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Knox County, Tennessee (TN)

County population in 2016: 456,132 (89% urban, 11% rural); it was 382,032 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 81,304
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 36,108
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 105,594
Renter-occupied apartments: 59,837 (it was 52,278 in 2000)
% of renters here:

33%
State:

32%

Land area: 508 sq. mi.

Water area: 17.3 sq. mi.

Population density: 897 people per square mile   (very high).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Knox County: 87.4 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (35.3%), Retail trade (13.4%), Educational, health and social services (10.2%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 61%
  • Government: 5%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 33%
  • Unpaid family work: 1%
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Races in Knox County, Tennessee:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (82.5%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (8.8%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (4.0%)
  • Asian alone (2.3%)
  • Two or more races (1.7%)
Median resident age:  37.3 years
Tennessee median age:  38.6 years
Males: 222,119  (48.7%)
Females: 234,013  (51.3%)

Knox County,TN real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Knox County:

2.0 people
Tennessee:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2016: $52,102 ($37,454 in 1999)

This county:

$52,102
Tennessee:

$48,547

Median contract rent in 2016 for apartments: $655 (lower quartile is $491, upper quartile is $878)
This county:

$655
State:

$637


Estimated median house or condo value in 2016: $174,100 (it was $95,700 in 2000)
Knox:

$174,100
Tennessee:

$157,700
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $116,100 - $271,600

Mean price in 2016:

Detached houses: $234,872
Here:

$234,872
State:

$216,477

Townhouses or other attached units: $199,388
Here:

$199,388
State:

$202,370

In 2-unit structures: $148,029
Here:

$148,029
State:

$153,786

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $148,827
Here:

$148,827
State:

$159,626

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $205,394
Here:

$205,394
State:

$230,713

Mobile homes: $61,503
Here:

$61,503
State:

$72,294

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $245,678
Here:

$245,678
State:

$95,356
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,210
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $386

Institutionalized population: 3,241

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 5
  • Rapes: 15
  • Robberies: 66
  • Assaults: 437
  • Burglaries: 1575
  • Thefts: 3377
  • Auto thefts: 442

Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 4
  • Rapes: 29
  • Robberies: 84
  • Assaults: 465
  • Burglaries: 1518
  • Thefts: 3669
  • Auto thefts: 450
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Health of residents in Knox County based on CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Questionnaires from 2003 to 2012:

General health status score of residents in this county from 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent) is 3.3. This is worse than average.
70.5% of residents exercised in the past month. This is about average.
44.1% of residents smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives. This is about average.
47.2% of adult residents drank alcohol in the past 30 days. This is less than average.
70.4% of residents visited a dentist within the past year. This is about average.
Average weight of males is 195 pounds. This is about average.
Average weight of females is 162 pounds. This is about average.
35.1% of residents keep firearms around their homes. This is more than average.

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2000: 2291 buildings, average cost: $106,500
  • 2001: 2336 buildings, average cost: $113,500
  • 2002: 2493 buildings, average cost: $114,900
  • 2003: 2882 buildings, average cost: $119,500
  • 2004: 3283 buildings, average cost: $120,400
  • 2005: 3478 buildings, average cost: $119,300
  • 2006: 3162 buildings, average cost: $125,000
  • 2007: 2620 buildings, average cost: $124,600
  • 2008: 1302 buildings, average cost: $152,500
  • 2009: 887 buildings, average cost: $137,000
  • 2010: 878 buildings, average cost: $148,200
  • 2011: 731 buildings, average cost: $180,700
  • 2012: 916 buildings, average cost: $188,500
  • 2013: 1190 buildings, average cost: $191,800
  • 2014: 1226 buildings, average cost: $189,400

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2016: $1,230 (0.7%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2016: $1,083 (0.6%)

Knox County household income distribution in 2009 Knox County home values distribution Knox County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2016: 14.9%
Knox County:

14.9%
Tennessee:

15.8%
(12.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 35.5% for Black residents, 28.5% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 9.4% for American Indian residents, 33.2% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 27.9% for other race residents, 28.4% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2016: 37.3 years old
(Males: 35.7 years old, Females: 39.2 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 39.7 years old, Black residents: 32.2 years old, American Indian residents: 36.0 years old, Asian residents: 32.6 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 25.5 years old, Other race residents: 23.9 years old)

Area name: Knoxville, TN MSA
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Knox County is $472 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $569 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $762 a month.

