Carter County, Kentucky

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Carter County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. It was formed in 1838. As of 2000, the population was 26,889. Its county seat is Grayson, Kentucky[1]. In 2003, Carter County was added to the Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH, Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) area and is somewhat of an exurb county for those cities.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 412 square miles (1,067 km2), of which 410 square miles (1,062 km2) is land and 2 square miles (5.2 km2) is water.

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Carter County was formed on February 9, 1838 from portions of Greenup County and Lawrence County. It was named after Colonel William Grayson Carter, a Kentucky state Senator.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 26,889 people, 10,342 households, and 7,746 families residing in the county. The population density was 66 per square mile (25 /km2). There were 11,534 housing units at an average density of 28 per square mile (11 /km2). The racial makeup of the county was 99.02% White, 0.13% Black or African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.08% from other races, and 0.41% from two or more races. 0.59% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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