Bellefonte is a 6th-class city in Greenup County, Kentucky, in the United States. The population was 837 at the 2000 census. Bellefonte is a part of the Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). As of the 2000 census, the MSA had a population of 288,649.
Locally, Bellefonte is known for its upscale neighborhoods and the private Bellefonte Country Club, which has a championship level 18 hole golf course and formal ballroom.
Bellefonte was first incorporated on July 3, 1951, beginning with only 275 residents and developed in the latter half of the 20th century as a suburb of Ashland. The exclusive nature of the city is evident by its demographic makeup. Within the corporate limits, there are virtually no residents under the poverty line.
Nearby, Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital is named for its location, being just north of Bellefonte in Russell. In 1985, Ashland Inc. relocated its national headquarters from Winchester Avenue in downtown Ashland to a hill just north of Bellefonte. This ultra-modern business park complex, was suitable for any fortune 100 company such as Ashland, Inc. It comprised four state of the art glass office buildings: an executive building, two general office buildings and a combination warehouse/office building that contained printing presses and other service-type functions such as landscaping, etc. In 1999, the Corporation moved to Covington, Kentucky. Ashland, Inc. initially retained the executive office building and the office services building and still occupies the office services building. The other structures, after a brief period as office facilities, were ultimately sold to Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital, are known as Bellefonte Centre and Bellefonte Pavilion, and are used for physicians offices & clinics, hospital business offices, other hospital services and are rental offices.