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Kenton County
Kenton County Courthouse in Independence
Kenton County Courthouse in Independence
Map of Kentucky highlighting Kenton 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 1840
Named for Simon Kenton
Seat Covington and Independence
Largest city Covington
 • Total 164 sq mi (420 km2)
 • Land 160 sq mi (400 km2)
 • Water 4.1 sq mi (11 km2)  2.5%
 • Total 169,064 Increase
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 4th

Kenton County is a county located in the northern part of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 159,720, making it the third most populous county in Kentucky (behind Jefferson County and Fayette County). Its county seats are Covington and Independence. It was, until November 24, 2010, the only county in Kentucky to have two legally recognized county seats. The county was formed in 1840 and is named for Simon Kenton, a frontiersman notable in the early history of the state.

Kenton County, with Boone and Campbell Counties, is part of the Northern Kentucky metro area, and is included in the Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Kenton County was established on January 29, 1840, from land given by Campbell County. It was named in honor of Simon Kenton, a pioneer of Kentucky.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 164 square miles (420 km2), of which 160 square miles (410 km2) is land and 4.1 square miles (11 km2) (2.5%) is water. The county is located at the confluence of the Licking River and Ohio River, in the outer Bluegrass area of the Bluegrass region of the state. The elevation in the country ranges from 455 feet (139 m) to 960 feet (293 m) above sea level.

Adjacent counties


Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 17,038
1860 25,467 49.5%
1870 36,096 41.7%
1880 43,983 21.9%
1890 54,161 23.1%
1900 63,591 17.4%
1910 70,355 10.6%
1920 73,453 4.4%
1930 93,534 27.3%
1940 93,139 −0.4%
1950 104,254 11.9%
1960 120,700 15.8%
1970 129,440 7.2%
1980 137,058 5.9%
1990 142,031 3.6%
2000 151,464 6.6%
2010 159,720 5.5%
2020 169,064 5.9%
2021 (est.) 169,495 6.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2021

As of the census of 2000, there were 151,464 people, 59,444 households, and 39,470 families living in the county. The population density was 935 per square mile (361/km2). There were 63,571 housing units at an average density of 392 per square mile (151/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 93.99% White, 3.84% Black or African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.59% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.41% from other races, and 1.00% from two or more races. 1.10% of the population were Hispanics or Latinos of any race.

There were 59,444 households, out of which 33.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.10% were married couples living together, 12.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.60% were non-families. 27.80% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.11.

The age distribution was 26.30% under 18, 9.20% from 18 to 24, 31.90% from 25 to 44, 21.40% from 45 to 64, and 11.10% who were 65 or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 96.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $43,906, and the median income for a family was $52,953. Males had a median income of $37,845 versus $27,253 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,085. About 7.10% of families and 9.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.00% of those under age 18 and 7.70% of those age 65 or over.



Unincorporated communities

Visalia and Latonia Lakes have been dissolved as cities within Kenton County.


Public schools

Kenton county marker
Historical marker for the county in Independence

Kenton County has five school districts providing education, from the extremely rural southern areas to the highly urbanized north. The districts are:

  • Kenton County School District
  • Covington Independent Public Schools
  • Beechwood Independent School District (serves Fort Mitchell)
  • Ludlow Independent Schools
  • Erlanger-Elsmere Schools

Private schools

The Catholic educational system is as extensive as the public system. These schools are operated by the Diocese of Covington's Department of Schools. The Diocese runs 17 schools in Kenton County.

Higher education

Thomas More College is the only institute of higher learning wholly in the county itself. Northern Kentucky University had a Covington campus located at 1401 Dixie Highway until it closed at the end of 2008. NKU's main campus is not far from Kenton County – only about 4 miles from the Licking River. The Kentucky Community and Technical College System also operates the Gateway Community and Technical College. Classes are provided at GCTC locations in Boone County, Covington, Park Hills and Edgewood.


Kenton County is served by a county library with branches in Covington, Erlanger, and Independence. The Erlanger Branch has grown to be the busiest branch library in the state of Kentucky.

In 2008, Kenton County Public Library received the highest score of any Kentucky library ranked by Hennen's American Public Library Ratings.

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