Knott County is located in South Eastern Kentucky with a population of 15,973 people as of the 2013 Census. Its county seat is Hindman. The county was formed in 1884 and is named for James Proctor Knott, Governor of Kentucky (1883–1887). It is a prohibition or dry county. Its county seat is home to the Hindman Settlement School, founded as America’s first settlement school.
The Knott County town of Pippa Passes is home to Alice Lloyd College.