McCreary County, Kentucky

McCreary County: County in Kentucky, United States


McCreary County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 18,306 and a population density of 16 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 county had an estimated population of 17,071 inhabitants. Its county seat is Whitley City. The county was created 111 years ago in 1912.

Quick Facts about McCreary County

Population : 17,071 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : Kentucky (United States)
Area : 1115 km2
Water as percent of area : 1%
Land as percent of area : 99%
Named for : James B. McCreary
Altitude : 1,220 feet / 372 meters
Capital : Whitley City
Establishment : March 03, 1912
Time Zone : Eastern Time Zone
Local time : 00:50:39 (1st June 2023)
Density : 15 Pop. per km² as of 2020
Population growth : -7.23% (2010-2020)
McCreary County locator map
Location of McCreary County on Kentucky map.
McCreary County Kentucky courthouse image
McCreary County Kentucky courthouse
McCreary County Kentucky courthouse image


McCreary County is located at 36°44'14"N 84°29'3"W (36.7371400, -84.4841700). It has 6 neighbors: Campbell County, Laurel County, Pulaski County, Wayne County, Whitley County and Scott County.

McCreary County map

McCreary County Populated Places

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

City Name Population Title
Pine Knot 1,621 Census-designated place in McCreary County, Kentucky
Stearns 1,416 Census designated place in Kentucky, United States
Whitley City 1,170 Census-designated place in McCreary County, Kentucky

McCreary County has 6 neighbours.


According to census records, the population of McCreary County decreased by 7.23% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 18,306 - census
2011 18,283 -0.13% estimation process
2012 18,051 -1.29% estimation process
2013 17,925 -0.7% estimation process
2014 17,922 -0.02% estimation process
2015 17,883 -0.22% estimation process
2016 17,548 -1.91% estimation process
2017 17,372 -1.01% estimation process
2018 17,290 -0.47% estimation process
2019 17,231 -0.34% estimation process
2020 17,071 -0.94% estimation process

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People born in McCreary County (1)

Miss December 2017 Allie Leggett was born in McCreary County

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