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Political Maps are designed to show governmental boundaries of countries, states, and counties. This type of map is generally vivid in color to help identify boundaries more easily. When viewing a Physical Map, the locations of major cities as well as many minor cities are found. Also included on Physical Maps are significant bodies of water such as lakes, reservoirs and rivers.

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page last updated on August 8, 2011

   Introduction    Tennessee

Called the "Volunteer State," Tennessee became the 16th state of the Union in 1796. It was the first territory admitted as a state under the federal Constitution. Before statehood, it was known as the Territory South of the River Ohio. The name Tennessee is derived from the name of a Cherokee village, Tanasi. Today, the capital, Nashville, is known as a center for country music. Memphis, the largest city in the state, is the place where Elvis Presley first began his legendary musical career. The state flower is the iris.

   Miscellaneous    Tennessee

State Flower: Iris

State Motto: Agriculture and Commerce

State Nickname: Volunteer State

State Bird: Mockingbird

   Geography    Tennessee

Land area, 2000 (square miles): 41,217

Length: 440 miles

Width: 120 miles

10 largest cities, 2010:
  1. Memphis, 646,889
  2. Nashville, 601,222
  3. Knoxville, 178,874
  4. Chattanooga, 167,674
  5. Clarksville, 132,929
  6. Murfreesboro, 108,755
  7. Jackson, 65,211
  8. Johnson City, 63,152
  9. Franklin, 62,487
  10. Bartlett, 54,613

Geographic Center: 5 miles northeast of Murfreesboro

Geographic Center County: Rutherford

Highest Point: 6,643 ft. — Clingmans Dome

Lowest Point: 178 ft. — Mississippi River

Number of counties: 95

State forests: 15 (159,700 ac.)

State parks: 50 (133,000 ac.)

Persons per square mile, 2010: 154

   People    Tennessee

Population, 2010: 6,346,105
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010: 11.50%
Population, 2000: 5,689,276
Persons under 5 years old, percent, 2009: 6.80%
Persons under 18 years old, percent, 2009: 23.70%
Persons 65 years old and over, percent, 2009: 13.40%
Female persons, percent, 2009: 51.30%

White persons, percent, 2010 (a): 77.60%
Black persons, percent, 2010 (a): 16.70%
American Indian and Alaska Native persons, percent, 2010 (a): 0.30%
Asian persons, percent, 2010 (a): 1.40%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, percent, 2010 (a): 0.10%
Persons reporting two or more races, percent, 2010: 1.70%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin, percent, 2010 (b): 4.60%
White persons not Hispanic, persons, 2010: 75.60%

Living in same house 1 year ago, pct 1 yr old & over, 2005-2009: 83.30%
Foreign born persons, percent, 2005-2009: 4.10%
Language other than English spoken at home, pct age 5+, 2005-2009: 5.90%
High school graduates, percent of persons age 25+, 2005-2009: 81.80%
Bachelor's degree or higher, pct of persons age 25+, 2005-2009: 22.40%
Veterans, 2005-2009: 508,005
Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16+, 2005-2009: 23.7

Housing units, 2009: 2,780,857
Homeownership rate, 2005-2009: 69.70%
Housing units in multi-unit structures, percent, 2005-2009: 18.20%
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2005-2009: $128,500

Households, 2005-2009: 2,412,567
Persons per household, 2005-2009: 2.49
Per capita money income in past 12 months (2009 dollars) 2005-2009: $23,557
Median household income, 2009: $41,715
Persons below poverty level, percent, 2009: 17.20%

(a) Includes persons reporting only one race.
(b) Hispanics may be of any race, so also are included in applicable race categories.

D: Suppressed to avoid disclosure of confidential information
F: Fewer than 100 firms
FN: Footnote on this item for this area in place of data
NA: Not available
S: Suppressed; does not meet publication standards
X: Not applicable
Z: Value greater than zero but less than half unit of measure shown

GDP Data — Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
Population and Economic Data — US Census Bureau
Government Data — Congress.Org

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