Lying n the shadows of the Great Smoky Mountains and the Cumberland Mountains, the mountains provides Knoxville with much natural beauty. Being centrally located in the eastern U.S., Knoxville is the hub for three major interstates: I-40 from North Carolina to California, I-75 from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico, and I-81 from Canada to Knoxville. Knoxville is also home to The University of Tennessee.
A comparison was done between the 2000 census and the 2010 census, Knoxville ranked 3rd in population growth in the state of Tennessee. Knoxville is below the national average for the cost of living (87.0).
Knoxville’s McGhee Tyson Airport, located just a few miles south of central Knoxville, is served by both major and regional air carriers. Right beside the Knoxville Airport is the McGhee Tyson Airbase with the 134th Air Refueling Group and elements of the Tennessee Air National Guard. The airbase offers two runways of more than 9,000 feet and additional support facilities. The downtown Island Airport servicing downtown Knoxville, is adjacent to the business district.
Converging in Knoxville to form the headwaters of the Tennessee River are the French Broad and the Holston Rivers. This begins the 650 mile River Navigational Channel.
Knoxville, designated as a rapid growth area by The U.S. Census Bureau, in 2008 showed Knox County with a population of 423,874 and Knoxville MSA with a population of 765,052.
Tennessee has no state income tax on wages and salaries. The Hall Income Tax defines certain dividends and interests which are taxed. The sales tax [deductible in Tennessee] is 9.25% (8.25% on food). Other specific taxes in the area include those on gasoline, cigarettes, liquor, auto licenses and amusement.
Residential real estate is assessed at 25% of value, while commercial and industrial is a rate of 40%. Knoxville city residents pay both city and county taxes. The Knox County Commission has set the property tax rate of $2.69 per $100.00 of assessed value. The City of Knoxville property tax is set at $2.81.
The weather in Knoxville is hard to predict due to the mountains. The mountains shelter the Tennessee valley, providing an annual average temperature of 56 degrees. Knoxville residents enjoy experiencing all four seasons with the vivid colors of the foliage during the Spring and Fall seasons.
Knoxville, lying between the Cumberland plateau (3,000 feet high), and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (6,642 feet at its highest point), is at approximately 936 feet elevation. The climate is diverse and quite interesting. The valley typically experiences the winter from January to mid-February with occasional snowfall of 1-3 inches. March brings in chilly rain. April brings warm afternoons in the 60’s – 70’s with brilliantly colored flowers. Summers are typically in the 80’s-90’s with scattered afternoon thunderstorms. Rainfall annually averages 47.29 inches and snowfall averages 1 foot of snow.
- East Tennessee Children’s Hospital
- The University of Tennessee Medical Center
- Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center
- Tennova Healthcare
- Parkwest Medical Center
- Thompson Cancer Survival Center
- Fort Sanders West
- Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center