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Commonwealth of Kentucky
Bluegrass State
United we stand, divided we fall
Deo gratiam habeamus
(Let us be grateful to God)
Anthem: My Old Kentucky Home
Map of the United States with Kentucky highlighted
Map of the United States with Kentucky highlighted
CountryUnited States
Before statehoodPart of Virginia (District of Kentucky)
Admitted to the UnionJune 1, 1792 (15th)
Largest cityLouisville
Largest metro and urban areasKentuckiana
 • GovernorAndy Beshear (D)
 • Lieutenant GovernorJacqueline Coleman (D)
LegislatureKentucky General Assembly
 • Upper houseSenate
 • Lower houseHouse of Representatives
U.S. senatorsMitch McConnell (R)
Rand Paul (R)
U.S. House delegation5 Republicans
1 Democrat (list)
 • Total40,408 sq mi (104,659 km2)
 • Land39,895 sq mi (102,895 km2)
 • Water681 sq mi (1,764 km2)  1.7%
 • Rank37th
 • Length379 mi (610 km)
 • Width170 mi (250 km)
750 ft (230 m)
Highest elevation4,145 ft (1,265 m)
Lowest elevation250 ft (78 m)
 • Total4,467,673
 • Rank26th
 • Density110/sq mi (42.5/km2)
  • Rank21st
 • Median household income
 • Income rank
 • Official languageEnglish[3]
Time zones
eastern halfUTC−05:00 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−04:00 (EDT)
western halfUTC−06:00 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−05:00 (CDT)
USPS abbreviation
ISO 3166 codeUS-KY
Traditional abbreviationKy
Latitude36° 30′ N to 39° 09′ N
Longitude81° 58′ W to 89° 34′ W
Kentucky state symbols
Living insignia
ButterflyViceroy butterfly
Wildlife animalGray squirrel
FishKentucky spotted bass
Horse breedThoroughbred
InsectWestern honeybee
TreeTulip poplar
Inanimate insignia
GemstoneFreshwater pearl
RockKentucky agate
SloganKentucky Unbridled Spirit
SoilCrider Soil Series
OtherChevrolet Corvette (state sports car)
State route marker
Kentucky state route marker
State quarter
Kentucky quarter dollar coin
Released in 2001
Lists of United States state symbols

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. There are many rivers in Kentucky.

History[change | change source]

The first people to settle in Kentucky were Native Americans before the arrival of Europeans. African slaves worked on plantations.

Louisville, the main city of Kentucky [4] until last century, was founded in the XVIII century (around 1778) by George Rogers Clark and some French colonists.

Some people call it the "Bluegrass State" because of a special kind of grass that grows there. There are also horses in Kentucky that eat this blue grass. Kentucky is very famous for its horse farms. The Kentucky Derby, a well-known horse race. It 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.

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Notes[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Elevation adjusted to North American Vertical Datum of 1988.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Elevations and Distances in the United States". United States Geological Survey. 2001. Archived from the original on October 15, 2011. Retrieved October 21, 2011.
  2. "Median Annual Household Income". The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  3. "Kentucky State Symbols". Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives. Archived from the original on July 3, 2007. Retrieved November 29, 2006.
  4. "Kentucky Green Energy Solar Program Guide". WhatsBiomass. Archived from the original on 2023-03-20. Retrieved 2023-02-16.

Bibliography[change | change source]

  • Channing, Steven. Kentucky: A Bicentennial History (1977).