The Knoxville area is frequently cited in national surveys as a quality place to live. Affordable housing, health care costs below the national average, a low crime rate, and a pleasant climate with lakes and mountains nearby are a few of the factors which make Knoxville an attractive place to settle.
Founded in 1791 where the French Broad and Holston Rivers converge to form the Tennessee River, Knoxville is the largest city in eastern Tennessee. It is located in a broad valley between the Cumberland Mountains to the northwest and the Great Smoky Mountains to the southeast. These two mountain ranges help to maintain the city's moderate climate, with an annual average temperature of 60 degrees.
As grounded as Knoxville is with its workforce and lifestyle, it is as strongly wired to the future and the technology-based world of business. Fiber-optic lines thread throughout the core of downtown Knoxville. One of the country's five national laboratories sits in Knoxville's backyard in Oak Ridge.
Just as advanced technology resources connect Knoxville to the future, its location in the center of the South connects it to the roadways of the nation. Three of the nation's major interstates?I-40, I-75, and I-81?intersect in Knoxville. The city is within one day's drive of half of the country's population.
The Knox County School District houses more than 80 public and private schools that serve an estimated 51,000 students yearly. The main campus of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville is home to nationally acclaimed schools of engineering, business and law. Seventeen additional colleges and training programs in the region produce a ready supply of well-trained workers.
Four regional shopping malls, six major chain department stores, and a number of shopping centers and factory outlets meet the retail needs of the Knoxville metropolitan area.
Knoxville/Knox County has 5,287 acres of park and recreation space, including 27 recreation centers, six senior citizen centers, 144 playgrounds and parks, 103 tennis courts, 20 public golf courses, and 11 greenways and walking trails. Two big attractions for both young and old are the Knoxville Zoological Gardens and Ijams Nature Center.
Special seasonal events include the Dogwood Arts Festival and The Expo 10,000 race in the spring; Hot Summer Nights and Festival on the Fourth of July; and the Artists' Extravaganza in autumn; and Christmas in the City each December.
The Knoxville Symphony, the Knoxville Opera Company, and the Tennessee Children's Dance Ensemble are among the many exceptional arts organizations in Knoxville. Additional dance companies, civic choral groups, and nine theaters also help celebrate and promote the arts. The Knoxville Museum of Art features changing exhibits throughout the year. Many libraries, historic sites, and museums, such as the Museum of Appalachia, add to the cultural value of the Knoxville area.