Kentucky Information and Facts
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The population of Kentucky in 2002 was 4,089,822. Its rank was 26th in the nation. (The District of Columbia is included for ranking purposes.)
Per Capita Personal Income
In 2002 Kentucky had a per capita personal income of $25,494. This per capita personal income ranked 43rd in the United States and was 82 percent of the national average, $30,906. The 2002 per capita personal income reflected an increase of 2.2 percent from 2001. The 2001-2002 national change was 1.2 percent. In 1992 the per capita personal income of Kentucky was $17,175 and ranked 42nd in the United States. The 1992-2002 average annual growth rate of per capita personal income was 4.0 percent. The average annual growth rate for the nation was 4.0 percent.
Total Personal Income
In 2002 Kentucky had a total personal income of $104,263,983. This total personal income ranked 27th in the United States. In 1992 the total personal income of Kentucky was $64,670,587 and ranked 26th in the United States. The 2002 total personal income reflected an increase of 2.7 percent from 2001. The 2001-2002 national change was 2.3 percent. The 1992-2002 average annual growth rate of total personal income was 4.9 percent. The average annual growth rate for the nation was 5.2 percent.
Components of Personal Income
Total personal income includes net earnings by place of residence; dividends, interest, and rent; and total personal current transfer receipts received by the residents of Kentucky. In 2002 net earnings accounted for 64.5 percent of total personal income (compared with 65.7 in 1992); dividends, interest, and rent were 16.7 percent (compared with 17.0 in 1992); and personal current transfer receipts were 18.7 percent (compared with 17.3 in 1992). From 2001 to 2002 net earnings increased 1.8 percent; dividends, interest, and rent increased 0.8 percent; and personal current transfer receipts increased 7.9 percent. From 1992 to 2002 net earnings increased on average 4.7 percent each year; dividends, interest, and rent increased on average 4.7 percent; and personal current transfer receipts increased on average 5.7 percent.
Earnings of persons employed in Kentucky increased from $75,514,948 in 2001 to $77,174,819 in 2002, an increase of 2.2 percent. The 2001-2002 national change was 1.5 percent. The average annual growth rate from the 1992 estimate of $48,314,805 to the 2002 estimate was 4.8 percent. The average annual growth rate for the nation was 5.3 percent.
Area - Kentucky is the 37th largest state in the Union, with an area of 104,664 sq km (40,411 sq mi), including 1759 sq km (679 sq mi) of inland water. The state has a maximum extent, from east to west, of 679 km (422 mi) and a maximum dimension north to south of 293 km (182 mi). Because the state's borders are in part formed by three rivers which often adjust their course, the state's boundaries are somewhat indeterminate. The approximate mean elevation is 230 m (750 ft).
Climate - The climate of Kentucky is characterized by warm or hot summers and cool winters. Throughout the year, temperatures do not vary greatly from
place to place, although they are generally slightly lower in the Appalachian Plateaus region than elsewhere in the state. Average July temperatures are
usually from 24° to 27° C (76° to 80° F) in the central and western areas and from 23° to 24° C (74° to 76° F) in the east. January averages range from
below 1° C (34° F) in the northern Bluegrass region to more than 3° C (38° F) in parts of the south. Temperatures below freezing are common throughout the
state during winter, although extended periods of very cold weather do not occur every year. Precipitation is, for the most part, dependable and well distributed
throughout the year. Precipitation ranges from less than 1070 mm (42 in) in the northern Bluegrass region to more than 1270 mm (50 in) in the extreme south.
Abraham Lincoln U.S. president, Hodgenville
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