- Frankfort; 27,660
- 40,409 square miles (104,659 square kilometers)
- Per Capita Income:
- U.S. $25,657
- Date Statehood Achieved:
- June 1, 1792
Bluegrass and the music named for it are rooted here. In 1769 Daniel Boone entered the region through the Cumberland Gap. Today Kentucky ranks with Wyoming and West Virginia as a leading coal producer. More than 20 percent of its farm receipts come from tobacco. The state has the largest concentration of whiskey distilleries in the U.S., although 70 of the 120 counties are dry. Derby Day has drawn horse racing enthusiasts to Churchill Downs every year since 1875.
- Industry: Manufacturing, services, government, finance, insurance, real estate, retail trade, transportation, wholesale trade, construction, mining
- Agriculture: Tobacco, horses, cattle, corn, dairy products
—Text From National Geographic Atlas of the World, Eighth Edition
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