Knoxville, TN
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Living in Knoxville


Knoxville is a relatively large city located in the state of Tennessee. With a population of 186,239 people and 96 constituent neighborhoods, Knoxville is the third largest community in Tennessee.

Unlike some cities, Knoxville isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Knoxville are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Knoxville is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Knoxville who work in office and administrative support (13.74%), sales jobs (12.60%), and food service (9.49%).

Knoxville is a nice balance between life in a moderately big city and the interesting diversions and culture that come from having a big college student population. The thousands of students who arrive on campus every fall will find that Knoxville has plenty of amenities and opportunities for them, while residents of Knoxville enjoy the lectures, music, art, and economic trickle-down that colleges typically provide. "Town and Gown" complement each other in Knoxville.

A lot of people in Knoxville take the bus for their daily commute. For the size of the city, the number of people who use public transportation is quite high. For many people in Knoxville, this fills their need for low-cost transportation.

The overall education level of Knoxville citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 30.52% of adults in Knoxville have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.

The per capita income in Knoxville in 2010 was $23,086, which is upper middle income relative to Tennessee, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $92,344 for a family of four. However, Knoxville contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Knoxville is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Knoxville home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Knoxville residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Knoxville include German, Irish, Scots-Irish, and Scottish.

The most common language spoken in Knoxville is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Arabic.