Kentucky, US

Kentucky: State of the United States of America


Kentucky covers 40,409 square miles spanning diverse geography including mountains, plateaus, fertile plains and swamps. It shares borders with 7 states: Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee and Missouri.

The climate is humid subtropical with abundant rainfall. Winters are cool while summers are hot and humid.

Economy and Industry

Kentucky has a diversified economy led by manufacturing, agriculture, healthcare, transportation and tourism. Key industries include automotive manufacturing, aerospace, aluminum production, food processing and distilling.

Major companies like UPS, GE Appliances and Ford have operations in Kentucky. The state leads in tobacco and bourbon production. Tourism draws visitors to the Kentucky Derby and bourbon distilleries on the Bourbon Trail.

Culture and Demographics

Kentucky has about 4.5 million residents. The population is predominately white at 87%, with Black or African Americans making up 8%. The culture reflects traditional southern hospitality mixed with Appalachian influences.

Education and Sports

The University of Kentucky and University of Louisville are the two major universities with storied college sports programs. Churchill Downs racetrack and the Louisville Slugger Museum are icons of Kentucky’s sports legacy.

Government and Politics

The capital is Frankfort while Louisville is the largest city. The current governor is Andy Beshear, a Democrat. Kentucky has voted Republican in recent presidential elections.


In summary, Kentucky is known for horse racing, bourbon, coal mining and scenic natural beauty. It has a diversified economy and culture deeply rooted in the American South. Kentucky offers a unique blend of pioneering history, hospitality and tradition.

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Location of Kentucky

Quick Facts about Kentucky

Population : 4,477,251
Country : United States of America
Head of government : Governor of Kentucky
Twitter username : kygov
Area : 104659 km2
Water as percent of area : 2.28%
Land as percent of area : 97.72%
Northernmost point : Point(-84.7478 39.1434)
Legislative body : Kentucky General Assembly
Named for : Kentucky River
Official language : English
Altitude : 755 feet / 230 meters
Capital : Frankfort
Establishment : June 06, 1792 (231 years ago)
Time Zone : America/New_York, Eastern Time Zone
Local time : 00:21:28 (1st March 2024)
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Seal of Kentucky
Seal of Kentucky seal image


Kentucky is located at 38°12'2"N 84°52'39"W (38.2004200, -84.8776200). It has 7 neighbors: Missouri, Tennessee, West Virginia, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Virginia.

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The largest city of Kentucky is Louisville with a population of 760,026. Other cities include, Lexington-Fayette population 314,488, Meads population 288,649, Ironville population 288,649 and Lexington population 225,366. See all Kentucky cities & populated places.

Largest Cities in Kentucky (more)

Cities, Towns, Villages, Neighborhoods & Other Populated Places in Kentucky.

City Name Title County Population
Louisville The nineteenth most populous city in the United States and the center of the Louisville metropolitan area. Jefferson 760,026
Lexington-Fayette The most populous city in Kentucky and the center of the Lexington-Fayette metropolitan area. Fayette 314,488
Meads A census-designated place located in Meade County, Kentucky. Boyd 288,649
Ironville A city located in Lawrence County, Kentucky. Boyd 288,649
Lexington The second most populous city in Kentucky. Fayette 225,366
Bowling Green The most populous city in Warren County, Kentucky. Warren 70,631
Owensboro The most populous city in Daviess County, Kentucky. Daviess 60,344
Covington The county seat of Kenton County, Kentucky. Kenton 40,314
Richmond City in and the county seat of Madison County, Kentucky, United States Madison 36,800
Georgetown City in Kentucky Harlan 35,847
Florence City in Kentucky, US Boone 33,423
Hopkinsville City in Christian County, Kentucky, United States Christian 30,899
Nicholasville City in Kentucky Jessamine 30,888
Elizabethtown County seat of Hardin County, Kentucky, United States Hardin 30,331
Independence City in Kentucky Kenton 28,903
Henderson City in and county seat of Henderson County, Kentucky, United States Henderson 27,974

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Kentucky has 7 neighbours.

  • Missouri state of the United States of America
  • Tennessee state of the United States of America
  • West Virginia state of the United States of America
  • Illinois state of the United States of America
  • Indiana state of the United States of America
  • Ohio state of the United States of America
  • Virginia state of the United States of America

