FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The Knoxville Chamber fields a lot of questions from folks considering East Tennessee as a possible destination to relocate their family or their business. Here are the 10 most frequently asked questions and where you can go to get answers.
1. How is the economy in Knoxville?
Knoxville's economy has grown steadily over the past several decades. With the University of Tennessee, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and several other great employers in the region, the economy in Knox County remained somewhat insulated through The Great Recession. For more on specific industries, check out the Bureau of Labor Statistics' look at Knoxville. We also provide an Economic Gage, which uses five economic indicators to provide an insightful gage of the area's economy.
2. How is the job market?
Knoxville consistently enjoys one of the lowest unemployment rates in Tennessee. Go to the Tennessee Deparment of Labor and Workforce Development's site to see the most recently published unemployment rate. For current job openings, check out the job board at iKnowKnoxville or the Knoxville News Sentinel.
3. What is the weather like? What are the winters and summers like?
One of the biggest selling points to many residents is the fact that Knoxville enjoys all four seasons. In the summer, average high temperatures peak at around 90 degrees. In winter, the coldest months see the average low fall just below freezing. Of course, life in the mountains is a bit colder with temperatures typically 10-20 degrees lower than in the valley. The Weather Channel has a great resource to see Knoxville's average temperature by month or current weather information.
4. What are the best or safest parts of Knoxville to live in?
Natives typically break Knoxville into four areas of town based on cardinal direction: north, west, east, and south. West Knoxville and West Knox County have seen the most commercial and residential growth in recent years while many residents prefer the charm of North and East Knoxville's more established neighborhoods. South Knoxville encompasses all of the community south of the Tennessee River, boasts the Urban Wilderness, and provides the most direct access to the Great Smoky Mountains. The U.S. Census Bureau has more information on Knoxville broken down by zip code.
5. How are the schools in Knoxville?
Knoxville boasts the strongest public schools of any urban area in Tennessee. With 89 public schools in Knox County and many other quality private educational facilities, your family is sure to find a facility to meet every educational need. To find out more about public schools in Knox County, head to Knox County Schools' website.
6. What types of recreational activities are there for children?
With top-tier collegiate athletics at the University of Tennessee, hundreds of miles of greenways and bike paths, easy access to a vast network of lakes and rivers, and a community focused on family, there are plenty of family-friendly entertainment options in Knoxville. To see what's going on this weekend, check out iKnowKnoxville's events calendar.
7. Does Knoxville have a state tax? What is the income tax?
Tennessee is one of only a few states in the country that does not have a state income tax. For revenue, the state relies heavily on sales tax collections. The base rate in the state is 7-percent with many municipalities adding an additional 2 to 2.5-percent to that rate. In Knoxville, the sales tax rate is 9.25%. To see the rate in each Tennessee community, click here.
8. What types of senior activities and senior living facilities are there?
Knoxville is frequently named one of the best places in the United States to retire. There are a number of golf courses in the Knoxville area and Knox County offers a number of community centers with senior citizen centered programming. Click here to learn more about Knox County's community centers.
9. What special attractions/ and or special events does Knoxville offer?
Knoxville is home to a number of special events and attractions. In the summer, Market Square serves as the heart of the city hosting a farmer's market every Wednesday and Saturday and a number of local festivals including the Dogwood Arts Festival, Rossini Festival, The International Biscuit Festival, and others. Knoxville provides an abundance of nightlife with cultural activities and first-rate concerts at venus like the history Tennessee Theatre. The events calendar on iKnowKnoxville.com is a great resource to see what's happening in town.