Pendleton county is in the Bluegrass region of Kentucky. The elevation in the county ranges from 455 to 960 feet above sea level.
In 2010 the county population was 14,877 in a land area of 277.16 square miles, an average of 53.7 people per square mile.
The equine population was 2,200 in the 2012 Kentucky Equine Survey.
Pendleton county was named for Edmund Pendleton, judge, member of the Virginia legislature, and member of the first Continental Congress.