Lincoln County, Kentucky

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Lincoln County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of 2008, the population was 25,072. Its county seat is Stanford[1]. Lincoln is a prohibition or "dry county". Lincoln County is part of the Danville Micropolitan Statistical Area.



Lincoln County, organized in 1780, was one of the first three counties formed out of the original Kentucky County, which was then still part of Virginia. The other two counties were Fayette and Jefferson.

The county is named for the American Revolutionary War General Benjamin Lincoln. A common misconception is that Lincoln County was named for President Abraham Lincoln, but it was named 29 years before his birth.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 336 square miles (870 km2), essentially all of which is land.

Adjacent counties

Lincoln County is located in South Central Kentucky in the southern part of the ring of Knobs around the Bluegrass region. It includes the headwaters of the Green River.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 23,361 people, 9,206 households, and 6,729 families residing in the county. The population density was 70 per square mile (27 /km2). There were 10,127 housing units at an average density of 30 per square mile (12 /km2). The racial makeup of the county was 96.12% White, 2.53% Black or African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.38% from other races, and 0.72% from two or more races. 0.89% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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