Cities in this county include: Knoxville, Concord, Farragut, Hardin Valley, Powell, Karns, Gibbs, Skaggston, Corryton, Mascot.

Knox County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

2012 air pollution in Knox County:

Ozone (1-hour): 0.030 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM10) Annual: 21.4 µg/m3. Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 10.3 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Knox County: Snakeden Mountain Campsite (A), Cosby Ranger Station (B), Round Mountain Campground (C), Round Mountain Lookout (D), Walnut Mountain Appalachian Trail Shelter (E), Bubbling Spring Shooting Range (F), Meadow Creek Lookout (G), French Broad Boating Site (H), Houston Valley Campground (I), Douglas Shores Campground (J), Laws (K), Dayenport Gap Appalachian Trail Shelter (L), Davenport Gap Appalachian Trail Shelter (M), Kyle Carver Orchards (N), Smoky Mountain Golf Course (O), French Broad (P), Gilliland Creek Campsite (Q), Otter Creek Campsite (R), Sugar Cove Campsite (S), Junction (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Knox County include: Big Pigeon Church (A), Faith Mission (B), Little Pigeon Church (C), Allen Chapel (D), Pleasant Point Baptist Church (E), Jones Chapel (F), Catons Grove Methodist Church (G), Rays Chapel (H), Stokely Chapel (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Huff Cemetery (1), Talley Cemetery (2), Inman Cemetery (3), Jack Cemetery (4), Johnson Cemetery (5), Varner Cemetery (6), Jones Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Crawley Pond (A), Scott Pond (B), Allen Branch Fish Pond (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Maddron Creek (A), Lovell Creek (B), Long Branch (C), Little Clifty Branch (D), Bearpen Branch (E), Laurel Creek (F), Kyker Branch (G), Kneelas Creek (H), Allen Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Knox County include: Houston Valley Recreation Area (1), French Broad Recreation Site (2), Rattlesnake Branch Recreation Area (3). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Alexander County, North Carolina , Chowan County, North Carolina , Grainger County , San Luis Obispo County, California , Martin County, North Carolina , Nash County, North Carolina .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

4.8%
Tennessee:

5.7%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 33,984
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 90.8%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 38.4%

Number of foreign born residents: 20,097 (39.3% naturalized citizens)

Knox County:

4.4%
Whole state:

4.8%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 2010 or later: 5,300
  • 2000 to 2009: 7,600
  • 1990 to 1999: 4,959
  • 1980 to 1989: 2,141
  • 1970 to 1979: 1,044
  • Before 1970: 1,488
Note: State values scaled to Knox County population

Mean travel time to work (commute): 22.2 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 85.6%

Knox County marital status for males Knox County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 133,796
  • One, attached: 12,722
  • Two: 2,728
  • 3 or 4: 5,997
  • 5 to 9: 10,340
  • 10 to 19: 13,813
  • 20 to 49: 8,476
  • 50 or more: 6,445
  • Mobile homes: 7,449
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 120

Housing units in Knox County with a mortgage: 71,957 (1,064 second mortgage, 6,072 home equity loan, 404 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 44,592

Here:

61.7% with mortgage
State:

59.5% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Knox County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant183,754365
Mainline Protestant51,345116
Catholic21,9887
Other7,17834
Black Protestant6,89729
Orthodox8182
None160,246-
Knox County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 74
Knox County:

