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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

Allen County, Kentucky

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Allen County is a county located in the state of Kentucky. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 19,956. Allen County was created on January 11, 1815. The county seat is Scottsville. The county is named for Colonel John Allen, a state senator and soldier. 

Allen County is included in the Bowling Green, KY Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Allen County Name

The county is named for Colonel John Allen (1771-1813), Shelbyville lawyer, soldier and state legislator, who was killed leading the 1st Regiment of Kentucky Rifleman at the Battle of Frenchtown, Michigan during the War of 1812.


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Allen County History

Allen County was established in 1815 from land given by Barren and Warren counties. A courthouse fire in 1902 resulted in the loss of some county records. It is located in the Pennyrile region of the state. The elevation in the county ranges from 445 to 966 feet above sea level. In 2000 the county population was 17,800 in a land area of 346.12 square miles, an average of 51.4 people per square mile. The county seat is Scottsville.

Allen County is a prohibition or completely dry county. It was formed in 1815 from parts of Barren and Warren counties.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 352 square miles (910 km2), of which 344 square miles (890 km2) is land and 7.5 square miles (19 km2) (2.1%) is water.

Allen county is located close to the center of Kentucky.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Northeast: Barren County
  • East: Monroe County
  • Southeast: Macon County, Tenn.
  • Southwest: Sumner County, Tenn.
  • West: Simpson County
  • Northwest: Warren County


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