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Knox County

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Knox County

Population & Demographics

Location

Time Zone

Eastern Time Zone

Grand Division

East Tennessee

Area (Square Miles)

508.2

County Seat

Knoxville

Metropolitan Area

Knoxville, TN

ECD Region

East

Population

Population (2014)

447,903

Population (2019)

470,313

Population Change (2014-2019)

5.0%

Population Forecast (2040)

549,800

Foreign Born Population

22,441

Foreign Born Persons (Percentage of Population)

4.9%

Language Other Than English Spoken At Home

5.9%

Civilian Veteran Population

28,997

Race (Percentage of Population)

White Alone

85.5%

Black or African American, alone

8.8%

American Indian And Alaska Native, alone

0.3%

Asian, alone

2.2%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, alone

0.0%

Some Other Race, alone

1.1%

Two or More Races

2.1%

Hispanic or Latino

4.1%

Age (Percentage of Population)
Male
Female
Total

Under 5 Years Old

Male: 6.1%

Female: 5.5%

Total: 5.8%

Under 18 Years Old

Male: 22.3%

Female: 20.2%

Total: 21.2%

18-64 Years Old

Male: 64.2%

Female: 63.1%

Total: 63.7%

65 Years and Over

Male: 13.5%

Female: 16.7%

Total: 15.1%

Median Age

Male: 36.1

Female: 38.6

Total: 37.3

Sources:
U.S. Census Bureau, 2014-2018 5-Year American Community Survey
U.S. Census Bureau, 2018 Annual Population Estimates
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Tennessee State Data Center (2018)

Housing & Income

Housing & Income

Households

181,336

Homeownership Rate

64.5%

Persons Per Household

2.43

Living In Same House 1 Year & Over

82.5%

Median Home Value

$174,700

Annual Home Sales

9,590

Median Sale Price of Homes Sold

$185,500

Persons In Households With Income Below Poverty Level

15.2%

Total Personal Income

$23,142,739,000

Personal Income Per Capita

$49,738

Household Income & Benefits
Percent of Household

Less Than $10,000

7.4%

$10,000 to $14,999

5.0%

$15,000 to $24,999

10.5%

$25,000 to $34,999

10.3%

$35,000 to $49,999

13.0%

$50,000 to $74,999

17.4%

$75,000 to $99,999

12.8%

$100,000 to $149,999

13.1%

$150,000 to $199,999

5.3%

$200,000 or More

5.3%

Median Household Income

$54,437

Percentage of Households by Income Range

Sources:
U.S. Census Bureau, 2014-2018 5-Year American Community Survey
Tennessee Housing Development Agency (2018)
U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (2018)

Tax Structure

Property Tax

Property Tax Rate (County)

$2.12

State Property Tax

None

Assessment Ratio: Residential Property

25%

Assessment Ratio: Farm Property

25%

Assessment Ratio: Commercial/Industrial Property

40%

Assessment Ratio: Public Utility Property

55%

Assessment Ratio: Business Personal Property

30%

State Tax

State Income Tax on Wages

None

State Income Tax: Interest from Bonds and Notes and Dividends from Stock

1% (Hall Income tax is fully repealed after January 1, 2021)

Excise Tax (State)

6.5% of Tennessee taxable income

Franchise Tax (state)

0.25% of the greater of net worth or real and tangible property in Tennessee. The minimum tax is $100.

Unemployment Insurance Tax (state)

2.7% of the first $7,000 in wages for new employers

Sales Tax

State Sales Tax Rate

7.00%

County Sales Tax Rate

2.25%

Local Sales Tax Collections (FY 2017)

$177,138,829

Local Sales Tax Collections (FY 2018)

$187,739,335

Local Sales Tax Collections Growth (FY 2017-FY 2018)

6.0%

State Bond Ratings

Moody's

Aaa

Standard & Poor's

AAA

Fitch

AAA

Debt per Capita

State Debt per Capita

$929 (lowest in U.S.)

County Debt Per Capita

$1,596

Sources:
Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury (2019)
Tennessee Department of Revenue (2019)
The Tax Foundation (2020)

Labor Force

Labor Force Estimates (2018)
Tennessee
Knox

Labor Force

Tennessee: 3,242,754

Knox: 239,214

Employment

Tennessee: 3,129,078

Knox: 232,075

Unemployment

Tennessee: 113,676

Knox: 7,139

Unemployment Rate

Tennessee: 3.5%

Knox: 3.0%

Monthly Unemployment Rate*
Current
12 Months Ago

Tennessee

Current: 3.6%

12 Months Ago: 3.3%

Knox

Current: 2.5%

12 Months Ago: 2.6%

Unemployment Rate*
Tennessee
Knox

2015

Tennessee: 5.6%

Knox: 4.7%

2016

Tennessee: 4.7%

Knox: 4.0%

2017

Tennessee: 3.7%

Knox: 3.2%

2018

Tennessee: 3.5%

Knox: 3.0%

Unemployment Rate (by percentage)

