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Tennessee Facts

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Tennessee Location In The US Tennessee State Map

This page contains a wealth of information on the state of Tennessee. Please click on the type of the fact that you are interested in:



Geography & Demographics

State Abbreviation TN
State Capital Nashville
State Size Total (Land + Water): 42,143 sq miles; Land Only: 41,217 sq miles
Number of Counties 95
Time Zone Eastern Time Zone, Central Time Zone
Bordering States Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Virginia
Highest Point Clingmans Dome, 6,643 feet
National Parks Great Smoky Mountains National Park
State Population (2015) 6,600,299
State Population Density 160.1 people / square mile
Area Codes 423, 615, 731, 865, 901, 931
Top 5 Cities (2010 population) Memphis (646,889) 
Nashville (601,222) 
Knoxville (178,874) 
Chattanooga (167,674) 
Clarksville (132,929)

Government & Legislature

Statehood June 1, 1796
Electoral Votes 11
State Flag Tennessee State Flag
Governor Official Tennessee Governor Website
U. S. Senators List of U. S. Senators From Tennessee
U. S. Representatives List of U. S. Representatives From Tennessee
State Senators List of Tennessee State Senators
State Representatives List of Tennessee State Representatives
State Government Official Site
State Constitution Tennessee State Constitution
Same-Sex Marriage Legalization Date June 26, 2015
Road Conditions Tennessee Road Conditions
State Quarter Issue Date January 2, 2002

State Symbols

State Agricultural Insect Honeybee
State Amphibian Tennessee cave salamander
State Artifact "Sandy"
State Beverage Milk
State Bird Mockingbird
State Butterfly Zebra swallowtail
State Commercial Fish Channel catfish
State Flower Iris
State Fossil Ptero
State Gem Pearl
State Insect Honeybee and ladybug
State Mineral Agate
State Motto Agriculture and Commerce
State Nickname Volunteer State
State Painting "Tenneessee Treasures" and "Tennessee Treasures Too"
State Reptile Eastern box turtle
State Rock Limestone
State Sport Fish Smallmouth bass
State Tree Tulip poplar
State Wild Animal Raccoon

Sports Teams

Major Sports Teams NFL: Tennessee Titans
NBA: Memphis Grizzlies
NHL: Nashville Predators
NCAA Division I Schools Austin Peay State University (Ohio Valley) 
Belmont University (Ohio Valley) 
East Tennessee State University (Southern) 
Lipscomb University (Atlantic Sun) 
University of Memphis (American Athletic) 
Middle Tennessee State University (Conference USA) 
University of Tennessee (SEC) 
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (Southern) 
University of Tennessee at Martin (Ohio Valley) 
Tennessee State University (Ohio Valley) 
Tennessee Technological University (Ohio Valley) 
Vanderbilt University (SEC)

Popular Tourist Attractions

Famous People Born In Tennessee

Nobel Prize Winners

  • Cordell Hull (Peace, 1945)
  • James M. Buchanan Jr. (Economic Sciences, 1986)

Pro Football Hall Of Fame Members

  • Doug Atkins (Defensive End. Inducted in 1982)
  • Lynn Swann (Wide Receiver. Inducted in 2001)
  • Reggie White (Defensive End. Inducted in 2006)
  • Gene Hickerson (Guard. Inducted in 2007)
  • Claude Humphrey (Defensive End. Inducted in 2014)

Baseball Hall Of Fame Players

  • Turkey Stearnes (Center Fielder. Inducted in 2000)

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall Of Fame Players

  • Bailey Howell (Forward. Inducted in 1997)
  • Oscar Robertson (Guard. Inducted in 1980)
  • Nera White (Forward. Inducted in 1992)

Famous Actors And Actresses

  • Kathy Bates
  • Megan Fox
  • Morgan Freeman

Famous Singers

  • Kenny Chesney
  • Miley Cyrus
  • Aretha Franklin
  • Dolly Parton
  • Justin Timberlake
  • Tina Turner

Tennessee Fun Facts

  • The state of Tennessee was named after a Cherokee town named "Tanasi," which is in present-day Monroe County, Tennessee. The true meaning of Tanasi cannot be ascertained, though it's been said to mean "meeting place," "wind river," or "river of the great bend."
  • Tennessee borders with eight other states. This makes Tennessee, along with Missouri, the state with the most neighboring states.
  • The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, is the longest continuously running live radio program in the world. It has been live since November 28, 1925.
  • Vanderbilt University, along with its affiliated hospitals, is the largest employer in Tennessee.
  • The Manhattan Project was based in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
  • Memphis, Tennessee, is home to Graceland, Elvis Presley's former estate.
  • Tennessee bottlers Moses and Ally Hartman developed Mountain Dew in 1940.
  • Columbia, Tennessee, is the self-proclaimed Mule Capital of the World. It celebrates a city-designed Mule Day each April.
  • Tennessee was the last state to secede from the Union during the Civil War and the first state to be readmitted after the war.
  • Tennessee won its nickname as The Volunteer State during the War of 1812 when volunteer soldiers from Tennessee played a prominent role in the Battle of New Orleans.

This page was last updated on October 01, 2017.

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