Nashville, Tennessee

00 nashville capitol hill fNashville, Tennessee

  • Tennessee became a state June 1, 1796, the 16th state admitted to the Union.
  • Nashville became state capital 1826
  • Settled: 1779
  • Name Origin: Named for Francis Nash (1742-1777), patriot general of the American Revolution

The beautiful marble staircase in this capitol is nicked with bullet holes. After the Civil War, the legislature met to deal with an important matter, which they were reluctant to do. They tried to leave the building, but the guard was told to fire if they didn’t return to their seats. He fired, they returned and voted, and Tennessee became the first Southern state to rejoin the Union, on July 24, 1866.

Another important event took place here, when young Henry Burn cast the deciding vote that made Tennessee the final state to ratify the 19th Amendment. That was 1920, and it gave women across the country the right to vote. His mother, a prominent businesswoman, advised him on the matter.

Nashville is a city of diversity – from Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage to the Grand Old Opry; from the giant statue of Athena in the Parthenon to the largest wood carving in the world of The Last Supper in The Upper Room Chapel.

Key Words: rejoin, women’s vote, Hermitage, Opry, Parthenon, Upper Room

Things To Love About Nashville

The downhome happiness of country music and country food; the flash, the fun, the guitars and the aw shucks grins, adoring fans; the past angling for attention against the current scene; the capitol perched atop a hill, historic yes, but not, by far, the tallest thing in town.

Blogs To Read About Nashville

Untangling Nashville

Visit Vanderbilt

Leave As Friends

Ghosts On The Hill

Capital City Basics

  • Population: 601,222, 6th largest in population of the 50 capital cities
  • Population density: 1,265 persons per square mile
  • Land area of city: 475.13 square miles
  • Elevation: 440 feet, 27th highest in elevation of the 50 capital cities
  • Normal high/low temps: January 47/28, July 89/68. Annual rainfall: 47 inches
  • Time Zone: Central
  • Water near: Cumberland River
  • Mountains near: Great Smoky Mountains. Clingman’s Dome on the eastern border of the state is the highest point in Tennessee at 6,643 feet.
  • Miles to three nearest State Capitals: Frankfort, KY 207; Atlanta, GA 248; Indianapolis, IN and Montgomery, AL 285
  • Miles to National Capitol in Washington, DC: 665

Population Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 601,222           Population
  • 21.7%               Under 18
  • 16.2%               Over 65
  • 3.1%                 Asian
  • 28.4%              Black
  • 10.0%              Hispanic/Latino
  • 0.3%                Native Alaskan or American Indian
  • 0.1%                Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 56.3%             White

Education Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 15.7%               English Not Spoken at Home
  • 85.1%              High School Graduate
  • 33.7%              Bachelor’s Degree or Higher

Economic Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 18.2%              Below Poverty Level
  • $27,392           Per Capita Income
  • $46,141           Median Household Income
  • $164,100         Median Value of Home
  • 56.2%              Home Ownership