1.75 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.99 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 5
Here:

0.12 / 10,000 pop.
Tennessee:

0.17 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 58
This county:

1.37 / 10,000 pop.
Tennessee:

0.65 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 162
Knox County:

3.82 / 10,000 pop.
Tennessee:

5.16 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 313
This county:

7.39 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.56 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Knox County:

12.0%
Tennessee:

11.4%

Adult obesity rate:
Knox County:

27.5%
State:

30.2%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

13.7%
State:

13.5%

Agriculture in Knox County:

Average size of farms: 66 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $14,353
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $499.62
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 60.67%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 32.51%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $15,232
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 29.22%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 1.78%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $33,849
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 94.40%
Average age of principal farm operators: 58 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 24.15
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 2.70%
Corn for grain: 484 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 26 harvested acres
Vegetables: 143 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 55 acres

Tornado activity:

Knox County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Tennessee state average. It is 10414424.5 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused one fatality and 11 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 2/18/1976, a category 2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado injured 10 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Knox County-area historical earthquake activity is near Tennessee state average. It is 78% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 11/30/1973 at 07:48:41, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, 4.6 ML, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 12.0 miles away from Knox County center
On 7/27/1980 at 18:52:21, a magnitude 5.2 (5.1 MB, 4.7 MS, 5.0 UK, 5.2 UK, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 154.4 miles away from the county center
On 4/29/2003 at 08:59:39, a magnitude 4.9 (4.4 MB, 4.6 MW, 4.9 LG, Depth: 12.2 mi) earthquake occurred 139.3 miles away from the county center
On 8/2/1974 at 08:52:09, a magnitude 4.9 (4.3 MB, 4.9 LG) earthquake occurred 167.5 miles away from the county center
On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.4 (5.1 MB, 4.8 MS, 5.4 MW, 5.2 MW, Depth: 8.9 mi) earthquake occurred 276.1 miles away from Knox County center
On 9/7/1988 at 02:28:09, a magnitude 4.6 (4.5 MB, 4.6 LG) earthquake occurred 150.1 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • Tennessee Severe Winter Storm and Flooding, Incident Period: February 15, 2015 to February 23, 2015, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4211: April 02, 2015, FEMA Id: 4211, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Flood
  • Tennessee Severe Storms, Straight-line Winds, Tornadoes, and Flooding, Incident Period: June 18, 2011 to June 24, 2011, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4005: July 20, 2011, FEMA Id: 4005, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood, Wind
  • Tennessee Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Associated Flooding, Incident Period: April 25, 2011 to April 28, 2011, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1974: May 01, 2011, FEMA Id: 1974, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood, Wind
  • Tennessee Hurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 01, 2005, Emergency Declared EM-3217: September 05, 2005, FEMA Id: 3217, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Tennessee Severe Storms, Tornadoes and Flooding, Incident Period: May 04, 2003 to May 30, 2003, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1464: May 08, 2003, FEMA Id: 1464, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • Tennessee Severe Storms, Tornadoes And Flooding, Incident Period: May 23, 2000 to May 31, 2000, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1331: June 12, 2000, FEMA Id: 1331, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • Tennessee Severe Storms, Tornadoes and Flooding, Incident Period: April 16, 1998 to May 18, 1998, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1215: April 20, 1998, FEMA Id: 1215, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • Tennessee Severe Snowfall, Winter Storm, Incident Period: March 13, 1993 to March 17, 1993, Emergency Declared EM-3095: March 14, 1993, FEMA Id: 3095, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Snowfall
  • Tennessee TORNADOES, Incident Period: April 04, 1974, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-424: April 04, 1974, FEMA Id: 424, Natural disaster type: Tornado
  • Tennessee Heavy Rains, Flooding, Incident Period: March 21, 1973, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-366: March 21, 1973, FEMA Id: 366, Natural disaster type: Flood, Heavy Rain

