Kentucky, the 37th largest state in the United States, is a rich state known as the Bluegrass State due to an abundance of bluegrass in its pastureland. The nickname is also appropriately applied due to Kentucky’s status as the birthplace and music capital of the Bluegrass style of Country Music. The world’s longest cave system can also be found in Kentucky at Mammoth Cave National Park.
Agriculture always was and still is a primary component of the state economy. Massive coal deposits and an increase in auto-manufacturing has diversified the economy somewhat and strengthened it in post-war years. Kentucky’s diverse regional geography, rivers, and caves generate a great deal of nature tourism.
Kentucky’s population is widely dispersed with fairly high density levels. The largest population concentrations are located along the northern state line; primarily in Louisville and Covington.