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Tennessee Almanac

The Tennessee Almanac presents a general overview of the State of Tennessee.

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The United States Census Bureau, July 10, 2001.
Tennessee. T, Vol. 19. Chicago: World Book, Inc., 1988. 136. Print.
Carpenter, Alan, and Carl Provorse. The World Almanac of the U.S.A.. Mahwah: World Almanac Books, 1996. Print.

Admitted to Union June 1, 1796
Capital Nashville, [ Find out more... ]
Nickname Volunteer State, Big Bend State, Mother of Southwestern Statesmen, [ Find out more... ]
Motto Agriculture and Commerce, [ Find out more... ]
Total area including land and water 42,146 square miles Rank among states 36th
Land area 41,220 square miles Rank among states 34th
Water area 926 square miles Rank among states 36th
Greatest distance East to West 482 miles
Greatest distance North to South 116 miles
Highest point 6,643 feet (Clingmans Dome) Rank among states 17th
Lowest point 178 feet (Mississippi River) Rank among states 28th
Mean elevation 900 feet Rank among states 30th
Highest recorded temperature 113 degrees on Aug 9, 1930 at Perryville
Lowest recorded temperature -32 degrees on December 30, 1917 at Mountain City
Highest monthly average temperature 91.5 degrees Rank among states 16th
Lowest monthly average temperature 27.8 degrees Rank among states 41st
Average yearly precipitation (rain & snow) 52 inches Rank among states  
(U.S. Census, April, 2000)
5,689,283 Rank among states 16th
Population per square mile
(Population/Land area)
138.02 Rank among states 19th
Ten largest cities by population
State Capital in red.

Blue designates that the city and county share the same government and boundries.
(U.S. Census, April, 2000)

1. Memphis 650,100 6. Murfreesboro 68,816
2. Nashville-Davidson 569,891 7. Jackson 59,643
3. Knoxville 173,890 8. Johnson City 55,469
4. Chattanooga 155,554 9. Kingsport 44,905
5. Clarksville 103,455 10. Franklin 41,842
Median age 33.6
Average lifetime (1979-1981) 73.30 Rank among states 38th
Total crimes reported per 100,000 people (1992-1993) 5,239.5 Rank among states 22nd
Violent crimes reported per 100,000 people (1992-1993) 765.8 Rank among states 14th
Property crimes reported per 100,000 people (1992-1993) 4,473.8 Rank among states 25th
Per capita income (2000)
Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce
$25,946 Rank among states 35th
Disposable per capita personal income (income minus taxes) (2000)
Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce
$22,987 Rank among states 34th
Median household income (1993) $25,102 Rank among states 46th

Additional Information

The Tennessee Encyclopedia of History & Culture

The Tennessee Encyclopedia of History & Culture, edited by Carroll Van West. 1232 pages. Publisher: Rutledge Hill Press (Tennessee Historical Society); 1 edition (July 1, 1998)

This major reference work includes over 1,500 entries prepared by 560 authors. Published the Tennessee Historical Society in cooperation with Rutledge Hill Press, it was the co-winner of the Tennessee History Book Award and received an ASLH Award of Merit in 1999.

Encyclopedia of Tennessee

Encyclopedia of Tennessee, by Nancy Capace. 556 pages. Publisher: Somerset Publishers, Inc.; Second Edition edition (March 15, 2007)

The Encyclopedia of Tennessee, in two volumes, contains detailed information on Tennessee: Symbols and Designations, Geography, Archaeology, State History, Local History on individual cities, towns and counties, Chronology of Historic Events in the State, Profiles of Governors, Political Directory, State Constitution, Bibliography of books about the state and an Index.

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