Kentucky did not secede because slavery was concentrated in a few counties in the Bluegrass along the Ohio River & the industrial slave iron processing counties in the far west. The major agricultural cash product was hemp. The rope walks of Kentucky supplied all manner of products to East Coast ship yards. The hemp production was shielded from imports of cheap jute by one of those tariffs that are falsely given as a reason for secession. Six rail roads enter Kentucky from the north. Only the L & N RR connected it with the Deep South. Economically. Kentucky had every reason to not seceded & no benefit from secession was possible. It was a simple matter of geography.