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    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    A-
  4. Nightlife
    B-
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B
  12. Commute
    B
Oak Ridge is a town in Tennessee with a population of 29,009. Oak Ridge is in Anderson County and is one of the best places to live in Tennessee. Living in Oak Ridge offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Many young professionals and retirees live in Oak Ridge and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Oak Ridge are highly rated.
About Oak Ridge...
Population
29,009

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$149,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$755
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    40%
  • Own
    60%
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Oak Ridge Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    425.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    10.2
    6.1
  • Rape
    47.7
    40.7
  • Robbery
    44.3
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    490.5
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,907.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    221.4
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    10%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    18%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    20%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    24%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    8%
    13%

Working in Oak Ridge

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$50,464
National
$55,322
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Oak Ridge is a great city. It's a pretty small city, with a beautiful lake and tons of great hiking trails and greenways. Oak Ridge is home to one of the best rowing venues in the nation, and one of the best school systems in the nation. It is conveniently close to Knoxville, Chattanooga, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The weather is also pretty great here; we experience all four seasons and relatively little snow. There are also many job opportunities, with a National Lab and large school district.
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Located in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, Oak Ridge is surrounded by nature's beauty, especially in the fall when Mother Nature puts on her colorful garment! Collegiate rowers from across the nation migrate to scenic Melton Lake to practice and compete on it's nearly perfect waterway. Oak Ridge's schools continue to rank among the best in the nation, as well as provide opportunities for participation in athletic and artistic pursuits. This is a quiet town with a low crime rate where individuals can still walk or jog without fear. While shopping and night life may be limited, Knoxville is a short drive away and can fill that void.
Oak Ridge is a historical city in east Tennessee that promotes a small town atmosphere while also bustling with activity and diverse people from all backgrounds. The city itself was created during WWII as a "secret city" in which to produce atomic bombs. The war may be over, but there is still a mysterious and captivating aspect to Oak Ridge that lives on through native residents. In the future, I hope to see younger populations flock to Oak Ridge. Currently, Oak Ridge has an aging population, but I have hope that more people of the younger generation will find this city as fascinating as I do.