Letcher County , Kentucky

Letcher County: County in Kentucky, United States


Letcher County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 24,519 and a population density of 28 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 county had an estimated population of 21,213 inhabitants. Its county seat is Whitesburg. The county was created 180 years ago in 1841.

Letcher County Quick Facts

Population : 21,213 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : Kentucky (United States)
Area : 878 km2
Water as percent of area : 0.3%
Land as percent of area : 99.7%
Named for : Robert P. Letcher
Altitude : 1,345 feet / 410 meters
Capital : Whitesburg
Establishment : January 01, 1842
Time Zone : Eastern Time Zone
Local time : 21:50:53 (28th May 2022)
Density : 24 Pop. per km² as of 2020
Population growth : -15.58% (2010-2020)
Letcher County locator map
Location of Letcher County on Kentucky map.
Letcher county courthouse image
Letcher county courthouse
Letcher county courthouse image


Letcher County is located at 37°7'16"N 82°51'19"W (37.1211900, -82.8552800). It has 4 neighbors: Harlan County, Knott County, Perry County and Pike County.

Letcher County map

The largest city of Letcher County is Jenkins with a population of 1,895. Other cities include, Whitesburg population 1,813, Fleming-Neon population 610 and Blackey population 141. See all Letcher County cities & populated places.

Letcher County Populated Places

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

City Name Population Title
Jenkins 1,895 City in Kentucky
Whitesburg 1,813 City in Letcher County, Kentucky, United States of America
Fleming-Neon 610 City in Letcher County, Kentucky
Blackey 141 Human settlement in Letcher County, Kentucky, United States of America

Letcher County has 4 neighbours.


According to census records, the population of Letcher County decreased by 15.58% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 24,519 - census
2011 24,376 -0.59% estimation process
2012 24,011 -1.52% estimation process
2013 23,540 -2% estimation process
2014 23,357 -0.78% estimation process
2015 23,049 -1.34% estimation process
2016 22,759 -1.27% estimation process
2017 22,303 -2.04% estimation process
2018 21,813 -2.25% estimation process
2019 21,553 -1.21% estimation process
2020 21,213 -1.6% estimation process

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People born in Letcher County (1)

American giant Martin Van Buren Bates was born in Letcher County

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