Kentucky is inspirational. Kentucky was admitted to the Union of the United States of America on June 1, 1792. Kentucky’s nickname is the Bluegrass State, however the official name of the state is the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The designation of commonwealth, which three others states have as well, emphasizes that the government is for and represents the people of the state. “Bluegrass State” comes from the bluegrass found in the north-central part of the state.
Kentucky is considered to be located in the east south-central region of the United States. Rivers and states border Kentucky. The states that border Kentucky from east to north are the following states: West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. The Mississippi River is on the west. The Ohio River is on the north. The Big Sandy River and Tug Fork are on the east. These rivers make Kentucky the only state to have rivers bordering three of its sides. The navigable miles of water that Kentucky has are vast. It has five major internal rivers. It has three major natural lakes and many artificial lakes. There are 90,000 miles of streams.
Kentucky has a humid subtropical climate. There is abundant rainfall in the state, however it does have four distinct seasons. Winters and summers are not as extreme as they are in other parts of the country. Winters temperatures rarely drop below 0 degrees F. Summers rarely reach temperatures above 100 degrees F. The weather often varies greatly within the state.
Kentucky is divided into five main regions. The Bluegrass Region, including the portions considered Inner and Outer Bluegrass, is in the north-central part of the state. To the east and south-east is the Cumberland Plateau. South and west of these is the Mississippi Plateau. The Western Coal Fields is in the north-west side. Jackson Purchase is on the far-west and includes a sparsely inhabited exclave. This part is on the Mississippi River and is completely surrounded by Missouri and Tennessee.
Kentucky has the country’s most productive coalfield. The Kentucky Derby occurs annually and Kentucky is known for horseraces, pastures and horse farms. Kentucky is also known for bourbon distilleries, automobile manufacturing, tobacco, bluegrass music, college basketball, and Kentucky Fried Chicken. Aged and produced in Kentucky is 95% of the world’s supply of bourbon whiskey. Kentucky is 4th in the number of automobiles and trucks assembled. Kentucky is known for agriculture, energy fuel production, and medical facilities as well.
Kentucky has 120 counties. There are 173 school districts. The park system includes one national park, two National Recreation areas, two National Historic Parks, two National Forests, two National Wildlife Refuges, 45 state parks, almost 40 thousand acres of state forest, and 82 Wildlife Management Areas. There are many natural attractions. Visiting or living in Kentucky can attract many people. Kentucky has been ranked as the most affordable U.S. state to live in. Be inspired! Have a bright day!