Tennessee Facts


Tennessee Location In The US Tennessee State Map

Tennessee is known for:

  • Country music
  • Whiskey
  • Graceland and Elvis
  • Tennessee whiskey

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 PointClingmans Dome, 6,643 feet
Tallest Building 333 Commerce in Nashville, 617 feet
Largest StadiumNeyland Stadium in Knoxville, capacity 102,455
National ParksGreat Smoky Mountains National Park
State Population (2020)6,910,840
State Population Density167.7 people / square mile
Area Codes 423, 615, 731, 865, 901, 931
Top 5 Cities (2020 population) Nashville (694,176)
Memphis (649,705)
Knoxville (190,223)
Chattanooga (184,742)
Clarksville (161,247)

Government & Legislature

Statehood June 1, 1796
Electoral Votes11
State Flag Tennessee State Flag
GovernorOfficial Tennessee Governor Website
U. S. SenatorsList of U. S. Senators From Tennessee
U. S. RepresentativesList of U. S. Representatives From Tennessee
State SenatorsList of Tennessee State Senators
State RepresentativesList of Tennessee State Representatives
State GovernmentOfficial Site
State ConstitutionTennessee State Constitution
Same-Sex Marriage Legalization DateJune 26, 2015
Road ConditionsTennessee Road Conditions
State Quarter Issue Date January 2, 2002

State Symbols

State Agricultural InsectHoneybee
State AmphibianTennessee cave salamander
State Artifact"Sandy"
State BeverageMilk
State Bird Mockingbird
State ButterflyZebra swallowtail
State Commercial FishChannel catfish
State Flower Iris
State FossilPtero
State GemPearl
State InsectHoneybee and ladybug
State MineralAgate
State Motto Agriculture and Commerce
State Nickname Volunteer State
State Painting"Tenneessee Treasures" and "Tennessee Treasures Too"
State ReptileEastern box turtle
State RockLimestone
State Sport FishSmallmouth bass
State Tree Tulip poplar
State Wild AnimalRaccoon

Sports Teams

Major Sports Teams NFL: Tennessee Titans
NBA: Memphis Grizzlies
NHL: Nashville Predators
MLS: Nashville SC
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)

Table Tennis Clubs in Tennessee

City Table Tennis Club
ChattanoogaChattanooga Table Tennis Club
GoodlettsvilleSmash n'Go Table Tennis
KnoxvilleKnoxville Table Tennis Club

Popular Tourist Attractions

UNESCO Heritage Sites

Festivals and Events

Top festivals and events in Tennessee. They are listed in approximate order of when they take place during the year.

Festival / Event When Location
National Cornbread Festival April South Pittsburg
Memphis In May International Festival May Memphis
Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival June Manchester
CMA Fest June Nashville
Riverbend Festival June Chattanooga
Great Smoky Mountains Hot Air Balloon Festival August Townsend
Tennessee State Fair August Lebanon
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion September Bristol
Collierville Balloon Festival September Collierville
Monroe Life Balloon Festival September Vonore
Moon River Music Festival September Chattanooga
Tennessee Valley Fair September Knoxville
Nashville Film Festival Late September to October Nashville

Popular Iconic Tennessee Foods

Tennessee is famous for the following foods:

  • Hot Fried Chicken
  • Memphis-Style Barbecue
  • Country Ham
  • Biscuits and Gravy
  • Fried Pickles
  • Catfish
  • Banana Pudding
  • Moon Pies
  • Meat and Three
  • Sweet Potato Fries
  • Fried Pies
  • Memphis Ribs
  • Nashville Hot Chicken
  • Fried Green Tomatoes

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

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.

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