Are you looking for a new city that offers a mild climate, a vibrant cultural and shopping scene and abundant recreational opportunities? Knoxville, TN, offers all of those things and more. Here are the top 12 reasons you should consider a move to the area.
Plenty of Large (and Small) Employers
The Knoxville area offers a nice mix of both large and small businesses. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the largest employer, but local institutions including the University of Tennessee, the Knox County Public School System, Covenant Health, Dollywood, Aluminum Company of America, First Tennessee Bank and the Kimberly-Clark Corporation are also frequently hiring.
Knoxville’s convenient location makes it easy to reach other parts of the country, whether you’re traveling on vacation or taking a business trip. Interstates 75 and 40 all pass through Knoxville. Prefer to fly? American Airlines, Allegiant, Delta, Frontier and United offer flights from McGhee Tyson Airport.
Knoxville residents enjoy all four seasons without extreme variations in temperature. The average high temperature is 47°F in January and the July average is 88°F. And my favorite season being Fall when the colors turn the same color as our beloved Vols.
Speaking of the Vols, we love attending games at Neyland Stadium. You’ll want to make sure to get tickets too and join in on tailgating before the game either on land or on the water. That’s right, Neyland is so close to the Tennessee River, you can tailgate from a boat! It will be a time you won’t forget and you will quickly find out why it’s one of our favorite pastimes.
Cultural opportunities abound in Knoxville. The city offers performances from the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Knoxville Jazz Orchestra and Knoxville Opera. Art patrons will want to join the Knoxville Museum of Art and take in exhibits by local and international artists. Most recently, the art community put on a spectacular city-wide event – the Dogwood Arts Festival.
Whether you enjoy hiking, running, swimming, biking or other outdoor sports, the Knoxville area offers plenty of parks, trails, lakes and green spaces that allow you to participate in your favorite activity.
Dining and Shopping
Market Square in downtown Knoxville is the place to go for shopping, dining and entertainment. For even more shops and restaurants, residents flock to West Knoxville’s shopping mecca, Turkey Creek.
Low Cost of Living
Whether you plan to work in Knoxville or are considering retiring in the city, the area’s low cost of living is highly enticing. You’ll enjoy lower housing costs and property taxes than many other areas of the country, as well as no state income tax.
Fun on the River
As mentioned in the sporting section, The Tennessee River is right in the heart of Knoxville. While the river is not only scenic; it also offers plenty of recreational opportunities. Take a ride on the Volunteer Princess Yacht or Star of Knoxville riverboat, or get a little closer to the water on a Jet Ski, wakeboard, kayak ,or stand-up paddle board.
Dogs are Welcome
Knoxville citizens love their canine friends. In fact, the city allows dogs to dine with their people in restaurants with outdoor patios. Special events for pets also happen throughout the year, like Bark in the Park, Mardi Growl. Knoxville also has a great network of public dog parks, too; which is great for letting our canine friends socialize.
The Smoky Mountains are Nearby
When you live in Knoxville, the Smokies are practically in your backyard. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is only half an hour from the Knoxville area. One favorite nearby vacation destination is Gatlinburg, which is only about an hour drive from Knoxville. It offers tons of attractions including amusement parks, live music, and tons of restaurants.
Excellent Medical Care
With five hospitals and medical centers in the Knoxville area, you’re never far away from high-quality medical services.
Finding the ideal new home community is a priority if you’re planning to relocate. Saddlebrook Properties offers a variety of communities, one of which is sure to be perfect for you. Why not stop by the next time you’re in the area?