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.

Commonwealth of Kentucky
Flag of Kentucky State seal of Kentucky
Flag Seal
Bluegrass State
Motto(s): United we stand, divided we fall
Deo gratiam habeamus
(Let us be grateful to God)
State song(s): "My Old Kentucky Home"
Map of the United States with Kentucky highlighted
Official languageEnglish[1]
Largest cityLouisville
Largest metroKentuckiana
AreaRanked 37th
 • Total40,408 sq mi
(104,659 km2)
 • Width170 miles (250 km)
 • Length379 miles (610 km)
 • % water1.7
 • Latitude36° 30′ N to 39° 09′ N
 • Longitude81° 58′ W to 89° 34′ W
PopulationRanked 26th
 • Total4,468,402 (2018 est.)[2]
 • Density110/sq mi  (42.5/km2)
Ranked 22nd
 • Highest pointBlack Mountain[3][4]
4,145 ft (1265 m)
 • Mean750 ft  (230 m)
 • Lowest pointMississippi River at Kentucky Bend[3][4]
250 ft (78 m)
Before statehoodPart of Virginia (District of Kentucky)
Admission to UnionJune 1, 1792 (15th)
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)
Time zones 
 • eastern halfEastern: UTC −5/−4
 • western halfCentral: UTC −6/−5
AbbreviationsKY, Ky
Kentucky state symbols
Flag of Kentucky.svg
Seal of Kentucky.svg
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

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


  1. "Kentucky State Symbols". Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives. Archived from the original on July 31, 2007. Retrieved November 29, 2006. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help)
  2. "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". U.S. Census Bureau. December 20, 2018. Retrieved December 20, 2018.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Elevations and Distances in the United States". United States Geological Survey. 2001. Archived from the original on October 15, 2011. Retrieved October 21, 2011. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Elevation adjusted to North American Vertical Datum of 1988.