Fun Facts Logo

Fun Facts on Kentucky

Fun Facts For Kids

Did you know?
Did you know that the state of Kentucky is situated in the east south-central area of America? Did you know that it has the highest deer and turkey ratio, per person in the US? Did you know that it is the 15th state of the U.S. constitution? Read our facts sheet to find out more - why not watch the free entertaining video and learn about the US States the easy way!

Fun Fact 1: The name Kentucky derives from the Iroquois Indian word "Ken-tah-ten" which means "land of tomorrow"

Fun Fact 2: The Kentucky state flag is a field of blue, showing the Commonwealth seal which is centrally placed. The white, circular seal displays a pioneer and a statesman greeting with a handshake, around them, within the circle are the words of the motto "United We Stand, Divided We Fall". The seal is edge with the words "Commonwealth of Kentucky", below the seal are stems of the state flower, goldenrod

Fun Fact 3: The Capital city of Kentucky is Capital city of Kentucky is Frankfort. Frankfort became the state capital in 1792; it is the 5th smallest state capital in the US

Fun Fact 4: The area of the State covers 104,659 square kilometers or 40,409 square miles

Fun Fact 5: There are seven states that border Kentucky they are; Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, Missouri and Illinois

Fun Fact 6: The Kentucky state nickname is "The Bluegrass State", in springtime the grasslands and pastures (which are green) produce blue-purple buds, this give the appearance of blue fields, or bluegrass

Fun Fact 7: A brief history of Kentucky - The first permanent settlement in the area was in 1775. The region became part of the United States by the Treaty of Paris in 1783.  Kentucky was admitted to the Union on June 1, 1792

Fun Fact 8: The official State Song of Kentucky is "My Old Kentucky Home" the words and music were written by Stephen C. Foster

Fun Fact 9: The three largest cities in Kentucky are Louisville, Lexington and Fayette

Fun Fact 10: The State Motto is "United we stand, divided we fall", the words of the motto originate from a song, namely "The Liberty Song"

Fun Fact 11: The Kentucky Derby is a famous horse race that dates back to 1875. Held Annually in Louisville on the first Saturday in May, it is the highlight of the Kentucky Derby Festival. The race is a short distance of 2km (1 1/4 miles), it is nicknamed the "The most exciting or the fastest 2 minutes in sports". The winning horse is draped with a blanket of roses, coining another nickname for the race "The Run for the Roses"

Fun Fact 12: The abbreviation letters for the state of Kentucky is - Ky the Postal Code abbreviation is - KY

Fun Fact 13: Mammoth Cave National Park is home to the world's longest cave. The caves opened to the public in 1816, which makes it the second oldest tourist attraction in the US (against Niagara Falls). Over 400 miles of cave have been discovered, the area including the eco-system, wildlife, plant life and the caves themselves have been protected as Mammoth Cave National Park since 1941

Fun Fact 14: The 16th president of America, Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809 at The Sinking Spring Farm, in Hodgenville, Hardin County, Kentucky. Lincoln County was named after Revolutionary War General Benjamin Lincoln; President Abraham Lincoln was born 29 years after Lincoln County was founded

Fun Fact 15: The US Department of Commerce Census Bureau states that the Population of Kentucky in 2012 was an estimated 4,339,357. This compares to a population of 2,147,174 in the 1900 census

Fun Facts for Kids

The States of the USA for Kids

Privacy Statement

Cookie Policy

2017 Siteseen Ltd