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Kentucky is a state locatit in the east sooth-central region o the Unitit States. Awtho styled as the "State o Kentucky" in the law creautin it,[5] Kentucky is ane o fowr U.S. states constitutit as a commonweel (the ithers bein Virginie, Pennsylvanie, an Massachusetts). Oeeginally a pairt o Virginie, in 1792 Kentucky becam the 15t state tae jyne the Union. Kentucky is the 37t maist extensive an the 26t maist populous o the 50 Unitit States.

Commonweel o Kentucky
Banner o Kentucky State seal o Kentucky
Banner Seal
Nickname(s): Bluegrass State
Motto(s): Unitit we staund, dividit we faw
Deo gratiam habeamus
(Let us be gratefu tae God)
Cairt o the Unitit States wi Kentucky heichlichtit
Offeecial leid Inglis[1]
Demonym Kentuckian
Caipital Frankfort
Lairgest ceety Louisville
Lairgest metro Louisville metropolitan aurie
Aurie Ranked 37t
 • Tot 40,409 sq mi
(104,659 km2)
 • Width 140 miles (225 km)
 • Lenth 379 miles (610 km)
 • % watter 1.7
 • Latitude 36° 30′ N tae 39° 09′ N
 • Longitude 81° 58′ W tae 89° 34′ W
Population Ranked 26t
 • Tot 4,436,974 (2016 est)[2]
 • Density 110/sq mi  (42.5/km2)
Ranked 22nt
 • Heichest pynt Black Moontain[3][4]
4,145 ft (1263 m)
 • Mean 750 ft  (230 m)
 • Lawest pynt Mississippi River at Kentucky Bend[3][4]
257 ft (78 m)
Afore statehuid pairt o Virginie
Admission to Union June 1, 1792 (15th)
Govrenor Matt Bevin (R)
Lieutenant Governor Jenean Hampton (R)
Legislatur Kentucky General Assembly
 • Upper hoose Senate
 • Lawer hoose Hoose o Representatives
U.S. Senators Mitch McConnell (R)
Rand Paul (R)
U.S. Hoose delegation 5 Republicans, 1 Democrat (leet)
Time zones  
 • eastren hauf Eastren: UTC −5/−4
 • wastren hauf Central: UTC −6/−5
ISO 3166 US-KY
Abbreviations KY, Ky.

Kentucky is kent as the "Bluegrass State," a nickname based on the bluegrass foond in mony o its pasturs due tae the fertile sile. Ane o the major regions in Kentucky is the Bluegrass Region in central Kentucky, that hooses twa o its major ceeties, Louisville an Lexington. It is a laund wi diverse environments an abundant resoorces, includin the warld's langest cave seestem, Mammoth Cave Naitional Pairk, the greatest lenth o navigable watterweys an streams in the contiguous Unitit States, an the twa lairgest man-made lochs east o the Mississippi River.

Kentucky is an aw kent for horse racin, bourbon distilleries, moonshine, coal, the "My Old Kentucky Home" historic naitional pairk, automobile manufacturin, tabaccae, bluegrass muisic, college basketbaw, an Kentucky Fried Chicken.


  1. "Kentucky State Symbols". Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives. Archived frae the oreeginal on July 31, 2007. Retrieved November 29, 2006. 
  2. "Table 1. Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for the United States, Regions, States, and Puerto Rico: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2016" (CSV). U.S. Census Bureau. December 2016. Retrieved March 5, 2017. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Elevations and Distances in the United States". United States Geological Survey. 2001. Archived frae the oreeginal on October 15, 2011. Retrieved October 21, 2011. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Elevation adjusted to North American Vertical Datum of 1988.
  5. United States Congress. "Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America". Statutes at Large: 1st Congress. p. 189. Retrieved June 4, 2017. 

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