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Kentucky Almanac

The Kentucky Almanac presents a general overview of the State of Kentucky.

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The United States Census Bureau, July 10, 2001.
Kentucky. J-K. Chicago: World Book, Inc., 1988. 274. Print.
Carpenter, Alan, and Carl Provorse. The World Almanac of the U.S.A.. Mahwah: World Almanac Books, 1996. Print.

Admitted to Union June 1, 1792
Capital Frankfort, [ Find out more... ]
Nickname Bluegrass State, Hemp State, Tobacco State, [ Find out more... ]
Motto United We Stand, Divided We Fall, [ Find out more... ]
Latin motto Deo gratiam habeamus, [ Find out more... ]
Total area including land and water 40,411 square miles Rank among states 37th
Land area 39,732 square miles Rank among states 36th
Water area 679 square miles Rank among states 38th
Greatest distance East to West 417 miles
Greatest distance North to South 182 miles
Highest point 4,139 feet (Black Mountain) Rank among states 27th
Lowest point 257 feet (Mississippi River) Rank among states 31st
Mean elevation 750 feet Rank among states 33rd
Highest recorded temperature 114 degrees on July 28, 1930 at Greensburg
Lowest recorded temperature -37 degrees on January 19, 1994 at Shelbyville
Highest monthly average temperature 87.6 degrees Rank among states 25th
Lowest monthly average temperature 23.1 degrees Rank among states 31st
Average yearly precipitation (rain & snow) 47 inches Rank among states  
(U.S. Census, April, 2000)
4,041,769 Rank among states 25th
Population per square mile
(Population/Land area)
101.73 Rank among states 23rd
Ten largest cities by population
State Capital in red.

Blue designates that the city and county share the same government and boundries.
(U.S. Census, April, 2000)

1. Lexington-Fayette 260,512 6. Hopkinsville 30,089
2. Louisville 256,231 7. Frankfort 27,741
3. Owensboro 54,067 8. Henderson 27,373
4. Bowling Green 49,296 9. Richmond 27,152
5. Covington 43,370 10. Jeffersontown 26,633
Median age 33
Average lifetime (1979-1981) 73.06 Rank among states 41st
Total crimes reported per 100,000 people (1992-1993) 3,259.7 Rank among states 31st
Violent crimes reported per 100,000 people 462.7 Rank among states 31st
Property crimes reported per 100,000 people 2,797.0 Rank among states 47th
Per capita income (2000)
Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce
$24,085 Rank among states 39th
Disposable per capita personal income (income minus taxes) (2000)
Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce
$20,729 Rank among states 40th
Median household income (1993) $24,376 Rank among states 48th

Additional Information

Clark's Kentucky Almanac and Book of Facts

Clark's Kentucky Almanac and Book of Facts, by The Clark Group, edited by Florence S. Huffman. 784 pages. Publisher: The Clark Group; 2nd edition (November 22, 2006)

Clark’s Kentucky Almanac and Book of Facts has appeal for young and old alike, history or trivia buff—no other publication has included such a variety of information about Kentucky. The Premier Edition quicky became the best selling book of the 2005 Holiday Season. The Clark Group is continuing a tradition that began in Kentucky in 1788; the last almanac publication was in 1856, until the Premier Edition we published in 2005. Our contributors are experts in an expansive array of subjects relating to Kentucky’s rich history, culture and position in the nation and world.

Clark's Kentucky Almanac and Book of Facts includes 784 plus pages (224 pages in full color) of articles, data, statistics, photos and other information all about Kentucky past and present.

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