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Ballard County is located in extreme western Kentucky at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. Comprising an area
of 251 square miles, Ballard County, the ninety-third county in order of formation, was established on February 15, 1842, out of parts of Hickman and McCracken counties and
named in honor of Captain Bland Ballard (1761–1853), a frontiersman, participant in the Battle of
Fallen Timbers (1793) and the River Raisin (1813), andone of the most daring spirits in early Kentucky history as well as a member of the Kentucky General Assembly.
Ballard County is bordered by the Ohio river on the north and the Mississippi river on the west, and Carlisle and McCracken counties share its southern and eastern
boundaries. Its county seat is Wickliffe, Kentucky.
Population (2010): 8,249
Land Area: 251.16 Square Miles
Water Area: 22.44 Square Miles
Population Density: 32.8 people per square mile
Cost of Living Index: 80.2 (low, U.S. average is 100)