Jamie Stitt

Assistant Commissioner, Business and Workforce Development

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
312 Rosa L. Parks Ave., Nashville, TN 37243
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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)

432,226

Population (2019)

478,971

Population Change (2014-2019)

10.80%

Population Forecast (2040)

549,800

Foreign Born Population

22,742

Foreign Born Persons (Percentage of Population)

4.90%

Language Other Than English Spoken At Home

5.80%

Civilian Veteran Population

29,791

Race (Percentage of Population)

White Alone

79.20%

Black or African American, alone

8.40%

American Indian And Alaska Native, alone

0.40%

Asian, alone

2.50%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, alone

0.10%

Some Other Race, alone

2.80%

Two or More Races

6.50%

Hispanic or Latino

6.00%

Age (Percentage of Population)
Male
Female
Total

Under 5 Years Old

Male: 6.10%

Female: 5.40%

Total: 5.70%

Under 18 Years Old

Male: 22.20%

Female: 20.10%

Total: 21.10%

18-64 Years Old

Male: 64.10%

Female: 62.80%

Total: 63.50%

65 Years and Over

Male: 13.70%

Female: 17.10%

Total: 15.40%

Median Age

Male: 36.2

Female: 38.6

Total: 37.4

Sources:
U.S. Census Bureau, 2015-2019 5-Year American Community Survey
U.S. Census Bureau, 2019 Annual Population Estimates
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Tennessee State Data Center (2018)

Housing & Income

Housing & Income

Households

181,336

Homeownership Rate

64.3%

Persons Per Household

2.4

Living In Same House 1 Year & Over

82.5%

Median Home Value

$183,200

Annual Home Sales

9,622

Median Sale Price of Homes Sold

$210,000

Persons In Households With Income Below Poverty Level

14.5%

Total Personal Income

$24,342,690

Personal Income Per Capita

$51,758

County Median Wage

$17.86

Household Income & Benefits
Percent of Household

Less Than $10,000

7.1%

$10,000 to $14,999

4.5%

$15,000 to $24,999

10.1%

$25,000 to $34,999

9.5%

$35,000 to $49,999

13.0%

$50,000 to $74,999

17.4%

$75,000 to $99,999

13.2%

$100,000 to $149,999

14.0%

$150,000 to $199,999

5.6%

$200,000 or More

5.7%

Median Household Income

$57,470

Percentage of Households by Income Range

Sources:
U.S. Census Bureau, 2015-2019 5-Year American Community Survey
Tennessee Housing Development Agency (2019)
U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (2019)
Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (2020)

Tax Structure

Property Tax

Property Tax Rate (County)

$2.1200

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 2019)

$200,483,531

Local Sales Tax Collections (FY 2020)

$217,006,737

Local Sales Tax Collections Growth (FY 2019 - FY 2020)

8.20%

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 (2020)
Tennessee Department of Revenue (2020)
The Tax Foundation (2020)

Labor Force

Labor Force Estimates (2019)
Tennessee
Knox

Labor Force

Tennessee: 3,287,422

Knox: 242,642

Employment

Tennessee: 3,041,838

Knox: 228,282

Unemployment

Tennessee: 245,584

Knox: 14,361

Unemployment Rate

Tennessee: 7.5%

Knox: 5.9%

Unemployment Rate*
Tennessee
Knox

2016

Tennessee: 3.7%

Knox: 3.2%

2017

Tennessee: 3.5%

Knox: 2.9%

2018

Tennessee: 3.4%

Knox: 2.9%

2019

Tennessee: 7.5%

Knox: 5.9%

Unemployment Rate (by percentage)

Sources:
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Industries (2020)

