Knoxville, TN
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Knoxville is a relatively large city located in the state of Tennessee. With a population of 185,291 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 (13.52%), sales jobs (13.31%), and food service (9.01%).

Combining city textures and college town sensibilities, Knoxville really has a nice blend of characteristics. While not a huge city, Knoxville is big enough to offer a healthy dose of diversion, opportunity, and amenity to its residents and to the thousands of college students who descend on it every fall. Its size and diversity makes Knoxville more than just a college town, but removing the students from the equation would undeniably change Knoxville’s character and quality of life.

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: 29.33% of adults in Knoxville have a college degree.

The per capita income in Knoxville in 2010 was $23,153, 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 $92,612 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.