Capital city Frankfurt
Population 4,509,342 (2020)
Surface 104,659 km²
Governor Andy Beshear (D)
Member of the US since 1792

Kentucky is one of the fifty states of the United States. The abbreviation for Kentucky is KY. Its nickname is ‘The Bluegrass State’. That means ‘Bluegrass State’. With 4,369,356 inhabitants, Kentucky is the 25th most populous state in the US. Kentucky borders the states of Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Tennessee, Missouri, Illinois, and Virginia. The state is known for its many horse farms. The capital of Kentucky is Frankfort. This is the 13th largest city in the state. Frankfurt has only 25,527 inhabitants.


There are a number of cities in Kentucky. Here are the five largest.

Kentucky’s Largest Cities

Name Inhabitants County
1. Louisville 765.515 Jefferson County
2. Lexington 295.803 Fayette County
3. Bowling Green 58,067 Warren County
4. Owensboro 57.265 Daviess County
5. Covington 40.640 Kenton County

How many counties in Kentucky? The Commonwealth of Kentucky comprises 120 counties.


The skyline of Louisville

Louisville is a large city in the United States with 557,224 inhabitants in the year 2008. It is located in the state of Kentucky and its largest city, although it is not the capital. That is the much smaller Frankfurt. About 300 years ago, Louisville was founded by the French and since then it has grown into the great city it is today. Louisville is Kentucky’s financial, industrial, and cultural center. A large part of the population is of African origin. The population here is growing very fast. In a few years, the city will have 600,000 inhabitants.

Partner cities

  • La Plata – Argentina
  • Jiujiang – China
  • Montpellier – France
  • Mainz – Germany
  • Quito – Ecuador
  • Perm – Russia
  • Leeds – United Kingdom
  • Tamale – Ghana

Interstate 165 in Kentucky

I-165 / WN 9007
Begin Bowling Green
End Owensboro
Length 70 mi
Length 113 km
  • 01 Plano Road
  • 2
  • 6 Bowling Green
  • 7 Bowling Green
  • 9 Bowling Green
  • 28 Morgantown
  • 29 Morgantown
  • 36
  • 41 Western Kentucky Parkway
  • 50 Hartford
  • 72

Interstate 165 or I -165, also known as the William H. Natcher Parkway is a parkway and Interstate Highway in the U.S. state of Kentucky. The highway forms a north-south route in the center of the state, connecting the regional centers of Bowling Green and Owensboro. The highway is 113 kilometers long.

Travel directions

On the south side of Bowling Green, the Natcher Parkway exits from Interstate 65, the highway from Nashville to Louisville. The Natcher Parkway then runs 2×2 lanes west of Bowling Green to the northwest. US 231 runs parallel to the route. The highway runs through a semi-forested and hilly area. There are no large towns along the route. Beaver Dam crosses the Western Kentucky Parkway, the highway from Eddyville to Louisville. The highway then continues to the Owensboro ring road, which in turn connects to the Audubon Parkway to Henderson.


The highway was developed as the Owensboro–Bowling Green Parkway and was named the Green River Parkway when it opened on December 15, 1972. In 1994, the highway was named after William Natcher (1909-1994), a member of the United States Congress. The toll collection was discontinued on November 21, 2006 because the law requires all toll roads to become toll-free after the toll has been paid. The toll was $1.50 for the entire length, which was 1.3 cents per kilometer.

Upgrade tot Interstate 165

With the implementation of multiple Interstate Highways in Kentucky, a number for the Natcher Parkway was also sought. The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) passed on December 4, 2015, included the Natcher Parkway as a spur of I-65 from Bowling Green to Owensboro. In January 2016, it was announced that the Natcher Parkway could be renumbered as I-565. On September 24, 2017, the number I-165 was approved by the AASHTO. Between 2016 and 2022, $66 million was spent to upgrade the Natcher Parkway to Interstate Highway design requirements. As of March 6, 2019, the Natcher Parkway is numbered I-165.

Traffic intensities

Daily 22,200 vehicles drive north of I-65 at Bowling Green, dropping to 10,200 vehicles north of Bowling Green. There were 7,500 vehicles south of the Western Kentucky Parkway and 9,800 vehicles north of it. Just before Owensboro, 11,300 vehicles were driving.


Interstate 169 in Kentucky

Get started Hopkinsville
End Nortonville
Length 34 mi
Length 55 km
  • 15 Lovers Lane
  • 6 Hopkinsville
  • 7 Hopkinsville
  • 8 Hopkinsville
  • 9 Hopkinsville
  • 11 Bypass Road
  • 23 Crofton
  • 30
  • 33 Nortonville
  • 34

Interstate 169 or I -169 is an Interstate Highway in the U.S. state of Kentucky. The highway forms a north-south route in the west of the state, from near Hopkinsville to near Nortonville. I-169 coincides with the southern portion of the Pennyrile Parkway and is 55 kilometers long.

Travel directions

I-169 begins south of Hopkinsville at a trumpet interchange with Interstate 24, not far from the Tennessee state border . I-169 heads north in 2×2 lanes initially through open pastureland, along the east side of the town of Hopkinsville, also the largest town on the route. North of Hopkinsville, I-169 leads through an area of ​​low hills and abundant forest. Near Nortonville, I-169 ends at Interstate 69, which exits here and continues on I-169 to Henderson.


I-169 was created by giving the older Pennyrile Parkway Interstate Highway status in 2017. The Pennyrile Parkway, like all parkways in Kentucky, was constructed as a toll road that opened in 1969. The road became toll-free in 1992. The Pennyrile Parkway then started on US 41A on the south side of Hopkinsville, the section further to I-24 was missing for a long time. On March 1, 2011, after more than 35 years, the southernmost 5 miles to I-24 opened at Hopkinsville.

I-169 became a reality on May 7, 2017. In May 2018, the first signposts with “Future I-169 Corridor” were placed.

Traffic intensities

10,000 vehicles travel daily between I-24 and Hopkinsville, increasing to 20,000 to 30,000 vehicles in Hopkinsville and 25,000 vehicles between Hopkinsville and Nortonville.

Kentucky - The Bluegrass State

Kentucky – The Bluegrass State
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