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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

Wayne County, Kentucky

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Wayne County is a county located in the state of Kentucky. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 20,813. Wayne County was formed December 13, 1800. The county seat is Monticello. The county was named for General Anthony Wayne.

Etymology - Origin of Wayne County Name

General "Mad Anthony" Wayne (1745-1796), Revolutionary War officer, and diplomat that negotiated the treaty (1795) to end Indian raids in Kentucky.


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WayneCounty History

Wayne County was formed December 13, 1800 from Pulaski and Cumberland Counties. The county is located in the Pennyrile and Eastern Coal Field regions of the state.  In 2000 the county population was 19,923 in a land area of 459.40 square miles, an average of 43.4 people per square mile. The county seat is Monticello. This county is a prohibition or dry county.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 484 square miles (1,250 km2), of which 458 square miles (1,190 km2) is land and 26 square miles (67 km2) (5.4%) is water. The elevation in the county ranges from 723 to 1788 feet above sea level.

Wayne county is located close to the center of Kentucky. This county borders with the state border with Tennessee. Lake Cumberland has more than 1,200 miles of shoreline and 63,000 acres of water. This lake is surrounded by scenic rugged mountains.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Northeast: Pulaski County
  • Southeast: McCreary County; Scott County, Tenn.
  • Southwest: Pickett County, Tenn.; Clinton County
  • Northwest: Russell County


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