Bell County, Kentucky

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Bell County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. It was formed August 1, 1867, from parts of Knox and Harlan Counties[1] and augmented from Knox County in 1872.[2] As of 2000, the population was 30,060. Its county seat is Pineville.[3] The county is named for Joshua Fry Bell, originally "Josh Bell" but simply "Bell" before 1880.[4]

Bell County is a dry county, meaning that the sale of alcohol is prohibited. The Middlesborough, KY Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Bell County.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 361 square miles (935 km2), of which 360 square miles (932 km2) is land and 1 square mile (2.6 km2) is water.

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