wayne County Education, Geography, and HistoryWayne County, Kentucky Courthouse

Wayne County is a county located in the state of Kentucky. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 20,813. Its county seat is Monticello. The county was named for Gen. Anthony Wayne. It is a prohibition or dry county.

Etymology - Origin of Wayne County Name

Gen. "Mad Anthony" Wayne (1745-1796), Revolutionary War officer, and diplomat that negotiated the treaty (1795) to end Indian raids in Kentucky.


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WayneCounty History

Wayne County was formed December 13, 1800 from Pulaski and Cumberland Counties. It is located in the Pennyrile and Eastern Coal Field regions of the state. The elevation in the county ranges from 723 to 1788 feet above sea level. In 2000 the county population was 19,923 in a land area of 459.40 square miles, an average of 43.4 people per square mile. The county seat is Monticello.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 484 square miles (1,250 km2), of which 458 square miles (1,190 km2) is land and 26 square miles (67 km2) (5.4%) is water.

The county's elevation ranges from 723 feet (220 m) to 1,788 feet (545 m), at the Monticello/Wayne County Airport the elevation is 963 feet (294 m). Wayne County is located in the Pennyrile Plateau (image) and Eastern Coal Field (image) regions of Kentucky.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Northeast: Pulaski County
  • Southeast: McCreary County; Scott County, Tenn.
  • Southwest: Pickett County, Tenn.; Clinton County
  • Northwest: Russell County


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