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Overview of Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

Knoxville, Tennessee, United States is the county seat of Knox County and is the third largest city in the state. Memphis and Nashville are the top populated cities in Tennessee. Knoxville is the largest city in East Tennessee. Knoxville has a total population of just over 183,546 residents. The city is the second oldest city; founded in 1779. It was named after the first Secretary of Way, Henry Knox. Knoxville's economy is centered on the University of Tennessee, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the National Transportation Research Center, warehousing and distribution.

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  • Population: 183,546
  • Population Density: 1,876.7/mi²
  • Area: 98.09 /mi²
  • Latitude: 35.972778
  • Longitude: -83.942222
  • Weather: See Forecast
  • Elevation: 936 feet
  • Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time
  • Language: English
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History of Knoxville, Tennessee

Knoxville, TN was founded in 1779 and is the second oldest city in the state. A burial mound that built during the Mississippian period (c. 1000 A.D.) is one of the oldest man-made structures in Knoxville. The mound can be located on the University of Tennessee campus. During the 18th Century, the Cherokee tribe has inhabited most of the East Tennessee regions. In the native Cherokee language, the Knoxville area was known as "Mulberry Place". In the 1850s, Knoxville's population more than doubled with the arrival of the East Tennessee and Georgia Railroad in 1855. Throughout the 1890s, Knoxville was home to more than 50 wholesaling houses, making it the third largest wholesaling hub by volume in the South. Knoxville is known as the ‘Marble City' because of a large number of active quarries supplying Tennessee with pink marble during the 20th Century.

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Knoxville's Demographics

Knoxville's total population has grown to over 183,546 residents. The cultural diversity of Knoxville consists of 79.7 % Caucasian and 16.2 % African American with smaller percentages of Hispanic, Latino and Native American. The city's population density was 1,876.7 people per square mile.

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Knoxville's Climate

Knoxville has a humid sub-tropical climate, with hot, humid temperatures reaching up towards 88 degrees Fahrenheit during the summer. The winter season is usually cool and snowy with average temperatures dipping down below 29 degrees Fahrenheit. Knoxville's annual precipitation is 48.2 inches and snowfall is 9.9 inches.

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Education in Knoxville, Tennessee

There are many private schools that serve the Knoxville area. The University of Tennessee's campus is located in Knoxville. There are also at least four other colleges and universities that serve the community. There are six branch campuses in Knoxville from ITT Technical Institute to Tusculum College.

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Transportation around Knoxville, Tennessee

Main highways that serve the city include: Interstate 40 to Asheville, North Carolina, and Nashville and Interstate 75 to Chattanooga and Lexington. Knoxville and the surrounding areas are served by McGhee Tyson Airport. Public transportation is provided by KAT. Rail freight is offered by CSX and Norfolk Southern.

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Tourism and Attractions of Knoxville

Knoxville is home to many local art and music festivals throughout the year. See Knoxville's fashion trends at the city's local shopping and retail centers. Discover Knoxville's amusement by going out to the Bijou Theatre or a gallery of fine arts, such as the Knoxville Museum of Art. The Opera Company has been conducted by Don Townsend from the past two decades. The KOC performs every year for a season of opera. Grab a delicious meal at any of Knoxville's local restaurants for that perfect dining experience. Afterwards, go on downtown to visit Knoxville's bars and nightclubs.

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Surrounding Communities

  • Knoxville
  • Alcoa
  • Andersonville
  • Ball Camp
  • Bethel
  • Binfeild
  • Blaine
  • Briceville
  • Claxtton
  • Clinton
  • Corryton
  • Dossett
  • Edgemoor
  • Elza
  • Farragut
  • Fraterville
  • Friends Sta.
  • Graveston
  • Halls Crossroads
  • Hickory Star Landing
  • Kimberlin hts.
  • Lake City
  • Lenoir City
  • Louisville
  • Marryville
  • Mascot
  • New Loyston
  • Newell Sta.
  • Norns
  • Oak City
  • Paulette
  • Piedmont
  • Pigeon Forge
  • Pine Top Miser Sta
  • Plainview
  • Powell
  • RockfordSeymour
  • Solway
  • Stawberry Plains
  • Trentville
  • WallandWear Valley
  • Wildwood

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Geography of Knoxville, Tennessee

Knoxville has a total area of 98.1 square miles with 5.4 square miles of it is water. Knoxville's surrounding hills and ridges are part of the Appalachian Ridge-and-Valley Province, which is comprised of a series of elongated and narrow ridges that goes across the upper Tennessee Valley. The most substantial Ridge-and-Valley structures in the Knoxville area are Bays Mountain, which runs along the Knox-Blount county line to the south, and Beaver Ridge, which passes through the northern section of the town. The Great Smoky Mountains— a sub range of the Appalachian Mountains— are located approximately 20 miles (32 km) south of Knoxville.

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Knoxville's Government

Knoxville's municipal mayor is Bill Haslam. Knoxville is managed by a mayor and nine-member City Council. The city uses the strong-mayor form of the mayor-council system. There are three council members who are elected at-large and six council members that represent individual districts. The City Council meets every other Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Main Assembly Room of the City County Building.

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Knoxville's Economy and Industry

Knoxville's economy is mostly contributed from the University of Tennessee, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the National Transportation Research Center. Warehousing and distribution are also other major industries comprised of Knoxville's economy.

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Knoxville's Culture and Significant Events

Knoxville hosts many art festivals throughout the year, including the 17-day Dogwood Arts Festival in April, which features art shows, crafts fairs, food and live music. Also in April is the Rossini Festival, which celebrates opera and Italian culture. June's Kuumba (meaning creativity in Swahili) Festival celebrates the region's African American heritage and showcases visual arts, folk arts, dance, games, music, storytelling, theater, and food. Autumn on the Square showcases national and local artists in outdoor concert series at historic Market Square, which has been revitalized with specialty shops and residences. Every Labor Day brings Boomsday, the largest Labor Day fireworks display in the United States, to the banks of the Tennessee River between the University of Tennessee football stadium and downtown.

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Sports in Knoxville, Tennessee

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Media of Knoxville

The Knoxville News Sentinel is a daily newspaper that serves Knoxville and surrounding areas. There are many local radio stations in Knoxville with a wide variety of music formats.

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