Tennessee is known for:
- Country music
- Graceland and Elvis
- Tennessee whiskey
Geography & Demographics
||Total (Land + Water): 42,143 sq miles; Land Only: 41,217 sq miles|
|Number of Counties
||Eastern Time Zone, Central Time Zone|
||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 (2020)||6,910,840|
|State Population Density||167.7 people / square mile|
||423, 615, 731, 865, 901, 931|
|Top 5 Cities (2020 population)
Government & Legislature
|State Agricultural Insect||Honeybee|
|State Amphibian||Tennessee cave salamander|
|State Butterfly||Zebra swallowtail|
|State Commercial Fish||Channel catfish|
|State Insect||Honeybee and ladybug|
||Agriculture and Commerce|
|State Painting||"Tenneessee Treasures" and "Tennessee Treasures Too"|
|State Reptile||Eastern box turtle|
|State Sport Fish||Smallmouth bass|
|State Wild Animal||Raccoon|
Popular Tourist Attractions
- Beale Street Historic District: A street in downtown Memphis, Tennessee. It was voted the most iconic street in America by USA Today.
- Bristol Motor Speedway: Auto racing venue in Bristol, Tennessee.
- Cades Cove: An isolated valley in the Tennessee side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
- Clingmans Dome: The highest point in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.
- Country Music Hall of Fame: Museum in Nashville, Tennessee.
- Dollywood: Theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
- Graceland: Former home and estate of Elvis Presley, located in Memphis, Tennessee.
- Grand Ole Opry: Concert hall in Nashville, Tennessee.
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park: National park on the border of Tennessee and North Carolina.
- Knoxville Zoo: Zoo in Knoxville, Tennessee.
- Lookout Mountain: Mountain range near Chattanooga, Tennessee.
- Memphis Zoo: Zoo in Memphis, Tennessee.
- Nashville Zoo: Zoo in Nashville, Tennessee.
- Ober Gatlinburg: Amusement park in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
- Opry Mills: Shopping center in Nashville, Tennessee.
- Parthenon Nashville: Building structure in Nashville, Tennessee.
- Rock City: Garden in Lookout City, Tennessee.
- Ruby Falls: Waterfall in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
- Tennessee Aquarium: Aquarium in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Popular Iconic Tennessee Foods
Tennessee is famous for the following foods:
- Hot Fried Chicken
- Memphis-Style Barbecue
- Country Ham
- Biscuits and Gravy
- Fried Pickles
- Banana Pudding
- Moon Pies
- Meat and Three
- Sweet Potato Fries
- Fried Pies
- Memphis Ribs
Famous People Born In Tennessee
Nobel Prize Winners
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
- Oscar Robertson (Guard. Inducted in 1980)
- Nera White (Forward. Inducted in 1992)
- Bailey Howell (Forward. Inducted in 1997)
Famous Actors And Actresses
- Kathy Bates
- Megan Fox
- Morgan Freeman
- 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 January 30, 2023.