Kentucky State Map, History, Population, Facts, Capitol, Flag

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Kentucky was the 15th state in the USA; it became a state on June 1, 1792.

State Abbreviation – KY
State Capital – Frankfort
Largest City – Louisville
Area – 40,411 square miles [Kentucky is the 37th biggest state in the USA]
Population – 4,395,295 (as of 2013) [Kentucky is the 26th most populous state in the USA]
Name for Residents – Kentuckians
Major Industries – agriculture (tobacco, corn, peanuts, wheat), mining (anthracite coal), horse-raising, whiskey manufacturing, automobile and truck manufacturing, chemical manufacturing

Presidential Birthplace – Abraham Lincoln was born in Hardin County (now called Larue County) on February 12, 1809 (he was the 16th US President, serving from 1861 to 1865).

Major Rivers – Ohio River, Mississippi River, Cumberland River, Kentucky River, Green River
Major Lakes – Lake Cumberland, Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley
Highest Point – Black Mountain – 4,145 feet (1,263 m) above sea level
Number of Counties – 120
Bordering States – Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia

Origin of the Name Kentucky – Kentucky is from the Iroquois Indian word “Ken-tah-ten,” which means “land of tomorrow.”
State Nickname – Bluegrass State
State Motto – “United we stand, divided we fall”
State Slogan – “Unbridled Spirit”
State Song – My Old Kentucky Home, by Stephen Foster 

Kentucky State Symbols and Emblems:

State FlagKentucky’s official state flag was adopted in 1918, but that design was not finalized until in 1928. The flag was again changed in 1962.The flag has a deep blue background with part of the state seal in the center. In the center are the words “COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY” and “UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL.” On the seal, a pioneer and a statesman are shaking hands. Goldenrod flowers encircle the bottom half of the seal.

Animal Symbols:

State Bird

State Wild Animal

Gray squirrel
State HorseThoroughbred
State FishKentucky Bass State Insect

Viceroy Butterfly
State FossilBrachiopod

Plant Symbols:

State FlowerGoldenrod
(Solidago altissima)
State TreeTulip Tree
(Liriodendron tulipifera)

Earth Symbols:

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