Best Knoxville Suburbs To Live For 2020


We analyzed over 17 places around Knoxville to identify the most kickass place to live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best Knoxville suburbs.

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Big city living isn't for everyone--but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There's the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There's traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing--pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you're looking at.

But that's where the suburbs come in--they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Knoxville are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado...

What's the best suburb of Knoxville? Farragut ranks as the best suburb of Knoxville for 2020 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of Farragut, you're probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We'll tell you what makes each of these 10 Knoxville 'burbs better than the rest--but first, a bit about our methodology.

Note: This result may differ from our state wide data as we did not include commute times and crime for this analysis to allow for a larger selection of suburbs.
Or feel free to check out some more reading about Tennessee:

The 10 Best Knoxville Suburbs To Live For 2020

Farragut, TN

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 22,260
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $106,032
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Poverty Rate: 3.1%
More on Farragut: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Farragut is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Knoxville area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome Farragut."

Everyone here is rich; families average $106,032 a year, which is the 1st highest in the Knoxville region. And only 2.9% are out of work. Homes average more than $350,300 each.

Maryville, TN

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 28,520
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $59,407
Unemployment Rate: 5.5%
Poverty Rate: 10.9%
More on Maryville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Maryville is the second best 'burb we looked at near Knoxville for 2020.

It ranks 3rd for incomes in the area and only 7.06% of residents lack insurance, good for 3rd best.

Louisville, TN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 4,133
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $73,073
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 9.4%
More on Louisville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Here in Louisville, it's really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you'll see in the Knoxville metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Louisville.

Clinton, TN

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 9,908
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $45,009
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Poverty Rate: 16.0%
More on Clinton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Clinton ranks as the 4th best suburb of Knoxville for 2020.

You won't find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Clinton and the schools are some of the best around.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,250
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $44,757
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Poverty Rate: 10.7%
More on Jacksboro: Real Estate | Data

Coming in as the fifth best is Jacksboro.

Jacksboro gets kudos for having the 9th most expensive homes in the Knoxville area, where houses sell for an average of $148,500. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Dandridge, TN

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 3,091
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 4)
Median Income: $48,077
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 10.7%
More on Dandridge: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Dandridge is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here's why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 4.13% which is 7th best in the area.

According to online reports, Dandridge is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Knoxville area, meaning you need to get in soon.

Oliver Springs, TN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 4,489
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Income: $55,493
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 24.0%
More on Oliver Springs: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Oliver Springs.

Oliver Springs schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it's only 21.7 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Oak Ridge, TN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 29,030
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Income: $53,395
Unemployment Rate: 6.3%
Poverty Rate: 15.4%
More on Oak Ridge: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Oak Ridge is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 10.92% of people lack insurance, good for 11th in the area.

Alcoa, TN

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 9,633
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Median Income: $42,255
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Poverty Rate: 16.8%
More on Alcoa: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is 'Everything Better In Alcoa?'

Almost.

It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it's really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 2,053
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Median Income: $48,654
Unemployment Rate: 7.2%
Poverty Rate: 11.2%
More on Blaine: Real Estate | