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.
|Commonwealth of Kentucky|
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
|Before statehood||Part of Virginia (District of Kentucky)|
|Admitted to the Union||June 1, 1792 (15th)|
|Largest metro and urban areas||Kentuckiana|
|• Governor||Andy Beshear (D)|
|• Lieutenant Governor||Jacqueline Coleman (D)|
|Legislature||Kentucky General Assembly|
|• Upper house||Senate|
|• Lower house||House of Representatives|
|U.S. senators||Mitch McConnell (R)|
Rand Paul (R)
|U.S. House delegation||5 Republicans|
1 Democrat (list)
|• Total||40,408 sq mi (104,659 km2)|
|• Land||39,895 sq mi (102,895 km2)|
|• Water||681 sq mi (1,764 km2) 1.7%|
|• Length||379 mi (610 km)|
|• Width||170 mi (250 km)|
|Elevation||750 ft (230 m)|
|Highest elevation||4,145 ft (1,265 m)|
|Lowest elevation||250 ft (78 m)|
|• Density||110/sq mi (42.5/km2)|
|• Density rank||21st|
|• Median household income||$48,375|
|• Income rank||44th|
|• Official language||English|
|eastern half||UTC−05:00 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−04:00 (EDT)|
|western half||UTC−06:00 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−05:00 (CDT)|
|ISO 3166 code||US-KY|
|Latitude||36° 30′ N to 39° 09′ N|
|Longitude||81° 58′ W to 89° 34′ W|
|Kentucky state symbols|
|Wildlife animal||Gray squirrel|
|Fish||Kentucky spotted bass|
|Slogan||Kentucky Unbridled Spirit|
|Soil||Crider Soil Series|
|Other||Chevrolet Corvette (state sports car)|
|State route marker|
Released in 2001
|Lists of United States state symbols|
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Kentucky.|
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 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.
- Elevation adjusted to North American Vertical Datum of 1988.
- "Elevations and Distances in the United States". United States Geological Survey. 2001. Archived from the original on October 15, 2011. Retrieved October 21, 2011.
- "Median Annual Household Income". The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
- "Kentucky State Symbols". Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives. Archived from the original on July 3, 2007. Retrieved November 29, 2006.
- Channing, Steven. Kentucky: A Bicentennial History (1977).