Move to Knoxville and you'll become part of a cosmopolitan and sophisticated area, of more than 300,000 residents. Quite simply, it's the unique appeal of a cosmopolitan city that just happens to be nestled in the shadows of the Great Smokey Mountains. A city in fact, which is less than a two-hour drive no less from five national parks, seven state parks, and seven lakes, where opportunities abound for outdoor recreation, scenic tours, and relaxation.
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 annual average temperature of 60 degrees. There are 97.2 square miles in the City of Knoxville and 526 square miles in all of Knox County.
A city surrounded by cutting-edge scientific research centers, where the technologies of tomorrow are developed and nurtured. A place with a climate that is as friendly and accommodating as its people. And a city whose extensive shoreline allows fans to travel to football games by boat----and where, suddenly around a bend in the lake, the Great Smoky Mountains appear as if by magic.
Knoxville is truly coming of age as a world-renowned metropolitan area. At the same time, Knoxville is made up of communities that pride themselves on a friendly smalltown atmosphere. This is a city where you will find an abundance of neighbors that say "welcome" and make you realize that Knoxville loves to meet people.
The more you learn about Knoxville the more you'll be convinced that this is a great place to settle down and raise a family.
Knox County Statistics:
Average year-round temperature/weather:
July highs averaging 88°F (31°C)
July lows averaging 69°F (20°C)
January averaging a high of 46°F (8°C)
January lows averaging 29°F (-2°C)
Annual rainfall averages 48.2 inches
Average winter snowfall is 9.9 inches
Median price of homes: $170,000
Cost of living:
Knoxville is below the national average for cost of living.
National average is 100. Knoxville is 87.
Population of city/county and/or median age:
County Population: 430,019 (2008)
Median age: 37 years old
Abundant recreational and leisure opportunities afforded by the geographic setting. Located in the heart of the Tennessee Valley, we are in the midst of one of the most scenic areas of the Eastern United States. Surrounded by TVA lakes and the Great Smoky Mountains, one can easily spend a day on the lake, or in the mountains, and be home by evening.
The Great Smoky Mountains area offers an incredible array of events, activities and attractions:
Hiking: Nearly 900 miles of well-maintained trails wait to be hiked through rugged, wooded mountains graced with wildflowers in the spring and vivid foliage in the fall.
Fishing: Mountain streams offering the best in trout fishing include more than 300 miles of streams with some 70 species of fish.
Camping: Permits may be obtained from park headquarters or ranger stations for camping in the park's back country. With 101 campsites, the Smokies are a treat for the backpacker.
LeConte Lodge: Five trails lead to the 6,000-foot elevation where the lodge is nestled above the clouds. Reservations are made well in advance for the 40 accommodations at the primitive lodge. Llamas are used to bring fresh foodstuffs for delicious hot breakfasts and dinner meals for the guests.
Gatlinburg: This prime resort caters to the approximately 9 million visitors annually. They come to view the scenery, enjoy the family-oriented atmosphere, visit exclusive shops and dine at popular restaurants.
Skiing: The mountains of Southern Appalachia are among the favored skiing areas of the east. Ober Gatlinburg has several trails, an ice-skating rink and year round fun on the alpine slide. Nearby Beech and Sugar Mountain Resort offers great facilities during the winter months.
Pigeon Forge: This resort area lays adjacent to the park boundary and is sometimes referred to as the playground of the Smokies. Thirty-six major amusement attractions offer everything from the "Dollywood", "The Great Smoky Mountains Circus", "Splash Country", "Smokey Mountain Jubilee", and the "Belz Factory Outlet Mall".
RECREATION ON THE AREA LAKES...
Initially the TVA System was designed for navigation, flood control, generation of electricity, and reforesting. Now, a wide range of recreational activities is an additional facet of resource management. Five of the "Great Lakes of the South" are within 30 miles of Knoxville. Fort Loudon Lake is a feature of Knoxville with homes along both the north and south shorelines.
