Bell County, Kentucky

Bell County: County in Kentucky, United States


Bell County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 28,691 and a population density of 31 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 county had an estimated population of 25,482 inhabitants. Its county seat is Pineville. The county was created 155 years ago in 1867.

Quick Facts about Bell County

Population : 25,482 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : Kentucky (United States)
Different from : Bell County
Area : 936 km2
Water as percent of area : 0.6%
Land as percent of area : 99.4%
Named for : Joshua Fry Bell
Capital : Pineville
Establishment : February 02, 1867
Time Zone : Eastern Time Zone
Local time : 09:18:16 (8th August 2022)
Density : 27 Pop. per km² as of 2020
Population growth : -12.59% (2010-2020)
Bell County locator map
Location of Bell County on Kentucky map.
Bell County Kentucky Courthouse image
Bell County Kentucky Courthouse
Bell County Kentucky Courthouse image


Bell County is located at 36°43'50"N 83°40'27"W (36.7306500, -83.6740900). It has 7 neighbors: Clay County, Harlan County, Knox County, Leslie County, Whitley County, Claiborne County and Lee County.

Bell County map

The largest city of Bell County is Middlesboro with a population of 10,730. Other cities include and Pineville population 1,692. See all Bell County cities & populated places.

Bell County Populated Places

Cities, Towns, Neighborhoods & Other Populated Places in Bell County.

City Name Population Title
Middlesboro 10,730 City in Bell County, Kentucky, United States of America
Pineville 1,692 Pineville is a city in Bell County, Kentucky

Bell County has 7 neighbours.

  • Pineville


According to census records, the population of Bell County decreased by 12.59% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 28,691 - census
2011 28,658 -0.12% estimation process
2012 28,284 -1.32% estimation process
2013 28,031 -0.9% estimation process
2014 27,826 -0.74% estimation process
2015 27,370 -1.67% estimation process
2016 27,204 -0.61% estimation process
2017 26,863 -1.27% estimation process
2018 26,487 -1.42% estimation process
2019 26,032 -1.75% estimation process
2020 25,482 -2.16% estimation process

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People born in Bell County (1)

American actor Keith Stallworth was born in Bell County

Other places with the same name (2)

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