Tennessee Facts

Tennessee Facts
Tennessee is a U.S. state located in the Southeastern United States. Tennessee is the 36th most extensive and the 17th most populous of the 50 United States. See the fact file below for more information about Tennessee.
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Became a State
June 1, 1796 (16th)

southern United States

42,143 sq. miles (36th)

6,346,105 (17th)

Major Cities
Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Clarksville

textiles, cotton, cattle, electrical power, mining, tobacco, soybeans

humid subtropical with the exception of the higher mountains which have a humid continental climate – hot summers and mild to cool winters

Yearly Precipitation
averages 50 inches

Professional Sports Teams
Tennessee Titans (National Football League)
Memphis Grizzlies (NationalBasketball Association)
Nashville Predators (National Hockey League)

Major Waterways
Mississippi River, Tennessee River
Cumberland River, Clinch River, Duck River

Most Famous Citizens
Davy Crockett (frontiersman)
Ernie Ford (singer)
Morgan Freeman (actor)
Albert Gore (United States Vice President)
Isaac Hayes (composer)
Dolly Parton (singer)

State Symbols
Bird – Mockingbird
Flower – Iris
Animal – Raccoon
Tree – Tulip Poplar
Insect – Firefly