Best & Worst States: What is Kentucky no. 1 at?

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In the United States, Kentucky is one of four states stylized as a commonwealth. After becoming a state in 1792, it separated from Virginia and became the 15th in the union. Bluegrass is in many of its fields and pastures, so it is often called the Bluegrass State.

Lexington and Louisville are two of the state's major cities. Furthermore, living here puts you in close contact with diverse environments and abundant resources. Many of the 425 communities still offer a wholesome environment for children to grow up and play outdoors. Your kids will love collecting rocks or hunting crawdads in the local creek.

Kentucky has more than 45 state parks and almost 40,000 acres of state forests, two national parks, and a national recreational area. It has been the site of two of the most successful wildlife reintroduction projects in American history, focusing on elk and wild turkeys. The state's cave system is the longest in the world, and there are several navigable waterways. There are also two of the largest human-made lakes east of the Mississippi River here.

If you're thinking of visiting Kentucky, then here are some of the best and worst you'll want to consider:

Best: Strong workforce

People familiar with Michigan and Detroit's reputations and traditions might find Michigan's auto manufacturing industry a pleasant surprise. Both Erlanger and Georgetown are Toyota manufacturing centers, and the Louisville assembly plant of Ford is also active; these are the top three employers in the state. Education and healthcare are also great places to work.

The unemployment rate in Kentucky is higher than the national average, usually by less than 0.5% most months. Also, in 2018, it dropped in 117 counties from the previous year.

Best: Fantastic centralization

If you live in Kentucky, you are centrally in the southcentral part of the United States. You'll be close to several cities, including St. Louis, Nashville, and Cincinnati. If you don't mind a longer drive, you can head south to Atlanta or even the Gulf Coast if you don't follow a quick trip to Chicago. If you want to explore the western part of the country, this is the place to do it.

All good things do not last, so let's take a look at the worst parts of Kentucky:

Worst: Getting behind in the educational system

As reported by US News, in terms of public education, Kentucky ranks 32nd in PreK-12 and 43rd in Higher Education. The Pre-K-12 ranking considers enrollment in public schools, standardized test scores, and graduation rates from public high schools. Kentucky's Higher Education Ranking is on graduation rates, college costs, and how attainable college is for Kentuckians.

Worst: Pollution

Louisville's air can be so polluted that you can smell factories from the other side of the city. There can also be traffic issues in the town and Lexington, leading to smog when an inversion forms during the summer. People tend to be focused on getting their daily to-do lists completed here since most communities are working towns. As a result, social opportunities can be limited, so you might find yourself watching Netflix in the evenings as the air conditioner keeps you comfortable.

Let find out more about Kentucky by reading these fun facts:

  1. The town of Murray is home to the Boy Scouts of America Scouting Museum located on the campus of Murray State University.
  2. In addition to being the oldest continuously held horse race in the country, the Kentucky Derby was established in 1875. It is held at Churchill Downs in Louisville on the first Saturday in May.
  3. The Bluegrass Country around Lexington is home to some of the world's finest racehorses.
  4. Kentucky was a famous hunting ground for the Shawnee and Cherokee Indian nations before settling with white settlers.
  5. In 1774 Harrodstown (now Harrodsburg) was established as the first permanent settlement in the Kentucky region. It got its name after James Harrod, who led a team of area surveyors.
  6. The old official state tree was the Kentucky coffee tree (Gymnocladus dioicus.) The tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) is the current official state tree. The change happened in 1976.
  7. Cheeseburgers were first available in 1934 at Kaolin's restaurant in Louisville.
  8. Chevrolet Corvettes are manufactured in Bowling Green.
  9. In the United States, Mammoth Cave is the world's longest cave and has been promoted since 1816. Niagara Falls, New York, is first.
  10. In 1819, the first commercial oil well was on the Cumberland River in McCreary County.

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