The state of Tennessee is a place in the United States. It is in the southeast part of the country. It is bordered by eight states, with Kentucky to the north, Virginia to the northeast, North Carolina to the east, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi to the south, Arkansas to the west, and Missouri to the northwest. Nashville is the state’s capital and largest city, and anchors the state’s largest metropolitan area. Shelby County is its most populous administrative division, and contains its second-largest city, Memphis.