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State Facts

Full Name

State of Tennessee

Admitted to the Union (Rank)

June 1, 1796 (16th)

Population 2000 (Rank)

5,689,283 (16th)

Land Area (Rank)

41,217 square miles; 106,752 square kilometers (24th)

Capital

Nashville

Postal Abbreviation

TN

State Nickname

Volunteer State

Motto

Agriculture and Commerce

Songs

  • “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

Economy

  • Agriculture:
    • Soybeans,
    • cotton,
    • tobacco,
    • livestock and livestock products,
    • dairy products,
    • cattle,
    • hogs
  • Industry:
    • Chemicals,
    • transportation equipment,
    • rubber,
    • plastics