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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

Henry County, Kentucky

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Henry County is a county located in the state of Kentucky bordering the Kentucky River. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 15,416. Henry County was created on December 14, 1798. The county seat is New Castle. Henry county is named for the statesman and governor of Virginia, Patrick Henry.

Henry County is included in the Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN Metropolitan Statistical Area. Since the 1990s, it has become an increasingly important exurb, especially as land prices have become higher in neighboring Oldham County.

Etymology - Origin of Henry County Name

 Henry county is named for Patrick Henry (1736-1799), Revolutionary War statesman, patriot, member of the Continental Congress and governor of Virginia.


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Henry County History

Henry county was formed in 1799. It is located in the Outer Bluegrass region of the state.  The county seat is New Castle.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 291 square miles (750 km2), of which 286 square miles (740 km2) is land and 4.8 square miles (12 km2) (1.7%) is water. The elevation in the county ranges from 425 to 950 feet above sea level. In 2000 the county population was 15,060 in a land area of 289.32 square miles, an average of 52.1 people per square mile.

Henry county is located close to the center of Kentucky. Lake Jericho is located in this county.


Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • North: Carroll County
  • Northeast: Owen County
  • Southeast: Franklin County
  • South: Shelby County
  • West: Oldham County
  • Northwest: Trimble County


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