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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

Elliott County, Kentucky

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Elliott County is a county located in the state of Kentucky. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 7,852. The county was created in 1869. The county seat is Sandy Hook. Elliott county is named for John Milton Elliott, United States Congressman; Confederate Justice of the Kentucky Court of Appeals.

Etymology - Origin of Elliott County Name

Elliott county is named for John Milton Elliott (1820-1879), United States congressman; Confederate Justice of the Kentucky Court of Appeals.


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Elliott County History

Elliott county was formed in 1869. It is located in the Eastern Coal Field region of the state. The elevation in the county ranges from 645 to 1340 feet above sea level. In 2000 the county population was 6,748 in a land area of 233.96 square miles, an average of 28.8 people per square mile. The county seat is Sandy Hook.

 In regard to alcohol sales, Elliott County is a dry county, meaning the sale of alcoholic beverages is prohibited everywhere in the county.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 235 square miles (610 km2), of which 234 square miles (610 km2) is land and 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2) (0.4%) is water.

Elliott county is located in east Kentucky. The land is characterized by scattered rolling hills in this county. Elliott County is at the top of the watershed upholding pure unspoiled streams that fill Grayson Lake ten miles north of Sandy Hook.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • North: Carter County
  • East: Lawrence County
  • Southwest: Morgan County
  • Northwest: Rowan County


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