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The City of Knoxville is the 3rd largest city in Tennessee with a population of 193,888 as of July 1, 2021. 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 35.9606 and longitude -83.9207 in Knox County. The formal boundaries for the City of Knoxville 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 899 feet.

The City of Knoxville 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.

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

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Knoxville, TN Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2021)


Total Population 193,888 (100%)
Population in Households 183,832 (94.8%)
Population in Families 120,628 (62.2%)
Population in Group Quarters1 10,056 ( 5.2%)
Population Density 1,964
Diversity Index2 49


Median Household Income $41,345
Average Household Income $62,285
% of Income for Mortgage4 17%
Per Capita Income $27,153
Wealth Index5 57


Total HU (Housing Units) 95,843 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 42,608 (44.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 42,290 (44.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 10,945 (11.4%)
Median Home Value $170,416
Average Home Value $242,289
Housing Affordability Index3 141


Total Households 84,898
Average Household Size 2.17
Family Households 41,697
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. 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 races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2021 2021-2026
Population 0.7% 0.71%
Households 0.74% 0.77%
Families 0.56% 0.49%
Median Household Income   2.76%
Per Capita Income   2.6%
Owner Occupied HU   1.06%

Knoxville, TN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Knoxville to the other 429 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Tennessee by rank and percentile using July 1, 2021 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 # 11 98th
Median Household Income # 298 31st
Housing Affordability Index # 62 14th
Per Capita Income # 146 66th
Diversity Index # 56 87th

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