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This article is about the U.S. state of Kentucky. “Kentucky” is also a common Caribbean nickname for Kentucky Fried Chicken.

Commonwealth of Kentucky
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State nickname: Bluegrass State

Other U.S. States
Capital Frankfort
Largest City Louisville
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water
 - % water
Ranked 37th
104,749 kmē
102,989 kmē
1,760 kmē
 - Total (2000)
 - Density
Ranked 25th
Admittance into Union
 - Order
 - Date

June 1, 1792
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Central: UTC-6/-5
eastern counties in Eastern Timezone, western counties in Western Timezone
36°30'N to 39°9'N
81°58'W to 89°34'W
225 km
610 km
1,262 meters
230 meters
78 meters
ISO 3166-2:US-KY

Kentucky is a southern state of The United States Of America and was the 15th state admitted to the Union.

Kentucky and its residents are probably most well known for thoroughbred horses and racing, local whiskey distilleries and unbridled fanaticism for basketball. The two principal rivals in the state are the University of Kentucky (blue, Wildcats) and the University of Louisville (red, Cardinals).

Several US Navy ships have been named USS Kentucky in honor of the state.

Table of contents
1 History
2 Law and Government
3 Geography
4 Economy
5 Demographics
6 Important Cities and Towns
7 Education
8 Professional Sports Teams
9 Miscellaneous Information
10 External Links


Kentucky is one of four states to call itself a commonwealth. At one point in time, Kentucky was a county of Virginia. Ten constitutional conventions took place at the courthouse of Constitution Square in Danville, Kentucky between 1784-1792. In 1790, Kentucky delegates accepted Virginia's terms for separation, and the state constitution was drafted at the final convention in April 1792. On June 1, 1792, Kentucky became the fifteenth state in the union and Isaac Shelby, a Revolutionary War hero, was named the first Governor of the Commonwealth Of Kentucky.

On May 20, 1861 during the American Civil War, Kentucky proclaimed its neutrality in the conflict but was forced to take the side of the Union on September 3 when Confederate forces under General Leonidas Polk invaded.

Law and Government

The capital of Kentucky is Frankfort and its governor is Ernie Fletcher (Republican). Kentucky's two U.S. senators are Jim Bunning (Republican) and Mitch McConnell (Republican). The Kentucky Constitution provides for three branches of government: the legislative, the judicial, and the executive. Kentucky's General Assembly has two chambers: the Senate and the House of Representatives.See List of Kentucky Governors.


See: List of Kentucky counties

Kentucky, also known as The Bluegrass State, borders the Midwest and Deep South. It touches West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio, and is bordered on the north by the Ohio River. There are five main regions, the Cumberland Mountains and Cumberland Plateau in the southeast, the north-central Bluegrass Region, the south-central and western Pennyroyal Plateau, also sometimes termed "Pennyrile", the western coal-fields area, and the far-west Jackson Purchase.

The largest cities in Kentucky in terms of geographic area are the two metro city/counties of Lexington and Louisville, although Louisville has a much larger metropolitan population. Northern Kentucky, an assemblage of smaller cities across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, Ohio, also has a large metropolitan population.

Significant Natural Attractions


The total gross state product for 1999 was $113 billion, placing Kentucky 26th in the nation. Its Per Capita Personal Income is $24,294, 40th in the nation. Kentucky's agricultural outputs are horses, cattle, tobacco,dairy products, hogs, soybeans, and corn. Its industrial outputs are transportation equipment, chemical products, electric equipment, machinery, food processing, tobacco products, coal, and tourism.


According to the national census, there were 4,041,769 people living in Kentucky in 2000.

Important Cities and Towns


Colleges and Universities

Community Colleges

  • Ashland Community College
  • Ashland Technical College
  • Bowling Green Technical College
  • Central Kentucky Technical College
  • Elizabethtown Community College
  • Elizabethtown Technical College
  • Gateway Community and Technical Colleges
  • Hazard Community College
  • Henderson Community College
  • Hopkinsville Community College
  • Jefferson Community College
  • Jefferson Technical College
  • Lexington Community College
  • Madisonville Community and Technical Colleges
  • Mayo Technical College
  • Maysville Community College
  • Owensboro Community College
  • Owensboro Technical College
  • Paducah Community College
  • Prestonburg Community College
  • Rowan Technical College
  • Somerset Community College
  • West Kentucky Technical College

Professional Sports Teams

The Minor League baseball teams are:

The Minor League hockey teams are:

The National Indoor Football League teams are:

Miscellaneous Information

External Links