  • Kenton County
  • Pendleton County
  • Boyle County
  • Menifee County
  • Lewis County
  • Henry County
  • Letcher County
  • Metcalfe County
  • Harlan County
  • Powell County
  • Bracken County
  • Taylor County
  • Laurel County
  • Jefferson County
  • Morgan County
  • Johnson County
  • Breckinridge County
  • Hopkins County
  • Jessamine County
  • Adair County
  • Magoffin County
  • Carroll County
  • Hancock County
  • Washington County
  • Rockcastle County
  • Casey County
  • Montgomery County
  • Calloway County
  • Knott County
  • Meade County
  • Estill County
  • Boyd County
  • Floyd County
  • McCreary County
  • Crittenden County
  • Allen County
  • Clay County
  • Union County
  • Perry County
  • Edmonson County
  • Nicholas County
  • Lyon County
  • Woodford County
  • Madison County
  • Russell County
  • Campbell County
  • Lee County
  • Graves County
  • Ohio County
  • Bell County
  • Fulton County
  • Nelson County
  • Logan County
  • LaRue County
  • Owen County
  • Greenup County
  • Muhlenberg County
  • Oldham County
  • Spencer County
  • Franklin County
  • Grayson County
  • Barren County
  • Trimble County
  • Marshall County
  • Bath County
  • Elliott County
  • Jackson County
  • Monroe County
  • Bourbon County
  • Lincoln County
  • Grant County
  • Livingston County
  • Garrard County
  • Wolfe County
  • Marion County
  • Rowan County
  • Hickman County
  • Cumberland County
  • Pulaski County
  • Owsley County
  • Todd County
  • Daviess County
  • Carter County
  • Simpson County
  • Hart County
  • Carlisle County
  • Christian County
  • Fayette County
  • Gallatin County
  • Scott County
  • Whitley County
  • Shelby County
  • Bullitt County
  • McLean County
  • Pike County
  • Webster County
  • Mercer County
  • Robertson County
  • Knox County
  • Mason County
  • Caldwell County
  • Wayne County
  • Henderson County
  • Anderson County
  • Clinton County
  • Boone County
  • Lawrence County
  • Butler County
  • Harrison County
  • Martin County
  • Clark County
  • Green County
  • Breathitt County
  • Fleming County
  • McCracken County
  • Hardin County
  • Trigg County
  • Leslie County
  • Ballard County
  • Warren County


Year Population % Change Method
1910 2,289,905 - census
1920 2,416,630 5.24% census
1930 2,614,589 7.57% census
1940 2,845,627 8.12% census
1950 2,944,806 3.37% census
1960 3,038,156 3.07% census
1970 3,218,706 5.61% census
1980 3,660,777 12.08% census
1990 3,685,296 0.67% census
2000 4,041,769 8.82% census
2010 4,339,367 6.86% census
2011 4,369,821 0.7% estimation process
2012 4,386,346 0.38% estimation process
2013 4,404,659 0.42% estimation process
2014 4,414,349 0.22% estimation process
2015 4,425,976 0.26% estimation process
2016 4,438,182 0.28% estimation process
2017 4,452,268 0.32% estimation process
2018 4,461,153 0.2% estimation process
2019 4,467,673 0.15% estimation process
2020 4,477,251 0.21% estimation process

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People born in Kentucky (200)

People born in Kentucky, including actress Abby Brammell, race horse Sunday Silence, actress Una Merkel, .


  • Levi Day Boone (American mayor (1808-1882)) he was born in 06/12/1808
  • Fletcher Stockdale (American politician (1823-1890)) he was born in 01/01/1823
  • Bill Coleman (American musician) he was born in 04/08/1904
  • Vernon Benjamin Mountcastle (American neuroscientist) he was born in 15/07/1918
  • Frederick William Franz (American Jehovah's Witness leader) he was born in 12/09/1893
  • David S. Walker (American politician (1815-1891)) he was born in 02/05/1815
  • Paul Tanner (American trombonist) he was born in 15/10/1917
  • Benjamin M. Friedman (American economist) he was born in 01/01/1944
  • Milton George Henschel (American Jehovah's Witness leader (1920-2003)) he was born in 09/08/1920
  • Arthur Lake (actor (1905-1987)) he was born in 17/04/1905
  • Citation (Thoroughbred race horse; winner of US Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing in 1948) was born in 11/04/1945
  • Marvin Hart (American boxer) he was born in 16/09/1876
  • Ben Lucien Burman (American writer) he was born in 12/12/1895
  • J. Lawrence Smith (American chemist, mineralogist, and student of meteorites (1818-1883)) he was born in 17/12/1818
  • Dorothy Spencer (American film editor) she was born in 03/02/1909
  • Elizabeth Blair Lee (an American woman who lived through the American Civil War, and wrote hundreds of letters) she was born in 20/06/1818
  • Jack Lawrence (American singer and banjoist) he was born in 18/12/1976
  • Bernard Coy (American bank robber) he was born in 13/02/1900

Kentucky Counties (more)

Jefferson County
Jefferson County

Jefferson County, county in Alabama, United States

Fayette County
Fayette County

Fayette County, county in West Virginia, United States

Kenton County
Kenton County

Kenton County, county in Kentucky, United States

County Name Population
Jefferson County 767,452
Fayette County 324,735
Kenton County 167,949
Boone County 135,396
Warren County 134,510
Hardin County 111,309
Daviess County 101,978
Madison County 94,265
Campbell County 94,020
Bullitt County 82,182
Christian County 71,478
Oldham County 66,999
McCracken County 65,644
Pulaski County 65,530
Laurel County 61,238
Scott County 58,470

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