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McCracken County, the 78th county in order of formation, is located in the Jackson Purchase region of the state on the Ohio and Tennessee rivers and is bordered by Ballard, Graves, Livingston, and Marshall counties. The county was originally part of Hickman County, on land purchased from the Chickasaw in 1818. As soon as population warranted, the territory was
devided into Hickman, Graves, Calloway and McCracken counties. McCracken County was formed on January 15, 1825, and was named in honor of Captain Virgil McCracken who was an officer in the War of 1812 and killed at the Battle of the River Raisin on January 22, 1813. Its county seat is Paducah, Kentucky.
Population (2010): 65,565
Land Area: 251.02 Square Miles
Water Area: 17.05 Square Miles
Population Density: 261.19 people per square mile
Cost of Living Index: 82.5 (low, U.S. average is 100)