Kentucky

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Commonwealth of Kentucky
Flag of Kentucky State seal of Kentucky
Flag of Kentucky Seal
Nickname(s): Bluegrass State
Motto(s): United we stand, divided we fall
Map of the United States with Kentucky highlighted
Official languageEnglish[1]
CapitalFrankfort
Largest cityLouisville
AreaRanked 37th
 • Total40,444 sq mi
(104,749 km2)
 • Width140 miles (225 km)
 • Length379 miles (610 km)
 • % water1.7
 • Latitude36°30'N to 39°9'N
 • Longitude81°58'W to 89°34'W
PopulationRanked 26th
 • Total4,173,405
 • Density101.7/sq mi  (39.28/km2)
Ranked 23rd
Elevation
 • Highest pointBlack Mountain[2]
4,145 ft (1,263 m)
 • Mean755 ft  (230 m)
 • Lowest pointMississippi River[2]
257 ft (78 m)
Admission to UnionJune 1, 1792 (15th)
GovernorMatt Bevin (R)
Lieutenant Governor{{{Lieutenant Governor}}}
Legislature{{{Legislature}}}
 • Upper house{{{Upperhouse}}}
 • Lower house{{{Lowerhouse}}}
U.S. SenatorsMitch McConnell (R)
Rand Paul (R)
U.S. House delegationList
Time zones 
 • eastern halfEastern: UTC-5/DST-4
 • western halfCentral: UTC-6/DST-5
ISO 3166US-KY
AbbreviationsKY
Websitewww.kentucky.gov

Kentucky is a state in the United States. Its capital is Frankfort. It touches the states of Missouri (by the Mississippi River), Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia (by the Ohio River), Tennessee and Virginia.

Some people call it the "Bluegrass State" because of a special kind of grass that grows there. It is also famous for its horse farms. The Kentucky Derby, a well-known horse race, is held in the city of Louisville, which is also the largest city in the state. Other well-known places are Fort Knox, The Cumberland Gap, Cumberland Falls, Mammoth Cave, Red River gorge, and Land Between the Lakes.

Some well-known towns and cities are Louisville, Lexington, Owensboro, Bowling Green, Covington, Florence, Maysville, Georgetown, Paducah, Murray, Bardstown, Morehead, Midway, Berea, Richmond, Danville, Versailles, Elizabethtown, Radcliff, Corbin, Somerset, Ashland, and Middlesboro.

Hodgenville, Kentucky is famous for being the birthplace of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln.

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Kentucky State Symbols". Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives. Retrieved 2006-11-29.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Science In Your Backyard: Kentucky". United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2006-11-29.