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Population: 4,380,415 (Source: 2012 U.S. Census)
Major Cities: Louisville, Lexington, Bowling Green, Owensboro, Covington
Borders: Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Tennessee, West Virginia, Virginia
Gross Domestic Product (GDP): $173,466 million (2012 U.S. Department of Commerce)
Agriculture including corn, tobacco, grains, cattle, and chickens
Coal mining, automobiles, horse breeding, energy production, and appliances
How Kentucky got its name: The name for Kentucky comes from a Native American Iroquois word 'Ken-tah-ten' meaning land of tomorrow.
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Kentucky State Symbols
State Nickname: Bluegrass State
State Slogan: Unbridled Spirit; also on its license plate; (formerly) It's That Friendly; (formerly) Where Education Pays
State Motto: United we stand, divided we fall
State flower: Goldenrod
State bird: Kentucky Cardinal
State fish: Kentucky bass
State tree: Tulip Poplar
State mammal: Thoroughbred horse, Gray squirrel
State foods: Blackberry, Milk
Becoming a State
Date admitted: Friday, June 1, 1792
Number admitted: 15
Prior Name: Virginia
Postal Abbreviation: KY
The Geography of Kentucky
Total Size: 39,728 sq. miles (source: 2003 Census)
Geographical Low Point: Mississippi River at 257 feet, located in the county/subdivision of Fulton (source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Geographical High Point: Black Mtn. at 4,145 feet, located in the county/subdivision of Harlan (source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Central Point: Located in Marion County approx. 3 miles north-northwest of Lebanon (source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Counties: 120 (source: National Association of Counties)
Bodies of Water: Ohio River, Mississippi River, Kentucky River, Tennessee River, Lake Cumberland, Kentucky Lake, Barkley Lake
- Muhammad Ali - Heavyweight champion boxer
- Kit Carson - Explorer and frontiersman
- George Clooney - Actor
- Jefferson Davis - Leader of the Confederacy during the Civil War
- Johnny Depp - Actor
- Jennifer Lawrence - Actor
- Abraham Lincoln - The 16th President of the United States
- Loretta Lynn - Country singer and songwriter
- Rajon Rondo - Professional basketball player
- Diane Sawyer - News anchor
- The Kentucky Derby is one of the world's most famous horse races.
- The United States Bullion Depository (where it keeps its gold) is in Fort Knox, Kentucky.
- Kentucky Fried Chicken is based in Louisville, KY.
- Mammoth Cave in Kentucky is the world's longest recorded cave system.
- Daniel Boone was one of the original colonists to explore and settle in Kentucky.
- Kentucky is one of three states, including Colorado and California, who claim to have invented the cheeseburger.
- The most gold stored anywhere in the world is stored at Fort Knox.
- The song 'Happy Birthday to You' was written by two sisters in Louisville.
- The famous baseball bat, the Louisville Slugger, is made in Louisville, Kentucky.
- President Abraham Lincoln was born in Kentucky. Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy, was also born here.
Professional Sports Teams
Kentucky has no major professional sports teams, but is home to the biggest American horse race in the Kentucky Derby. Also, the Cincinnati Bengals (NFL) and the Cincinnati Reds (MLB) play just across the northern border.
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