Kentucky, the Bluegrass State, was the 15th state admitted to the Union in 1792.
Kentucky was originally part of Virginia and is bordered by Virginia and West Virginia to the east and Indiana, Illinois and Missouri to the west. Large cities include Louisville and Lexington. Frankfort is Kentucky's capital city.
The topography is diverse with the flatter "bluegrass" region in the north and central parts of the state, Appalachian mountains in the east and hilly regions elsewhere.
With four distinct seasons, Kentucky's climate is warm and humid with greater than average annual precipitation.
Kentucky is an economic leader in agriculture, automobile production, coal mining and horse breeding/racing. Kentucky ranks as a low tax state.