Knoxville, TN

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Knoxville, TN

About Knoxville, TN

Knoxville, Tennessee is a vibrant city full of history, culture and entertainment. Located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, this lively city offers something for everyone. There are plenty of outdoor activities to explore like hiking and biking at nearby Ijams Nature Center or boating on the beautiful Tennessee River. Visitors can also take in some local culture by checking out one of the many art galleries or heading down to Gay Street for some great shopping and dining. Knoxville really has it all - from museums and live music to amazing restaurants and lots of history - making it an ideal place to visit! Mid-sized city / College town - East-central Tennessee near base of Appalachian range.

State: Tennessee
County: Knox County
Metro Area: Knoxville Metro Area
City: Knoxville
Zip Codes: 37918, 37920, 37922, 37923, 37931, 37921, 37919, 37849, 37917, 37912, 16 total
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Time zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Elevation: 980 ft above sea level

Knoxville, the largest city in eastern Tennessee and home to the University of Tennessee, serves as a gateway to the tourist and recreation destinations of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park to the southeast. The 400-acre university campus with its 26,000 students is located along the waterfront just to the southwest of downtown, and adds a notable college-town element, particularly during football season.

The economic base is a mix of the active university and Tennessee Valley Authority, which has its headquarters in Oak Ridge about 20 miles northwest. The manufacturing base has declined but the university and related health care facilities and the TVA and a few large corporate employers like Alcoa and Kimberly Clark have brought economic stability to the area.

There are nice older neighborhoods across the river from downtown to the south, and good suburbs mainly west along Fort Loudoun Lake. These suburbs, Farragut being one, offer a good family lifestyle and convenience both to Knoxville itself and to the energy research labs of the TVA. Costs of living and housing are an attraction, and housing values are good. Crime, once a negative, has improved. For a city its size, Knoxville has a number of quality museums, excellent mountain and water recreation, and the area is known for its golf courses.

Knoxville is located in a broad valley between the Cumberland Mountains northwest and the Great Smoky Mountains to the southeast. The two mountain ranges exercise a marked influence upon the climate. In winter, the Cumberland Mountains slow the flow of cold air from the northwest. In summer, moist, warm air from the south and west prevails. Mountain air keeps summer nights comfortable. Most precipitation occurs in the winter with another peak period in the late spring and summer; frequent afternoon thunderstorms are common in summer. Snow does occur but seldom remains for more than a week. Fall is the driest period. The mountains typically shelter the area from strong winds and severe storms.

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Knoxville Cost of Living

College-town amenities, nearby mountains and national park, and rebuilding downtown make Knoxville a great place to live.

-7.4% lower than avg
-55.8% lower than avg
$906 /mo
Monthly rent (2br)
-26.7% lower than avg
Knoxville Crime
81.5 / 100
Crime is ranked on a scale of 1 (low) to 100 (high). US average: 35.4
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Pros & Cons of Knoxville
   College-town amenities
Some downtown blight
   Nearby mountains and national park
Weak recent job growth
   Rebuilding downtown
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What’s not to like? Friendly folks, mountains, rivers, lakes, streams, trees, amazing southern cuisine. Minimal traffic, solid museums, kid friendly everything, great  More

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I lived in Knoxville for 3 years and still go there to see a doctor of mine until my treatment is over. You could not pay me to return to Knoxville now that I foster  More

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Over 3 years ago

This is my second residence in Knoxville and I'm loving my return after a 30 year absence. I love the city and county and the atmosphere surrounding them. What's not to  More

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