As a young woman that was born and raised in Kentucky i can honestly say there arent many other places like it. I live in Paducah, Ky and this is in my opinion one of the best places to live. Its peaceful, the scenery is amazing, and the people are wonderful. I have never been discriminated against (Im african-american) and this has got to be by far one of the most diverse places I know of. We even have a community of belly dancers here in kentucky. And as several other people have mentioned before me Kentucky has produced several celebrities (including Johnny Depp- he was born in Owensboro, Ky). We have a rich culture and heritage and there is plenty to learn about this great state! And Kentucky is not a part of the midwest, we're one state away from the east coast so technically Kentucky is a South-eastern state (yes I also consider Ky to be southern)
Paducah, Kentucky is Quilt City USA (exciting I know, lol) and our population actually doubles every year (from 30,000 to 60,000) with people from all over the world who come together to buy/make/sell quilts! :)
#paducah #owensboro #culture #quilt #southern states
by KyandProud May 11, 2007
the finest state in this fine country. i live there, there isnt a place like it. i love the accents, the food, the hills, and the people are so damn friendly. you idiots have never walked up a holler in fall have you? looked out your window at roads slicing through the hills after winter and seen waterfalls everywhere. in my town, i know everyone and everyone knows me.
i'm from kentucky. i am intelligent. you can kiss my COUNTRY ass
sweet home kentucky, where the grass is blue.
#south #kfc #holler #state #bluegrass
by elysiatheamazing November 15, 2007
I tell you what, if your lookin' for a synonym for awesome, Kentucky's the word for you. This state's got it all. Did you ever hear of Ft. Knox? In Kentucky. How about the Alamo? Okay that's in Texas, but, there's a lot of killer stuff in Kentucky, anyway. I-64, I-65, I-75. Got the idea, there are a bunch of Interstate Highways in Kentucky. We like 'em so much that we built some of our own limited access highways. Education...did I mention the extensive network of highways? In Eastern Kentucky there's a buttload of coal and, let's just say, plenty of Kentucky's number one cash crop (weed). Western Kentucky has the Corvette factory and is part of the New Madrid Fault Zone. Louisville thinks they're better than everybody else and Northern Kentucky is basically a suburb of Cincinnati. Central Kentucky is a vast wasteland predominated by hyena and the occasional antelope. Kentucky offers a broad range of experiences to the person who is willing to set aside preconceived notions that this state is a backwater inhabited by inbred heathens.
Civil War General, "Coloniel" Harlan Sanders invented fried chicken.

Kentucky is landlocked, so if the shit goes down, we're in a great defensive position (and pretty well armed).

Most of the Ohio River lies within the borders of Kentucky. I swear to God.
#ft. knox #bowling green #bloody harlan #florence #louisville
by MC Stig January 09, 2010
One of the two northern most southern states (yes... southern not midwestern, and damn sure not northern, we are on the confederate flag) The last of the 13th states of the confederates and famous for horse racing, basketball, and southern hospitality. I've lived here all my life... i know what they hell im talking about.
Thanks to Kentucky we have Molly Sims, Ashley Judd, the Kentucky Derby, Makers Mark, and Jim Bean
by good ol' southern boy from KY April 13, 2005
Louisville and Kentucky are Southern.
Kentucky is officailly defined by the U.S. CENSUS BURERU as a southern state. Also the majority of Kentucky was occupied by the Confederacy.
There is no way anyone can group Kentucky with Minnesota over Alabama culturally Kentucky has way!! more in common with the South. Also if you compare Kentucky with Indiana and Ohio to Tennessee and Viriginia Kentucky is like Tennessee's and Virginia's twin.
Louisville is also a Southern city with a little midwestern culture.
Some people get the term Midwestern and River city confused. The definition of a midwestern city is Minneanpolis (not St. Louis or Cincy which have southern influence which is why they are the only cities in the midwest that Louisville has alittle in common with). Then when you look at it like that Louisville has alot more in common with river cities like Memphis and New Orleans than STL and Cincy.
But the only midwestern influences that Louisville has is White Castles (midwestern stable) grippos, and a sizable Catholic population (The vast majority of Louisvillians are southern baptist, Kentucky has the third largest "Southern Baptist" population in the Nation) Yes Louisville was a major Industrial area ahundred years ago, But not b/c some people say we're midwestern, But b/c we were a major shipping port. Memphis, and New Orleans were also major southern shipping ports that had industry, But that doesn't make tham midwestern. Also Birmingham was a major industrial center for the South that isn't located on a river. That's the reason all those industrial cities I just list (ncluding midwestern cities) are declining in their cities. Then think about L&N (Louisville& Nashville) it isn't L&C (Louisville and chicago) that goes to show you unlike midwestern cities that closed all trade with the South Louisville kept it's ties with the South.
Plus if you take Louisville's culture and compare it with Minneanpolis (a hardcore midwestern city) and New Orleans (a hardcore southern city). Or compare Louisville to Nashville (a Southern city with close proximity to Louisville ) and to Indianapolis(a midwestern city with close proximity to Louisville) Louisville undoubtibly has 3x more in common with New Orleans and Nashville, And yall know that.
Kentucky is a PURELY Southern state along with Tennessee, Virginia, and North Carolina.
#southern #redneck #hick #lazy #magnolias
by Micheal J. March 03, 2006
I don't think that I really got my point across for the state of Kentucky as I did for Louisville I have to say, I have rarely, if ever, been more offended in all my life. Kentucky is the South, has always been the South, and, so help me God, will always be the South. As Southern as Georgia, as someone said! I’m offended as a Kentuckian, as an historian, and as someone who has spent his entire life studying the history and culture of the South. Red-faced angry offended! There shouldn’t even be an argument, though, God help me, I know that there is. When someone can prove to me that the Ohio River has been moved south of Kentucky, as well as the Mason-Dixon line, I might entertain the argument. Until then, I am inclined to believe that anyone who would call Kentucky “Midwestern,” which is offensive to every fiber of my being (did I mention that?), is misinformed and doesn’t know much of what they speak. Truly, you don’t know the South if you don’t find it in Kentucky, and I don’t really care where you claim to be from or know. You can’t pigeon-hole the South! It’s much more than anything you might be inclined to believe. People want to judge every state in the South by the Deep South, I’ve come to believe. Well, the South exists in two (maybe, three) parts: The Deep South and the Upper South (some might add Mid-South, as I note a few of you have). The accents aren’t all identical, but the culture is--or is very well close.