The number of natural disasters in Knox County (10) is smaller than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 8
Emergencies Declared: 2

Class of Workers in 2016 (%)

Most common industries in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Health care and social assistance (20%)
  • Retail trade (12%)
  • Educational services (11%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (6%)
  • Other services, except public administration (5%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
  • Health care and social assistance (23%)
  • Retail trade (14%)
  • Educational services (12%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (7%)
  • Other services, except public administration (6%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
Most common occupations in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Sales and related occupations (12%)
  • Management occupations (11%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (8%)
  • Transportation occupations (7%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (7%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (7%)
  • Production occupations (6%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (22%)
  • Sales and related occupations (11%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (9%)
  • Management occupations (9%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (8%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (7%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (6%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Mexico (19%)
  • India (8%)
  • China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan (6%)
  • Canada (4%)
  • Guatemala (4%)
  • Vietnam (4%)
  • Korea (3%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Knox County (%):

  • American (18%)
  • English (10%)
  • German (9%)
  • Irish (7%)
  • Scotch-Irish (4%)
  • European (4%)
  • Scottish (2%)

Knox County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 210,967 (84.5%)
  • Carpooled: 18,980 (7.6%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 1,204 (0.5%)
  • Taxicab, motorcycle, or other means: 857 (0.3%)
  • Bicycle: 276 (0.1%)
  • Walked: 4,067 (1.6%)
  • Worked at home: 13,311 (5.3%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders ($)


People in group quarters in Knox County, Tennessee in 2000:

  • 7,696 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 2,183 people in nursing homes
  • 1,053 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 716 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 235 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 211 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 178 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 129 people in residential treatment centers for emotionally disturbed children
  • 128 people in institutions for the deaf
  • 77 people in homes for abused, dependent, and neglected children
  • 57 people in other group homes
  • 39 people in short-term care, detention or diagnostic centers for delinquent children
  • 28 people in hospitals/wards and hospices for chronically ill
  • 23 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 21 people in training schools for juvenile delinquents
  • 20 people in religious group quarters
  • 18 people in wards in general hospitals for patients who have no usual home elsewhere
  • 16 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 15 people in other hospitals or wards for chronically ill
  • 13 people in hospices or homes for chronically ill
  • 11 people in homes for the physically handicapped
  • 9 people in agriculture workers' dormitories on farms
  • 8 people in halfway houses
  • 8 people in other workers' dormitories

People in group quarters in Knox County, Tennessee in 2010:

  • 7,950 people in college/university student housing
  • 1,891 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 1,024 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 478 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 304 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 211 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 141 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 89 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals and psychiatric units in other hospitals
  • 73 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 69 people in correctional residential facilities
  • 46 people in hospitals with patients who have no usual home elsewhere
  • 28 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
  • 23 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 21 people in in-patient hospice facilities
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $58,662.

6.40% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($40,037 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.40%
Tennessee average:

6.50%


0.03% of residents moved from foreign countries ($239 average AGI)
Knox County:

0.03%
Tennessee average:

0.03%

3.30% relocated from other counties in Tennessee ($16,341 average AGI)
3.07% relocated from other states ($23,457 average AGI)
Knox County:

3.07%
Tennessee average:

3.16%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Blount County, TN  0.47% ($28,682 average AGI)
from Anderson County, TN  0.42% ($37,493)
from Sevier County, TN  0.31% ($26,067)
from Loudon County, TN  0.24% ($35,848)
from Jefferson County, TN  0.15% ($30,000)
from Roane County, TN  0.14% ($36,090)
from Davidson County, TN  0.14% ($32,005)


5.92% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($40,558 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.92%
Tennessee average:

6.26%


0.06% of residents moved to foreign countries ($315 average AGI)
Knox County:

0.06%
Tennessee average:

0.05%

3.05% relocated to other counties in Tennessee ($19,613 average AGI)
2.81% relocated to other states ($20,629 average AGI)
Knox County:

