Breathitt County, Kentucky

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Breathitt County
Breathitt County Courthouse in Jackson
Breathitt County Courthouse in Jackson
Map of Kentucky highlighting Breathitt County
Location within the U.S. state of Kentucky
Map of the United States highlighting Kentucky
Kentucky's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 37°31′N 83°19′W / 37.52°N 83.32°W / 37.52; -83.32
Country United States
State Kentucky
FoundedFebruary 8, 1839
Named forJohn Breathitt
SeatJackson
Largest cityJackson
Area
 • Total495 sq mi (1,280 km2)
 • Land492 sq mi (1,270 km2)
 • Water2.9 sq mi (8 km2)  0.6%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2018)
12,726
 • Density28/sq mi (11/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district5th
Websitebreathittcounty.ky.gov

Breathitt County is a county in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 13,878.[1] Its county seat is Jackson, Kentucky.[2] The county was formed on February 8, 1839 and was named for John Breathitt, who was Governor of Kentucky from 1832 to 1834.[3] Breathitt County was a prohibition or dry county, until a public vote in July 2016 that allowed alcohol sales.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 5, 2014.
  2. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on June 15, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. The Register of the Kentucky State Historical Society, Vol. 1. Kentucky State Historical Society. 1903. p. 34.
  4. "Breathitt County voters choose to allow alcohol sales". wymt.com. WYMT-TV. July 12, 2016. Retrieved July 14, 2016.