Sources:
Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (December 2018)
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Industries (2019)

Industry
Employment
Establishments
Avg. Annual Wages

Crop and Animal Production

Employment: 188

Establishments: 23

Avg. Annual Wages: $41,272

Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction

Employment: 130

Establishments: 13

Avg. Annual Wages: $75,428

Utilities

Employment: 5

Establishments: 2

Employment: $79,428

Construction

Employment: 11,356

Establishments: 925

Employment: $65,536

Manufacturing

Employment: 12,309

Establishments: 449

Employment: $70,842

Wholesale Trade

Employment: 11,909

Establishments: 1,048

Employment: $79,117

Retail Trade

Employment: 31,196

Establishments: 1,669

Employment: $37,171

Transportation and Warehousing

Employment: 8,198

Establishments: 258

Employment: $58,914

Information

Employment: 4,817

Establishments: 240

Employment: $139,375

Finance and Insurance

Employment: 9,416

Establishments: 784

Employment: $86,429

Real Estate and Rental and Leasing

Employment: 3,479

Establishments: 561

Employment: $57,480

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

Employment: 11,314

Establishments: 1,629

Employment: $84,538

Management of Companies and Enterprises

Employment: 6,040

Establishments: 116

Employment: $118,345

Administrative, Support, Waste Management and Remediation

Employment: 22,501

Establishments: 787

Employment: $41,961

Educational Services

Employment: 2,336

Establishments: 134

Employment: $48,212

Health Care and Social Assistance

Employment: 36,019

Establishments: 1,207

Employment: $64,077

Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation

Employment: 3,209

Establishments: 175

Employment: $22,385

Accommodation and Food Services

Employment: 25,421

Establishments: 1,035

Employment: $21,005

Other Services (except Public Administration)

Employment: 6,820

Establishments: 1,160

Employment: $36,945

Government

Employment: 31,456

Establishments: 129

Employment: $76,367

Unclassified

Employment: 12

Establishments: 6

Employment: $63,623

Total

Employment: 270,262

Establishments: 12,348

Employment: $46,467

Unique Occupations*
Employment
Location Quotient*

Credit Counselors

Employment: 393

Location Quotient*: 6.05

Education Administrators, Postsecondary

Employment: 1,273

Location Quotient*: 5.38

Nurse Anesthetists

Employment: 401

Location Quotient*: 5.32

Ushers, Lobby Attendants, and Ticket Takers

Employment: 1,085

Location Quotient*: 4.86

Medical Appliance Technicians

Employment: 117

Location Quotient*: 4.31

Key Cluster
Total Employment

Advanced Materials

153

Aerospace & Defense

103

Appliances & Electrical

192

Automotive

1,137

Business Services

14,713

Chemicals

877

Distribution & Logistics

20,173

Film, Music & Entertainment

2,477

Food & Beverage

2,509

Healthcare & Medical Devices

1,715

Top Employers

Top County Employers
Estimated Employees
City

Knox County School System

Est. Employees: 9,000

City: Knoxville

The University of Tennessee

Est. Employees: 8,500

City: Knoxville

Gca Services Group, Inc.

Est. Employees: 3,500

City: Knoxville

University Health System, Inc.

Est. Employees: 3,000

City: Knoxville

Knox County Government

Est. Employees: 2,500

City: Knoxville

America's Collectibles Network, Inc.

Est. Employees: 1,500

City: Knoxville

Flying J Transportation, LLC

Est. Employees: 1,500

City: Knoxville

Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center

Est. Employees: 1,500

City: Knoxville

East Tennessee Children's Hospital Association, Inc.

Est. Employees: 1,200

City: Knoxville

Parkwest Medical Center

Est. Employees: 1,100

City: Knoxville

Transportation & Logistics

Transportation

Nearest Commercial Service Airport

McGhee Tyson (Knoxville)

Daily Flights At Nearest Commercial Service Airport

79

Nearest General Aviation Airport

McGhee Tyson (Knoxville)

Runway Length at Nearest General Aviation Airport

9,005'

Mean Travel Time to Work (Minutes)

21.4

Access of Interstate

I-40, I-75, I-140, I-640

U.S. Highways

11, 25, 70, 129, 411, 441

State Highways

1, 9, 33, 34, 61, 62, 71, 115, 131, 158, 162, 168, 169, 170, 331, 332, 450

Nearest Port (From County Seat)

