Awards for Knoxville

Mayor

Madeline Rogero
mayor@knoxvilletn.gov
(865) 215-2040

400 Main St., Room 691
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Recent Honors for Knoxville, Tennessee


2017

2017 - Knoxville's Market Square named one of "Great Public Spaces" in America by the American Planning Association. Source: Planning.org October 2017.

2017 - Knoxville named one of Five Surprising Southern Food Towns by Garden & Gun Magazine. Source: GardenAndGun.com September 2017.

2017 - Knoxville named one of 10 Cities Where Outdoor Lovers Can Actually Afford to Live by Realtor.com. Source: Realtor.com July 2017.

2017 - Knoxville Area Transit was given the 2017 Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Award for small transit systems  (less than 4 million passenger trips/year) by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). Source APTA.com June 2017.

2017 - Knoxville named the Best Place to Retire Early in 2017 by Magnify Money. Source: MagnifyMoney.com March 2017.

2017 - Knoxville named #8 in list of Best Cities for Dog Owners by consumer-oriented data aggregating site ValuePenguin. Source: ValuePenguin.com February 2017.

2017 - Knoxville named in top 10 among big cities in Travel+ Leisure's "America Favorite Cities." Source: TravelAndLeisure.com February 2017.

2017 - Knoxville named as one of the 100 Best Places to Live in the U.S. by U.S. News. Source: RealEstate.USNews.com January 2017.


2016

2016 - Knoxville named as one of the "American Cities Adding the Most Jobs This Year." Source: 247WallSt.com December 2016.

2016 - Readers of Travel & Leisure voted Knoxville a top-10 city in "America's Favorite Cities for Christmas Lights." Source: TravelAndLeisure.com December 2016.

2016 - Knoxville named as a top retirement destination by "Where to Retire" magazine. Source: WhereToRetire.com September/October 2016.

2016 - Knoxville named an Etsy Maker City. Source: Etsy.com September 2016.

2016 - WalletHub named Knoxville as one of "2016's Most Fun Cities in America." Source: WalletHub.com September 2016.

2016 - PureWow named Knoxville as one of the 19 best college towns in America. Source: PureWow.com August 2016.

2016 - Knoxville named third-best U.S. city in "Best Cities for Pizza Lovers" study from SmartAsset.com. Source: SmartAsset.com August 2016.

2016 - Readers of Travel & Leisure voted Knoxville a top-10 city in "America's Friendliest Cities." Source: TravelAndLeisure.com July 2016.

2016 - Readers of Travel & Leisure voted Knoxville a top-10 city in "America's Favorite Cities for Barbecue." Source: TravelAndLeisure.com June 2016.

2016 - Readers of Travel & Leisure voted Knoxville a top-10 city in "America's Favorite Places." Source: TravelAndLeisure.com May 2016.

2016 - Knoxville named a 2016 Playful City USA community by KaBOOM! Source: Kaboom.org May 2016.

2016 - Travel Channel named Knoxville as 5th on its list of "9 Hip Towns That Are National Park Getaways." Source: TravelChannel.com April 2016.

2016 - Thumbtack Journal named Knoxville a Top Place for Yoga Instructors to Make a Living. Source: Thumbtack.com/blog March 2016.

2016 - Knoxville named 15th Best City for Women-Owned Businesses by WalletHub. Source: WalletHub.com January 2016.

2016 - University of Tennessee named in "Top 100 Best College Values for 2016" by Kiplinger's Personal Finance. Source: Kiplinger.com December 2015. 

2016 - Knoxville named a "Best Value City for 2016." Source: Trivago.com September 2015.


2015

2015 - Knoxville voted the "2015 Top Big City" in reader's poll by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine. Source: BlueRidgeOutdoors.com November 2015.

2015 - Knoxville Chamber awarded 5-Star Accreditation by U.S. Chamber. Source: USChamber.com November 2015.

2015 - Knoxville named in top five for "10 Best Cities for Small Businesses." Source: CNN Money August 2015.

2015 - Visit Knoxville named the Tennessee Destination Marketing Organization of the year by Tennessee Hospitality and Tourism Association. Source: VisitKnoxville.com August 2015.

2015 - Knoxville named in "The Best Places for Business and Careers." Source: Forbes.com July 2015.

2015 - Knoxville named number 1 in "Top Burger Cities" by GrubHub. Source: Time Magazine June 2015.

2015 - Knoxville named one of "The 10 Best Cities to Relocate to in the U.S." by Huffington Post. Source: HuffingtonPost.com April 2015.

2015 - Knoxville named second in "Most Affordable Cities in 2015." Source: Forbes.com March 2015.

2015 - Three of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville's graduate programs (nuclear engineering, supply chain management, and clinical law training) ranked in the top 10 among all universities. Source: U.S. News and World Report March 2015.

2015 - Knoxville named in top 100 for global growth in world's 300 largest metro companies. Source: Brookings Institution / Global MetroMonitor January 2015.

2015 - Knoxville named in "Top 100 Best Places to Live." Source: Livability.com November 2014.


2014

2014 - Knoxville named second in "Top 10 Best Places to Retire." Source: Livability.com November 2014.

2014 - Knoxville named as a "Millennial Magnet" City by USA Today as a city that attracts young, college-educated workers and keeps them in the area as they start families. Source: USA Today October 2014.

