Kentucky (KY)

Kentucky State sign

Quick Facts

Capital City: Frankfort

Abbreviation:  KY

Population (2019):  4,395,295; Rank: 26 of 50 | Population Quick Facts

Region:   South  List of US Regions

Admission to Statehood:  June 1, 1792 (15th State)

State Motto: United We Stand; Divided We Fall

State Nickname:  Bluegrass State

Origin of State Name:  Based on the Iroquois Indian word Ken-tah-ten meaning “land of tomorrow”

Area Codes:  270, 502, 606, 859

Zip Codes:   Kentucky Zip Codes


State Symbols

Bird:  Cardinal | List of State Birds

Flag:   Kentucky Flag
Placed on a navy blue field is the seal and words “Commonwealth of Kentucky”. The two friends shaking hands, a pioneer and a statesman, represent all the people. They are acting out the meaning of Kentucky’s motto: “United We Stand; Divided We Fall”. Sprays of the state flower {goldenrod} extend in a half circle around the picture. Flag adopted 1918 amended in 1928 & 1962. Get this Flag

Flower:  Goldenrod (Solidago altissima) | Other State Flowers

Soil:  Crider

Song:  My Old Kentucky Home” | Words by: Stephen C. Foster | Music by: Stephen C. Foster
Other State Songs | Sheet Music
State Quarter:

Tree:   Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) | Other State Trees

Quarter:  Kentucky Quarter -Details include thoroughbred racehorse behind fence, Bardstown mansion, Federal Hill| List of State Quarters



Area:  Area: 40,411 sq.mi (104,664, 37th
Land: 39,732 sq.mi. (102,905, 26th
Water: 679 sq.mi. (1,759, 38th

Largest Cities:  Louisville | Lexington – Fayette | Bowling Green | Owensboro | Covington | Hopkinsville | Richmond | Florence | Georgetown | Henderson

Border States:   Illinois | Indiana | Missouri | Ohio | Tennessee | Virginia | West Virginia |

Highest Point:  Black Mountain ; 4,145 feet, (1,263 m), 27th tallest

Lowest Point:  Kentucky; 257 feet, 31st lowest

Geographic Center:  Marion, 3 miles northwest of Lebanon

National Parks:

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park
Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area
Camp Nelson National Monument
Cumberland Gap National Historical Park
Fort Donelson National Battlefield
Mammoth Cave National Park
Mill Springs Battlefield National Monument


Location:  Absolute Center: 37°21.5’N / 85°30.4’W
Relative Center: Marion, 3 miles north northwest of Lebanon
Distance Between U.S. Cities


State Government

Governor:  Andy Beshear (D)

Senators:  Rand Paul (R)  Mitch McConnell (R)

Representatives: House Senate

Constitution:  Kentucky’s constitution

Electoral College Votes:  8 votes



Agriculture: Horses, cattle, tobacco, dairy products, hogs, soybeans, corn.

Industry: Transportation equipment, chemical products, electric equipment, machinery, food processing, tobacco products, coal, tourism.