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Letcher County
Letcher County courthouse in Whitesburg
Letcher County courthouse in Whitesburg
Map of Kentucky highlighting Letcher 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 1842
Named for Robert P. Letcher
Seat Whitesburg
Largest city Jenkins
 • Total 339 sq mi (880 km2)
 • Land 338 sq mi (880 km2)
 • Water 1.1 sq mi (3 km2)  0.3%%
 • Total 24,519
 • Density 73/sq mi (28/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 5th

Letcher County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 24,519. Its county seat is Whitesburg. The county, founded in 1842, is named for Robert P. Letcher, Governor of Kentucky from 1840 to 1844.

Letcher County is a dry county, with the only exceptions being the Highland Winery, the city of Whitesburg, and the city of Jenkins.

The killing of filmmaker Hugh O'Connor by a local landowner in 1967 brought Letcher County to national attention.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 339 square miles (880 km2), of which 338 square miles (880 km2) is land and 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2) (0.3%) is water. Letcher County's natural areas include Bad Branch Falls and the Lilley Cornett Woods.

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Jefferson National Forest (part)


Census-designated places

Other unincorporated places

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