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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

Muhlenberg County, Kentucky

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Muhlenberg County is a county located in the state of Kentucky. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 31,499.  Muhlenberg county was founded in 1798. The county seat is Greenville. The county is named for General John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg, a colonial general during the American Revolutionary War.

Etymology - Origin of Muhlenberg County Name

Muhlenberg County was named after General John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg, a clergyman, a soldier, and a politician of the Colonial, Revolutionary, and Post-Revolutionary eras.


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Muhlenberg County History

Muhlenberg County was established in 1798 from land given by Logan and Christian counties. Muhlenberg was the 34th Kentucky county in order of formation. This county is located in the Western Coal Field region of the state. The elevation in the county ranges from 355 to 760 feet above sea level. In 2000 the county population was 31,839 in a land area of 474.7 square miles, an average of 67.1 people per square mile. The county seat is Greenville.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 479 square miles (1,240 km2), of which 467 square miles (1,210 km2) is land and 12 square miles (31 km2) (2.6%) is water.

Muhlenberg county is located in west Kentucky. The two main water features of Muhlenberg County are the Green River and Lake Malone. The north part of the county is gently rolling hills, river flatlands, and some large bald cypress swamps along Cypress Creek and its tributaries. The southern part of consist of rolling hills. Many of the valleys in the southern part of the county are rather deep and in places and somewhat rugged. This area is also known for many sandstone formations and some small limestone caves. Muhlenberg County's predominate rock type is sandstone.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Northeast: Ohio County
  • East: Butler County
  • Southeast: Logan County
  • South: Todd County
  • Southwest: Christian County
  • Northwest: Hopkins County; McLean County


Public schools in Muhlenberg County are under the purview of the Muhlenberg County Board of Education. They include:

Elementary (K-5)

Bremen Elementary School in Bremen
Central City Elementary School in Central City
Greenville Elementary School in Greenville
Longest Elementary School in Powderly
Muhlenberg South Elementary School in Beechmont

Middle (6-8)

Muhlenberg North Middle School in Powderly
Muhlenberg South Middle School in Greenville

High (9-12)

Muhlenberg County High School


The Muhlenberg Campus of Madisonville Community College is located in Central City. The Muhlenberg Career Development Center is located between Central City & Greenville.

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