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Knoxville Stands Out with Stats and Facts

By John Disque

Good news for the guys: Knoxville has 10 thousand more females than males; 97,399 females and 87,701 males.

Is Knoxville a young, average or old city? The median age of the Knoxville resident is nearly 2 years younger than the rest of Tennessee. Average age = 33.4 years old. With the booming technology markets this is excellent news for Knoxville's future.

The average income level is well below normal at nearly $32,000 per household. The good news is that it's been rising steadily since the year 2000. While our cost of living is somewhat lower than the rest of the world the books still do not balance and our leaders need to put more focus on increasing our labor force wages.

The average home or condo cost is $124,400 -- about $13,000 lower than the rest of the state.

Average rent is $659.00 monthly. Factoring in the average wage, the high cost of utilities, food, child-care and the basic costs of living – it's not hard to conclude that Knoxville renters are struggling greatly.

Knoxville is 77% white, 17% black, 3% Hispanic, 1% mixed races, 1% Asian, 0.5% American Indian (not quite as diverse as other mid-size cities).

We are at 889 feet above sea level.

Never married: 34.6%, Now married: 41.6%, Separated: 2.2%, Widowed: 8.4%, Divorced: 13.3%

Surprising stats - Although most people agree that Knoxville is a very safe town to live in, we have 102 registered sex offenders living in the area. This means there's a good chance that one of them is living close to you. You certainly have a right to know. I will soon be submitting a separate article covering this issue, including the offenders' locations.

Considering the state of the national economy and unpopular to the average belief, Knoxville's economy has remained stable through the years. This is, in part, thanks to Oak Ridge, state programs, and development projects.

Most of our labor force is in trade, transportation, government and utilities with very healthy leisure and hospitality markets thanks in part to the Smoky Mountain tourist areas.

Knoxville Demographics
Knoxville Historic District
Knoxville Financial District
Knoxville Business District

Published May 16, 2011

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