The more than 15 reservoirs within an easy drive offer the best in sport fishing. Muskie and hybrid stripped bass are the heavyweights. Bass fishing is superb in both the spring and fall. Crappie and perch dominate the summer fun. Many of the lakes and streams are known for fine trout fishing.
Area lakes provide over 3,000 miles of shoreline for a wide variety of recreational activities; including picnicking, sail and power boating, swimming and camping. The great thrill of whitewater rafting is available for the skilled or the amateur on the Nolichucky, French Broad and Ocoee rivers. Within a few hours of Knoxville, there are a number of rated whitewater rivers.
Volunteer Landing, on the downtown waterfront, offers one-mile of paved riverwalk, fishing piers, boat docks, picnic facilities, roofed towers with observation decks, interpretive historical markers.
Land Between The Lakes National Recreational Area is a stunning area of outdoor events, recreation, camping, wildlife, and visually panoramic hiking trails.
LEISURE TIME RECREATION...
Golf: Over a dozen courses in the immediate Knoxville area provide the weekend golfer with excellent golfing facilities. Numerous other courses are within easy driving distance of Knoxville, including several scenic mountain courses along the Tennessee-North Carolina border.
Tennis: Thousands play regularly at several private clubs and city/county owned courses. Several tournaments are scheduled each year; including the Dogwood Tennis Tournament, the City Tournament for all ages, and the USTA Seniors. Several world-rated pros call Knoxville their home.
Swimming: Many public and private pools, as well as the University of Tennessee student aquatic center, afford cool relief from the summer heat. Most pools are open from mid-may through labor day. There are two competitive swimming clubs in Knoxville, along with the nationally ranked University of Tennessee swim team.
SPORTS... "It's football time in Tennessee" is the cry as 107,000 fans gather at Neyland Stadium; or local supporters cheer Knoxville Interscholastic high school teams; or one of many city/county recreational teams. Knoxville's enthusiasm for sports is year round.
The second largest crowd in the nation gathers to watch the University of Tennessee play some of the finest teams in America. It is a crisp fall day, Neyland Stadium is a magnificent setting with "The Vol Navy", a flotilla of private power boats docked adjacent to the stadium...fans arrive in every conceivable way, boats, train, van and rv's to enjoy picnics, exciting football, and an evening of entertainment.
Tennessee basketball recently moved into the $30 million dollar, 25,000 seat arena. The arena has the second largest seating capacity of any campus basketball facility in the country. The basketball program for both men and women has provided many exciting season schedules, as well as post-season trips to major tournaments. The "Lady VOLS" [Coach Pat Summitt] have finished as 1987, 1989, 1991 1996, 1997, 1998, 2007, and 2008 NCAA Women's Basketball Champions. Coach Bruce Pearl's Volunteers offer exciting men's basketball and a demanding schedule. The Volunteer's have been to March Madness each of the last 4 years.
The Tom Black Track on the university campus ranks as one of the finest in the nation and hosts high school, college and invitational track meets. The track "VOLS" have dominated the conference for the last twenty years and consistently compete for the NCAA title.
Professional sports are also a part of the Knoxville scene. The Tennessee Smokies, affiliated with the Arizona Diamond Backs, is Knoxville's baseball entry in the Class AA Southern League.
East Tennesseans can watch some of the best automobile racing in the country. NASCAR drivers appear twice yearly at Bristol International Raceway. The International Hotrod Association and the National Dirt Racing Association also actively promote competition.
CITY / COUNTY RECREATION COMMISSION... Some nineteen Knoxville interscholastic high school teams compete in football, basketball, track, baseball, and softball.
Fourteen commissions operate within the city bureau's recreational programs. More than 20,000 participants are engaged in baseball, softball, football, basketball, ice hockey and golf programs each year. Knox county's recreation department has ten community athletic commissions offering programs for more than 7,000 participants. Both city and county recreation departments maintain baseball, softball and football fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, neighborhood playgrounds, community parks, and swimming pools.
