Russell County, Kentucky

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Russell County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of 2000, the population was 16,315. Its county seat is Jamestown[1]. The county is named for William Russell. It is a prohibition or dry county, meaning that the sale of alcohol is restricted or prohibited.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 283 square miles (733 km2), of which 254 square miles (658 km2) is land and 29 square miles (75 km2) is water. The highest point is 1,140 feet (350 m) atop Dickerson Ridge in the extreme northern part of the county and the lowest point is 530 feet (160 m) along the Cumberland River.

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Russell County was formed on December 14, 1825 from portions of Adair County, Cumberland County and Wayne County. It was named after Colonel William Russell.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 16,315 people, 6,941 households, and 4,796 families residing in the county. The population density was 64 per square mile (25 /km2). There were 9,064 housing units at an average density of 36 per square mile (14 /km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.34% White, 0.58% Black or African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.21% from other races, and 0.59% from two or more races. 0.86% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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