The first time you visit Knoxville, Tennessee, you’ll be amazed at all the city has to offer. The city truly is a hidden gem, and there’s so much to explore. There are mountains. There’s music. There’s adventure. There’s incredible food. There’s culture! And, the most important part many are searching for, it’s a great place to raise a family! It’s no wonder why Knoxville was selected as one of the 100 best places to live in 2015.
The Education is Exceptional
The University of Tennesse, one of the country’s leading universities, has a campus in Knoxville, Tennessee. If you’re looking for a top-notch college- this could be the one for you.
If you’re more interested in a community college setting, you can check out Pellissippi State Community College.
The public schools in Knoxville are exceptional, too. But, if you don’t want your child attending public school, there are several private schools to choose from in the area.
Outdoor Adventures in the Knoxville Area
Knoxville has prided itself in becoming a destination for people who love all things outdoors. If you’re someone who enjoys the culture of the city, but still wants somewhere to escape to for tranquility, you have just hit the jackpot. One side of Knoxville is comprised of culture-rich experiences. If you flip it over, the other side is full of farms and mountains.
There are also multiple festivals during the year, like the International Biscuit Festival and the Knoxville Brewers Jam. You’ll never be bored, there’s always something going on.
Knoxville Urban Wilderness
Knoxville Urban Wilderness is an initiative sponsored by the Legacy Parks Foundation. There are 1,000 acres of forest in downtown Knoxville directly on the waterfront. Within the 1,000 acres, there are 50 miles of trails to ensure the maximum level of recreation (and appreciation of nature).
If you want to bring your dog along for the trek, feel free to do so. Dogs are permitted in the Knoxville Urban Wilderness. But, don’t forget her leash. Leashes are enforced here.
Affordable Cost of Living
The housing costs, utility costs, and transportation costs are significantly lower in Knoxville than other metro areas. Of course, you want the stats to see for yourself:
- Average annual salary: $44,000
- Average home price: $117,000
- Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
- Average rent: $750
Enjoy All Four Seasons in Knoxville
The weather in Knoxville isn’t ridiculously hot, but it’s not exceptionally cold either. It’s just right.
The annual high temperature is 69 degrees Fahrenheit on average. The annual low temperature is 49 degrees Fahrenheit. The summer can get hot, but it’s not overwhelming and unbearable. And, the winters can get cold but don’t expect to be buried in your house. The winter season is very mild, and doesn’t usually last long.
Being able to enjoy all four seasons, and not have an overwhelming amount of snow dropped on you, is a dream for many.
Knoxville doesn’t get much snow- maybe a few inches every now and then. If you visit in the winter, expect traffic to go slow. They’re not accustomed to snowfall (which we love, right?!).
The Demographics: Who Lives There?
Most of Knoxville’s population is relatively young. There are quite a few college students in this area attending the University of Tennessee, but also adding to the demographics are quite a few young families.
The area is multicultural. If you visit, you will notice Hispanic, Hindu, Asian, and Native American communities throughout the city. You can expect to be in a city full of all different culture types… each person bringing something new to the table. There may be some cultural experiences you have never encountered before anywhere else.
What’s the Job Market Like?
Yet another reason Knoxville is one of the best places for families. There are plenty of jobs available in this beautiful city.
The largest employers in Knoxville include the University of Tennessee, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Don’t panic if you don’t have an interest in working in these three areas, there are plenty of others to choose from.
The remainder of the job market is full of healthcare jobs, trade jobs, and government jobs (primarily). If you’re searching for entry-level employers, there are restaurants and Walmart.
More to Explore in Knoxville, TN
When we’re on vacation (or even when we’re not!), we all love an adventure. Sometimes we aren’t really ‘in the mood’ to go for a nature walk or explore the wilderness. What else can we do in Knoxville? Let’s take a look.
Visit Knoxville Zoo
The Knoxville Zoo is a fascinating place to bring your family. The zoo only costs $19.95 for adults, $16.95 for children ages 4-12, and children under four are free!
Knoxville Zoo is well-known to many people, especially those interested in conservation, because of the red panda exhibit. This zoo has had great success in breeding red pandas in captivity. They have been so successful that they are now known to be the ‘Red Panda Capital of the World.’ Wow.
Make sure you don’t leave before it gets dark. There’s still more for you to see. Be sure to go on a night safari before you decide to go back to the hotel or home. The night safari takes guests on a tour of the zoo after-hours. You will have the opportunity to explore animal habitats and participate in hands-on activities. If you would like to go on a night safari with your family, it’s reasonably priced at $10.00 per person.
The Bottom Line
We could go on for hours about why Knoxville is a great place for families, but we’re happy to have written this brief list for you. Continue searching our site for other attractions, events, and more! We have so much to share.