Profile for Knoxville, Tennessee, TN
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Knoxville is a city in Knox County.
It is the county seat.
The community was named after Revolutionary War Gen. Henry Knox
The latitude of Knoxville is 35.960N. The longitude is -83.92W.
It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 906 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 173,278.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Knoxville demographic reports
Knoxville is on the Tennessee River
Once the state capital
Public transportation: Knoxville Area Transit (See the transit and travel sections below.)
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 1,692. The number of murders and homicides was 18. The violent crime rate was 9.7 per 1,000 people.
Filming location for:
· 1999 movie, "October Sky"
· 1996 movie, "Box of Moon Light"
Well-known residents have included:
· Quentin Tarantino, actor, director, writer
· James Agee, writer
· Patricia Neal, actress
· Alex Haley, author
National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks, Panera Bread
Local festivals include:
- Tennessee Valley Fair - Sept. 7-16, 2007
- Pellissippi State Hot Air Balloon Festival - Sept. 28-29, 2007
- Dogwood Arts Festival - April 11-29, 2007
- Oktoberfest - Oct. 5, 2007
Dates often change. Check Knoxville web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Knoxville Opera
Nearby parks & recreation:
House Mountain State Natural Area
Knoxville attractions: Knoxville Zoo
Sports teams: Tennessee Smokies (minor league baseball), Ice Bears (Southern Professional Hockey League)
Historic sites and museums: East Tennessee Historical Society Museum, McClung Museum, James White Fort, Bleak House (Confederate Memorial Hall)
Colleges and universities:
University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Pellissippi State Technical Community College, Johnson Bible College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was on par with the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 107
We are talking now of summer evenings in Knoxville, Tennessee, in the time that I lived there so successfully disguised to myself as a child. . . . There was still daylight, shining softly and with a tarnish like the lining of a shell; and the carbon lamps lifted at the corners were on in the light, and the locusts were started, and the fireflies were out, and a few frogs were flopping in the dewy grass . . . from low in the dark . . . the regular yet spaced noises of the crickets, each a sweet cold silver noise, threenoted, like the slipping each time of three matched links of a small chain.
-- Knoxville: Summer 1915
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Ancestry & family history
12% of Knoxville residents report German ancestry, and 11% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Knoxville ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Knoxville was $18,171, compared with $21,587 nationally.
25% of Knoxville residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Knoxville festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Tennessee Valley Fair - S
- Dogwood Arts Festival - A
- Pellissippi State Hot Air Balloon Festival - S
- Oktoberfest - O
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
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Historic districts in Knoxville include Forest Hills Boulevard Historic District, Fort Sanders Historic District, Fourth and Gill Historic District, Gay Street Commercial Historic District, Gibbs Drive Historic District, Jackson Avenue Warehouse District, Knoxville College Historic District, Market Square Commercial Historic District, Mechanicsville Historic District, Park City Historic District ... View historic districts
Median rent in Knoxville, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $391. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $801.
Libraries in Knoxville include Bonny Kate Branch Library, Burlington Branch Library, Carter Branch Library, Cedar Bluff Branch Library, Farragut Branch Library, Fountain City Branch Library, Halls Branch Library, Karns Branch Library, Lawson McGhee Library, McClung, E.Tn Hist Cent & Knox Archives ... View libraries
Newspapers in Knoxville include Knoxville News-Sentinel
TV stations in Knoxville include WATE, WBIR, WKOP, WTNZ, WVLT.
National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WUOT.
Knox County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Knoxville political report.
The average commute time for Knoxville workers is 20 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 102 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Knoxville between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 5.9 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was higher than the national norm.
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“ We are talking now of summer evenings in Knoxville, Tennessee, in the time that I lived there so successfully disguised to myself as a child. . . . There was still daylight, shining softly and with a tarnish like the lining of a shell; and the carbon lamps lifted at the corners were on in the light, and the locusts were started, and the fireflies were out, and a few frogs were flopping in the dewy grass . . . from low in the dark . . . the regular yet spaced noises of the crickets, each a sweet cold silver noise, threenoted, like the slipping each time of three matched links of a small chain. ”
~ Knoxville: Summer 1915
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