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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

Knott County, Kentucky

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Knott County is a county located in the state of Kentucky. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 16,346. Knott County was created on May 5, 1884. The county seat is Hindman. Knott county is named for James Proctor Knott, Governor of Kentucky (1883-1887).

Etymology - Origin of Knott County Name

Knott county is named for James Proctor Knott (1830-1911), Kentucky governor.


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Knott County History

Knott county was formed in 1884 and is located in the Eastern Coal Field region of the state. The county seat is Hindman. The county seat is home to the Hindman Settlement School, founded as America's first settlement school. Knott county is a prohibition or dry county.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 353 square miles (910 km2), of which 352 square miles (910 km2) is land and 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2) (0.4%) is water.  In 2000 the county population was 17,649 in a land area of 352.19 square miles, an average of 50.1 people per square mile.

Knott county is located in east Kentucky. The elevation in the county ranges from 675 to 2360 feet above sea level.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Northeast: Floyd County; Pike County
  • Southeast: Letcher County
  • Southwest: Perry County
  • Northwest: Breathitt County; Magoffin County


Knott County Schools

Knott County Central High School
Knott County Area Technology Center
Beaver Creek Elementary
Carr Creek Elementary
Cordia School
Emmalena Elementary
Hindman Elementary
Jones Fork Elementary

Private schools

Bethel Christian Academy
Hindman Settlement School
June Buchanan School

Higher education

Knott County Campus of Hazard Community and Technical College
Alice Lloyd College

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