Tennessee is bigger than Massachusetts based on area but smaller than Massachusetts based on population. Massachusetts is the 15th most populous U.S. state with a population of 6,800,000 as of July 1, 2015. Tennessee ranks 17th with a population of 6,600,000. Tennessee's total area is 42,144 square miles. Massachusetts' total area is 10,554 square miles.
Three hundred eighty-seven thousand seven hundred eighty-seven (387,787) is the population count from Massachusetts for 1790. The first census of the United States of America preserves that figure. The National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., showcases among its displays a pitcher embellished with the phrase "Prosperity to the United States of America," listing the populations for 17 states, mentioning the northwest of Ohio as of "unknown" population, and produced in England.