Some of the cities, towns, and places in McCracken County are Camelia, Cecil, Cimota City, Farley, Freemont, Future City, Grahamville, Graves County, Hardmoney, Heath, Hendron, Hovekamp, Krebs, Lone Oak, Massac, Maxon, Melber, Paducah, Ragland, Reidland, Rossington, Rudolph, Saint Johns, Sheehan Bridge, West Paducah, Woodville
McCracken County is a county located in the far western portion of U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 65,565. The county seat and only municipality is Paducah. McCracken County was the 78th county formed in the state, having been created in 1825. It is part of the historic Jackson Purchase, territory sold by the Chickasaw people to General Andrew Jackson and Governor Isaac Shelby; this territory was located at the extreme western end of Kentucky.
Paducah developed based on its "River and Rail" traffic. Steamboats, barges, and the Illinois Central Railroad were the basis of the economy into the late 20th century. In the 1920s, the Illinois Central built the largest operating and maintenance base in the world here.
In the 21st century, McCracken County is part of the Paducah, KY-IL Micropolitan Statistical Area.