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Grant County
The Grant County historic courthouse in Williamstown
The Grant County historic courthouse in Williamstown
Map of Kentucky highlighting Grant County
Location within the U.S. state of Kentucky
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Kentucky's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Kentucky
Founded 1820
Seat Williamstown
Largest city Williamstown
 • Total 261 sq mi (680 km2)
 • Land 258 sq mi (670 km2)
 • Water 2.8 sq mi (7 km2)  1.1%%
 • Total 24,941 Increase
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 4th

Grant County is a county located in the northern part of the U.S. state of Kentucky. Its county seat is Williamstown. The county was formed in 1820 and named for Colonel John Grant, who led a party of settlers in 1779 to establish Grant's Station, in today's Bourbon County, Kentucky. Grant County is included in the Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN Metropolitan Statistical Area. Grant County residents voted to allow full alcohol sales in the county by a margin of 56% to 44% in a special election on December 22, 2015. In the 19th century, Grant County contained multiple saloons.

The Grant County News, established in 1906 and published in Williamstown, is preserved on microfilm by the University of Kentucky Libraries. The microfilm holdings are listed in a master negative database on the UK Libraries Preservation and Digital Programs website.


Grant County was established in 1820 from land taken from Pendleton County. The present courthouse, built in 1939, replaced two earlier structures.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 261 square miles (680 km2), of which 258 square miles (670 km2) is land and 2.8 square miles (7.3 km2) (1.1%) is water.

Adjacent counties


Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 2,986
1840 4,192 40.4%
1850 6,531 55.8%
1860 8,356 27.9%
1870 9,529 14.0%
1880 13,083 37.3%
1890 12,671 −3.1%
1900 13,239 4.5%
1910 10,581 −20.1%
1920 10,435 −1.4%
1930 9,876 −5.4%
1940 9,876 0.0%
1950 9,809 −0.7%
1960 9,489 −3.3%
1970 9,999 5.4%
1980 13,308 33.1%
1990 15,737 18.3%
2000 22,384 42.2%
2010 24,682 10.3%
2020 24,941 1.0%
2021 (est.) 25,244 2.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2021

As of the census of 2000, there were 22,384 people, 8,175 households, and 6,221 families residing in the county. The population density was 86 per square mile (33/km2). There were 9,306 housing units at an average density of 36 per square mile (14/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.31% White, 0.25% Black or African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.32% from other races, and 0.54% from two or more races. 1.04% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 8,175 households, out of which 39.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.10% were married couples living together, 11.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.90% were non-families. 19.80% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 28.70% under the age of 18, 9.40% from 18 to 24, 31.50% from 25 to 44, 20.90% from 45 to 64, and 9.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 97.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $38,438, and the median income for a family was $42,605. Males had a median income of $31,987 versus $23,669 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,776. About 9.00% of families and 11.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.10% of those under age 18 and 13.40% of those age 65 or over.



Grant County Library
The Grant County Library

Grant County has six schools: Crittenden Mt Zion (CMZ), Dry Ridge Elementary (DRE), Sherman Elementary (SES), Mason Corinth Elementary (MCE), Grant County Middle School (GCMS), Grant County High School (GCHS) and Williamstown Independent Schools (WES)- (WMS) – (WHS).

Grant County's only library is located in Williamstown.



Public transportation is provided by Senior Services of Northern Kentucky with demand-response service.

Notable attractions

Grant County, specifically in Williamstown, is the location of the Ark Encounter, operated by the Christian apologetics organization Answers in Genesis and opened in 2016.

See also

Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Condado de Grant (Kentucky) para niños

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Gustavo Gac-Artigas
Lucia M. Gonzalez
Meg Medina
R. J. Palacio
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