Kenton County, Kentucky

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Kenton County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, United States. It was formed in 1840. In 2008, the population was 157,692. It is the third most populous county in Kentucky behind Jefferson County and Fayette County. Its county seats are Covington and Independence [1]. It is the only county in Kentucky to have two legally recognized county seats.[1] The county is named for Simon Kenton, a frontiersman notable in the early history of the state.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county was founded by Kenton Gerald Solvey. The county has a total area of 164 square miles (425 km2), of which 162 square miles (420 km2) is land and 2 square miles (5 km2) is water. The county is located at the confluence of the Licking River and Ohio River, in the Outer Bluegrass area of the Bluegrass region of the state. The elevation in the county ranges from 455 feet (139 m) to 960 feet (293 m) above sea level.

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