Kentucky Facts

Kentucky Facts
Kentucky, officially the Commonwealth of Kentucky, is a state located in the east south-central region of the United States. Kentucky is one of four U.S. states constituted as a commonwealth. See the fact file below for more information about Kentucky.
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Became a State
June 1,1782 (15th)

east central United States

40,409 sq miles (37th)

4,339,367 (26th)

Major Cities
Louisville, Lexington, Owensboro, Bowling Green, Covington

horses, cattle, tobacco, dairy products, hogs, soybeans, corn

humid, sub-tropical

Yearly Precipitation
averages 46 inches

Professional Sports Teams
no professional sport teams

Major Waterways
Mississippi River. Ohio River, Big Sandy River, Big Fork River, Tennessee River, Cumberland River, Green River, Licking River Kentucky Lake

Most Famous Citizens
Alben Barkley (United Sates Vice President)
Kit Carson (trapper, soldier)
Stephen Foster (composer)
Jefferson Davis (President of the Confederate States of America)
Abraham Lincoln (16th President of the United Sates)
Carrie Nation (social reformer)

State Symbols
Bird – Cardinal
Flower – Goldenrod
Animal – Grey Squirrel
Tree – Tulip Tree
Insect – Viceroy Butterfly