Frankfort is the capital city of Kentucky. Learn about the Kentucky state government, including its agencies and operations. Read about living and working in the Bluegrass State, and find Kentucky travel and tourism information. - [Read more]
This is the Kentucky state category. Kentucky's capital city is Frankfort, and its postal abbreviation is KY. Kentucky entered the Union as the 15th state, on June 1, 1792. It is the 36th largest state, with an area of 40,411 square miles. Kentucky, located in southeast central USA, was ceded to Britain by France in 1763. Its loyalties were divided at the outbreak of the Civil War, and the state was invaded by both sides. Most of the state consists of hilly, rolling plains. In the southeast, the Cumberland Mountains dominate a rugged plateau region. Kentucky is drained primarily by the Ohio and Tennessee rivers. Tobacco is an important crop, followed by hay, corn, and soy beans. The Kentucky Derby horse race is famous, and the state is well-known for breeding thoroughbred racehorses. Besides the capital city of Frankfort, other important Kentucky cities include Lexington and Louisville.