Owenton is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Owen County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 1,327 at the 2010 census. It is located at the junction of U.S. Route 127 and Kentucky Route 22, about halfway between Louisville and Cincinnati.
Owenton was founded in 1822 and named for its county, which was named for Col. Abraham Owen, a pioneer who died at the Battle of Tippecanoe. The town was first incorporated on December 18, 1828, although it had to be reïncorporated in 1849. The Greek Revival courthouse was built between 1857–58. Owenton's growth in the late 19th century was limited because a railroad was never built to it.
Owenton is located at 38°32′12″N 84°50′22″W (38.536614, -84.839363). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.7 km2), of which 2.2 square miles (5.7 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (0.89%) is water.