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State of Tennessee
Flag of Tennessee State seal of Tennessee
Flag Seal
The Volunteer State
Motto(s): Agriculture and Commerce
State song(s): "Nine songs"
Map of the United States with Tennessee highlighted
Official languageEnglish
(and largest city)
Largest metroGreater Nashville
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 16th
 • Total6,715,984 (2017 est.)[2]
 • Density159.4/sq mi  (61.5/km2)
Ranked 20th
 • Median household income$47,330[3] (42nd)
 • Highest pointClingmans Dome[4][5]
6,643 ft (2025 m)
 • Mean900 ft  (270 m)
 • Lowest pointMississippi River at Mississippi border[4][5]
178 ft (54 m)
Before statehoodSouthwest Territory
Admission to UnionJune 1, 1796 (16th)
GovernorBill Lee (R)
Lieutenant GovernorRandy McNally (R)
LegislatureGeneral Assembly
 • Upper houseSenate
 • Lower houseHouse of Representatives
U.S. SenatorsLamar Alexander (R)
Marsha Blackburn (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 state symbols
Flag of Tennessee.svg
Living insignia
AmphibianTennessee cave salamander
Bobwhite quail
ButterflyZebra swallowtail
FishChannel catfish
Smallmouth bass
Passion flower
Tennessee echinacea
Lady beetle
Honey bee
MammalTennessee Walking Horse
ReptileEastern box turtle
TreeTulip poplar
Eastern red cedar
Inanimate insignia
DanceSquare dance
FirearmBarrett M82
FossilPterotrigonia (Scabrotrigonia) thoracica
GemstoneTennessee River pearl
Poem"Oh Tennessee, My Tennessee" by William Lawrence
SloganTennessee – America at its Best
TartanTennessee State Tartan
State route marker
Tennessee state route marker
State quarter
Tennessee quarter dollar coin
Released in 2002
Lists of United States state symbols

Tennessee is a state in the United States. Its capital is Nashville, which is also the country music center of America.[6] 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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References[change | change source]

  1. McKenzie, Kevin (May 25, 2017). "Nashville overtakes Memphis as Tennessee's largest city". The Tennessean.
  2. "Table 1. Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for the United States, Regions, States, and Puerto Rico: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2017 (NST-EST2017-01)" (XLS). U.S. Census Bureau. December 2017. Retrieved December 24, 2017.
  3. "Median Annual Household Income". The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Retrieved December 9, 2016.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Elevations and Distances in the United States". United States Geological Survey. 2001. Archived from the original on October 15, 2011. Retrieved October 24, 2011. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help)
  5. 5.0 5.1 Elevation adjusted to North American Vertical Datum of 1988.
  6. "NASHVILLE RECORDING INDUSTRY". Tennesseeencyclopedia.net. Retrieved 2008-09-13.