Carter County , Kentucky

Carter County: County in Kentucky, United States


Carter County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 27,720 and a population density of 26 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 county had an estimated population of 26,542 inhabitants. Its county seat is Grayson. The county was created 183 years ago in 1838.

Carter County Quick Facts

Population : 26,542 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : Kentucky (United States)
Different from : Carter County, Carter County, Carter County, Carter County
Area : 1067 km2
Water as percent of area : 0.6%
Land as percent of area : 99.4%
Named for : William Grayson Carter
Capital : Grayson
Establishment : February 02, 1838
Time Zone : Eastern Time Zone
Local time : 16:24:35 (20th January 2022)
Density : 25 Pop. per km² as of 2020
Population growth : -4.44% (2010-2020)
Weather : 29℉ Slight Chance Snow Showers then Partly Sunny 7-days weather
Carter County locator map
Location of Carter County on Kentucky map.
Carter County  Kentucky courthouse image
Carter County Kentucky courthouse
Carter County  Kentucky courthouse image


Carter County is located at 38°19'5"N 83°2'58"W (38.3181700, -83.0495400). It has 6 neighbors: Rowan County, Boyd County, Elliott County, Greenup County, Lawrence County and Lewis County.

Carter County map

The largest city of Carter County is Grayson with a population of 3,832. Other cities include and Olive Hill population 1,534. See all Carter County cities & populated places.

Carter County Populated Places

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

City Name Population Title
Grayson 3,832 City in Kentucky, United States
Olive Hill 1,534 City in Kentucky, United States


Carter County forecast: A slight chance of snow showers before 10am. Partly sunny, with a high near 29. more

Carter County has 6 neighbours.


According to census records, the population of Carter County decreased by 4.44% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 27,720 - census
2011 27,627 -0.34% estimation process
2012 27,637 0.04% estimation process
2013 27,600 -0.13% estimation process
2014 27,517 -0.3% estimation process
2015 27,439 -0.28% estimation process
2016 27,304 -0.49% estimation process
2017 27,214 -0.33% estimation process
2018 27,040 -0.64% estimation process
2019 26,797 -0.91% estimation process
2020 26,542 -0.96% estimation process

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