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Elevation is an important geographical term related to the height of a location above or below the mean sea level of Earth. Elevation can be very important for a variety of uses, including architecture, and can also have a noticeable influence on an area's climate. The elevation of the city of Nashville is 597 feet (182 m), which is in line with many other big cities all around the United States. The nation's average elevation is 2,500 feet (760 m), but many of its biggest cities like Los Angeles, New York, and Houston are located at elevations of 500 feet (152 m) or lower.
The mean elevation of the state of Tennessee is quite low when compared to many other states. Tennessee has an average elevation of just 900 feet, which is several thousand feet lower than some of the highest states like Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah. The highest point in the state of Tennessee is a mountain located among the Great Smoky range called Clingmans Dome, which is situated at an elevation of 6,643 feet (2,025 m). The state’s lowest point is part of the Mississippi River near the Mississippi border, which has been measured at an elevation of just 178 feet (54 m) above sea level. This means that Tennessee has an elevation span of 6,466 feet (1,971 m) between its highest and lowest points.
Major cities around Tennessee include Knoxville, which has an elevation of 886 feet (270 m), Memphis, which is situated at an elevation of 337 feet (103 m), Chattanooga, which has an elevation of 676 feet (206 m), and Clarksville, which is located at an elevation of 476 feet (145 m). The highest unincorporated community in Tennessee is called Trade and can be found in Johnson County at an elevation of 3,100 feet (955 m), while the highest incorporated town or city is Mountain City, which has an elevation of 2,418 feet (737 m).