At A Glance

Breckinridge County is located in north central Kentucky, 65 miles southwest of Louisville and 45 miles east of Ownsboro on US 60.
We are bordered by Hancock, Ohio, Meade, Hardin, and Grayson Counties in Kentucky, and Perry County in Indiana. The Ohio River is to our north.
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Population 19,225 (2006 estimate)
Housing Units (2005): 10,273
Number of Households (2000):7,324
Persons per Household: 2.51
Median value of owner-occupied housing units (2000): $64,600
Median household income (2004): $33,586
Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16+ (2000): 32.7


Breckinridge County was formed in 1800. It is located in the Pennyrile region of the state. The Pennyrile region of Kentucky stretches from the Land Between the Lakes, in the west, across the state to the Pottsville Escarpment in the east. It is a Mississippian plateau with a large karst region that includes Mammoth Cave. The elevation in the county ranges from 383 to 920 feet above sea level. The region takes its name from the pennyroyal (Hedeoma puligiodes).

The Breckinridge County seat is Hardinsburg.


Breckinridge County has three incorporated cities: Hardinsburg, Irvington, and Cloverport