2.81%
Tennessee average:

2.90%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Blount County, TN  0.46% ($65,752 average AGI)
to Anderson County, TN  0.40% ($31,623)
to Sevier County, TN  0.29% ($31,910)
to Loudon County, TN  0.21% ($47,227)
to Davidson County, TN  0.18% ($29,427)
to Hamilton County, TN  0.14% ($42,005)
to Union County, TN  0.13% ($26,848)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.0
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 12.5
Births per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 12.1

Births per 1000 population in Knox County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 9.1
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 9.1
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 9.2

Deaths per 1000 population in Knox County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 7.1
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 6.1
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2007 to 2013: 5.5

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Knox County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 14.0%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 5.1%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Knox County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Knox County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 63,116 (51,298 aged, 11,818 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 8,396 (8%)

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Most common underlying causes of death in Knox County, Tennessee in 1999 - 2014:

  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (4,210)
  • Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, so described (3,137)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (3,124)
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (2,882)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (2,807)
  • Unspecified dementia (2,326)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (1,921)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (1,831)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (1,417)
  • Breast, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (881)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 10%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 6%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 1.75
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 20,082
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 466
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 49,024

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,266
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 917
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 10

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 55
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 90

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 12
Beer, wine & liquor stores per 100,000 population in 2005: 1

Homicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 64.8. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of homicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 41.5
  • Cut/Pierce - 10.0
  • Other - 13.3

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 130.4. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 76.6
  • Suffocation - 22.2
  • Poisoning - 21.8
  • Other - 9.7

Household type by relationship:

Households: 456,132
  • In family households: 347,108 (57,977 male householders, 51,547 female householders)
    84,123 spouses, 119,261 children (108,576 natural, 3,899 adopted, 6,786 stepchildren), 8,258 grandchildren, 3,681 brothers or sisters, 4,769 parents, 6,706 other relatives, 10,786 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 97,653 (34,029 male householders (25,545 living alone)), 40,336 female householders (33,135 living alone)), 23,288 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 11,371

Size of family households: 51,966 2-persons, 23,320 3-persons, 21,761 4-persons, 8,541 5-persons, 1,992 6-persons, 1,944 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 58,680 1-person, 12,486 2-persons, 2,539 3-persons, 586 4-persons, 74 5-persons.

63,378 married couples with children.
24,669 single-parent households (7,399 men, 17,270 women).

93.6% of residents of Knox speak English at home.
2.9% of residents speak Spanish at home (58% speak English very well, 16% speak English well, 21% speak English not well, 5% don't speak English at all).
1.3% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (78% speak English very well, 15% speak English well, 5% speak English not well, 2% don't speak English at all).
1.5% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (53% speak English very well, 25% speak English well, 17% speak English not well, 6% don't speak English at all).
0.6% of residents speak other language at home (58% speak English very well, 18% speak English well, 24% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $2,833,799,000 ($7,083 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $188,148,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $1,006,530,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $535,465,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $15,956,000
Federal grants: $530,396,000
Federal procurement contracts: $469,190,000 ($91,280,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $276,262,000 ($37,697,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $17,824,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $232,468,000
Federal Government insurance: $104,178,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 25,640
Here:

63 per 1000 residents
State:

69 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 19,250
Here:

48 per 1000 residents
State:

50 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +2,527
Here:

+6 per 1000 residents
State:

+8 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +9,605
Here:

+24 per 1000 residents
State:

+18 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Knox County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 62.11 millions of gallons per day (1% from ground, 99% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.7
State:

6.4

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.3
State:

