( The Bluegrass State )
Its name comes from the Iroquois Indian word "Ken-tah-ten," or "land of tomorrow." Daniel Boone and other frontiersmen settled in Kentucky in 1769. Admitted into the Union in 1792, Kentucky is the 15th state and the first state west of the Appalachian Mountains. It is known as the "Bluegrass State" because of the blue blossoms of the lush grass around Lexington. Kentucky is one of the border states that lie between the North and the South. Rich tobacco fields and champion race horses have long been symbols of Kentucky. Today, Kentucky is associated with coal mines, horse farms ,and racing. Each May, huge crowds in Louisville thrill to the excitement of the Kentucky Derby horse race, America's most prestigious horse race. Visitors to Kentucky may choose from many scenic attractions, recreational facilities and historic sites.
Some of the famous celebrities that were born in Kentucky include:
Gus Van Sant,
The Flag of Kentucky|
Entered the Union in 1792 as the 15th State; flag adopted in 1918, modified in 1962. The frontiersman and hunter, representing Kentucky and the original States, express the meaning of the motto in the seal. The State flower frames the design at the bottom.
Largest Cities in the State|
(2000) Lexington-Fayette, 260,512; Louisville, 256,231; Owensboro, 54,067; Bowling Green, 49,296; Covington, 43,370; Hopkinsville, 30,089; Frankfort, 27,741; Henderson, 27,373; Richmond, 27,152; Jeffersontown, 26,633
Business and Trade in Kentucky
Agriculture: Horses, cattle, tobacco, dairy products, hogs, soybeans, corn.
Industries: Transportation equipment, chemical products, electric equipment, machinery, food processing, tobacco products, coal, tourism.
State Symbols and Emblems
- Bird: Cardinal
- Flower: Goldenrod (solidago altissima)
- Tree: Tulip Poplar
- Song(s): My Old Kentucky Home
Blue Moon of Kentucky (bluegrass song)
- Motto: United We Stand, Divided We Fall
4,041,769 (101.7 mi2)
Geographic Area (mi2)
Rank 36th Largest
Pub & Prv Schools
College & University
Border States: Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia
Illicit Drug Use
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Housing: In Kentucky, there are 1,750,927 housing units, averaging to 44.1 per sq mile.