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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

McLean County, Kentucky

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McLean County is a county located in the state of Kentucky. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 9,531. McLean County was created on January 28, 1854. The county seat is Calhoun. The county was named for Judge Alney McLean.

McLean County is part of the Owensboro, KY Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of McLean County Name

McLean county is named for Judge Alney McLean (1779-1841), surveyor, founder of Greenville, Kentucky, officer in the War of 1812, and circuit judge.


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McLean County History

McLean County was formed by act of the Kentucky legislature on February 6, 1854 from portions of surrounding Daviess, Ohio, and Muhlenberg Counties.  It is located in the Western Coal Field region of the state. In 2000 the county population was 9,938 in a land area of 254.30 square miles, an average of 39.1 people per square mile. The county seat is Calhoun.

McLean is a prohibition or dry county.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 256 square miles (660 km2), of which 252 square miles (650 km2) is land and 3.8 square miles (9.8 km2) (1.5%) is water.

Mclean county is located in west Kentucky. The county is divided southeast to northwest by Green River, the longest river entirely within the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The elevation in the county ranges from 345 to 660 feet above sea level.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Northeast: Daviess County
  • East: Ohio County
  • Southeast: Muhlenberg County
  • Southwest: Hopkins County
  • West: Webster County
  • Northwest: Henderson County


McLean County has a county-wide public school district of some 1,700 students with one high school, one middle school and three elementary schools.

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