Knoxville is home to the main campus of the University of Tennessee. It is also home to:
Fountainhead College of Technology (formerly Tennessee Institute of Electronics)
Johnson Bible College
Pellissippi State Technical Community College
South College (formerly Knoxville Business College)
In addition, the following institutions have branch campuses in Knoxville:
ITT Technical Institute
Lincoln Memorial University
National College of Business & Technology
Tennessee Wesleyan College
West Town Mall
East Tennessee Children's Hospital
St. Mary's Medical Center
Baptist Hospital West
Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center
U T Medical Center
Thompson Cancer Survival Center
Helen Ross McNabb Center
Parkwest Medical Center
EMERGENCY SERVICES... The enhanced 911 Emergency Response System links the 180,000 city and county telephones with emergency assistance that notifies emergency medical services and law enforcement departments. The system gives the caller's phone number, address, nearest intersecting streets, and closest emergency response facilities.
Paramedics and advanced life-support systems are carried by the ambulances and helicopters operating in Knox and Blount counties. Rescue service and back-up ambulance service are provided by the Volunteer Rescue Squad. The University of Tennessee Hospital "Lifestar" helicopters are equipped with the most advanced medical technology and they respond to the most urgent medical needs.
In major disasters, the Knoxville emergency management agency coordinates all agencies in Knox County and the surrounding 16 counties.
HANDICAPPED SERVICES... A variety of agencies provide services to the handicapped in the Knoxville area. These include the East Tennessee Easter Seal Society, East Tennessee Children's Rehabilitation Center, Sertoma Learning Center, Knoxville Area Communication Center for the Deaf, and the Knoxville Association for the Blind. These agencies provide job skills, recreational activities, speech and occupational therapy, as well as transportation.
In April 2008, Forbes Magazine named Knoxville among the Top 10 Metropolitan Hotspots in the United States.
Knoxville lies in the shadow of the Great Smoky Mountains and the Cumberland Mountains. The mountains provide Knoxvillians with beautiful national and state parks that have an abundance of recreational activities to choose from.
Knoxville is centrally located in the eastern United States. Knoxville is the hub for three major interstates, I-40 from North Carolina to California, I-75 from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico, and I-81 from Canada to Knoxville. More than 60 million Americans are within a day's drive of Knoxville.
Knoxville's McGhee Tyson Airport is served by both major and regional air carriers; American, United, Delta, Northwest, Continental, USAir, and Allegiant. Cherokee Aviation and Knox Air are the fixed base operators offering private and charter services. Additional air service information is available from the Airport Authority, phone [ 865 ] 342-3000.
Adjacent to the Knoxville Airport is the McGhee Tyson Airbase with the 134th Air Refueling Group and elements of the Tennessee Air National Guard. The airbase offers two runways of more than 9,000 feet and additional support facilities. Downtown Knoxville is served by the downtown Island Airport, adjacent to the business district. Stevens Aviation Services private aircraft using its facilities and the 3500-foot runway.
The French Broad and the Holston Rivers converge in Knoxville to form the headwaters of the Tennessee River, which begins the 650-mile River Navigational Channel.
Historic Farragut, Tennessee is suburb on Knoxville nestled in history. The town is named in honor of American Civil War Admiral David Farragut, who was born just east of Farragut at Campbell's Station in 1801.
The area was originally known as Campbell's Station. A fort and stagecoach station were built there by David Campbell in 1787. The brick Campbell's Station Inn was built there in 1810 and still stands on Kingston Pike within sight of the Farragut Town Hall. The Civil War Battle of Campbell's Station was fought there on November 16, 1863.
The Town of Farragut encompasses approximately 16 square miles. Farragut is bounded to the north by Interstate 40 except at Campbell Station Road, Snyder Road and the Outlets Drive area; to the south by Turkey Creek Road and the railroad tracks; to the west at the Loudon County line; and to the east by Lovell Road on the north side of Kingston Pike and Thornton Heights and Concord Hills Subdivisions on the south side of Kingston Pike.
Average year-round temperature/weather:
Farragut’s climate is warm during summer when temperatures tend to be in the 70s and very cold during winter when temperatures tend to be in the 30s.
The warmest month of the year is July with an average maximum temperature of 89°F, while the coldest month of the year is January with an average minimum temperature of 27.40°F.