Industry
Employment
Establishments
Avg. Annual Wages

Crop and Animal Production

Employment: 153

Establishments: 22

Avg. Annual Wages: $37,635

Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction

Employment: 221

Establishments: 14

Avg. Annual Wages: $98,870

Utilities

Employment: 10

Establishments: 3

Employment: $0

Construction

Employment: 12,358

Establishments: 1,007

Employment: $57,903

Manufacturing

Employment: 12,899

Establishments: 493

Employment: $59,479

Wholesale Trade

Employment: 11,471

Establishments: 1,077

Employment: $71,737

Retail Trade

Employment: 30,165

Establishments: 1,701

Employment: $33,478

Transportation and Warehousing

Employment: 9,086

Establishments: 279

Employment: $50,671

Information

Employment: 4,561

Establishments: 298

Employment: $82,679

Finance and Insurance

Employment: 9,451

Establishments: 804

Employment: $78,405

Real Estate and Rental and Leasing

Employment: 3,467

Establishments: 604

Employment: $55,072

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

Employment: 11,857

Establishments: 1,790

Employment: $78,049

Management of Companies and Enterprises

Employment: 6,408

Establishments: 128

Employment: $93,616

Administrative, Support, Waste Management and Remediation

Employment: 19,945

Establishments: 825

Employment: $38,089

Educational Services

Employment: 2,583

Establishments: 150

Employment: $40,881

Health Care and Social Assistance

Employment: 36,607

Establishments: 1,413

Employment: $54,780

Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation

Employment: 3,313

Establishments: 177

Employment: $20,785

Accommodation and Food Services

Employment: 24,276

Establishments: 1,100

Employment: $19,720

Other Services (except Public Administration)

Employment: 6,890

Establishments: 1,166

Employment: $34,273

Government

Employment: 30,756

Establishments: 131

Employment: $58,493

Unclassified

Employment: 21

Establishments: 6

Employment: $67,898

Total

Employment: 236,492

Establishments: 13,186

Employment: $51,135

Unique Occupations*
Employment
Location Quotient*

Models

Employment: 42

Location Quotient*: 9.64

Radio, Cellular, and Tower Equipment Installers and Repairers

Employment: 199

Location Quotient*: 7.77

Food and Tobacco Roasting, Baking, and Drying Machine Operators and Tenders

Employment: 296

Location Quotient*: 7.61

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

Employment: 51

Location Quotient*: 6.01

Embalmers

Employment: 37

Location Quotient*: 5.84

Key Cluster
Total Employment

Advanced Materials

194

Aerospace & Defense

12

Appliances & Electrical

259

Automotive

842

Business Services

14,713

Chemicals

1,572

Distribution & Logistics

19,879

Film, Music & Entertainment

291

Food & Beverage

2,538

Healthcare & Medical Devices

1,760

Top Employers

Top County Employers
Estimated Employees
City

The University of Tennessee

Est. Employees: 8,161

City: Knoxville

Knox County School System

Est. Employees: 7,949

City: Knoxville

University Health System, Inc.

Est. Employees: 5,137

City: Knoxville

Knox County Government

Est. Employees: 2,677

City: Knoxville

Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center

Est. Employees: 1,833

City: Knoxville

East Tennessee Children's Hospital Association, Inc.

Est. Employees: 1,819

City: Knoxville

City of Knoxville

Est. Employees: 1,600

City: Knoxville

America's Collectibles Network, Inc.

Est. Employees: 1,500

City: Knoxville

Flying J Transportation, LLC

Est. Employees: 1,500

City: Knoxville

Parkwest Medical Center

Est. Employees: 1300

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

10,000'

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 (2019)

22,631

Charter Type

General Law Mayor-Alderman

Local Option Sales Tax Rate

2.25%

Phone Number

(865) 966-7057

Retire Tennessee Participant

No

Tennessee Downtowns Participant

No

Main Street Participant

No

Knoxville

Population (2019)

186,173

Charter Type

Home Rule

Local Option Sales Tax Rate

2.25%

City Property Tax Rate

$2.46

Phone Number

(865) 215-2000

Retire Tennessee Participant

No

Tennessee Downtowns Participant

No

Main Street Participant

No

Additional Community Information

ThreeStar Certified County

Yes

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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