Stearns is a census-designated place (CDP) in McCreary County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 1,586 at the 2000 census. It was founded by Justus Smith Stearns.
Stearns is located at 36°41′53″N 84°28′36″W / 36.69806°N 84.47667°W / 36.69806; -84.47667 (36.697976, -84.476776).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 4.0 square miles (10.4 km²), of which, 4.0 square miles (10.4 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.50%) is water.