Tennessee is a state in the United States. Its capital is Nashville, which is also the country music center of America. It is the home of the Smoky Mountains which are a famous tourist attraction. Other well known cities and towns are Memphis, 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.
|State of Tennessee|
The Volunteer State
Agriculture and Commerce
|Anthem: Nine songs|
Map of the United States with Tennessee highlighted
|Before statehood||Southwest Territory|
|Admitted to the Union||June 1, 1796 (16th)|
(and largest city)
|Largest metro||Greater Nashville|
|• Governor||Bill Lee (R)|
|• Lieutenant Governor||Randy McNally (R)|
|• Upper house||Senate|
|• Lower house||House of Representatives|
|U.S. senators||Lamar Alexander (R)|
Marsha Blackburn (R)
|U.S. House delegation||7 Republicans |
2 Democrats (list)
|• Total||42,143 sq mi (109,247 km2)|
|• Land||41,217 sq mi (106,846 km2)|
|• Water||926 sq mi (2,401 km2) 2.2%|
|• Length||440 mi (710 km)|
|• Width||120 mi (195 km)|
|Elevation||900 ft (270 m)|
|Highest elevation||6,643 ft (2,025 m)|
|Lowest elevation||178 ft (54 m)|
|• Density||159.4/sq mi (61.5/km2)|
|• Density rank||20th|
|• Median household income||$52,340|
|• Income rank||42nd|
Big Bender (archaic)
Volunteer (historical significance)
|• Official language||English|
|• Spoken language||Language spoken at home|
|East Tennessee||UTC−05:00 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−04:00 (EDT)|
|Middle and West||UTC−06:00 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−05:00 (CDT)|
|ISO 3166 code||US-TN|
|Latitude||34°59′ N to 36°41′ N|
|Longitude||81°39′ W to 90°19′ W|
Tennessee was the 16th state to join the nation, on June 1, 1796
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