TennesseeFrom its varying geographical regions to its historical past, Tennessee is rich both in its land and its culture. Known for cities such as Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee boasts both fame and successful industry.
The 42,143 square miles (109,247 square kilometers) of Tennessee include six physiographic regions the Blue Ridge, the Appalachian Ridge and Valley Region, the Cumberland Plateau, the Highland Rim, the Nashville Basin, and the Gulf Coastal Plain. Additionally, the Tennessee River divides the state into three parts. Tennessee has hot summers with cool to mild winters.
Historically, what is now Tennessee was first part of North Carolina, and then the Southwest Territory. Tennessee joined the Union in 1796 as the 16th state. Later it became the last state to leave the Union during the Civil War in 1861. At the end of the war it was the first state to be readmitted.
There are approximately 6,403,353 people living in Tennesse, which is also the home to a number of major corporations. The corporations include, FedEx Corporation, AutoZone Incorporated, International Paper, Pilot Corporation, Regal Entertainment Group, Eastman Chemical Company, the North American Nissan headquarters, and Caterpillar Financial. Textiles, cotton, cattle and electrical power make up some of the important state outputs. Additionally, Tennessee has played a major role in the music industry. It is credited with the development of rock and roll, and early blues music.
The city of Memphis is considered the birthplace of blues with evidence of the style emerging from the early 1900s. It eventually became the home to Sun Records, responsible for starting the recording careers of musicians such as Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbsin and Charlie Rich. Rock and roll began to take shape in Memphis in the 1950s. Memphis is the largest city in Tennessee.
Nashville is the capital city of Tennessee and well known for its contributions to the music world. Since the rise of the Grand Ole Opry in the 1930s Nashville has become the center of the country music recording industry. It is commonly called “Music City” and is the most populous city in Tennessee as well as a major vacation destination. Popular destinations include: Gaylord Entertainment, Opry Mills, Lower Broadway, Printer’s Alley, Music Row, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, the Tennessee State Museum, the Nashville Zoo, LP Field (Home to the Tennessee Titans), Sommet Center (Home to the Nashville Predators), as well as Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, and Middle Tennessee State University. Luxury homes are found throughout the city and in nearby areas. The Forest Hills area has been known to house senators in the past, and other areas such as Belle Meade, Franklin, and Green Hills, offer a variety of luxury properties.
Tennessee’s music history and culturally thriving cities appeal to many interests. As the home to major companies it offers exceptional opportunity, and the possibilities within the state make it a perfect place to be. Supplemented by its luxury home market you are sure to find what you are looking for!