Ten fun facts about Kentucky


Fact 1
The name Kentucky comes from a word from the Iroquoian tribe. It is translated as “Land Of Tomorrow”.

Fact 2
People that reside in Kentucky are commonly referred to as “Kentuckians”.

Fact 3
Kentucky is the birthplace of several famous individuals including Muhammad Ali, George Clooney, Johnny Depp, Ashley Judd, Abraham Lincoln, Loretta Lynn, and Diane Sawyer.


Fact 4
The Boy Scouts of America Scouting Museum is located in Murray, Kentucky. It is visited by scout troops from all over the world.

Fact 5
The state hosts the world famous Kentucky Derby every year on the first Saturday of May. This is the oldest horse race in the United States.

Fact 6
The original state tree of Kentucky was the coffee tree. However in 1976 this was changed to the tulip tree.

Fact 7
The second oldest natural attraction in the United States is Mammoth Cave which is located in Kentucky. It is also the longest cave in the United States.

Fact 8
Colonel Sanders the founder of “Kentucky Fried Chicken” started his first restaurant in Corbin, Kentucky.

Fact 9
The “covered bridge” capital of the world is located in Fleming County within this state.

Fact 10
Two sisters born in Louisville in 1893 wrote one of the most famous and most sung songs in the United States and around the world. This song is “Happy Birthday”.


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Short about Kentucky
Is the 37th largest state and is located in the eastern part of south central US


Fast facts
Number of households
1,691,716
Population
4,379,730
Per capita income
$23,210
Life expectancy in number of years
76.0
Statehood
June 1, 1792
Capital
Frankfort
Largest city
Louisville
Number of billionaires
1
State dance
Clogging
State beverage
Milk
State bird
Northern cardinal
State mammal
Gray squirrel
State fish
Kentucky spotted bass
State tree
Eastern Cottonwood
State flower
Goldenrod

Sources
Forbes Magazine - List of billionaires by US state
US Census Bureau - State and County QuickFacts
USNA - State Tree and Flower Chart



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