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kentuckyAbout Kentucky - The Commonwealth of Kentucky became the 15th U.S. state when it was admitted to the U.S. in 1792.

Kentucky and its residents are most well known for thoroughbred horses and horse racing, local bourbon whisky distilleries, bluegrass music and enthusiasm for basketball, particularly for the two principal basketball rivals in the state-the blue and white Wildcats of the University of Kentucky and the red and black Cardinals of the University of Louisville. Sports rivalries between the University of Kentucky and the Universities of Tennessee, Indiana and North Carolina have also long existed. While Kentucky's pastimes are distinctly those of the South, Kentuckian cuisine is considered to be a synergistic blend of Midwestern cuisine and Southern US cuisine.

Frankfort is the capital of Kentucky. As of the 2000 census, the city has a population of 27,741.

Living in Kentucky

People of Kentucky - As of 2005, Kentucky has an estimated population of 4,173,405, which is an increase of 31,570, or 0.8%, from the prior year and an increase of 131,120, or 3.2%, since the year 2000. This includes a natural increase since the last census of 77,156 people (that is 287,222 births minus 210,066 deaths) and an increase due to net migration of 59,604 people into the state. Immigration from outside the United States resulted in a net increase of 27,435 people, and migration within the country produced a net increase of 32,169 people.

As of 2004, Kentucky's population included about 95,000 foreign-born (2.3%).

Racially, the population is:

  • 89.3% White, non-Hispanic
  • 7.3% Black
  • 1.5% Hispanic
  • 0.7% Asian
  • 0.2% Native American
  • 1.1% Mixed race
  • The five largest ancestries in the state are: American (20.9%), German (12.7%), Irish (10.5%), English (9.7%), African American (7.3%).

Blacks, who once represented a quarter of the state's population during the height of the tobacco, cotton, and hemp plantation era, are most concentrated in the southwest (notably Christian County and the city of Paducah), the Bluegrass, and the city of Louisville. "American ancestry" is the largest reported ancestry group throughout most of the state in the Census.

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