Atlas of Kentucky

By: Richard Ulack

Never in Kentucky’s history has change occurred so rapidly in nearly all areas, including education, business, manufacturing, tourism, agriculture, transportation, communications, and natural resource use. With the introduction of KERA, the state has made a great push to move forward its education system. At the same time, intense efforts are being made to attract new business and industry with the goal of improving Kentucky’s overall economy and the life of its citizens.

Until now, no comprehensive publication has been available on state’s resources---past, present, and future. This new Atlas of Kentucky documents the enormous changes that have taken place in the state and presents up-to-date information on Kentucky’s land, people, and social and economic life. It will serve as an indispensable resource for those who will implement further changes in the coming century.

Led by a team of geographers at the University of Kentucky, experts from across the Commonwealth representing five universities as well as several public and private agencies contributed to the Atlas. The result is a fascinating and beautiful book, with nearly 800 thematic four-colored maps and graphs and more than 200 photographs accompanying accessibly written texts that further explain, interpret, and clarify the information presented in visual form.

The book’s thirteen chapters treat the gamut of available on the Commonwealth, its history, and its people. Basic information concerning Kentucky’s place in the world and details such as soil distribution are revealed in chapters on the natural environment. Early settlement patterns, current population distribution, poverty and income levels, and tourism highlights are featured in several chapters focusing on the human dimensions of Kentucky. Other chapters are devoted to mineral, energy, and transportation, pointing the way toward future trends and developments.

Based on the latest U.S. Census and information from a variety of other sources. this Atlas is the authoritative reference guide for use in elementary, middle, and secondary, colleges and universities, libraries, business and industries, planning agencies, and local and state government offices. As the essential reference guide to the Commonwealth, the Atlas will also be a welcome presence in every home.