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Knoxville, Tennessee - Basic Facts

The City of Knoxville is the 3rd largest city in Tennessee with a population of 188,386 as of July 1, 2017. Knoxville ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Tennessee. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Knoxville is located at latitude 35.9707 and longitude -83.9493 in Knox County. The formal boundaries for the City of Knoxville (see map below) encompass a land area of 98.52 sq. miles and a water area of 5.65 sq. miles. Knox County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 906 feet.

The City of Knoxville (GNIS ID: 2404842) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Knoxville is located within Commissioner District 1, a minor civil division (MCD) of Knox County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Knoxville population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Knoxville: Whites Fort, Whites Mill.

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Knoxville, TN Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 188,386
Daytime Population: Workers 182,040
Daytime Population: Residents 101,399
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 283,439
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.50
Population in Households 178,618
Population in Familes 118,695
Population in Group Qrtrs 9,768
Population Density2 1,912
Diversity Index3 48


Median Household Income $35,970
Average Household Income $54,353
Per Capita Income $23,928


Total Housing Units 92,019 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 38,260 (41.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 43,258 (47.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 10,501 (11.4%)
Median Home Value $134,567
Average Home Value $180,447


Total Households 81,518
Average Household Size 2.19
Family Households 40,656
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.72% 0.75%
Households 0.6% 0.7%
Families 0.56% 0.47%
Median Household Income   1.56%
Per Capita Income   2.57%

Knoxville, TN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Knoxville to the other 427 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Tennessee by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 3 100th
Population Density # 9 98th
Diversity Index # 54 87th
Median Household Income # 284 34th
Per Capita Income # 148 66th

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