Crittenden County

Welcome to Crittenden County

Named after Governor John J. Crittenden, the rural yet thriving area of Crittenden County boasts an ideal location between Paducah and Madisonville. Here, you'll find a collection of small towns filled with history, local businesses, and surprisingly affordable homes. And if you're looking for an escape from the city, you've come to the right place.

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At a Glance

Getting Around

Major roads: US-60, US-641, I-69, Route 91
Nashville International Airport: 1 hour, 58 minutes
Paducah, KY: 56 minutes
Clarksville, TN: 1 hour, 32 minutes


Population: 8,915
Largest city: Marion
County seat: Marion
Median home value: $119,500

Communities of Crittenden County


Known as the "Folding Chair Capital of the World," Dycusburg is a tight-knit community nestled on the shores of the Cumberland River. Though largely residential, this tiny town is the perfect place for anyone looking to get away from it all.   


Marion serves as the Crittenden County Seat, and it's also the area's largest city. In fact, Marion contains nearly a third of the county's total population! If you're looking for something to do in Marion, try exploring one of the town's many museums or catch a performance at Fohs Hall. 


The unincorporated community of Crayne is truly the ultimate escape from city life. With a population of just 173 residents, this one-of-a-kind area has its own post office, as well as homes with ample acreage. If you're looking to live a rural lifestyle, this is the place for you! 

Things to Do in Crittenden County

What You'll LOVE in Crittenden County

Small towns, vast green spaces, and serene waterfront panoramas all give Crittenden County its distinct Southern charm. Here are a few more things you'll love about this uniquely rural area.

Shopping & dining

Most of Crittenden County's major shopping and dining destinations are located in Marion, the county seat. Take a trip to Downtown Marion, and you'll find top spots like Darben Plaza, Bowtanicals Florist & Gift Shop, and Signature Boutique.

Once you've worked up an appetite, be sure to try out Crittenden County's famous Southern cuisine. The Front Porch, Coppertop Barbecue, and Candy's Kitchen are just a few must-try spots around the county.

Parks and recreation

Crittenden County's ideal location on the Cumberland River makes it the perfect place to launch your boat or just take in the gorgeous scenery. If you want to get outdoors, try heading to Riverview Park in Marion. Here, you can camp in a tent or RV, let loose on the playground, or just watch the barge traffic along the river. Marion also has its own sports field and is close to the Garden of the Gods, a major natural attraction.

Educational opportunities

Children living in the area are served by Crittenden County Schools, which operates three institutions located in Marion. In total, the district has an enrollment of around 1,401 and boasts a low student-to-teacher ratio of just 17:1. The district has also achieved a graduation rate of 92%, and many students go on to attend local universities.

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