Knoxville, TN

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2022 Population
884,359
1.21% 1-year growth
US Senator
Marsha Blackburn
Republican Party
US Senator
Bill Hagerty
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
40.4
0% 1-year change
2022 Poverty Rate
12.6%
3.48% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$66,715
9.62% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$230,700
18.9% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
419,241
1.74% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Knoxville, TN had a population of 884k people with a median age of 40.4 and a median household income of $66,715. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Knoxville, TN grew from 873,816 to 884,359, a 1.21% increase and its median household income grew from $60,862 to $66,715, a 9.62% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Knoxville, TN are White (Non-Hispanic) (85.1%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (5.51%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.91%), Two+ (Hispanic) (1.79%), and White (Hispanic) (1.64%).

None of the households in Knoxville, TN reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

97.6% of the residents in Knoxville, TN are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Knoxville, TN are The University of Tennessee-Knoxville (8,049 degrees awarded in 2022), South College (220552) (2,322 degrees), and Pellissippi State Community College (1,741 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Knoxville, TN was $230,700, and the homeownership rate was 69.7%.

Most people in Knoxville, TN drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 24.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Knoxville, TN was 2 cars per household.

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Population & Diversity

Knoxville, TN is home to a population of 884k people, from which 97.6% are citizens. As of 2022, 4.3% of Knoxville, TN residents were born outside of the country (38k people).

In 2022, there were 15.4 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (753k people) in Knoxville, TN than any other race or ethnicity. There were 48.7k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 25.8k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

97.6%
2022 Citizenship
97.6%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 97.6% of Knoxville, TN residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Knoxville, TN was 97.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Knoxville, TN
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    753k ± 838
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    48.7k ± 942
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    25.8k ± 1.32k
4.38%
Hispanic Population
38.7k people

In 2022, there were 15.4 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (753k people) in Knoxville, TN than any other race or ethnicity. There were 48.7k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 25.8k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

4.38% of the people in Knoxville, TN are hispanic (38.7k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Knoxville, TN as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    84,446 ± 7,091 people
  2. India
    23,758 ± 3,778 people
  3. Guatemala
    22,245 ± 3,656 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Tennessee was Mexico, the natal country of 84,446 Tennessee residents, followed by India with 23,758 and Guatemala with 22,245.

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Foreign-Born Population

4.3%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
38k people
4.26%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
37.2k people

As of 2022, 4.3% of Knoxville, TN residents (38k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Knoxville, TN was 4.26%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    19,921 ± 934
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    11,927 ± 937
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    8,976 ± 733

Knoxville, TN has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.67 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Knoxville, TN employs 419k people. The largest industries in Knoxville, TN are Health Care & Social Assistance (59,930 people), Retail Trade (52,616 people), and Manufacturing (43,621 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($75,873), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($70,502), and Management of Companies & Enterprises ($62,417).

Males in Tennessee have an average income that is 1.36 times higher than the average income of females, which is $53,544. The income inequality in Tennessee (measured using the Gini index) is 0.462, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

419k
2022 Value
± 5,381
1.74%
1 Year growth
± 1.79%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Knoxville, TN grew at a rate of 1.74%, from 412k employees to 419k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Knoxville, TN, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (47,753 people), Sales & Related Occupations (43,651 people), and Management Occupations (42,192 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Knoxville, TN.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

419k
2022 Value
± 5,381
1.74%
1 Year growth
± 1.79%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Knoxville, TN grew at a rate of 1.74%, from 412k employees to 419k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Knoxville, TN, are Health Care & Social Assistance (59,930 people), Retail Trade (52,616 people), and Manufacturing (43,621 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Knoxville, TN, though some of these residents may live in Knoxville, TN and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$48,416
Median earning men ± $1,035
$34,544
Median earning women ± $402

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Information ($67,712), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($66,337), and Public Administration ($64,659).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Public Administration ($47,594), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($45,383), and Information ($45,035).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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3.15%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 3.29M people employed in Tennessee. This represents a 3.15% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 10.8%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Tennessee.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 7,844
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 5,271
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 3,983
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Tennessee went to Donald J. Trump with 60.7% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (37.5%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (0.978%).

