- U.S. State: Tennessee
- Abbreviation: TN
- Joined the USA: June 1st, 1796 (16th State)
- Located: Southeastern United States
- Capital City: Nashville, TN
- Most Populated City: Nashville. TN
34 Tennessee Facts for Kids
- Tennessee is a state in the United States of America.
- Tennessee is in the southeastern region of the United States.
- Tennessee became a U.S. state on Wednesday, June 1st, 1796.
- Tennessee was the 16th state to join the United States.
- The U.S. state of Tennessee covers 42,143 square miles.
- Tennessee is the 36th largest state by area in the United States.
- In 2019, the population of Tennessee was estimated to be 6,829,000 residents by the U.S. Census Bureau.
- In 2019, Tennessee was the 16th most populated state in the United States.
- A person who is from or lives in Tennessee is called a Tennessean.
- The capital city of Tennessee is Nashville.
- The six largest cities in Tennessee are Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Clarksville and Murfreesboro.
- The largest city in by population in Tennessee is Nashville.
- The largest metropolitan area in Tennessee is the Greater Nashville area.
- The U.S. state of Tennessee has 95 counties.
- The most populated county in Tennessee is Shelby County with 937,166 residents (2019, U.S. Census Bureau).
- The largest county by area in Tennessee is Shelby County with 755 square miles.
- The highest elevation point in Tennessee is Clingmans Dome at 6,643 feet above sea level.
- The lowest elevation point in Tennessee is the Mississippi River at 178 feet above sea level.
- The average precipitation (rain and snow) in Tennessee is 51.8 inches.
- Tennessee is the 5th wettest state by precipitation (rain and snow) in the United States.
- The average temperature in Tennessee is 58.1 °F.
- Tennessee is the 14th warmest state in the United States.
- The warmest temperature ever recorded in Tennessee was 113 °F on August 9th, 1930.
- The coldest temperature ever recorded in Tennessee was -32 °F on December 30th, 1917.
- A few natural disasters that can affect Tennessee are earthquakes, ice storms, lightning and thunderstorm.
- Tennessee is in two time zones, Eastern Time Zone (ET) and Central Time Zone (CT).
- The USPS abbreviation for Tennessee is TN.
- Tennessee is also known as the Volunteer State.
- The motto for the U.S. state of Tennessee is “Agriculture and Commerce”.
- The official state flower of Tennessee is the iris.
- The official state wildflower of Tennessee is the passionflower (Passiflora incarnata).
- The official state tree of Tennessee is the tulip poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera).
- The official state bird of Tennessee is the mockingbird (Mimidae).
- The official state animal of Tennessee raccoon (Procyon lotor).
Pictures of Tennessee
A picture of the flag of the U.S. state of Tennessee.
A picture of Nashville, the capital city of Tennessee.
A picture of Sioux Falls, the most populated city in Tennessee.
Additional Resources on Tennessee
- About Tennessee – Discover more about Tennessee, United States on the National Geographic Kids website.
- History of Tennessee – Learn about the history of the U.S. state of Tennessee on the Tennessee State Government website.
- Facts About Tennessee – Find more awesome facts about Tennessee on the Awesome America website.
- Tennessee – Wikipedia – Read the article about Tennessee on the Wikipedia website to learn more about it.