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TENNESSEE State Facts and Figures

Interesting information you may or may not know!

State Facts

Full Name - State of Tennessee

Admitted to the Union (Rank) - June 1, 1796 (16th)

Population 2012 (Rank) - 6,456,243 (17th)

Land Area (Rank) - 41,217 square miles; 106,752 sq km (24th)

Capital - Nashville

State Nicknames - Volunteer State

Motto - Agriculture and Commerce


“Tennessee Waltz” (music by Pee Wee King, words by Redd Stewart), “My Homeland, Tennessee” (music by Roy Lamont Smith, words by Nell Grayson), “When It’s Iris Time in Tennessee” (music and words by Willa Waid Newman), “My Tennessee” (music and words by Frances Hannah Tranum), “Rocky Top” (music and words by Boudleaux Bryant and Felice Bryant), “Tennessee” (music and words by Vivan Rorie)

State Symbols

Flower: Iris

Tree: Tulip poplar

Bird: Mockingbird

Gem: Tennessee pearl

Animal: Raccoon

Horse: Tennessee walking horse

Wildflower: Passion flower


Agriculture: Soybeans, cotton, tobacco, livestock and livestock products, dairy products, cattle, hogs

Industry: Chemicals, transportation equip, rubber, plastics, Tourism equipment, tourism