Frankfort is the state capital for Kentucky and is America’s fourth-least populated state capital city. According to legend, Kentucky’s capital city was named after a crossing ford in the Kentucky River where early pioneer Stephen Frank was killed by American Indians in the 1780s. Originally called Frank’s Ford, the capital’s name was later elided to Frankford.
Another interesting piece of historical trivial is that iconic American frontiersman and folk hero Daniel Boone was buried in Frankfort after his September 26, 1820 death.
The biggest employers in Frankfort include metal products fabricators Topy Corp and Ohi-America, plastic parts maker Montaplast of North America, whiskey producer Jim Beam, Allied Bendix Corp and American Wire Products.
Kentucky shipped U$29.199 billion worth of goods around the globe during 2016. Highest-value Kentuckian exports are civilian aircraft, vehicles, antisera and blood sera, automotive parts and accessories, glass sheets, diagnostic laboratory reagents and whiskies according to United States Census Bureau data.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Frankfort was 3.7% as of December 2016.
Capital Facts for Frankfort, United States: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Broadway Clay Studio and Gallery, Capital City Museum, Josephine Sculpture Park, Old State Capitol, Rebecca Ruth Candy Tours and Museum and The Grand Theater
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Frankfort, United States:
- Will Chase, actor & singer (born Sep. 12, 1970)
- George C. Wolfe, writer & director (born Sep. 23, 1954)
- Miss Elizabeth, professional wrestling manager (born Nov. 19, 1960)
- Robert Price, actor (born Aug. 21, 1966)
- Kelly Gordon, music composer (born Nov. 19, 1932)
- R.D. Price, director & producer (born Aug. 21, 1966)
- William Hankins, art director (born May 20, 1947)
- Steve Dunhill, actor (born Aug. 1, 1920)
- Eddie Bacon, Major League Baseball pitcher (born Apr. 8, 1895)
- Hugh Rodman, U.S. Navy Officer (born Jan. 6, 1859)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches of published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Frankfort resident: Frankforter
Population: 27,800 (Frankfort city limits)
Density: 1,944 people per square mile (749 per square kilometer)
Population: 4,436,974 (Kentucky state)
Density: 112 people per square mile (43 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$28.589 billion as of March 2015 (Lexington-Fayette metropolitan statistical area)
GDP per person: $56,416
Note: The above GDP metrics are on a current basis and are in U.S. dollars.
Official currency used in Frankfort: U.S. dollars
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Within city limits, Frankfort occupies 14.3 square miles (37.1 square kilometers). The state capital’s population was 27,800 Frankforters in 2016.
The state of Kentucky has a land area of 39,722 square miles (102,880 square kilometers) with an overall population of 4.437 million inhabitants.
At the city level, Frankfort’s population density is 1,944 residents per square mile (749 per square kilometer).
Population density diminishes within Kentucky state to an average 112 Kentuckians per square mile (43 per square kilometer).
Frankforters celebrate Independence Day as a national holiday each July 4.