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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 language English[1]
Capital Frankfort
Largest city Louisville
Area Ranked 37th
 - Total 40,444 sq mi
(104,749 km2)
 - Width 140 miles (225 km)
 - Length 379 miles (610 km)
 - % water 1.7
 - Latitude 36°30'N to 39°9'N
 - Longitude 81°58'W to 89°34'W
Number of people Ranked 26th
 - Total 4,173,405
 - Density 101.7/sq mi  (39.28/km2)
Ranked 23rd
Height above sea level
 - Highest point Black Mountain[2]
4,145 ft (1,263 m)
 - Average 755 ft  (230 m)
 - Lowest point Mississippi River[2]
257 ft (78 m)
Became part of the U.S. June 1, 1792 (15th)
Governor Steve Beshear (D)
U.S. Senators Mitch McConnell (R)
Rand Paul (R)
Time zones  
 - eastern half Eastern: UTC-5/DST-4
 - western half Central: UTC-6/DST-5
Abbreviations KY, US-KY

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

Other pages


  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.