Clay County, Kentucky

Clay County: County in Kentucky, United States


Clay County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 21,730 and a population density of 18 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 county had an estimated population of 19,631 inhabitants. Its county seat is Manchester. The county was created 217 years ago in 1806.

Clay County locator map
Location of Clay County on Kentucky map.

Quick Facts about Clay County

Population : 19,631 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : Kentucky (United States)
Different from : Clay County, Clay County, Clay County, Clay County, Clay County, Clay County, Clay County, Clay County, Clay County, Clay County, Clay County, Clay County, Clay County, Clay County, Clay County, Clay County, Clay County
Area : 1220 km2
Water as percent of area : 0.4%
Land as percent of area : 99.6%
Named for : Green Clay
Capital : Manchester
Establishment : December 12, 1806
Time Zone : Eastern Time Zone
Local time : 09:18:52 (16th June 2024)
Density : 16 Pop. per km² as of 2020
Population growth : -10.69% (2010-2020)
Clay County Kentucky Courthouse image
Clay County Kentucky Courthouse
Clay County Kentucky Courthouse image


Clay County is located at 37°9'35"N 83°42'53"W (37.1597100, -83.7146800). It has 7 neighbors: Bell County, Jackson County, Knox County, Laurel County, Leslie County, Owsley County and Perry County.

Clay County map

The largest city of Clay County is Manchester with a population of 1,277. . See all Clay County cities & populated places.

Clay County Populated Places

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Clay County.

City Name Population Title
Manchester 1,277 City in Kentucky

Clay County has 7 neighbours.


According to census records, the population of Clay County decreased by 10.69% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 21,730 - census
2011 21,591 -0.64% estimation process
2012 21,518 -0.34% estimation process
2013 21,186 -1.57% estimation process
2014 21,081 -0.5% estimation process
2015 20,974 -0.51% estimation process
2016 20,626 -1.69% estimation process
2017 20,251 -1.85% estimation process
2018 20,088 -0.81% estimation process
2019 19,901 -0.94% estimation process
2020 19,631 -1.38% estimation process

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People born in Clay County (8)

People born in Clay County, including politician John D. White, Union army general Theophilus T. Garrard, musician B. F. Shelton, .


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