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State Facts

Full Name

Commonwealth of Kentucky

Admitted to the Union (Rank)

June 1, 1792 (15th)

Population 2000 (Rank)

4,041,769 (25th)

Land Area (Rank)

39,728 square miles; 102,896 square kilometers (36th)

Capital

Frankfort

Postal Abbreviation

KY

State Nickname

Bluegrass State

Motto

United we stand, divided we fall

Song

“My Old Kentucky Home, Good Night!” (music and words by Stephen Foster)

State Symbols

  • Flower: Goldenrod
  • Tree: Tulip poplar
  • Bird: Kentucky cardinal
  • Gem: Freshwater pearl

Economy

  • Agriculture:
    • Horses,
    • cattle,
    • tobacco,
    • dairy products,
    • hogs,
    • soybeans,
    • corn
  • Industry:
    • Transportation equipment,
    • chemical products,
    • electric equipment,
    • machinery,
    • food processing,
    • tobacco products,
    • coal,
    • tourism