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Knoxville, TN

Knoxville is strongly conservative and has a Democratic representative in Congress. However, the city is politically segregated with clear Democratic and Republican enclaves, which commonly can be attributed to racial divides
185,429
Knoxville Population7
$
35,946
Median Income6
6.0
%
Unemployment Rate17
 

City Score

 

Population

Unlike most cities in the United States where the median age increased by an average of 1.0 years since 2010, the median age of Knoxville decreased by 1.1 years even though the fastest growing segment, 65- to 74-year olds, grew by 25%

Age

32.6
Median Age7
4.1
%
Population Growth Since 20107

Proportion of Population by Age Group vs. United States average7

 

Race and Ethnicity

Knoxville residents are mostly white; however, the city is slowly becoming more diverse as the white community has shrunk by 5.4% since 2010, while the Black community, 2nd largest in the city, has grown by 8.5%

Race

74
%
Tennessee Population, White7
61.1
%
United States population, White7

Population Distribution by Race/Ethnicity7

 

Climate

Knoxville can be humid with higher than average rainfall and little snow. The city sees an average of 48 inches of rainfall per year, only 9 inches of snow, and humidity of 71%

Weather

35
%
Chance of Rain11
57
%
Chance of Sunshine3

Average Temperature37

 

Housing

The average home value in Knoxville increased by 33% since 2010 which is 10% lower than the national average and 11% lower than the state average

Rent

$
1,250
Monthly Average12
54
%
Renters38

Average Home Value5

 

Taxes

Knoxville is a very low tax location with no state or local income tax and property tax 34% lower than the national average, but sales tax 35% higher than the national average.

Other

0.73
%
Property Tax21
9.25
%
Sales Tax19
0.0
%
Vehicle Tax21

Effective Income Tax Rate at Various Income Levels (Married, Filing Jointly)39

 

Employment

Knoxville has an average employment rate of 94% which is 0% higher than the national average. The largest employers are Regal Cinemas and TeamHealth

Income

26.2
%
<$25,0006
7.7
%
$100,000+6

Distribution by Industry17

 

Politics

Knoxville is strongly conservative and has a Democratic representative in Congress. However, the city is politically segregated with clear Democratic and Republican enclaves, which commonly can be attributed to racial divides

2016 Presidential Election Results41

Representatives

Mayor28 Indya Kincannon
Democratic
House of Representative28 Tim Burchett
Republican
 

Healthcare

The nearest 5-star hospital, Union General Hospital, is 80.2 miles from the center of Knoxville, the nearest Veterans Affairs medical center, Mountain Home VA Healthcare System - James H. Quillen VA Medical Center, is 78.9 miles away, and the nearest top-rated hospital for cancer care, University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital, is 142.1 miles away

Medicare-Rated Hospitals (<50 Miles)2

Is Marijuana Legal?

Medical29 No
Decriminalized29 No
 

Safety

In Tennessee, 46.9% of adults live in a household with at least one gun, which is a marginal decrease from 2000 when 48.9% of adults lived in households with guns

Gun Laws

No
Universal Background Checks30
No
Permit to Purchase Law30

Property Crimes and Violent Crimes per 100,000 Residents

 

Recognition

#94 2020 Best Cities to Live by Niche31
#13 2020 Best Cities to Retire by U.S. News & World Report32
#46 2019 Best Cities to Live by U.S. News & World Report33
 

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