The full name of the member of the United States known as Kentucky. Among the other members of the United States, Kentucky ranks 36th in land area and 24th in population. Kentucky is situated along the southern shore of the Ohio River and east of the Mississippi River. Kentucky is known as the bluegrass state. Its largest cities are Louisville, Lexington, Owensboro, Bowling Green, and Covington. Kentucky is famous for fried chicken and the Kentucky Derby.