Last Updated: April 17, 2021


Kentucky, officially known as the Commonwealth of Kentucky is a region in the east south-central of the U.S. Kentucky was admitted to the Union as the 15th state on June 1, 1792. Frankfort is the capital of the state while its largest cities include Louisville, Lexington, Bowling, Green, Owensboro etc. Kentucky is the 37th most extensive and the 26th most populous of the 50 United States. It is bordered by Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio to the north; West Virginia and Virginia to the east; Tennessee to the south; and Missouri to the west. 

Some of the things the state is well known for are Kentucky Fried Chicken, horse racing, bourbon, moonshine, coal, automobile manufacturing, tobacco, bluegrass, music and Louisville Slugger baseball bats. The climate in Kentucky is mostly hot, humid and rainy in summers and relatively cold and rainy in winters. Also, the climate varies within the state. 

Tourism is one of the important sectors to the Kentucky economy. In 2019 tourism grew to $7.6 billion in economic impact. The state is blessed with really beautiful places that you may visit. Some of the best places to visit in the state of Kentucky are Louisville, Mammoth Cave National Park, Lexington, Paducah, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, Red River Gorge Geological Area, Bowling Green, Covington, Frankfort, Daniel Boone National Forest etc.

Key Facts:

  • The Per Capita Personal Income in Kentucky was 46,507 U.S. dollars as of 2020.
  • In May 2020, the value of Kentucky’s imports amounted to about 3.93 billion U.S. dollars and its exports valued at about 1.27 billion U.S. dollars in May 2020.
  • In 2019, the Per Capita real gross domestic product of Kentucky was 42,386.
  • There were about 402,900 people employed in the trade, transportation and utilities industry in Kentucky in 2019.
  • In 2019, the average annual pay of employees in Kentucky amounted to 47,728 U.S. dollars.