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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

Martin County, Kentucky

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Martin County is a county located in the state of Kentucky. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 12,929. Martin County was created on September 1, 1870. The county seat is Inez. Martin county is named for Congressman John Preston Martin.

Etymology - Origin of Martin County Name

Martin county is named for John P. Martin (1811-1862), Kentucky legislator, United States Representative and Senator.


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Martin County History

Martin county was formed in 1870. It is located in the Eastern Coal Field region of the state. In 2000 the county population was 12,578 in a land area of 230.70 square miles, an average of 54.5 people per square mile. The county seat is Inez.

It is a prohibition or dry county, which means that alcohol sales are prohibited in all areas of the county.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 231 square miles (600 km2), of which 230 square miles (600 km2) is land and 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2) (0.4%) is water.

Martin county is located in east Kentucky. The county's eastern border is formed by the Tug Fork of the Big Sandy River. The elevation in the county ranges from 550 to 1606 feet above sea level.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • North: Wayne County, W.Va.
  • East: Mingo County, W.Va.
  • Southeast: Pike County
  • Southwest: Floyd County
  • West: Johnson County
  • Northwest: Lawrence County


The Martin County School System operates public schools.

Sheldon Clark High School
Inez Middle School
Eden Elementary School
Inez Elementary School
Warfield Elementary School
Warfield Middle school

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