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State of Tennessee
Flag of Tennessee State seal of Tennessee
Flag Seal
Nickname(s): The Volunteer State
Motto(s): Agriculture and Commerce
Map of the United States with Tennessee highlighted
Official languageEnglish
Largest cityNashville
Largest metroNashville Metropolitan Area
AreaRanked 36th
 • Total42,143 sq mi
(109,247 km2)
 • Width120 miles (195 km)
 • Length440 miles (710 km)
 • % water2.2
 • Latitude34° 59′ N to 36° 41′ N
 • Longitude81° 39′ W to 90° 19′ W
PopulationRanked 17th
 • Total6,495,978 (2013 est)
 • Density153.9/sq mi  (60.0/km2)
Ranked 21st
 • Highest pointClingmans Dome[1][2]
6,643 ft (2025 m)
 • Mean900 ft  (270 m)
 • Lowest pointMississippi River at Mississippi border[1][2]
178 ft (54 m)
Before statehoodSouthwest Territory
Admission to UnionJune 1, 1796 (16th)
GovernorBill Haslam (R)
Lieutenant GovernorRon Ramsey (R)
LegislatureGeneral Assembly
 • Upper houseSenate
 • Lower houseHouse of Representatives
U.S. SenatorsLamar Alexander (R)
Bob Corker (R)
U.S. House delegation7 Republicans, 2 Democrats (list)
Time zones 
 • East TennesseeEastern: UTC -5/-4
 • Middle and WestCentral: UTC -6/-5
AbbreviationsTN, Tenn.

Tennessee is a state in the United States. Its capital is Nashville, which is also the country music center of America.[3] It is the home of the Smoky Mountains which are a famous tourist attraction. Other well known cities and towns are Memphis (the biggest city), Knoxville, Chattanooga, Oak Ridge, Lynchburg, Carthage, Lawrenceburg, Clarksville, Lebanon, Pigeon Forge, Murfreesboro, and Gatlinburg. Tennessee touches eight states: Kentucky and Virginia to the north; North Carolina to the east; Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi on the south; Arkansas and Missouri (by the Mississippi River) to the west. Tennessee ties Missouri as the state bordering the most other states.

Tennessee was the 16th state to join the nation, on June 1, 1796

Several professional sports teams play there, including the Tennessee Titans of the NFL, the Memphis Grizzlies of the NBA, and the Nashville Predators of the NHL.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "Elevations and Distances in the United States". United States Geological Survey. 2001. Retrieved March 16, 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Elevation adjusted to North American Vertical Datum of 1988.
  3. "NASHVILLE RECORDING INDUSTRY". Tennesseeencyclopedia.net. Retrieved 2008-09-13.