Kentucky

state of the United States of America

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.

Kentucky
Commonwealth of Kentucky
Nickname(s): 
Bluegrass State
Motto(s): 
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)
CapitalFrankfort
Largest cityLouisville
Largest metroKentuckiana
Government
 • 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)
Area
 • Total40,408 sq mi (104,659 km2)
 • Land39,895 sq mi (102,895 km2)
 • Water681 sq mi (1,764 km2)  1.7%
Area rank37th
Dimensions
 • Length379 mi (610 km)
 • Width170 mi (250 km)
Elevation
750 ft (230 m)
Highest elevation4,145 ft (1,265 m)
Lowest elevation250 ft (78 m)
Population
 (2019)
 • Total4,467,673
 • Rank26th
 • Density110/sq mi (42.5/km2)
 • Density rank21st
 • Median household income
$48,375[2]
 • Income rank
44th
Demonym(s)Kentuckian
Language
 • 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
KY
ISO 3166 codeUS-KY
Trad. abbreviationKy
Latitude36° 30′ N to 39° 09′ N
Longitude81° 58′ W to 89° 34′ W
Websitekentucky.gov
Kentucky state symbols
Flag of Kentucky.svg
Seal of Kentucky.svg
Living insignia
BirdCardinal
ButterflyViceroy butterfly
Wildlife animalGray squirrel
FishKentucky spotted bass
FlowerGoldenrod
Horse breedThoroughbred
InsectWestern honeybee
TreeTulip poplar
Inanimate insignia
BeverageMilk
DanceClogging
FoodBlackberry
FossilBrachiopod
GemstoneFreshwater pearl
MineralCoal
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

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 pagesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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.

Notes

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