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Knoxville, TN

Located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Knoxville is a city bustling with activity. With a population close to 200,000, it is the largest city in Eastern Tennessee and the third largest in the state. Ranked first in "Best Places to Live" in 2004 among cities with populations of less than one million, the town sprawls almost 100 square miles, which gives it a low population density.

The city was founded in 1791 in an area where the French Broad and Holston rivers converge into the Tennessee River. Knoxville is bordered by the Great Smoky Mountains and the Cumberland Mountains, both of which are chains of the Appalachian Mountain range. This gives the city a moderate climate and an average annual temperature of 58 degrees Fahrenheit. As far as precipitation, Knoxville mostly receives rain, although it does get some snow.


Knoxville's economy is a diverse one because no specific industry dominates the city. The biggest employers in Knoxville include the University of Tennessee, Lockheed Martin Energy Systems and the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Coal mining and agricultural industries are staples of the Knoxville economy and tourism contributes in a major way, giving residents plenty of vocational opportunities. This diversity has led to a relatively low unemployment rate. Knoxville was ranked 10th in 2008 as "Best Places for Business and Careers." The community is known for being hard working yet family-centered, and it has one of the lowest turnover rates in the United States.


The cost of living index rates Knoxville as low, coming in at 87, while the national average is 100. This is due in part to low housing costs.

The Homemaker Program, a housing program in Knoxville, strives to improve the area and boost home values and sales. Through the Homemaker Program, the city offers both vacant lots and properties that have fallen into disrepair to individuals, businesses and nonprofit groups; buyers agree to rehab homes in substandard condition or build new structures on vacant land. This program offers buyers a relatively low purchase price in exchange for helping to beautify the city.

Prominent neighborhoods in Knoxville include:


Knoxville was the site of one of the battles of the Civil War, giving it a rich historical background. The city was also home to some of America's first settlers. Many of these historic sites are available for tour, and there are several museums dedicated to Knoxville's history.

Knoxville also has plenty to do aside from visiting historic sites and museums.


Knoxville always has something going on, no matter the time of year:


Post-secondary education programs in Knoxville are as diverse as the city's economy. Knoxville is home to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, which is ranked among the nation's top public universities. Other major colleges and universities are also located in the city:

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