4.5

Year house built

  • 2014 or later: 3,829
  • 2010 to 2013: 7,449
  • 2000 to 2009: 33,493
  • 1990 to 1999: 33,318
  • 1980 to 1989: 27,075
  • 1970 to 1979: 28,533
  • 1960 to 1969: 23,408
  • 1950 to 1959: 17,397
  • 1940 to 1949: 10,816
  • 1939 or earlier: 16,568
Note: State values scaled to Knox population
Rooms in houses/apartments in Knox County, Tennessee
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Knox County population
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 364
  • 3 rooms: 1,407
  • 4 rooms: 7,828
  • 5 rooms: 20,434
  • 6 rooms: 24,022
  • 7 rooms: 19,337
  • 8 rooms: 17,373
  • 9+ rooms: 25,784
  • 1 room: 2,826
  • 2 rooms: 2,624
  • 3 rooms: 11,476
  • 4 rooms: 20,314
  • 5 rooms: 14,171
  • 6 rooms: 7,920
  • 7 rooms: 3,922
  • 8 rooms: 2,545
  • 9+ rooms: 1,542
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Knox County, Tennessee
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Knox County population
  • no bedroom: 163
  • 1 bedroom: 998
  • 2 bedrooms: 18,242
  • 3 bedrooms: 61,814
  • 4 bedrooms: 28,454
  • 5+ bedrooms: 6,878
  • no bedroom: 3,228
  • 1 bedroom: 14,220
  • 2 bedrooms: 28,775
  • 3 bedrooms: 16,554
  • 4 bedrooms: 3,543
  • 5+ bedrooms: 1,020
Cars and other vehicles available in Knox County, Tennessee in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Knox County population
  • no vehicle: 2,690
  • 1 vehicle: 29,892
  • 2 vehicles: 49,865
  • 3 vehicles: 22,852
  • 4 vehicles: 7,615
  • 5+ vehicles: 3,635
  • no vehicle: 8,473
  • 1 vehicle: 31,101
  • 2 vehicles: 20,450
  • 3 vehicles: 5,665
  • 4 vehicles: 732
  • 5+ vehicles: 919

83% of Knox County residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 38% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 57% lived in Tennessee.

Knox County:

82.9%
State average:

85.8%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 279,880
  • Other state: 152,602
  • Northeast: 20,210
  • Midwest: 40,015
  • South: 76,285
  • West: 16,092

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Knox County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Electricity (50.4%)
  • Utility gas (46.2%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (2.1%)
  • Wood (0.8%)
  • No fuel used (0.3%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (0.2%)
  • Electricity (82.0%)
  • Utility gas (15.8%)
  • Wood (0.8%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (0.7%)
  • No fuel used (0.4%)
  • Other fuel (0.2%)
  • Coal or coke (0.1%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 5,969
Here:

14.3%
Tennessee:

11.4%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 3,367
Here:

16.7%
Tennessee:

12.8%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 3,108
Here:

9.8%
Tennessee:

22.1%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Knox County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Construction - Elementary and Secondary Education: $21,144,000
    Housing and Community Development: $5,000,000
    Solid Waste Management: $543,000
    Libraries: $469,000
    Parks and Recreation: $239,000
    General Public Buildings: $73,000
    Regular Highways: $37,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $11,000
  • Current Operations - Elementary and Secondary Education: $374,009,000
    Police Protection: $34,300,000
    Correctional Institutions: $28,194,000
    Health - Other: $28,124,000
    Financial Administration: $20,744,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $19,323,000
    Central Staff Services: $12,930,000
    Regular Highways: $12,617,000
    Libraries: $11,875,000
    Parks and Recreation: $9,282,000
    General - Other: $6,579,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $5,504,000
    Solid Waste Management: $4,962,000
    Housing and Community Development: $3,131,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $1,192,000
    Public Welfare Institutions: $1,145,000
    Local Fire Protection: $866,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $590,000
    General Public Buildings: $528,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $23,704,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - General - Other: $36,991,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $2,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Elementary and Secondary Education: $9,038,000
    Housing and Community Development: $5,432,000
    Correctional Institutions: $4,026,000
    Parks and Recreation: $3,965,000
    Libraries: $3,196,000
    Public Welfare Institutions: $2,393,000
    General - Other: $1,067,000
    Financial Administration: $858,000
    General Public Building: $732,000
    Solid Waste Management: $418,000
    Police Protection: $291,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $206,000
    Regular Highways: $202,000
    Central Staff Services: $148,000
    Health - Other: $112,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $76,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $321,714,000

