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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A-
Knoxville is a city in Tennessee with a population of 185,429. Knoxville is in Knox County and is one of the best places to live in Tennessee. Living in Knoxville offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Knoxville there are a lot of restaurants and parks. Many young professionals live in Knoxville and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Knoxville are above average.
About Knoxville...
Population
185,429

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$128,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$815
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    54%
  • Own
    46%
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Knoxville Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    586.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    10.6
    6.1
  • Rape
    70
    40.7
  • Robbery
    132
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    728.3
    500.1
  • Theft
    3,381.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    569.3
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    18%
  • 25-34 years
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    19%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    29%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    28%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    12%
    13%

Working in Knoxville

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$37,703
National
$55,322
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Knoxville is full of amazing places to eat and tons of fun activities! My favorite place to go is Market Square, which has live music, art, shopping, and delicious food. On sunny days there are plenty of places to hike nearby, go paddle boarding, or even ride scooters downtown. Another plus is the beautiful Tennessee river that flows right by downtown!
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Coming from a state that has a dry climate, Knoxville was quite a change! The weather is great, usually stays around 65 degrees during the winter and 85 in the Summer. The Southern mentality is generally friendly, though there are some areas that I would avoid living in. If you are a fan of the University of Tennessee and love the color orange, this is the place to be.
I moved here from Jacksonville, FL and love it so far! Knoxville is a big change from Florida; there are mountains and trees in every direction you look. This city is very clean and the people here are kind. There are nature trails, shopping centers, and great restaurants to visit. The city is also fairly small in comparison to Jacksonville, so driving distance is short. My husband and I are looking forward to starting our married life here.