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As we bridge the gap toward the anticipation of the start of football season I wanted to do a study on Geography and Football Success.

Using data from 2000 until the present I have broken down the entire State of Kentucky by County (for those that play football).

I developed a formula which takes into account State Titles, State Runner-Ups, Semi-Finals Appearances, and Regional Championship Appearances. I figured up a win percentage and the number of total winning seasons. I also factored for the total number of teams and the subsequent "Wins Per Season Average" for the teams in the County. Most importantly of all, I factored in the total population of the County based off the 2012 Census.

The end result is a "Strength Rating" which can be used to compare and rank the Counties.



Without further ado... let's begin our study with the Ten Counties That Ranked The BEST



#15 Crittenden County
Population: 9,274
Number Of Schools: 1
Finals: 0
Titles: 0

Record: 107-91 (54.04%)
Winning Seasons: 8
Regional Finals: 3
Semi's: 1
W.P.S. Average: 6.29

Strength Rating: 0.983


#14 Pulaski
Population: 63,607
Number Of Schools: 3
Finals: 5
Titles: 1

Record: 382-231 (62.32%)
Winning Seasons: 37
Regional Finals: 20
Semi's: 12
W.P.S. Average: 7.49

Strength Rating: 1.147



#13 Simpson
Population: 17,558
Number Of Schools: 1
Finals: 2
Titles: 0

Record: 132-73 (64.39%)
Winning Seasons: 14
Regional Finals: 4
Semi's: 2
W.P.S. Average: 7.76

Strength Rating:1.179



#12 Caldwell
Population: 12,937
Number Of Schools: 1
Finals: 1
Titles: 0

Record: 123-77 (61.50%)
Winning Seasons: 12
Regional Finals: 5
Semi's: 1
W.P.S. Average: 7.24

Strength Rating: 1.184


#11 Greenup
Population: 36,757
Number Of Schools: 3
Finals: 2
Titles: 1

Record: 355-253 (58.39%)
Winning Seasons: 33
Regional Finals: 15
Semi's: 7
W.P.S. Average: 6.96

Strength Rating: 1.214



#10 Bell
Population: 28,158
Number Of Schools: 3
Finals: 1
Titles: 1

Record: 352-248 (58.67%)
Winning Seasons: 30
Regional Finals: 14
Semi's: 5
W.P.S. Average: 6.90

Strength Rating: 1.244


#9 Monroe
Population: 10,841
Number Of Schools: 1
Finals: 0
Titles: 0

Record: 115-87 (56.93%)
Winning Seasons: 11
Regional Finals: 4
Semi's: 3
W.P.S. Average: 6.76

Strength Rating:1.432


#8 Rockcastle
Population: 17,049
Number Of Schools: 1
Finals: 2
Titles: 0

Record: 137-75 (64.62%)
Winning Seasons: 11
Regional Finals: 5
Semi's: 4
W.P.S. Average: 8.06

Strength Rating: 1.565



#7 Perry
Population: 28,283
Number Of Schools: 2
Finals: 4
Titles: 1

Record: 239-166 (59.01%)
Winning Seasons: 21
Regional Finals: 11
Semi's: 6
W.P.S. Average: 7.03

Strength Rating: 1.596



#6 Johnson
Population: 23,406
Number Of Schools: 2
Finals: 2
Titles: 1

Record: 270-141 (65.69%)
Winning Seasons: 23
Regional Finals: 13
Semi's: 6
W.P.S. Average: 7.94

Strength Rating: 1.737



#5 Pike
Population: 64,066
Number Of Schools: 7* (Elkhorn City played two seasons before becoming part of East Ridge)
Finals: 11
Titles: 7

Record: 621-564 (52.41%)
Winning Seasons: 44
Regional Finals: 30
Semi's: 18
W.P.S. Average: 6.09

Strength Rating: 1.935



#4 Breathitt
Population: 13,627
Number Of Schools: 1
Finals: 2
Titles: 1

Record: 144-66 (68.57%)
Winning Seasons: 13
Regional Finals: 7
Semi's: 3
W.P.S. Average: 8.47

Strength Rating: 2.018



#3 Campbell
Population: 90,884
Number Of Schools: 7
Finals: 22
Titles: 13

Record: 721-618 (53.85%)
Winning Seasons: 60
Regional Finals: 35
Semi's: 24
W.P.S. Average: 6.44

Strength Rating: 2.077



#2 Graves
Population: 37,556
Number Of Schools: 2
Finals: 10
Titles: 6

Record: 313-132 (70.34%)
Winning Seasons: 26
Regional Finals: 19
Semi's: 16
W.P.S. Average: 9.21

Strength Rating: 2.806



#1 Boyle
Population: 28,924
Number Of Schools: 2
Finals: 13
Titles: 9

Record: 366-95 (79.39%)
Winning Seasons: 30
Regional Finals: 23
Semi's: 18
W.P.S. Average: 10.76

Strength Rating: 4.452