Powell County is a county located in the U.S. Commonwealth of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 12,613. Its county seat is Stanton. The county was formed January 7, 1852, by Kentucky Governor Lazarus W. Powell from parts of Clark, Estill, and Montgomery counties. It is a prohibition or dry county.
The county line separating Powell County from Wolfe County runs across the center of Natural Bridge; however, the state resort park is located in Powell County. Natural Bridge State Resort Park is abundant with Native American relics, shelters, and burial grounds. The main attraction is the bridge itself, a natural arch with more than 15 million pounds of rock in suspension. It is 30 feet wide at the top and 85 feet at the base; one of the more than 70 natural arches located in the area.
Powell County is home to Natural Bridge State Resort Park and the Red River Gorge Geologic Area, two of Kentucky’s most important natural areas and ecotourism destinations, as well as Pilot Knob State Nature Preserve.
The median income for a household in the county was $25,515, and the median income for a family was $30,483. Males had a median income of $26,962 versus $18,810 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,060. About 18.90% of families and 23.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.00% of those under age 18 and 20.00% of those age 65 or over.