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 187,347 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 (13.75%), sales jobs (12.38%), and food service (9.62%).

Also of interest is that Knoxville has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Knoxville is made interesting by being both a reasonably big city and having a major college student population: students here will find that the city provides a lot of amenities, culture, and opportunities for them. Knoxville is more than just a college town, however, though the thousands of students certainly are a major part of the character of the city, as well as a contributor to the local economy.

Not only is Knoxville a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, creating a decent-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. This makes it a good choice for other relocating single professionals. Here, these young singles will find many others like themselves, with opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

The overall education level of Knoxville citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 31.39% 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 $24,185, 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 $96,740 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, English, Scots-Irish, and Italian.

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