Knoxville

Railroads Serving County

CSX, Knoxville and Holston Railroad, NS

Sources:
Tennessee Department of Transportation
U.S. Census Bureau, 2010-2014 5-Year American Community Survey

Education

General Stats
Knox
Tennessee

Population Aged 25-64 With High School Degree Or Higher

Knox: 92.30%

Tennessee: 89.50%

Population Aged 25-64 With Associate's Degree Or Higher

Knox: 47.00%

Tennessee: 36.70%

Population Aged 25-64 With Bachelor's Degree Or Higher

Knox: 38.50%

Tennessee: 28.70%

High School Graduation Rate

Knox: 90%

Tennessee: 89%

College Going Rate

Knox: 64.10%

Tennessee: 63.40%

Average ACT Score

Knox: 21.4

Tennessee: 20.2

High School Graduation Rate
College Going Rate
Average ACT Score
Knox County Schools
Enrollment

Elementary Schools

Enrollment: 26,889

Middle Schools

Enrollment: 13,007

High Schools

Enrollment: 16,898

Regional Higher Education Institutions
City
Enrollment

The University of Tennessee-Knoxville

City: Knoxville

Enrollment: 31,201

Pellissippi State Community College

City: Knoxville

Enrollment: 10,396

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Knoxville

City: Knoxville

Enrollment: 1,914

Johnson University

City: Knoxville

Enrollment: 1,140

Roane State Community College

City: Harriman

Enrollment: 5,780

Carson-Newman University

City: Jefferson City

Enrollment: 2,659

Maryville College

City: Maryville

Enrollment: 1,196

Sources:
U.S. Census Bureau, 2017 1-Year American Community Survey,
U.S. Census Bureau, 2013-2017 5-Year American Community Survey
Tennessee Department of Education (2017-2018)
National Center for Education Statistics (2016-2017)
Tennessee Higher Education Commission

† Regional higher education institutions include those within the selected and surrounding counties.

Health & Public Safety

Doctors

Number of Doctors

2,067

Overweight & Obesity Prevalence

Adults*

29.7%

Children** (Grade 8)

30.3%

Regional Hospitals
Number of Beds
City

Tennova Healthcare -Turkey Creek Medical

Number of Beds: 610

City: Knoxville

Tennova Healthcare

Number of Beds: 610

City: Knoxville

Tennova Healthcare - North Knoxville

Number of Beds: 610

City: Powell

The University of Tennessee Medical Center

Number of Beds: 609

City: Knoxville

Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center

Number of Beds: 517

City: Knoxville

Parkwest Medical Center

Number of Beds: 462

City: Knoxville

East Tennessee Children's Hospital

Number of Beds: 152

City: Knoxville

Select Specialty Hospital - Knoxville

Number of Beds: 68

City: Knoxville

Select Specialty Hospital - North Knoxville

Number of Beds: 68

City: Powell

Peninsula Hospital

Number of Beds: 462

City: Louisville

Blount Memorial Hospital

Number of Beds: 304

City: Maryville

Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge

Number of Beds: 301

City: Oak Ridge

LeConte Medical Center

Number of Beds: 79

City: Sevierville

Tennova Healthcare - Jefferson Memorial Hospital

Number of Beds: 58

City: Jefferson City

Roane Medical Center

Number of Beds: 54

City: Harriman

Sources:
Tennessee Department of Health (2014)
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (2014)

† Regional hospitals include those within the selected and surrounding counties.

Climate

Climate

Average High Temperature

69.3°F

Average Low Temperature

49.7°F

Average Annual Temperature

59.5°F

Annual Rainfall

48.18"

Elevation (at County Seat)

936'

Prevailing Winds

Southwest

Sources:
usclimatedata.com (2015)

Community Information

Farragut

Population (2013)

21,111

Charter Type

General Law Mayor-Alderman

Local Option Sales Tax Rate

2.00% - 2.25%

Phone Number

(865) 966-7057

Retire Tennessee Participant

No

Tennessee Downtowns Participant

No

Main Street Participant

No

Knoxville

Population (2013)

181,759

Charter Type

Home Rule

Local Option Sales Tax Rate

2.25%

City Property Tax Rate

$2.73

Phone Number

(865) 215-2000

Retire Tennessee Participant

No

Tennessee Downtowns Participant

No

Main Street Participant

No

Additional Community Information

ThreeStar Certified County

No

Sources:
Tennessee Municipal Technical Advisory Service
Tennessee Department of Revenue (2015)
Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury (2015)
U.S. Census Bureau, 2010-2014 5-Year American Community Survey

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