Kentucky Atlas and Gazetteer

Kentucky Physiography
Select a region from the map or below for more information. Relief and county outline maps are also available. (Source: Kentucky Geological Survey, undated)

Kentucky is located in the central United States. In 2020 it had a population of 4,505,836 in a land area of 39,486 square miles, a mean of 114 people per square mile. The capital of Kentucky is Frankfort.

Kentucky can be divided into five major physiographic regions (which can be further subdivided): the Mississippi Embayment or Jackson Purchase in the west, the Mississippian Plateaus or Pennyrile, the Western Coal Field, the Bluegrass, and the Eastern Coal Field.

Generalized Geologic Map of Kentucky
Generalized Geologic Map of Kentucky (Kentucky Geological Survey, 1979)

Western Coal Field Mississippi Embayment Bluegrass Region Eastern Coal Field Mississippian Plateau

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