Knox County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - All Other: $25,879,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education - Other: $14,952,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education School Lunch: $9,403,000
    Parks and Recreation: $291,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - All Other: $4,167,000
    Public Welfare: $957,000
    Education: $757,000
    Health and Hospitals: $129,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $2,824,000
    General Local Government Support: $169,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $9,156,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $4,059,000
    Sale of Property: $1,333,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $885,000
    Rents: $356,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Education: $165,947,000
    Health and Hospitals: $5,454,000
    General Local Government Support: $5,431,000
    Public Welfare: $5,303,000
    Highways: $4,967,000
    All Other: $3,057,000
  • Tax - Property: $218,233,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $165,580,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $11,618,000
    Other Selective Sales: $6,436,000
    Occupation and Business License, NEC: $5,864,000
    Other License: $3,741,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $2,157,000
    Alcoholic Beverage Sales: $1,805,000

Knox County government finances - Debt in 2006:

  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $534,498,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $478,868,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $77,000,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $21,370,000

Knox County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $58,651,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $112,645,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $28,938,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 8,821
  • Number of aged recipients: 686
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 8,135
  • Number of recipients under 18: 1,080
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 6,128
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 1,613
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 3,134
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 3,970
Knox County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Knox County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 82 full tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED2,404$139,6132,717$180,91910,735$171,301694$77,29125$1,948,920932$133,279104$79,019
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED154$120,623234$181,756867$169,78074$54,3921$4,500,00067$127,73162$47,952
APPLICATIONS DENIED239$132,770412$129,4642,484$161,332312$48,9745$1,789,800165$102,133174$57,425
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN230$140,678315$191,6572,071$167,883109$75,1102$8,400,00092$111,88026$77,500
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS68$137,55979$180,759606$170,53035$91,0570$024$119,6254$51,000
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 75 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED567$195,249502$192,27911$162,909
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED113$183,133148$212,3119$137,444
APPLICATIONS DENIED42$187,90554$195,4261$238,000
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN24$220,16737$219,9460$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS11$258,7278$162,6253$69,000

