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The name "Kentucky" is based on the Iroquois word Ken-tah-ten, meaning "land of tomorrow."

Location one of the Ohio River Valley states
Bordered By
Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, Missouri

Kentucky on the map

Total Area (Rank) 40,411 sq mi (37th)
Greatest Distance E-W 350 mi
Greatest Distance N-S
175 mi
Geographic Center
3 miles north-northwest of Lebanon
Highest Point (Rank)
Black Mountain; 4,145 ft (27th)
Lowest Point (Rank)
Mississippi River; 257 ft (32nd)
Mineral Resources
coal, petroleum, stone, natural gas

Population (Rank) 4,395,295 (26th)
Largest Cities
Louisville, Lexington-Fayette, Owensboro, Bowling Green, Covington, Hopkinsville, Frankfort, Henderson, Richmond, Jeffersontown

Capital Frankfort
U.S. Congressional Representation
2 Senators, 6 Representatives
Local Administration
120 counties

Major Industries transportation equipment, chemical products, electric equipment,, machinery, food processing, tobacco products, coal, tourism
Principal Manufactures
Agricultural Products tobacco, soybeans, corn; horses, cattle. hogs; dairy products

First Explored By Thomas Walker in 1750
First Permanent Settlement
Harrodsburg, in 1774
Admitted to Union (Rank)
June 1, 1792 (15th)

SEE ALSO
Illinois
Indiana
Ohio
West Virginia
Virginia
Tennessee
Missouri
Thomas Walker

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