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Knoxville, Tennessee is a mid-sized city with a population of 183,927 residents. At 75%, the majority of the Knoxville population is White; this is followed by 18% Black and 2% Asian. 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 great experience for anyone moving to the town. Having said that, in the state of Tennessee, there are many incredible places to live, so choose wisely! To help you find the best places to live in and around Knoxville, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like amenities, crime, education, housing and more.

Knoxville, TN receives 69/100 for it’s livability score; this results in a ranking of #152 in Tennessee and #12,692 in the USA. If we dig a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Knoxville has higher than average grades for the following: amenities (A+) and cost of living (A-). The bad news for Knoxville, there are some categories for which it does not rank well, this includes: crime (F) and employment (D-).

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.

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Best Neighborhoods In & Around Knoxville, TN

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Old City, Knoxville781.7120
Downtown Knoxville, Knoxville721.71,654
Oakwood, Knoxville701.82,907
South Knoxville, Knoxville703.39,000
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Fort Sanders, Knoxville691.15,198
Park City, Knoxville683.62,767
Mechanicsville, Knoxville680.51,962
Old Sevier, Knoxville682.7316

Best Cities Near Knoxville, TN

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Farragut, TN8214.521,690
Maryville, TN7915.628,151
Kingston, TN7531.85,841
Andersonville, TN7516.3349
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Greenback, TN7425.51,020
Lenoir City, TN7421.58,965
Norris, TN7317.61,690
New Market, TN7323.51,512

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Do NOT move to Knoxville if you're single and over 30

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.
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Hi all, i may be movin to the Knoxville area from Texas need info. I'm ben first of all, well a little about my self i'm 25 mixed and moved to Texas 3 years ago from the Mid-west not knowin any one at first gotta job and have done fine for my self. Well any ways i'm bored with Texas and the gossip which annoys the hell outta me, i started lookin for a new city to move to and found Knoxville which looks …
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Source: The Knoxville, TN data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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