Temperature variations between night and day tend to be moderate during summer with a difference that can reach 21°F, and moderate during winter with an average difference of 21°F.
The annual average precipitation is 52.85”. Rainfall in is fairly evenly distributed throughout the year. The wettest month of the year is March with an average rainfall of 5.78”.
Median price of homes: $315,868 (2007)
Cost of living: 89.2 (less than U.S. average of 100)
Population of city/county and/or median age:
Median age: 41.8
Farragut’s population is approximately 17,700. Farragut lies in west Knox County, and the area is experiencing steady growth
Parks: Anchor Park, Mayor Bob Leonard Park, Campbell Station Park, McFee Park, Carl Cowan Park
Farragut Forklife Museum
Dead Horse Lake Golf Course
Thomas J. Walker House
University of Tennessee 974-1000, www.utk.edu
Pellissippi State Technical Community College 694-6400, www.pstcc.edu
Roane State Community College 354-3000, www.rscc.cc.tn.us
Farragut Primary (K-2) 966-5848
Farragut Intermediate (3-5) 966-6703
Farragut Middle (6-8) 966-9756
Farragut High (9-12) 966-9775
Hardin Valley Academy (9-12) 690-9690
Concord Christian School (K-8) 966-8858
Farragut Montessori School (Preschool-K) 671-4334
Knoxville Christian School (Preschool-12) 966-7060
St. John Neumann Catholic School (K-8) 777-0077
Farragut Towne Square Shopping Center
West Town Mall
Knoxville Center Mall
Fort Sanders Park West Medical Center (about 7 miles from Knoxville)
Lakeshore Mental Health Institute (about 9 miles from Knoxville
Peninsula Hospital (about 10 miles from Louisville, TN)
Airports located in or near Farragut:
Raby Airpark Airport (Runways: 1)
McGhee Tyson Airport is nearby.
"One of the best and affordable suburbs in the South, Farragut TN" - Business Week, May 2007.
The Town of Farragut was incorporated on January 16, 1980, with the first Board of Mayor and Aldermen elected on April 1, 1980. Controls on zoning, building codes and signage plus major improvements to roads are important aspects of the Town. A sincere commitment to these controls plus the development of parks, green space, pedestrian links and leisure opportunities make this community a great place to live and work. The Town is named after Admiral David Glasgow Farragut, the first admiral of the United States of America Navy, who was born in the Farragut area.
Farragut real estate includes mainly upscale single family homes, townhomes and a few apartments. The starting price for Farragut real estate is around $150,000 and goes up to over the $1 million mark. The most common price range of single family homes in Farragut is between $200,000 and $300,000. Farragut is home to the Turkey Creek shopping complex, located on Parkside Dr. between Lovell Rd. and Campbell Station. The complex is a 300 acre space which contains retail shopping, medical facilities, a theatre, office space, banks, restaurants and hotels. The future of Farragut is bright with growth continuing westward with the areas of Northshore/Choto still seeing high numbers of new construction. Hardin Valley high school recently opened in 2008 and will be the second high school to accommodate Farragut residents.
Farragut schools are some of the highest rated schools in the country. In 2006 and 2005, Farragut made the list of the top 5 percent of public high schools in the nation based on its AP program.
In September, 2007 Farragut High School had the most National Merit Semifinalists in the state tied only with White Station High School who each had 16 finalists. Farragut had a total of 30 semifinalists and commended students, the largest number in the state.
The Knoxville area has an extensive highway system for a city this size. Interstate 40 runs right through the center of Knoxville and connects with interstate 75. I-75 south will take you to Chatanooga in an hour and a half and Atlanta in 3 hours. I-75 north will take you to Lexington, Kentucky in about an hour and a half. Traveling west on I-40 will get you to Nashville in about 2 hours. Traveling east on I-40 will get you to Ashville, NC in about an hour and a half. Knoxville also has public bus service through KAT (Knoxville Area Transit). The closest airport is McGee Tyson (TYS) located in south Knoxville near Alcoa, TN about a 15 minute drive from downtown Knoxville.