Harrison County, Kentucky

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Harrison County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. It was formed in 1794. As of 2000, the population was 17,983. Its county seat is Cynthiana[1]. The county is named for Colonel Benjamin Harrison, an advocate for Kentucky statehood, framer of the Kentucky Constitution, and Kentucky legislator.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 310 square miles (803 km2), essentially all of which is land.

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Harrison County was formed on December 21, 1793 from portions of Bourbon County and Scott County. It was named after Colonel Benjamin Harrison, an early settler in this area. On June 11–12, 1864 a battle of the Civil War was fought near Kellar Bridge between the North and South.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 17,983 people, 7,012 households, and 5,062 families residing in the county. The population density was 58 per square mile (22 /km2). There were 7,660 housing units at an average density of 25 per square mile (9.7 /km2). The racial makeup of the county was 95.65% White, 2.52% Black or African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.63% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. 1.15% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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