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 187,500 people and 96 constituent neighborhoods, Knoxville is the third largest community in Tennessee.

Knoxville is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (12.42%), sales jobs (12.09%), and food service (8.94%).

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 very large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. That’s because Knoxville is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Knoxville a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

In terms of college education, Knoxville is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 31.05% of adults in Knoxville have a college degree.

The per capita income in Knoxville in 2010 was $25,176, 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 $100,704 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 Scottish.

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