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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

Christian County, Kentucky

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Christian County is a county located in the state of Kentucky. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 73,955. The county was created in 1797. The county seat is Hopkinsville. The county is named in honor of William Christian (1743–1786), Revolutionary War soldier and founder of Louisville, Kentucky.

Christian County is part of the Clarksville, TN-KY Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Christian County Name

The county is named for Colonel William Christian (1743-1786), secured Jefferson Co. (9,000 acres) for Revolutionary War service.


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Christian County History

Christian county was formed in 1797. It is located in the Pennyrile region of the state. The elevation in the county ranges from 390 to 966 feet above sea level. In 2000 the county population was 72,265 in a land area of 721.32 square miles, an average of 100.2 people per square mile. The county seat is Hopkinsville.

The present courthouse, built in 1869, replaced a structure that burned in 1864.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 724 square miles (1,880 km2), of which 718 square miles (1,860 km2) is land and 6.5 square miles (17 km2) (0.9%) is water.

Christian county is located in west Kentucky. This county is the second-largest county by area in Kentucky.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • North: Hopkins County
  • Northeast: Muhlenberg County
  • East: Todd County
  • South: Montgomery County, Tenn.
  • Southwest: Stewart County, Tenn.; Trigg County
  • Northwest: Caldwell County


High schools

Christian County High School
Hopkinsville High School
Fort Campbell High School - physically located in Tennessee, but serving the entire Fort Campbell base, and a member of Kentucky's governing body for high school athletics, the Kentucky High School Athletic Association
University Heights Academy (private K-12)
Heritage Christian Academy (private K-12)


Hopkinsville Community College (Website)
Murray State University (regional campuses in Hopkinsville and Ft. Campbell)

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