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US State
NicknameBluegrass State
MottoUnited we stand, divided we fall
Official languagesEnglish
Largest cityLouisville
Largest metro areaLouisville metropolitan area
Area Ranked37th
Total40409 sq mi 104659 km2
Width140 mi 225 km
Length379 mi 610 km
% water1.7
Pop. Rank26th
Total4,339,367 (2010 Census)
Density109.9 /sq mi 41.46 /km2
Highest pointBlack Mountain
4145 ft 1263 m
Mean755 ft 230 m
Lowest pointKentucky Bend
257 ft 78 m
Other information
Admission to UnionJune 1, 1792 (15th)
GovernorSteve Beshear (D)
Lieutenant GovernorDaniel Mongiardo (D)
LegislatureGeneral Assembly
Upper houseSenate
Lower houseHouse of Representatives
U.S. SenatorsMitch McConnell (R)
Rand Paul (R)
U.S. House delegation4 Republicans, 2 Democrats
- eastern half - Eastern: UTC-5/DST-4
- western half - Central: UTC-6/DST-5
Time zoneEastern: UTC-5/DST-4

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The Commonwealth of Kentucky c-enaudio=en-us-Kentucky.oggkɨnˈtʌki is a state located in the East Central United States of America. As classified by the United States Census Bureau, Kentucky is a Southern state, more specifically in the East South Central region. Kentucky is one of four U.S. states constituted as a commonwealth (the others being Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts). Originally a part of Virginia, in 1792 it became the 15th state to join the Union. Kentucky is the 37th largest state in terms of total area, the 36th largest in land area, and ranks 26th in population.

Kentucky is known as the "Bluegrass State", a nickname based on the fact that bluegrass is present in many of the pastures throughout the state, based on the fertile soil. It made possible the breeding of high-quality livestock, especially thoroughbred racing horses. It is a land with diverse environments and abundant resources, including the world's longest cave system, Mammoth Cave National Park; the greatest length of navigable waterways and streams in the contiguous United States; and the two largest man-made lakes east of the Mississippi River. It is also home to the highest per capita number of deer and turkey in the United States, the largest free-ranging elk herd east of Montana, and the nation's most productive coalfield. Kentucky is also known for horse racing, bourbon distilleries, bluegrass music, automobile manufacturing, tobacco and college basketball.

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