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Green County
Green County Justice Center in Greensburg, Kentucky.
Green County Justice Center in Greensburg, Kentucky.
Map of Kentucky highlighting Green County
Location within the U.S. state of Kentucky
Map of the United States highlighting Kentucky
Kentucky's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Kentucky
Founded December 20, 1792
Named for Nathanael Greene
Seat Greensburg
Largest city Greensburg
 • Total 289 sq mi (750 km2)
 • Land 286 sq mi (740 km2)
 • Water 2.8 sq mi (7 km2)  1.0%%
 • Total 11,107 Decrease
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 2nd

Green County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. Its county seat is Greensburg. Green was a prohibition or dry county until 2015.


Green County was formed in 1792 from portions of Lincoln and Nelson counties. Green was the 16th Kentucky county in order of formation. The county is named for Revolutionary War hero General Nathanael Greene, but the reason why the final E is missing is unknown.

Three courthouses have served Green County. In 1804, a brick building replaced an earlier structure, and while no longer operational, it stands in the Downtown Greensburg Historic District as the oldest courthouse building in the commonwealth. The present courthouse dates from 1931.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 289 square miles (750 km2), of which 286 square miles (740 km2) is land and 2.8 square miles (7.3 km2) (1.0%) is water.

Green County is in the central time zone.

Adjacent counties


Historical population
Census Pop.
1800 6,096
1810 6,735 10.5%
1820 11,943 77.3%
1830 13,138 10.0%
1840 14,212 8.2%
1850 9,060 −36.3%
1860 8,806 −2.8%
1870 9,379 6.5%
1880 11,871 26.6%
1890 11,463 −3.4%
1900 12,255 6.9%
1910 11,871 −3.1%
1920 11,391 −4.0%
1930 11,401 0.1%
1940 12,321 8.1%
1950 11,261 −8.6%
1960 11,249 −0.1%
1970 10,350 −8.0%
1980 11,043 6.7%
1990 10,371 −6.1%
2000 11,518 11.1%
2010 11,258 −2.3%
2020 11,107 −1.3%
2021 (est.) 11,291 0.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2021

As of the census of 2000, there were 11,518 people, 4,706 households, and 3,378 families residing in the county. The population density was 40 per square mile (15/km2). There were 5,420 housing units at an average density of 19 per square mile (7.3/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 96.19% White, 2.61% Black or African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.31% from other races, and 0.65% from two or more races. 0.95% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,706 households, out of which 29.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.70% were married couples living together, 8.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.20% were non-families. 25.40% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 22.70% under the age of 18, 8.10% from 18 to 24, 26.80% from 25 to 44, 25.40% from 45 to 64, and 16.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 96.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $25,463, and the median income for a family was $31,852. Males had a median income of $25,764 versus $17,510 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,107. About 15.20% of families and 18.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.10% of those under age 18 and 18.50% of those age 65 or over.



Census-designated place

Other unincorporated places

Notable people

  • Junius George Groves, born a slave in Green County, he moved to Kansas in the 1870s and became known as the "Kansas Potato King," one year producing 72,150 bushels of potatoes on 295 acres. At his death, Groves owned a 22-room brick house.
  • Henry Skaggs (January 8, 1724 – December 4, 1810), an American longhunter, explorer and pioneer

Jane Todd Crawford - On Christmas Day, 1809, Dr. Ephraim McDowell of Danville, Ky., performed the world's first successful ovarian surgery. Mrs. Crawford and husband, Thomas, road horseback from Green County to Danville, where Dr. McDowell removed a 22 1/2 pound tumor from Mrs. Crawford. She lived until 1842. (1)

Mentor Graham - A teacher, Graham is credited with giving future president Abraham Lincoln his formal education. Graham taught at the Brush Creek school in Green County and the Greensburg Academy, before moving to New Salem, Illinois. (1)

George Washington Buckner - born a slave in Green County, in 1913 President Woodrow Wilson appointed him minister and consul general to Liberia. A doctor, Buckner practiced medicine in Evansville, Indiana, for 53 years. (1)

Reuben Creel - Serving as an interpreter during the Mexican War, Creel remained there after the war and married. In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln appointed him United States Consul to Chihuahua, Mexico. From 1907 until 1909, his son Enrique Clay Creel was ambassador from Mexico to the United States. (1)

James Allen - Greensburg's first attorney was a Brigadier General in the War of 1812, was elected to the Kentucky Senate twice, and to the Ky. House of Representatives once. (1)

Edward Hobson - Greensburg merchant was a Second Lieutenant in the Mexican War; rising to the rank of Brigadier General in the Civil War, Hobson and his troops chased Confederate General John Hunt Morgan and his men on horseback 700 miles over 21 days before Morgan surrendered. (1)

Medal of Honor winner Dakota Meyer is a 2006 graduate of Green County High School.

High school sports: Larry Gumm was the first high school baseball coach in Kentucky to win 1,000 games; he retired in 2007 with 1,006 wins, two regional championships, and is a member of the National High School Athletic Coaches Hall of Fame. ... Dragon pitcher Mike Blakeman (1965-1968) holds four Kentucky High School Athletic Association records. ... Retired basketball coach Carl Deaton is a member of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame; in 1976 he coached the Dragons to their only state tournament appearance. ... His son, Mike Deaton, is also a member of the KHSAA Hall of Fame; during the 1975-'76 school year he was voted first-team All State in both football and basketball, played football at the University of Kentucky, and coached Corbin to a pair of regional basketball championships. (2)

(1) "History of Green County, Kentucky," by Lanny Tucker. (2) "History Among Us," by Lanny Tucker

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