Population: 6,770,010 (Source: 2012 U.S. Census)
Major Cities: Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Clarksville
Borders: Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri
Gross Domestic Product (GDP): 277,036 million (2012 U.S. Department of Commerce)
Agriculture including cattle, hogs, chickens, cotton, soybeans, wheat, apples, and peaches
Textiles, electrical power, automobile manufacturing, tourism, and electronic equipment
How Tennessee got its name: Tennessee comes from the name of a Cherokee Indian village named Tanasi.
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Tennessee State Symbols
State Nickname: Volunteer State
State Slogan: The Stage Is Set For You; (formerly) Sounds Good to Me (formerly) Follow Me To Tennessee; also on its license plate
State Motto: Agriculture and Commerce (1987)
State flower: Iris
State bird: Mockingbird
State fish: Smallmouth bass (sport fish), Channel catfish (state commercial fish)
State tree: Tulip Poplar
State mammal: Common Raccoon, Tennessee walking horse
State foods: Corn Meal
Becoming a State
Date admitted: Wednesday, June 1, 1796
Number admitted: 16
Prior Name: Province of North Carolina, Southwest Territory
Postal Abbreviation: TN
The Geography of Tennessee
Total Size: 41,217 sq. miles (source: 2003 Census)
Geographical Low Point: Mississippi River at 178 feet, located in the county/subdivision of Shelby (source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Geographical High Point: Clingmans Dome at 6,643 feet, located in the county/subdivision of Sevier (source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Central Point: Located in Rutherford County approx. 5 miles northeast of Murfreesboro (source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Counties: 95 (source: National Association of Counties)
Bodies of Water: Kentucky Lake, Norris Lake, Center Hill Lake, Douglas Lake, Tennessee River, Duck River, Cumberland River, Mississippi River
- Bill Belichick - NFL Football coach
- Kenny Chesney - Country music singer
- Davy Crockett - Folk hero and frontiersman
- Miley Cyrus - Singer and actress
- Aretha Franklin - Singer
- Morgan Freeman - Actor
- Dolly Parton - Country music singer
- Oscar Robertson - Professional basketball player
- Justin Timberlake - Singer and actor
- Usher - Singer and actor
- Tennessee borders 8 other states.
- From Lookout Mountain you can see parts of 7 different states.
- The three stars on the Tennessee flag represent the three major geographic regions of the state.
- The 1996 Olympic white water events were held at Ocoee River in Tennessee.
- The name Tennessee comes from the Native American words Tanasi or Tansqui.
- It is called the Volunteer State because when soldiers were needed in the War of 1812, Tennessee soldiers volunteered and helped to defeat the British at the Battle of Orleans.
- The oldest running radio show in the United States is the Grand Ole Opry from Nashville.
- Memphis is the home of Elvis Presley's home Graceland.
- Knoxville has the nickname The Marble City. Nashville has the nickname Music City.
- The world's largest freshwater aquarium is in Chattanooga.
Professional Sports Teams
- Memphis Grizzlies - NBA (Basketball)
- Tennessee Titans - NFL (Football)
- Nashville Predators - NHL (Hockey)
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