One of the greatest states in the Union, ranking up there easily with Pennsylvania, Michigan, Texas, New York, Ohio, Minnesota, and California. The majority of Kentucky's people are very friendly, religious or with a strong sense of morals and values, and many are also quite diverse. For example there are plenty of Kentucky natives that are composed of two races.
The imbreeding stereotype is also a load of crap, as it only exists in very sparse, few areas deep in Appalachia.
In addition, Kentucky is not entirely as Southern as people claim it is. The Bluegrass State is actually quite different with Northern/Midwestern qualities and heritage that mix with the Southern heritage and characteristics. Not everyone has thick drawls either; many more people actually have Midwest nasal twang, while a few Northern "migrants" actually talk in strong brogues or other different accents.
Bluegrass and Country are not the only forms of music, as there is also Christian, Metal, and Rock bands, as well as a very few rappers even! Countrified "Southern" food is not the only thing to eat either. Almost every known restaurant in the Nation is located somewhere in Kentucky, and some immigrants have even brought their own ethnic cuisine with them and made a business out of it!
Kentucky was also a pivotal battleground border state
during the Civil War
. Also see Perryville
. The state was roughly 75-78% Unionist, with some being anti-slavery, while there where no more than 22-25% supporting the South
and the Confederacy. Kentucky was actually quite crucial in winning the Civil War, which depresses me to realize that so many people overlook it entirely and that classes only seem to teach about the Eastern Theatre.
Kentucky is an awesome state with a rich heritage and history, great people, strong family values and morals, and so much more.