Most rural counties in Kentucky

Published 5:07 pm Monday, July 5, 2021

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Most rural counties in Kentucky

A surprising number of U.S. counties have 100% rural land-702, in fact. Stacker compiled a list of the most rural counties in Kentucky using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Counties are ranked by the percent of land area that is rural, as of the 2010 Census, with ties broken by residents per square mile, according to 2019 5-year population estimates.

According to the Census Bureau, rural land encompasses any land that isn’t an urban area. To be considered an urban area, a place has to have a densely settled core of census tracts or blocks and count at least 2,500 people, at least 1,500 of whom must be residents of non-institutional buildings. Areas with 50,000 people or more are considered urbanized areas, while areas with between 2,500 and 50,000 people are considered urban clusters.

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#50. Lawrence County

– Rural area: 99.4% (413 square miles)

– Urban area: 0.6% (3 square miles)

– Total land area: 416 square miles

— #29 largest county in state, #2,431 nationwide

– Population density: 37.7 people / square mile (15,671 residents)

— #29 lowest density county in state, #1,410 nationwide

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#49. Fleming County

– Rural area: 99.4% (347 square miles)

– Urban area: 0.6% (2 square miles)

– Total land area: 349 square miles

— #45 largest county in state, #2,682 nationwide

– Population density: 41.6 people / square mile (14,513 residents)

— #40 lowest density county in state, #1,509 nationwide

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#48. Hancock County

– Rural area: 99.5% (187 square miles)

– Urban area: 0.6% (1 square miles)

– Total land area: 188 square miles

— #108 largest county in state, #3,014 nationwide

– Population density: 46.5 people / square mile (8,720 residents)

— #47 lowest density county in state, #1,617 nationwide

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#47. Trigg County

– Rural area: 99.5% (439 square miles)

– Urban area: 0.5% (2 square miles)

– Total land area: 441 square miles

— #21 largest county in state, #2,301 nationwide

– Population density: 32.7 people / square mile (14,449 residents)

— #19 lowest density county in state, #1,288 nationwide

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#46. Trimble County

– Rural area: 99.5% (151 square miles)

– Urban area: 0.5% (1 square miles)

– Total land area: 152 square miles

— #116 largest county in state, #3,056 nationwide

– Population density: 56.4 people / square mile (8,558 residents)

— #59 lowest density county in state, #1,797 nationwide

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