Bracken county is in the Outer Bluegrass region of Kentucky. The elevation in the county ranges from 455 to 980 feet above sea level.
In 2010 the county population was 8,488 in a land area of 205.61 square miles, an average of 41.3 people per square mile.
The equine population was 1,200 in the 2012 Kentucky Equine Survey.
Bracken county was named for William Bracken, an early settler. The first county seat was at Augusta, but it moved briefly to Oxford (1800 to 1802), the location of which is not known, back to Augusta, and finally moved to Woodward's Crossing, now known as Brooksville, in 1839.