Perry County, Kentucky

county in Kentucky, United States

Perry County is a county in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2020 census, the population was 28,473.[1] Its county seat is Hazard.[2] The county was formed in 1820.[3] Both the county and county seat are named for Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, a naval hero in the War of 1812.[4]

Perry County
County courthouse in Hazard
County courthouse in Hazard
Flag of Perry County
Map of Kentucky highlighting Perry County
Location within the U.S. state of Kentucky
Map of the United States highlighting Kentucky
Kentucky's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 37°14′N 83°14′W / 37.24°N 83.23°W / 37.24; -83.23
Country United States
State Kentucky
FoundedNovember 2, 1820
Named forOliver Hazard Perry
Largest cityHazard
 • Total343 sq mi (890 km2)
 • Land340 sq mi (900 km2)
 • Water2.9 sq mi (8 km2)  0.9%
 • Total28,473
 • Density83/sq mi (32/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district5th


  1. "QuickFacts: Perry County, Kentucky". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 4, 2023.
  2. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. "Perry County". The Kentucky Encyclopedia. 2000. Archived from the original on July 17, 2019. Retrieved August 23, 2014.
  4. Bergstrom, Bill (December 11, 1984). "Origins of place names are traced". Kentucky New Era. p. 2B. Retrieved April 29, 2015.