State Abbreviation - KY
State Capital - Frankfort
Largest City - Louisville
Area - 40,411 square miles [Kentucky is the 37th biggest state in the USA]
Population - 4,041,769 (as of 2000) [Kentucky is the 25th most populous state in the USA]
Name for Residents - Kentuckians
Major Industries - agriculture (tobacco, corn, peanuts, wheat), mining (anthracite coal), horse-raising, whiskey manufacturing, automobile and truck manufacturing, chemical manufacturing
Presidential Birthplace - Abraham Lincoln was born in Hardin County (now called Larue County) on February 12, 1809 (he was the 16th US President, serving from 1861 to 1865).
Major Rivers - Ohio River, Mississippi River, Cumberland River, Kentucky River, Green River
Major Lakes - Lake Cumberland, Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley
Highest Point - Black Mountain - 4,145 feet (1,263 m) above sea level
Bordering States - Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia
Origin of the Name Kentucky - Kentucky is from the Iroquois Indian word "Ken-tah-ten," which means "land of tomorrow."
State Nickname - Bluegrass State
State Motto - "United we stand, divided we fall "
State Song - My Old Kentucky Home, by Stephen Foster