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

Most common first names in Knox County, TN among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James2,96271.2 years
William2,63673.3 years
Mary2,55978.6 years
John2,26074.4 years
Charles1,65171.7 years
Robert1,65071.3 years
George1,03874.6 years
Margaret1,01579.1 years
Helen85878.0 years
Ruth82780.2 years
Most common last names in Knox County, TN among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith1,38075.2 years
Johnson1,02474.5 years
Davis77476.2 years
Jones75175.4 years
Williams67274.5 years
Brown66173.7 years
Miller61675.7 years
Moore47674.4 years
Thomas43475.1 years
Wilson42273.9 years
Businesses in Knox County, TN
NameCountNameCount
AT&T9Knights Inn1
Abercrombie & Fitch1Kohl's3
Abercrombie Kids1Kroger11
Academy Sports + Outdoors1La Quinta2
Ace Hardware4La-Z-Boy3
Advance Auto Parts12Lane Bryant2
Aeropostale3Lane Furniture4
American Eagle Outfitters3LensCrafters3
Ann Taylor2Little Caesars Pizza7
Apple Store1Long John Silver's3
Applebee's4Lowe's3
Arby's10MainStay1
Ashley Furniture1Marriott5
Audi1Marshalls3
AutoZone6MasterBrand Cabinets23
BMW1Mazda1
Banana Republic1McDonald's22
Barnes & Noble1Men's Wearhouse3
Baskin-Robbins2Microtel1
Bath & Body Works3Motel 63
Baymont Inn2Motherhood Maternity2
Bed Bath & Beyond3New Balance12
Best Western3New York & Co2
Blockbuster7Nike18
Brooks Brothers1Nissan2
Brookstone1Office Depot2
Budget Car Rental2OfficeMax3
Buffalo Wild Wings2Old Navy3
Burger King13Olive Garden2
CVS14Outback3
Cache1Outback Steakhouse3
CarMax1Pac Sun3
Casual Male XL1Panera Bread5
Catherines1Papa John's Pizza6
Chevrolet2Payless3
Chick-Fil-A7Penske3
Chico's2PetSmart2
Chipotle1Pier 1 Imports2
Chuck E. Cheese's1Pizza Hut9
Cinnabon 1Plato's Closet1
Circle K1Popeyes1
Clarion1Pottery Barn1
Coldwater Creek1Qdoba Mexican Grill1
Comfort Inn3Quality4
Comfort Suites3Quiznos4
Cracker Barrel6RadioShack7
Cricket Wireless12Ramada1
Curves2Red Lobster2
DHL3Red Robin1
Dairy Queen2Red Roof Inn4
Days Inn3Rooms To Go2
Deb1Ruby Tuesday5
Decora Cabinetry1Rue212
Dennys1Ryder Rental & Truck Leasing1
Domino's Pizza8SAS Shoes2
DressBarn2SONIC Drive-In10
Dressbarn2Sam's Club2
Dunkin Donuts5Sears6
Econo Lodge3Sephora2
Eddie Bauer1Shoe Carnival1
Express1Sleep Inn2
Extended Stay America2Soma Intimates1
Fashion Bug1Spencer Gifts2
FedEx81Sprint Nextel7
Finish Line3Staples1
Firestone Complete Auto Care6Starbucks13
Foot Locker2Steak 'n Shake2
Ford2Subaru1
Forever 211Subway34
GNC5Super 85
GameStop5T-Mobile12
Gap2T.G.I. Driday's1
Goodwill2T.J.Maxx1
Gymboree2Taco Bell11
H&R Block13Talbots3
Hardee's6Target4
Havertys Furniture1The Limited1
Haworth1The Room Place2
Hilton7Torrid1
Hobby Lobby2Toyota1
Holiday Inn7Toys"R"Us4
Hollister Co.2True Value2
Home Depot4U-Haul21
Honda2U.S. Cellular12
Hot Topic2UPS80
Hyundai1Urban Outfitters1
IHOP3Value City Furniture1
InTown Suites1Vans5
J. Jill1Verizon Wireless2
J.Crew1Victoria's Secret3
JCPenney3Volkswagen1
JoS. A. Bank2Waffle House8
Jones New York5Walgreens18
Journeys3Walmart4
Justice2Wendy's15
KFC10Wet Seal1
Kincaid5YMCA5
Kmart2

Knox County on our top lists:

  • #3 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents that drank alcohol in the past 30 days"
  • #30 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Evangelical Protestant adherents"
  • #30 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Evangelical Protestant adherents (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #49 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the worst general health status score of residents (1-5), 3 years of data"
  • #50 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Evangelical Protestant congregations (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #51 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Evangelical Protestant congregations"
  • #66 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that keep firearms around their homes"
  • #67 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest average weight of females"
  • #69 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents relocating from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #72 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents relocating from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011"
  • #74 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Mainline Protestant adherents"
  • #74 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Mainline Protestant adherents (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #89 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest increase in the number of infant deaths per 1000 residents 2000-2006 to 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #89 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Mainline Protestant congregations"
  • #89 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Mainline Protestant congregations (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #94 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives"
  • #95 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest surface withdrawal of fresh water for public supply (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #97 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Particulate Matter (PM10) Annual air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
  • #100 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest surface withdrawal of fresh water for public supply"
  • #101 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents that visited a dentist within the past year"