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Knott County
Knott County Courthouse
Knott County Courthouse
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Location within the U.S. state of Kentucky
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Country  United States
State  Kentucky
Founded 1884
Named for James Proctor Knott
Seat Hindman
Largest city Hindman
 • Total 353 sq mi (910 km2)
 • Land 352 sq mi (910 km2)
 • Water 1.3 sq mi (3 km2)  0.4%
 • Total 14,251 Decrease
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 5th

Knott County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 16,346. Its county seat is Hindman. The county was formed in 1884 and is named for James Proctor Knott, Governor of Kentucky (1883–1887). It is a prohibition or dry county. Its county seat is home to the Hindman Settlement School, founded as America's first settlement school. The Knott County town of Pippa Passes is home to Alice Lloyd College.


Knott County was established in 1884 from land given by Breathitt, Floyd, Letcher, and Perry counties. The 1890s-era courthouse, the second to serve the county, burned in 1929.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 353 square miles (910 km2), of which 352 square miles (910 km2) is land and 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2) (0.4%) is water.

Adjacent counties


Big Lovely Mountain, 1,401 feet (427 m)


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 5,438
1900 8,704 60.1%
1910 10,791 24.0%
1920 11,655 8.0%
1930 15,230 30.7%
1940 20,007 31.4%
1950 20,320 1.6%
1960 17,362 −14.6%
1970 14,698 −15.3%
1980 17,940 22.1%
1990 17,906 −0.2%
2000 17,649 −1.4%
2010 16,346 −7.4%
2020 14,251 −12.8%
2021 (est.) 14,053 −14.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2021

As of the census of 2000, there were 17,649 people, 6,717 households, and 4,990 families residing in the county. The population density was 50 per square mile (19/km2). There were 7,579 housing units at an average density of 22 per square mile (8.5/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.27% White, 0.73% Black or African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.12% from other races, and 0.60% from two or more races. 0.63% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 6,717 households, out of which 34.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.60% were married couples living together, 12.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.70% were non-families. 23.60% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 24.50% under the age of 18, 10.80% from 18 to 24, 29.00% from 25 to 44, 24.30% from 45 to 64, and 11.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 97.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $20,373, and the median income for a family was $24,930. Males had a median income of $29,471 versus $21,240 for females. The per capita income for the county was $11,297. About 26.20% of families and 31.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 39.80% of those under age 18 and 23.10% of those age 65 or over.

Areas of interest

Tourism is increasing in the county, There is an ATV Training Center dedicated to the safety of ATV usage amongst riders and the Knott County Sportsplex, a sports complex which has indoor basketball courts, outside baseball fields, a soccer field, and a fitness center.



Unincorporated communities

In popular culture

  • 20th Century Fox filmed several scenes in the county for a nationally released movie Fire Down Below


Coal companies in Knott County

  • Alpha Natural Resources
  • James River Coal Company


Knott County Schools

  • Knott County Central High School
  • Knott County Area Technology Center
  • Beaver Creek Elementary
  • Carr Creek Elementary
  • Cordia School
  • Emmalena Elementary
  • Hindman Elementary
  • Jones Fork Elementary

Private schools

  • Bethel Christian Academy
  • Hindman Settlement School
  • June Buchanan School

Higher education

  • Knott County Campus of Hazard Community and Technical College
  • Alice Lloyd College



Public transportation is provided by LKLP Community Action Partnership with demand-response service and scheduled service from Hindman to Hazard.

Notable residents

  • Lige Clarke (1942−1975), LGBT activist, journalist and author
  • Rebecca Gayheart (born 1971), actress and model
  • Carl Dewey Perkins (1912−1984), politician and member of the United States House of Representatives
  • James Still (1906–2001), author folklorist
  • David Tolliver, musician; member of country band Halfway to Hazard

See also

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