Marsha Blackburn and Bill Hagerty are the senators currently representing the state of Tennessee. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Tennessee is currently represented by 9 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Tennessee

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Marsha Blackburn
Senator from Tennessee1
Assumed office on January 3, 2019
Bill Hagerty
Senator from Tennessee2
Assumed office on January 3, 2021

Marsha Blackburn and Bill Hagerty are the senators currently representing Tennessee.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Tennessee over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Tennessee

Tennessee is currently represented by 9 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Tennessee have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Knoxville, TN awarded 15,172 degrees. The student population of Knoxville, TN in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 24,178 male students and 33,628 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Knoxville, TN are White (11,629 and 78.7%), followed by Black or African American (1,249 and 8.45%), Hispanic or Latino (679 and 4.59%), and Two or More Races (489 and 3.31%).

The largest universities in Knoxville, TN by number of degrees awarded are The University of Tennessee-Knoxville (8,049 and 53.1%), South College (220552) (2,322 and 15.3%), and Pellissippi State Community College (1,741 and 11.5%).

The most popular majors in Knoxville, TN are Liberal Arts & Sciences (1,345 and 8.87%), Registered Nursing (695 and 4.58%), and Pre-Nursing Studies (657 and 4.33%).

The median tuition costs in Knoxville, TN are $17,384 for private four year colleges, and $11,332 and $29,522 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Knoxville, TN, the percentage of applicants admitted was 68.4%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 27.2%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 57,806 (41.8% men and 58.2% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 57,806 students enrolled in Knoxville, TN, 41.8% men and 58.2% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 43,332 records, of which 57.6% were women and 42.4% men.

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Concentrations

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Knoxville, TN was Registered Nursing with 532 degrees awarded.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 8,049 degrees awarded
  2. 2,322 degrees awarded
  3. 1,741 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was The University of Tennessee-Knoxville with 8,049 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 6,015 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Knoxville, TN, which is 0.657 times less than the 9,157 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 11,629 degrees mean that there were 9.31 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 1,249 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($17,384) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,912) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,598) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.806% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.744% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (1.75M), Some college (1.2M), and Bachelors Degree (956k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Knoxville, TN was $230,700 in 2022, which is 0.818 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $194,100 to $230,700, a 18.9% increase. The homeownership rate in Knoxville, TN is 69.7%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Knoxville, TN have an average commute time of 24.1 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Knoxville, TN is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Knoxville, TN is $66,715. In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Knoxville, TN was Williamson County, TN with a value of $125,943, followed by Wilson County, TN and Sumner County, TN, with respective values of $89,462 and $81,883.

Property

$230,700
Median Property Value 2022
±$2,326
$247,280
Median Property Taxes
±$3,785

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Knoxville, TN the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Knoxville, TN compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

69.7%
Homeownership
2022
67.7%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 69.7% of the housing units in Knoxville, TN were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 69.3%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Knoxville, TN was Williamson County, TN with a value of $125,943, followed by Wilson County, TN and Sumner County, TN, with respective values of $89,462 and $81,883.

The following map shows all of the counties in Knoxville, TN colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$66,715
Median Household Income
± $880
355k
Number of Households
± 4,575

In 2022, the median household income of the 355k households in Knoxville, TN grew to $66,715 from the previous year's value of $60,862.

The following chart displays the households in Knoxville, TN distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Knoxville, TN is from Tennessee.
0.462
2022 Wage GINI in Tennessee
0.463
2021 Wage GINI in Tennessee

In 2022, the income inequality in Tennessee was 0.462 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.289% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Tennessee was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Tennessee in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (80.1%)
  2. Worked At Home (10.1%)
  3. Carpooled (7.24%)

In 2022, 80.1% of workers in Knoxville, TN drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (10.1%) and those who carpooled to work (7.24%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

24.1 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Knoxville, TN have a shorter commute time (24.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.45% of the workforce in Knoxville, TN have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Knoxville, TN distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Knoxville, TN have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

12.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Knoxville, TN (109k out of 864k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Knoxville, TN is White, followed by Black and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

91.4% of the population of Knoxville, TN has health coverage, with 48.5% on employee plans, 14.4% on Medicaid, 14.4% on Medicare, 12.5% on non-group plans, and 1.61% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Tennessee see 1401 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.358% increase from the previous year (1396 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1794 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 594 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,401 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Tennessee

Primary care physicians in Tennessee see an average of 1,401 patients per year. This represents a 0.358% increase from the previous year (1,396 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Tennessee in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 21.9% under 18 years, 21.4% between 18 and 34 years, 38.3% between 35 and 64 years, and 18.3% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.2% were men and 51.8% were women.

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Uninsured People

8.58%
Uninsured
48.5%
Employer Coverage
14.4%
Medicaid
14.4%
Medicare
12.5%
Non-Group
1.61%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Knoxville, TN declined by 0.587% from 8.63% to 8.58%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Knoxville, TN changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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