Counties in Kentucky

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Kentucky has 120 counties.[1]

Types of local government

Local government in Kentucky consists of:

  • Counties: the state is divided into 120 counties.
  • Cities: there are 418 cities in Kentucky. Cities are divided into classes according to population.
First Class: 100,000 or more
Second Class: 20,000 to 99,999
Third Class: 8,000 to 19,999
Fourth class: 3,000-7,999
Fifth Class: 1,000 to 2,999
Sixth Class: Less than 1,000[2]
The cities have different powers according to their class, but none of them can adopt a charter. However, all cities have limited Home rule powers under Kentucky Revised Statute 82.082.[3][4]
  • Cities and Counties also have the option of consolidating governments under one of the forms provided by state law.
Louisville-Jefferson operates as a Consolidated Local Government under Kentucky Revised Statute 67C.
Lexington-Fayette operates as an Urban County Government under Kentucky Revised Statute 67A and the local charter created during the merger process.
Consolidation may also occur as a Charter County under Kentucky Revised Statute 67.825 to 67.875, or as a Unified Local Government under 67.900 to 67.940.[5]
  • In addition, there are 604 special districts and 174 independent school districts.[6]

Initiative process availability

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Kentucky

An initiative process is not mentioned explicitly, but seems to be prohibited by Kentucky Revised Statute Section 83A.120 below. The process for referendum is allowed, but is restricted to the limited issues which are established in Section 60 of the Constitution below.

County website evaluations

See also: Evaluation of Kentucky county websites

As of 2009:

  • Only 13 of the 120 counties posted their budgets online; an additional three had some budget information posted.
  • 34 counties included information on their websites about public government meetings, with 22 providing partial information.
  • 91 included information about the county's elected officials, and an additional 29 had partial information.
  • 107 included information about the county's administrative officials, with an additional eight providing partial information.
  • 22 counties gave information about permits and zoning in the county, with an additional 15 providing partial information.
  • Nine of the counties put information on their websites about audits that the county government has had performed, with an additional one providing partial information.
  • Five counties gave information about their contracts with vendors, with an additional 14 providing partial information.
  • Zero county websites disclosed whether the counties belonged to any government sector lobbying associations, with one providing partial information.
  • 73 counties provided information on how to request public records using the Kentucky Open Records Act.
  • 33 county websites provided some information about county taxes, with an additional six providing partial information.

Counties without websites

As of December 2011, nine of Kentucky's 120 counties had no website.


