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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Wolfe County was formed on March 5, 1860 from portions of Breathitt County, Morgan County, Owsley County and Powell
County. It is located in the Eastern Coal Field region of the state. The elevation in the
county ranges from 650 to 1460 feet above sea level. In 2000 the county population was 7,065 in a land area of 222.78
square miles, an average of 31.7 people per square mile. The county seat is Campton.
Geography: Land and Water
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 223 square miles (580 km2), of which 222 square miles (570 km2) is land
and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2) (0.3%) is water.