Owsley County, Kentucky

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Owsley County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of 2000, the population was 4,858. Its county seat is Booneville[1]. The county is named for William Owsley, the Governor of Kentucky from 1844 to 1848. It is a prohibition or dry county. It is the 2nd poorest county in America, with a median household income of less than $16,000.[2]



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 198 square miles (513 km2), essentially all of which is land.

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