Demographics

Mayor

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

400 Main St., Room 691
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Location & Climate

Founded in 1791 where the French Broad and Holston Rivers converge to form the Tennessee River, Knoxville is the largest city in East Tennessee and ranks third largest in the state. 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 provide a moderate climate, with an annual average temperature of 58 degrees. There are 104 square miles in the City of Knoxville and 526 square miles in all of Knox County. Downtown Knoxville is 936 feet above sea level. 

Livability

The Knoxville area is frequently cited in national surveys as a quality place in which to live. The University of Tennessee calls Knoxville home, making an array of educational and cultural opportunities available to area residents. Affordable housing, health care costs below the national average, a low crime rate, and a pleasant climate with lakes and mountains nearby are factors which make Knoxville an attractive place to settle.

Population Estimates

2010 Demographic Profile Data from Census.gov
City of Knoxville - 178,874
Knox County - 432,226

U.S. Census Bureau - Knoxville

Demographic Profile from 2010 Census
Demographic Profile

2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

Knoxville QuickFacts
Demographic Characteristics
Economic Characteristics
Housing Characteristics
Social Characteristics
U.S. Census Bureau - Knox County

Demographic Profile from 2010 Census
Demographic Profile

2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

Knox County QuickFacts
Demographic Characteristics
Economic Characteristics
Housing Characteristics
Social Characteristics


Age Distribution

2010 Demographic Profile Data from Census.gov

Age City of Knoxville Knox County
0-4 11,120 26,168
5-9 9,403 26,592
10-14 8,404 26,089
15-19 13,358 29,284
20-24 23,504 36,532
25-29 16,339 31,070
30-34 12,349 28,257
35-39 10,905 28,649
40-44 10,170 28,735
45-49 10,785 31,290
50-54 11,261 30,830
55-59 10,252 27,995
60-64 8,558 24,243
65-69 6,135 17,634
70-74 4,589 13,096
75-79 4,067 10,284
80-84 3,750 8,134
85+ 3,925 7,343

Area Population by Gender
2010 Demographic Profile Data from Census.gov

Gender Knox County City of Knoxville
Male 210,085 85,946
Female 222,141 92,928

Area Population by Race
2010 Demographic Profile Data from Census.gov

Race Knox County City of Knoxville
Total Population 432,226 178,874
White 369,794 136,097
Black / African American 38,045 30,567
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 15,012 8,206
Asian 8,095 2,943
American Indian / Alaska Native 1,251 631
Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander 359 277
Two or More Races 8,250 4,469
Some Other Race 6,432 3,890


Taxes

Tennessee is a business-friendly state. Corporations, as well as citizens, benefit from the Tennessee tax structure. It is profitable to do business in Tennessee and cost effective to live here. Various tax credits are applicable, further lowering tax liability of corporations within the state. Tennessee is one of the few remaining state with no personal income tax.

Under Tennessee Constitutional law, property taxes are assessed as follows:

• Residential property is assessed at 25% of appraised value
• Commercial/industrial property is assessed at 40% of appraised value

As of July, 2013, the property tax rate for Knox County residents is $2.32 per $100 assessed value, and the tax rate within the City of Knoxville is $2.7257 per $100 assessed value. Residents of the city are subject to both city and county property taxes.

Business taxes, payable in both the city and county, vary from 1/30 of 1% to 1/8 of 1% of taxable gross receipts, of which the state receives 15%. The minimum business tax is $20. Most professional offices and manufacturers are exempt. More information can be obtained from the City at 865-215-2084 and the County at 865-215-2305.

The state sales tax is 7%. The local sales tax is 2.25%, bringing the total sales tax in Knox County to 9.25%.

Links of Interest

US Census Bureau
Metropolitan Planning Commission
Population Reference Bureau
TN Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development
UT Center for Business and Economic Research