Kentucky, which is shortly mentioned as KY, is one of the 50 states of the United States, situated in the east south-central part of the United States. From the Midwest and the Southeast, this state is surrounded by seven states. Kentucky is surrounded by West Virginia on the east, Missouri in the west, Ohio on the north and northeast, Tennessee in the south, Virginia in the southeast and Indiana and Illinois in the northwest. Kentucky is one among the four states in the United States, represented as a commonwealth state. The other states that are constituted as commonwealth states are Pennsylvania, Virginia and Massachusetts. Kentucky is the 26th most populous and the 37th most extensive state among the 50 states in the United States.
Kentucky was the 15th state admitted to the union on the 1st of June 1792. The total land area of Kentucky is 40,411 square miles, which offers the state an area rank of 37 out of the available 50 states in the United States. In addition, water surface occupies 919 square miles of the total area of the state within its boundaries. There are 120 counties in Kentucky among which the Carlisle County was the most recent county formed in the state, in the year 1886.
Consistent with 2010 United States Census information, the population of Kentucky was 4,041,769. Among the counties of the Kentucky State, the Jefferson County is ranked as the most populous county with the population of 741,096, and the Robertson County is ranked as the least populous county with the population of 2,282.
As of 2010, there are 8 State Electoral Votes in Kentucky. The State Quarter issue Date of Kentucky is August 6, 2001. “United we stand, divided we fall” is the state motto of Kentucky.
Bluegrass State is the nickname of the state of Kentucky. The name of the state bird of Kentucky is the Cardinal. Yellow-poplar is the state tree of Kentucky, and Goldenrod is the state flower. Frankfort is the state capital of Kentucky. Louisville is the biggest of all cities in Kentucky by population, and ranks first in total land area, too. The Lexington City and the Boones borough City are the oldest cities in Kentucky. The Kentucky State is served by four area codes, such as 270, 502, 606 and 859.
Kentucky got its nickname derived from the bluegrass found in several of its pastures owing to the fertile soil. One of the key areas in Kentucky is the Bluegrass Region, located in central part of Kentucky, which accommodates two of its foremost cities, Lexington and Louisville. It is a land with different settings and copious resources, including the Mammoth Cave National Park, which is the longest cave system of the world, the maximum length of passable waterways and streams in the neighboring United States, and the two biggest man-made lakes, situated on the eastern part of the Mississippi River.