Geography & Demographics
||Total (Land + Water): 40,409 sq miles; Land Only: 39,728 sq miles|
|Number of Counties
||Eastern Time Zone, Central Time Zone|
||Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia|
|Highest Point||Black Mountain, 4,145 feet|
|National Parks||Mammoth Cave National Park|
|State Population (2015)||4,425,092|
|State Population Density||111.4 people / square mile|
||270, 364, 502, 606, 859|
|Top 5 Cities (2010 population)
Bowling Green (58,067)
Government & Legislature
|State Butterfly||Viceroy butterfly|
|State Fish||Kentucky spotted bass|
|State Gemstone||Freshwater pearl|
|State Horse||Thoroughbred horse|
||United we stand, divided we fall|
|State Music||Bluegrass music|
|State Musical Instrument||Appalachian dulcimer|
|State Rock||Kentucky agate|
|State Silverware Pattern||Old Kentucky Blue Grass, The Georgetown Pattern|
|State Soil||Crider soil series|
|State Wild Animal Game Species||Gray squirrel|
Famous People Born In Kentucky
Nobel Prize Winners
- Thomas H. Morgan (Physiology or Medicine, 1933)
- Phillip A. Sharp (Physiology or Medicine, 1993)
- Robert H. Grubbs (Chemistry, 2005)
United States Presidents
- Abraham Lincoln (16th President)
Pro Football Hall Of Fame Members
- George McAfee (Halfback. Inducted in 1966)
- Paul Hornung (Halfback, Kicker. Inducted in 1986)
- Dermontti Dawson (Center. Inducted in 2012)
Kentucky Fun Facts
- The name "Kentucky" has an Indian origin. There are several sources:
- The Wyandots called it "Kah-ten-tah-teh," meaning "Fair Land of Tomorrow."
- The Shawnee name is "Kain-tuck-ee," meaning "At the Head Of The River."
- The Mohawks called it "Kentucke," meaning "Among the Meadows."
- The Delawares also called it "Kentucke," which means "Place of the Meadows."
- The Catawbas called it "Kentucke" as well, meaning, "The Prairie, or Barrens."
- Held every year since 1875, the Kentucky Derby is the oldest continuously held horse race in the country.
- In 1774, Ford Harrod (now Harrodsburg) was established as the first permanent settlement in the Kentucky region. It was named after James Harrod, who led the construction efforts.
- Cumberland Falls in Kentucky is only place in Western Hemisphere to spot a moonbow on a regular basis (a moonbow is a rainbow made from light reflected off of the moon at night).
- Kentucky’s officeholders and judges must swear an oath before taking office that they have neither fought a duel with deadly weapons nor aided or assisted any person fighting one.
- Kentucky is the only U.S. state to have a continuous border of rivers running along three of its sides—the Mississippi River to the west, the Ohio River to the north, and the Big Sandy River and Tug Fork to the east.
- On January 30, 1900, Kentucky Governor William Goebel was assassinated in downtown Frankfort. Goebel is the only governor of a U.S. state to have been assassinated while in office.
- The song "Happy Birthday to You" was the creation of two Louisville sisters, Patty Hill and Mildred J. Hill, in 1893.
- Middlesboro is the only city in the United States built within a meteor crater.
- In Kentucky, throwing eggs at a public speaker may result in one year in prison.
This page was last updated on August 29, 2016.