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  1. Public Schools
    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
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B
  12. Commute
    B
Oak Ridge is a suburb of Knoxville with a population of 29,030. Oak Ridge is in Anderson County and is one of the best places to live in Tennessee. Living in Oak Ridge offers residents a sparse 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
29,030

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$152,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$760
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    38%
  • Own
    62%
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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
    447.2
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    55
    40.7
  • Robbery
    61.9
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    350.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,988.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    185.8
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    18%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    19%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    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
$53,395
National
$55,322
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Oak Ridge Reviews

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A great small town mix of high tech associated with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory(ORNL), the whole town is part of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, a quiet little town within 20 minutes of the larger city of Knoxville which includes a major university and a university hospital, and just over an hour away from the Great Smokey Mountains National Park (the most visited in the park system). Beautiful lakes and rivers, forests, hiking trails, and more are all within easy access.
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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.
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.