Knoxville is a good place for families raising young children (especially for those who have extended family in the area and are highly religious, and preferably Southern Baptist). However, if you are a single person over 30, you are not going to like Knoxville. Basically, you will be a second-class citizen here because everything revolves around families and children. Also, if you are not Southern Baptist, you will soon tire of living in the Bible Belt. I have to keep my car radio off because of all of the screaming preachers on various stations. Another problem with Knoxville is that it is highly provincial. The people here act as though they've never been out of Knox County. Maybe they haven't. There's not much here in the way of sophisticated performing arts or anything else with class. Well, the Biscuit Festival is coming up. Yawn . . . . Someone once described Knoxville to me as "a pleasant purgatory." That sums it up exactly. I expect to be out of here in two years, fortunately.
I like this city because there are things to see and do that are free, like the community park and trails and things like that. But I can't get over the lack of keeping the streets clean. People here are nice, but it is an average neighborhood nonetheless. Not much of a southern charm for this city, in regard to looks and some of the attitudes you will encounter here. Driving through is alright though, because it is a faster route to other areas in Tennessee. Sure there are things you can see here, like dinner shows and movies, but for attractions and a good time (with views) I would recommend Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.
Knoxville, Tennessee is a city that has been recognized as the state capital during two separate periods of time. Knoxville's placement on the Tennessee River makes it an ideal industrial port. The University of Tennessee is located n this town, giving citizens access to great football games all season long at beautiful Neyland Stadium. Old City, the site of the 1982 World's Fair is another popular location for visitors to the town. Ramsey and Mabry-Hazen houses are two of the big attractions in Knoxville from the World's Fair that can still be seen today. They have actually been listed on the National Historical Register because of their reference to the past.
Knoxville is a wonderful city for nature enthusiasts because of it's close proximity to the Smoky Mountains naional park. It is also very close to the Appalachian Trail, a hiking trail that stretches thousands of miles across the eastern United States. Knoxville, Tennessee is a city that is filled with nice people, good restaurants, and great scenic beauty. Whether as a place to make a home or to take a vacation, Knoxville is a great choice.