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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

Marion County, Kentucky

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Marion County is a county in the state of Kentucky. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 19,820. Marion County was created on January 25, 1834. The county seat is Lebanon. Marion county is named for General Francis Marion.

Etymology - Origin of Marion County Name

Marion county is named for General Francis Marion (1732-1795), officer in the Revolutionary War, known as "The Swamp Fox" for his non-traditional and elusive military tactics.


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Marion County History

Marion county was formed in 1834. It is located in the Western Knobs region of the state. In 2000 the county population was 18,212 in a land area of 346.39 square miles, an average of 52.6 people per square mile. The county seat is Lebanon. Marion County is Kentucky's most Catholic county. The first Catholic settlers in Kentucky came to Holy Cross in the western part of the county.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 347 square miles (900 km2), of which 343 square miles (890 km2) is land and 3.9 square miles (10 km2) (1.1%) is water.

Marion county is located close to the center of Kentucky in the Bluegrass Region. This county includes the geographic center of the state of Kentucky, which is located 3 miles NNW of Lebanon, just off KY 429. The elevation in the county ranges from 475 to 1260 feet above sea level.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Northeast: Washington County
  • East: Boyle County
  • Southeast: Casey County
  • Southwest: Taylor County
  • West: Larue County
  • Northwest: Nelson County


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