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page last updated on August 8, 2011

   Introduction    Kentucky

Daniel Boone and other frontiersmen settled in Kentucky, the "Bluegrass State," in 1769. Its name comes from the Iroquois Indian word "Ken-tah-ten," or "land of tomorrow." Admitted into the Union in 1792, Kentucky is the 15th state and the first state west of the Appalachian Mountains. Today, Kentucky is associated with coal mines and horse farms and racing. America's most prestigious horse race, the Kentucky Derby, is held in Louisville annually. The state flower is the goldenrod, the cardinal is the state bird and Frankfort is the capital.

   Miscellaneous    Kentucky

State Flower: Goldenrod

State Motto: United we stand, divided we fall

State Nickname: Bluegrass State

State Bird: Kentucky Cardinal

   Geography    Kentucky

Land area, 2000 (square miles): 39,728

Length: 380 miles

Width: 140 miles

10 largest cities, 2010:
  1. Louisville, 597,337
  2. Lexington, 295,803
  3. Bowling Green, 58,067
  4. Owensboro, 57,265
  5. Covington, 40,640
  6. Hopkinsville, 31,577
  7. Richmond, 31,364
  8. Florence, 29,951
  9. Georgetown, 29,098
  10. Henderson, 28,757

Geographic Center: 3 miles north-northwest of Lebanon

Geographic Center County: Marion

Highest Point: 4,139 ft. — Black Mt.

Lowest Point: 257 ft. — Mississippi River

Number of counties: 120

State forests: 9 (44,173 ac.)

State parks: 49

State preserves: 37 (14,000 ac.)

Persons per square mile, 2010: 109.2

   People    Kentucky

Population, 2010: 4,339,367
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010: 7.40%
Population, 2000: 4,042,288
Persons under 5 years old, percent, 2009: 6.70%
Persons under 18 years old, percent, 2009: 23.50%
Persons 65 years old and over, percent, 2009: 13.20%
Female persons, percent, 2009: 50.90%

White persons, percent, 2010 (a): 87.80%
Black persons, percent, 2010 (a): 7.80%
American Indian and Alaska Native persons, percent, 2010 (a): 0.20%
Asian persons, percent, 2010 (a): 1.10%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, percent, 2010 (a): 0.10%
Persons reporting two or more races, percent, 2010: 1.70%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin, percent, 2010 (b): 3.10%
White persons not Hispanic, persons, 2010: 86.30%

Living in same house 1 year ago, pct 1 yr old & over, 2005-2009: 83.70%
Foreign born persons, percent, 2005-2009: 2.80%
Language other than English spoken at home, pct age 5+, 2005-2009: 4.40%
High school graduates, percent of persons age 25+, 2005-2009: 80.30%
Bachelor's degree or higher, pct of persons age 25+, 2005-2009: 20.00%
Veterans, 2005-2009: 334,465
Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16+, 2005-2009: 22.5

Housing units, 2009: 1,934,973
Homeownership rate, 2005-2009: 70.20%
Housing units in multi-unit structures, percent, 2005-2009: 17.50%
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2005-2009: $113,100

Households, 2005-2009: 1,674,738
Persons per household, 2005-2009: 2.47
Per capita money income in past 12 months (2009 dollars) 2005-2009: $22,284
Median household income, 2009: $40,061
Persons below poverty level, percent, 2009: 18.40%

(a) Includes persons reporting only one race.
(b) Hispanics may be of any race, so also are included in applicable race categories.

D: Suppressed to avoid disclosure of confidential information
F: Fewer than 100 firms
FN: Footnote on this item for this area in place of data
NA: Not available
S: Suppressed; does not meet publication standards
X: Not applicable
Z: Value greater than zero but less than half unit of measure shown

GDP Data — Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
Population and Economic Data — US Census Bureau
Government Data — Congress.Org

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