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State of Tennessee
Flag of TennesseeOfficial seal of Tennessee
Nickname(s): 
Motto(s): 
Anthem: Nine songs
Map of the United States with Tennessee highlighted
Map of the United States with Tennessee highlighted
CountryUnited States
Before statehoodSouthwest Territory
Admitted to the UnionJune 1, 1796 (16th)
Capital
(and largest city)
Nashville[1]
Largest metroGreater Nashville
Government
 • 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)
Area
 • Total42,143 sq mi (109,247 km2)
 • Land41,217 sq mi (106,846 km2)
 • Water926 sq mi (2,401 km2)  2.2%
Area rank36th
Elevation
900 ft (270 m)
Highest elevation6,643 ft (2,025 m)
Lowest elevation178 ft (54 m)
Population
 (2019)
 • Total6,829,174[4]
 • Rank16th
 • Density159.4/sq mi (61.5/km2)
 • Density rank20th
 • Median household income
$52,340[5]
 • Income rank
42nd
Language
 • Official languageEnglish
 • Spoken languageLanguage spoken at home[6]
Time zones
East TennesseeUTC−05:00 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−04:00 (EDT)
Middle and WestUTC−06:00 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−05:00 (CDT)
USPS abbreviation
TN
ISO 3166 codeUS-TN
Trad. abbreviationTenn.
Latitude34°59′ N to 36°41′ N
Longitude81°39′ W to 90°19′ W
Websitewww.tn.gov
Tennessee State symbols
Flag of Tennessee.svg
The Flag of Tennessee.

Animate insignia
Amphibian Tennessee cave salamander
Bird(s) Mockingbird
Bobwhite quail
Butterfly Zebra swallowtail
Fish Channel catfish
Smallmouth bass
Flower(s) Iris
Passion flower
Tennessee echinacea
Insect Firefly
Lady beetle
Honey bee
Mammal(s) Tennessee Walking Horse
Raccoon
Reptile Eastern box turtle
Tree Tulip poplar
Eastern red cedar

Inanimate insignia
Beverage Milk
Dance Square dance
Firearm Barrett M82
Food Tomato
Fossil Pterotrigonia (Scabrotrigonia) thoracica
Gemstone Tennessee River pearl
Mineral Agate
Poem "Oh Tennessee, My Tennessee" by William Lawrence
Slogan(s) "Tennessee—America at its best"
Tartan Tennessee State Tartan

Route marker(s)
Tennessee Route Marker

State Quarter
Quarter of Tennessee
Released in 2002

Lists of United States state insignia

Tennessee is a state in the United States. Its capital is Nashville, which is also the country music center of America.[7] 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.

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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