Ohio County, Kentucky

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Ohio County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of 2000, the population was 22,916. Its county seat is Hartford[1]. The county is named for the Ohio River, which originally formed its northern boundary. It is a dry county, which means that the sale of alcohol is restricted or prohibited.



Ohio County is part of the Western Coal Fields region of Kentucky. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 597 square miles (1,546 km2), of which 594 square miles (1,538 km2) is land and 3 square miles (7.8 km2) is water. Of the 120 counties in Kentucky, it is the fifth largest.[citation needed]

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Ohio County was formed on December 17, 1798 from portions of Hardin County. It was named after the Ohio River. It was the birth place of 3 of Wyatt Earps brothers, but is most famously known as the birth place of Bill Monroe. Monroe is known world wide as being the father of Bluegrass music.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 22,916 people, 8,899 households, and 6,585 families residing in the county. The population density was 39 per square mile (15 /km2). There were 9,909 housing units at an average density of 17 per square mile (6.6 /km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.71% White, 0.75% Black or African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.45% from other races, and 0.67% from two or more races. 1.01% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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