Still a major southern cotton producer, Tennessee is also famous for acres of farmland devoted to soybeans and beef cattle, as well headquarters for such major corporations as FedEx, AutoZone and International Paper - all based in its largest city, Memphis.
Other major employers throughout the state include those in the health care, banking and hi-tech sectors.
Tourism also plays a strong part in the Tennessee economy with visitors attracted
to the urban charms of Memphis, the Grand Ole Opry, and other entertainment venues and hotspots in Nashville, as well as scenic drives around Blue Ridge and the Great Smoky Mountains.
What fuels the great move to the South by America's corporate sector? Along with neighbors South and North Carolina, a favorable business climate and lower cost of living in Tennessee is a major draw, underscored by affordable housing and low property taxes.
In addition, the state imposes no state taxes on income and wages although it does make up for it with one of the highest sales taxes in the nation, reaching more than 9 percent in some areas.
Major cities: Nashville (capital), Memphis, Knoxville, Clarksville,
Population : 6,038,803
White : 80.7%
Black, African American : 16.8%
Hispanic : 3.0%
High school graduates : 75.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher : 19.6%
Average household income: $38,945
Weather : Hot and humid in the summer, but mild in the winter, Tennessee climate is most effected by tropical winds from
the Gulf of Mexico and may suffer glancing blows from Atlantic Ocean tropical storms and hurricanes traveling inland in
about relocating to Tennessee around the Web:
to Tennessee - Check out insider tips & advice
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community & neighborhood guides, demographic data, schools
Encyclopedia of History & Culture-
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Live in Memphis - Memphis Regional Chamber guide to city
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to Nashville - Helpful guide to real estate listings, information on city services
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Information - Useful guide from the Knoxville Tourism
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