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Tennessee State Information

Tennessee is the 16th State in the Union

Tennessee, located in the southeastern United States, is a state known for its rich cultural heritage, diverse geography, and vibrant music scene. Its capital and largest city, Nashville, is famous as the "Music City" and is the epicenter of country music, with iconic venues like the Grand Ole Opry. Memphis, another musical hub, is renowned for its contributions to blues and rock 'n' roll, and it's home to Graceland, Elvis Presley's former residence. Tennessee's diverse landscape ranges from the Appalachian Mountains in the east to the fertile plains of the west, including the mighty Mississippi River. The state is steeped in history, from its role in the Civil War to the birthplace of key civil rights movements. Tennessee offers a blend of cultural heritage, natural beauty, and musical innovation that continues to captivate residents and visitors alike.

What's in a name?

Named after the Tennessee River, possibly from the Cherokee village of 'Tanasqui.'

State Nickname of Tennessee

Tennessee Geography

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Area: 42,144 sq mi (109,153 kmĀ²), 36th
Highest Point: Clingmans Dome; 6,643 ft (617 m), 17th
Lowest Point: Mississippi River; 178 ft (17 m)
Bordering States: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Virginia
Area Codes: Area Codes of Tennessee
Zip Codes: Zip Codes of Tennessee

Tennessee boasts a diverse and captivating geography. It encompasses rolling hills, lush valleys, and fertile plains in the west, gradually rising to the majestic Appalachian Mountains in the east, including the Great Smoky Mountains, the highest peaks east of the Mississippi River. The state is traversed by numerous rivers, with the Tennessee River winding through the central part and the Mississippi River forming its western border. Tennessee's rich landscapes offer a range of outdoor activities, from hiking in the mountains to exploring its fertile farmlands and iconic music cities like Nashville and Memphis, making it a geographical treasure with a blend of natural beauty and cultural significance.

Tennessee Economy

Tennessee boasts a diverse and robust economy characterized by a mix of industries. Agriculture plays a significant role, with the state being a leading producer of soybeans, cotton, and poultry. Manufacturing is another key sector, encompassing automotive production, aerospace, and chemicals, with major companies like Nissan, General Motors, and FedEx having a strong presence. Tennessee's energy sector contributes to its economy, particularly through TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority), a government-owned utility. The state is home to a growing healthcare and biotechnology industry, with the Memphis area housing numerous medical research institutions. Additionally, tourism thrives in Tennessee, thanks to attractions such as the Great Smoky Mountains, Graceland, and the vibrant music scene in Nashville. Overall, Tennessee's economy combines agriculture, manufacturing, healthcare, and tourism to create a diverse and dynamic economic landscape.


Top 3 crops / livestock for Tennessee

  • Cattle
  • Cotton
  • Hay


Top 3 industries for Tennessee

  • Manufacturing
  • Healthcare
  • Agriculture

Tennessee State Symbols

State Flag

State Flag of Tennessee

State Seal

State Seal of Tennessee

State Quarter

State Quarter of Tennessee

State Bird

State Bird of TennesseeMockingbird

State Flower

State Flower of TennesseeIris

State Tree

State Tree of TennesseeTulip Tree

State Mammal

State Mammal of TennesseeRaccoon

State Fish

State Fish of TennesseeSmallmouth Bass

State Insect

State Insect of TennesseeFirefly Beetle
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