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Tennessee State Profile

Where is Tennessee?

Tennessee is a state situated in the eastern south-central United States. It is bordered on the north by Kentucky and Virginia; on the east by North Carolina; on the south by Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi; and on the west by Arkansas and Missouri. The geographic center of the state lies in Rutherford County.



What is the capital of Tennessee?

Located on the Cumberland River in Davidson County, Nashville is the capital city of Tennessee. With a population of 635,710 as of the 2009 census estimate, Nashville is the second-largest city in the state. The city is home to number of colleges and universities and is a center for publishing, banking and transportation industries. It is known for its music industry and is thus known as the "Music City".


What is the largest city in Tennessee?

Memphis is the largest city in the state. It is situated in the western corner of Tennessee, and is the county seat of Shelby County. As per the 2010 census, it had an estimated population of 646,889 which makes it the biggest city in the state of Tennessee and the twentieth-largest in the United States. The city is home to many museums and historic sites like the National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis Walk of Fame, Cotton Museum and many more.


What is the nickname of Tennessee?

Tennessee is nicknamed the "Volunteer State." The name was earned during the War of 1812 and it refers to the prominent role played by the volunteer soldiers from Tennessee, serving under General Andrew Jackson, who displayed marked valor in the Battle of New Orleans.
It is also known as the "Big Bend State" and sometimes referred to as "Butternuts."


How big is Tennessee?

The total area covered by the state is 42,144 square miles of which land occupies 41,155 square miles.


What is the population of Tennessee?

Tennessee is the seventeenth-largest state by population in the united States. It has an estimated population of 6,346,105. American (17.3%), African American (16.4%), Irish (9.3%), English (9.1%), and German (8.3%) are the various ethnic groups in the state.


When did Tennessee achieve statehood?

After the American Revolutionary War, in 1790 the federal government created the Territory of the United States and many states were given an independent status. Tennessee was admitted to the Union on June 1, 1796; it is the sixteenth US state. Knoxville was made the capital.


Who are the political leaders of Tennessee?

Governor - Bill Haslam
Lieutenant Governor - Ron Ramsey


What are the languages spoken in Tennessee?

English is the most common language spoken in Tennessee. Spanish or Spanish Creole, German,Italian, French, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Arabic, Albanian, Gaelic, Lithuanian, and Japanese are also used. There are also a few speakers of African languages in the state; Amharic, Ibo, Twi, Yoruba, Bantu, Swahili, and Somali are the African languages.


What are the religions practiced in Tennessee?

Christianity is the predominant religion of Tennessee. The denominations of Christianity include Baptist (39%), Methodist (10%), Church of Christ (6%), Roman Catholic (6%), Presbyterian (3%), Church of God (2%), Lutheran (2%) and Pentecostal (2%). There are also a number of Jews and Muslims in the state.


What is the economy of Tennessee like?

Tennessee has the eighteenth-largest economy in the United States. Private health care, law firms, finance, insurance, motels and business services are the most important service industries in the state. Agriculture, tourism, mining, fishing add to the revenue of the state.


What are the famous places in Tennessee?

Tennessee has a number of historic sites, museums, memorials, sandy lake beaches, and state parks. It is a perfect holiday destination offering immense fun and entertainment. The country-music mecca of Nashville, Fort Loudoun, Bartlett Museum, The Tennessee State Museum, Cotton Museum, Reelfoot State Park, Dollywood, Memphis Zoo, Casey Jones Village are some of the best places in the state.


What is the "Square Dance"?

Square Dance is the official state folk dance of Tennessee. It was declared the folk dance of the state in 1980. The dance is a a uniquely attractive art form and an interesting part of Tennessee folklore.


What are the state symbols of Tennessee?
  • State Bird: The mockingbird (genus Mimus polyglottos) is the official state bird of Tennessee. Chosen from an election conducted by the Tennessee Ornithological Society, it was designated as the state bird in 1933. Considered one of the finest song-birds in northern America, the mockingbird is also the state bird of Arkansas, Florida, Texas and Mississippi.

  • State Tree: The tulip poplar (Liriodendron Tulipifera) is the official state tree of Tennessee. It was officially recognized as the state tree in 1947. The tree grows abundantly throughout the state and is used in the construction of houses and farm buildings.

  • State Flag: Designed by LeRoy Reeves of the Third Regiment, Tennessee Infantry, the state flag was officially adopted in 1905. The flag has three stars representing the "grand divisions" of the state: East, Middle, and West.

Last Updated on: August 14th, 2017