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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

Metcalfe County, Kentucky

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Metcalfe County is a county located in the state of Kentucky. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 10,099.  The county was founded in May 1860. The county seat is Edmonton. Metcalfe county is  named for Thomas Metcalfe, Governor of Kentucky from 1828-32.

Metcalfe County is part of the Glasgow, KY Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Bowling Green-Glasgow, KY Combined Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Metcalfe County Name

Thomas Metcalfe (1780-1855), stonemason, Kentucky representative, officer in the War of 1812, Kentucky governor.


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Metcalfe County History

Metcalfe county was formed in 1860. The county is located in the Pennyrile region of the state. The elevation in the county ranges from 560 to 1120 feet above sea level. In 2000 the county population was 10,037 in a land area of 290.90 square miles, an average of 34.5 people per square mile. The county seat is Edmonton. Metcalfe county is a prohibition or dry county.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 291 square miles (750 km2), of which 290 square miles (750 km2) is land and 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2) (0.5%) is water.

 Metcalfe county is located close to the center of Kentucky. Dunham Lake is on the Little Barren River in Metcalfe County, Kentucky and is used for recreation purposes. Metcalfe County Lake is on Sulfur Creek in Metcalfe County.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • North: Green County
  • Northeast: Adair County
  • Southeast: Cumberland County
  • Southwest: Monroe County
  • West: Barren County
  • Northwest: Hart County


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