Now, about Louisville. I do see why you’d think it has a Midwestern under-culture, but it is a major city. The same argument, I assure you, can be made of New Orleans, Atlanta, Charleston. Major cities have major immigration, and people from all over the country--and the world--make their homes there. Sad as it is, it has shown its effects on the cities, but I assure you, at Louisville’s core, is the South. It has even been said that during the darkest days of the war, Louisville had more “Johnny Rebs” and “Southern Belles” than the entire state of Mississippi. As an historian, I might be inclined to believe that. Having mentioned Southern Belles, you’d be well advised to note Sallie Ward was a Louisvillian. Her portrait is often named “The Southern Belle.” That is because she was THE Southern Belle in the ante-bellum days. More Scarlett O’Hara than Scarlett herself! Literally, she was considered THE belle of the South! None of that is even mentioning that, as someone else noted, Louisville is a river city, giving it all the more reason to intermingle cultures. Nonetheless, to the trained ear, one can hear the traces of Southern accents in downtown Louisville, and thick as molasses accents among some of the older residence. Step outside the city limits--you can no longer judge the South by its cities. Anyone who lives in a Southern city will note the changes over the years. They’ve become melting pots, good or bad! Oh, and what is Louisville’s nickname? You don’t know? Let me tell you, “Gateway to the South!” That’s a take on its old days as a river port, and its being a Southern city, noted for two great Southern pastimes, horseracing and bourbon!

The Ohio river is a true divider of North and South. Just imagine how it held in cultures before the days of advanced transportation!

I have no desire to get into specifics of “Civil War” loyalties, other than to say a few things, beginning with no state, country, or person, in my opinion, has been more egregiously misrepresented in history than has Kentucky. Kentucky was no more divided than was most of the South, and certainly no more divided than Tennessee and Virginia. History is recorded inaccurate folks. That’s one of the first things one learns as a historian. Part of “to the victor go the spoils” is writing the history, and there’s a very strong argument that Kentucky was a Confederate state, not only because it was considered the Confederacy by the Confederacy following a secession, but also because that secession was reported in Northern newspapers.

If Kentucky had all the soldiers they claim, every man, woman, and child--maybe even horses and cattle--would have had to enlist in one cause of another. Historically, the South’s influences were so strong in Southern Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio than Lincoln feared he was going to have to fight them too. It was also a Kentuckian who defended Atlanta from Sherman!

I would also say that Kentucky’s accent and culture are identical--as is the climate--to Tennessee. That’s been stated time and again by people who are far more qualified than I. The accent is considered predominantly “Mountain South,” moving westward into “Plantation South,” and often a “Delta South” accent along the Mississippi. That goes for both states, though Rand McNally, I believe, published a book of maps aimed at Middle School aged kids, where the states were broken into regions (Kentucky and Tennessee were South), and they called Tennessee the Southern state most similar to the North. By the way, if I were from Tennessee, that would offend me too.
Lastly, I want to thank those of you who have defended Kentucky. I do appreciate your efforts, and, without question, I feel I can speak for the whole of the commonwealth. I agree with Indy, in that I am insulted! Geographically, cultureally, historically,. Kentucky IS Southern. This argument would have gotten you shot 100 years ago!
#southern #tennessee #louisville #dogwoods #southernbelles
by ShaneQ12 May 27, 2006
A SOUTHERN state. Not midestern, not northern, but SOUTHERN. And proud of it. Kentuckian's are the finest of their kind, and proud of it! Home of the greatest basketball team ever see Kentucky Wildcatsand KFC! God fearin' Bush-supporting good ole boys (and girls).
"WOW! You're from Kentucky? Sweet!"
"Sha, I know"
#kentucky #redneck #southern #rebel #uk #wildcats
by nashville chik October 02, 2005
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