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- 6,296,254, the 17th largest state
- Size of the State
- About 491 miles long and 115 miles wide
- Total Area
- 42,146 square miles
- 41,220 square miles
- 926 square miles
- Geographic Center
- 5 miles NE of Murfreesboro in Rutherford County. Longitude: 86° 37.3'W, Latitude: 35° 47.7'N
- Bordering States
- Kentucky, Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, Missouri and Arkansas
- Record Temperatures
- Highest: 113°F recorded on July 29 and August 9, 1930 in Perryville.
Lowest: -32°F recorded on December 30, 1917 at Mountain City.
- Average Rainfall Per Year
- 52.98 inches
- Highest Point
- Clingman's Dome, 6,643 feet, in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
- Lowest Point
- Mississippi Bottoms, 178 feet above sea level near the Mississippi River.
- Major Rivers
- Tennessee, Mississippi, Cumberland, Clinch, Duck
- Major Lakes
- Kentucky, Norris, Chickamauga, Cherokee, Tims Ford Reservoir
- Three Grand Divisions
- There are three grand divisions of the state: the eastern, middle and western. These are the counties comprising each division according to Tenn. Code Ann. § 4-1-201 (2012).
- Eastern Division
- Anderson, Bledsoe, Blount, Bradley, Campbell, Carter, Claiborne, Cocke, Cumberland, Grainger, Greene, Hamblen, Hamilton, Hancock, Hawkins, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Loudon, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Polk, Rhea, Roane, Scott, Sevier, Sullivan, Unicoi, Union and Washington
- Middle Division
- Bedford, Cannon, Cheatham, Clay, Coffee, Davidson, DeKalb, Dickson, Fentress, Franklin, Giles, Grundy, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Jackson, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Macon, Marshall, Maury, Montgomery, Moore, Overton, Perry, Pickett, Putnam, Robertson, Rutherford, Sequatchie, Smith, Stewart, Sumner, Trousdale, Van Buren, Warren, Wayne, White, Williamson and Wilson
- Western Division
- Benton, Carroll, Chester, Crockett, Decatur, Dyer, Fayette, Gibson, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Henry, Lake, Lauderdale, Madison, McNairy, Obion, Shelby, Tipton and Weakley