Knoxville, Tennessee Education and City Information

Knoxville is the third largest city in Tennessee, with a population estimated by the U.S. Census Bureau at 184,281 in 2014. The University of Tennessee is located in Knoxville, along with three other nonprofit postsecondary schools.

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Information about Knoxville

Named after Revolutionary War General Henry Knox, Knoxville is located on the Tennessee River. The city's median household income was just $33,494 for the period 2010-2014, which was significantly lower than the statewide median of $44,621. Nearly a quarter of Knoxville's residents lived below poverty level in those years.

Among Knoxville's claims to fame is hosting to the 1982 World's Fair, and World's Fair Park still draws visitors every year. Annual festivals in Knoxville include the Dogwood Arts Festival in April and the Tennessee Valley Fair in September.

Knoxville boasts its own symphony orchestra and opera company. Those in search of natural beauty can take a trip to House Mountain State Natural Area. Other attractions include the Museum of East Tennessee History; the McClung Museum; James White's Fort, a Revolutionary War-era fort; and Bleak House, an antebellum Classical Revival style home that's on the National Register of Historic Places.

Knoxville Educational Opportunities

Knoxville is home to the main campus of the University of Tennessee (UT), which was ranked the nation's 47th best public school by U.S. News & World Report in 2016. UT is the largest school in the city, with over 30,300 students as of Fall 2014, including almost 22,000 undergrads. Johnson University is a private not-for-profit Christian school with an enrollment of over 1,100 undergraduate and graduate students. Johnson University also has a campus in Kissimmee, Florida.

Additionally, the city has two 2-year public colleges: Pellissippi State Community College, which enrolled nearly 10,100 students as of Fall 2014, and a campus of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology, which had an enrollment of 1,300 students at the same time.

Knoxville Economy

As of 2016, the largest employers in the Knoxville region were primarily schools, including the Knox County Schools and UT. State and local government also employed many residents, followed by healthcare facilities like East Tennessee Children's Hospital. Major corporations in the city include the Tennessee Valley Authority, Home Depot and Scripps Networks Interactive.

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