List of counties

Map of Kentucky's counties
County County seat
Adair County, Kentucky Columbia
Allen County, Kentucky Scottsville
Anderson County, Kentucky Lawrenceburg
Ballard County, Kentucky Wickliffe
Barren County, Kentucky Glasgow
Bath County, Kentucky Owingsville
Bell County, Kentucky Pineville
Boone County, Kentucky Burlington
Bourbon County, Kentucky Paris
Boyd County, Kentucky Catlettsburg
Boyle County, Kentucky Danville
Bracken County, Kentucky Brooksville
Breathitt County, Kentucky Jackson
Breckinridge County, Kentucky Hardinsburg
Bullitt County, Kentucky Shepherdsville
Butler County, Kentucky Morgantown
Caldwell County, Kentucky Princeton
Calloway County, Kentucky Murray
Campbell County, Kentucky Newport
Carlisle County, Kentucky Bardwell
Carroll County, Kentucky Carrollton
Carter County, Kentucky Grayson
Casey County, Kentucky Liberty
Christian County, Kentucky Hopkinsville, Kentucky
Clark County, Kentucky Winchester
Clay County, Kentucky Manchester
Clinton County, Kentucky Albany
Crittenden County, Kentucky Marion
Cumberland County, Kentucky Burkesville
Daviess County, Kentucky Owensboro, Kentucky
Edmonson County, Kentucky Brownsville
Elliott County, Kentucky Sandy Hook
Estill County, Kentucky Irvine
Fleming County, Kentucky Flemingsburg
Floyd County, Kentucky Prestonsburg
Franklin County, Kentucky Frankfort, Kentucky
Fulton County, Kentucky Hickman
Gallatin County, Kentucky Warsaw
Garrard County, Kentucky Lancaster
Grant County, Kentucky Williamstown
Graves County, Kentucky Mayfield
Grayson County, Kentucky Leitchfield
Green County, Kentucky Greensburg
Greenup County, Kentucky Greenup
Hancock County, Kentucky Hawesville
Hardin County, Kentucky Elizabethtown
Harlan County, Kentucky Harlan
Harrison County, Kentucky Cynthiana
Hart County, Kentucky Munfordville
Henderson County, Kentucky Henderson, Kentucky
Henry County, Kentucky New Castle
Hickman County, Kentucky Clinton
Hopkins County, Kentucky Madisonville
Jackson County, Kentucky McKee
Jessamine County, Kentucky Nicholasville
Johnson County, Kentucky Paintsville
Kenton County, Kentucky Covington, Kentucky and Independence
Knott County, Kentucky Hindman
Knox County, Kentucky Barbourville
LaRue County, Kentucky Hodgenville
Laurel County, Kentucky London
Lawrence County, Kentucky Louisa
Lee County, Kentucky Beattyville
Leslie County, Kentucky Hyden
Letcher County, Kentucky Whitesburg
Lewis County, Kentucky Vanceburg
Lexington/Fayette County, Kentucky Lexington, Kentucky
Lincoln County, Kentucky Stanford
Livingston County, Kentucky Smithland
Logan County, Kentucky Russellville
Louisville/Jefferson County Metro, Kentucky Louisville, Kentucky
Lyon County, Kentucky Eddyville
Madison County, Kentucky Richmond, Kentucky
Magoffin County, Kentucky Salyersville
Marion County, Kentucky Lebanon
Marshall County, Kentucky Benton
Martin County, Kentucky Inez
Mason County, Kentucky Maysville
McCracken County, Kentucky Paducah
McCreary County, Kentucky Whitley City
McLean County, Kentucky Calhoun
Meade County, Kentucky Brandenburg
Menifee County, Kentucky Frenchburg
Mercer County, Kentucky Harrodsburg
Metcalfe County, Kentucky Edmonton
Monroe County, Kentucky Tompkinsville
Montgomery County, Kentucky Mount Sterling
Morgan County, Kentucky West Liberty
Muhlenberg County, Kentucky Greenville
Nelson County, Kentucky Bardstown
Nicholas County, Kentucky Carlisle
Ohio County, Kentucky Hartford
Oldham County, Kentucky La Grange, Kentucky
Owen County, Kentucky Owenton
Owsley County, Kentucky Booneville
Pendleton County, Kentucky Falmouth
Perry County, Kentucky Hazard
Pike County, Kentucky Pikeville
Powell County, Kentucky Stanton
Pulaski County, Kentucky Somerset
Robertson County, Kentucky Mount Olivet
Rockcastle County, Kentucky Mount Vernon
Rowan County, Kentucky Morehead
Russell County, Kentucky Jamestown
Scott County, Kentucky Georgetown, Kentucky
Shelby County, Kentucky Shelbyville
Simpson County, Kentucky Franklin
Spencer County, Kentucky Taylorsville
Taylor County, Kentucky Campbellsville
Todd County, Kentucky Elkton
Trigg County, Kentucky Cadiz
Trimble County, Kentucky Bedford
Union County, Kentucky Morganfield
Warren County, Kentucky Bowling Green, Kentucky
Washington County, Kentucky Springfield
Wayne County, Kentucky Monticello
Webster County, Kentucky Dixon
Whitley County, Kentucky Williamsburg
Wolfe County, Kentucky Campton
Woodford County, Kentucky Versailles

References

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