Tennessee became the 16th state admitted to the Union in 1796. Tennessee is in the Southeast region of the U.S. with North Carolina to the east and Missouri and Arkansas to the west.
Large cities include Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga and Nashville, the capital.
Tennessee's topography varies from the coastal plains between the Mississippi and Tennessee rivers in the west to the rugged mountains of the east.
Tennessee's climate is generally hot and humid with milder summers at the higher elevations. Winter temperatures are mild to cold. Annual precipitation levels for the state are well above average.
Leading sectors in Tennessee's economy are agriculture, textiles, processed foods production and automobile manufacturing. Tennessee ranks as a low tax state, one of the few states with no state income tax.
Tennessee is a favorite of retirees and three places are included in our survey of best places to retire. Get video tours of these great cities at Tennessee videos.