2014 - Knoxville named a "Hip Town." Source: HipGreenScene.com September 2014.

2014 - Knoxville ranked the "Most Exciting City in Tennessee." Source: Movoto.com July 2014.

2014 - Knoxville named second in "Top 10 Best Midsize Cities for College Graduates." Source: MyLife.com July 2014.

2014 - Knoxville named third "Most Well Read City in America." Source: Amazon.com May 2014.

2014 - Knoxville named #2 "Best College Sports Town in America." Source: Answers.com May 2014.

2014 - University of Tennessee, Knoxville's College of Business Administration named in top 10 in nation's most popular business schools. Source: U.S. News and World Report May 2014.

2014 - Two of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville's graduate programs (nuclear engineering and supply chain management) ranked in the top 10 among all universities. Source: U.S. News and World Report March 2014.

2014 - Knoxville ranked in top 5 of "America's Most Affordable Cities." Source: Forbes March 2014. 


2013

2013 - Knoxville ranked seventh in "Top 10 Best Places to Retire." Source: Livability.com November 2013.

2013 - Knoxville was designated a Platinum Valley Sustainable Community by TVA. The Valley Sustainable Community program recognizes the importance of sustainability efforts to economic development. Knoxville is the first to earn a Platinum distinction, the highest rating. Source: KnoxvilleChamber.com September 2013.

2013 - Knoxville ranked in the "Top 50 of Best Places for Business and Careers," according to Forbes.com. A few things our great city was cited for include: major industries of Energy, Telecommunications and Financial Services; unemployment rate 6.9%; cost of living 4.5% below national average. Source: Forbes.com September 2013.

2013 - Knoxville ranked in the Top 3 Best Big Cities by Blue Ridge Country for their Best of the Mountains Readers Poll. Source: Blue Ridge Country June 2013.

2013 - University of Tennessee, Knoxville's College of Business Administration named in top 10 in nation's most popular business schools. Source: U.S. News and World Report June 2013.

2013 - Knoxville, Knox County named top ranked "Let's Move!" city in the nation by National League of Cities. Source: National League of Cities, April 2013.

2013 - Knoxville named as one of "Top 10 Outdoor Adventures Via Public Transportation." Source: Outdoor Magazine January 2013.

2013 - Knoxville named #2 on the list of "Happiest Cities to Work in Right Now" by CareerBliss.com Source: Forbes.com January 2013.


2012

2012 - Knoxville named in a Brookings Institution Report as one of three cities in the country to have recovered from the recession. Source: Reuters.com November 2012.

2012 - Knoxville Wins IBM Smarter Cities Challenge Grant. Source: IBM.com November 2012. 

2012 - Knoxville named as a finalist for Bloomberg Philanthropies' Mayors Challenge. Source: Bloomberg Philanthropies November 2012 

2012 - Knoxville's Gay Street named one of "10 Great Streets for 2012" by the American Planning Association. Source: Great Places in America October 2012.

2012 - Knoxville ranked in the Top 10 for economic growth potential by Business Facilities Magazine. Source: BusinessFacilities.com August 2012.

2012 - Knoxville named one of "20 Best Vacation Destinations" by Frommers.com. Source: Frommers.com June 2012.

2012 - Knoxville named one of "25 Best Places to Retire in 2012" by Forbes.com. Source: Forbes.com June 2012.

2012 - Knoxville named as one of the "Best Mid-Size Cities for Jobs" by Forbes.com. Source: Forbes.com May 2012.

2012 - Knoxville named as one of ten fastest growing U.S. cities by ManpowerGroup. Source: CNN April 2012.

2012 - Knoxville named as one of the two metropolitan areas for "Best Cities for Jobs This Spring" by ManpowerGroup. Source: Forbes March 2012.

2012 - Knoxville named one of "Best Sports Cities in the South" by BleacherReport.com.. Source: Bleacher Report March 2012.

2012 - Three of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville's graduate programs (supply chain management and logistics, nuclear engineering, and printmaking) ranked in the top 10 among all universities. Source: U.S. News and World Report March 2012.


2011

2011 - Knoxville ranked in the Top 25 cities for economic security by Urban Institute. Source: Urban Institute MetroTrends December 2011.

2011 - Knoxville Chamber named 2011 Chamber of the Year by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives. Source: American Chamber of Commerce Executives August 2011.

2011 - Knoxville named most dog friendly city in the Southeast by Dog Fancy Magazine. Source: PR Newswire August 2011.

2011 - Knoxville named in Brookings Institute Report as nation's fastest growing area for "green" jobs. Source: Brookings Institute July 2011.

2011 - Knoxville ranked 5th on Kiplinger's "10 Best Value Cities for 2011". Source: Kiplinger July 2011.

2011 - Three of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville's graduate programs (business, engineering and law) ranked in the top 10 among all universities. Source: U.S. News and World Report March 2011.

2011 - University of Tennessee named as one of the "100 Best Value Colleges for 2011" by Princeton Review. Source: USA Today February 2011.

2011 - Knoxville ranked 2nd on Amazon.com's "Country's Top 20 Most Romantic Cities." Source: Amazon.com February 2011. 

2011 - Knoxville ranked seventh in "10 Best Cities for College Grads." Source: Livability.com 2011. 

2011 - Knoxville ranked first in "10 Best Food Festivals." Source: Livability.com 2011.