Kentucky is a state situated in the east central US. Nicknamed as the "Bluegrass State", Kentucky is the 26th most populous state of the 50 U.S. states. The state of Kentucky is one of the four U.S. states constituted as a commonwealth (others being Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts). Kentucky is bordered by West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Missouri.
Map of Kentucky with Cities, Road, River, Highways
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About Kentucky State Map
Kentucky State Map provides an illustrative description of the entire state, sections include: geographical locations, railways, rivers, counties, national parks, county seats, museums, golf courses, and roadways.
This state map of Kentucky locates the state as bordered by West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. It shows inter-state and state highways, railway lines and state boundaries besides showing the state capital Frankfort, major towns and other towns.
According to the census data of July 2019, Kentucky has a population of 4,467,673 people. Kentucky is politically sub divided into 120 counties with county seats acting as the administrative headquarters of the counties.
Kentucky is situated on the eastern front of South Central United States and covers a total area of 39,728 sq mi. The transportation system of Kentucky includes railways with 2,961 miles of tracks and 79,266 miles of roadways.
History of KentuckyThe land was primariliy inhabited by Native American tribes from 1000 BC to 1650 AD. European contact to the land occured in the mid-eighteenth century, by which time the Native American population was greatly diminished. Though originally part of the state of Virginia, Kentucky came to acheive full and separate statehood in 1792. The area known as Central Kentucky in the nineteenth century was a major slaveholding region. During the American Civil War, Kentucky was considered one of the "border states."
Geography of Kentucky
The state of Kentucky is part of the east south-central region of the U.S. Eastern Kentucky lies in the Applachian mountain ranges. The north of the state is bound by the Ohio river while the southern part of the state is similarly enclosed by the Mississippi river.
Kentucky is best divided into five separate regions geographically. These are the Cumberland plateau, the Bluegrass region, the PennyRoyal plateau, the Western Coal fields and finally the Jackson purchase. Kentucky has a humid subtropical climate.
Important Cities in Kentucky:
Frankfort is the capital of Kentucky. Louisville, Glasgow, Cave City, and Columbia are some of the other prominent cities.
Kentucky Travel & Tourism
Considered a part of the American South in terms of culture, Kentucky is famous in particular as a tourist destination for its beautiful lakes. Horse racing is another attraction in Kentucky. The Kentucky Fried Chicken as well as the musical traditions of bluegrass also add to the cultural dimension of the place.
Tourist hotspots include Mammoth Cave National Park, Newport Aquarium, Keeneland, Louisville Zoo, Nationl Corvette Museum, Cumberland Gap, Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park and much more.
Education in Kentucky
There are eight major public universities in Kentucky. Out of these, the University of Kenucky and the University of Louiseville are major schools aimed at research. The other six are regional universities. Other famous universities in the state are Transylvania University and Berea College.
Airlines in Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport is the main airport in the state of Kentucky. Other important airports include Louisville International Airport andCentral Kentucky Regional Airport.
Kentucky is well connected by a good network of roads and railways. Interstates 65, 71, and 75 connect the northern and southern parts of Kentucky. The eastern end of the state is connected to the western end by Interstates 24 and 64.
Kentucky Interstates Highways:
North-South interstates include: Interstate 15, Interstate 17 and Interstate 19. East-West interstates include: Interstate 8, Interstate 10 and Interstate 40.
US Highways and State Routes in Kentucky
US Highways and State Routes include: Route 60, Route 70, Route 89, Route 89A, Route 93, Route 95, Route 160, Route 180 and Route 191.
Kentucky State Facts
|Joined the Union||August 21, 1959 (50th)|
|area||10,931 sq mi (28,311 km2)|
|Timezone||Kentucky: UTC −10|
|Population||1,420,491 as on July 1, 2018|
|Highest Point||Mauna Kea|
|Lowest Point||Pacific Ocean|