Knoxville 66 Average
Knoxville Livability #173 ranked city in Tennessee#16,576 ranked city in the USARanks better than 43% of areas

Livability Awards

A+ Knoxville Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
A- Knoxville Cost of Living Cost of living is 8% lower than Tennessee
8218% less expensive than the US average
8911% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Knoxville cost of living
F Knoxville Crime Total crime is 54% higher than Tennessee
Total crime
4,870108% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 21108% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-3%Year over year crime is down
Knoxville crime
D- Knoxville Employment Household income is 26% lower than Tennessee
Median household income
$34,55638% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$23,08623% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%equal to the US average
Knoxville employment
D+ Knoxville Housing Home value is 18% lower than Tennessee
Median home value
$120,30035% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$76619% lower than the US average
Home ownership
46%28% lower than the US average
Knoxville real estate or Knoxville rentals
F Knoxville Schools HS graduation rate is 4% higher than Tennessee
High school grad. rates
83%equal to the US average
School test scores
34%29% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
0:1100% lower than the US average
Knoxville K-12 schools
B Knoxville User Ratings There are a total of 37 ratings in Knoxville
Overall user rating
71% 37 total ratings
User reviews rating
65% 4 total reviews
User surveys rating
73% 33 total surveys
all Knoxville poll results

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      Living in Knoxville, TN

      Knoxville, Tennessee is a medium-sized city with a population of 183,927 people. If we take a look at the last Census, the vast majority of the population falls within one racial group (75% White). Given that fact, Knoxville could be considered less diverse than other cities. Knoxville tends to attract a younger crowd, as the median age of 33 is far below the national average.

      Living in Knoxville can be a fulfilling experience for anyone moving to the town. Having said that, in the state of Tennessee, there are many amazing places to live, so choose wisely! Using the livability score which includes data from categories like amenities, crime, cost of living, education, housing, you can easily compare the best places to live in Knoxville and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Knoxville to Tennessee and the national average.

      The livability score in Knoxville is 69/100 and the city is ranked in the 56th percentile of all cities across America. Based on the grades for each individual category, Knoxville has been rewarded with high marks for amenities (A+) and cost of living (A-). On a more negative note, Knoxville does not have favorable ranks for the following: crime (F) and employment (D-). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

      Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Knoxville on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: Market Square, Knoxville Zoological Gardens, and University of Tennessee.

      Knoxville real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Knoxville. The median home price for Knoxville homes is $120,300, which is 17.6% lower than the Tennessee average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Knoxville, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 3.5, which is 12.9% higher than the Tennessee average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Knoxville area were 8.1% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 5.6%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

      Knoxville transportation information

      Average one way commute20min25min26min
      Workers who drive to work80.6%83.6%76.4%
      Workers who carpool9.3%9.2%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit1.9%0.8%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.6%0.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk3.2%1.4%2.8%
      Working from home3.7%3.9%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Knoxville, TN data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).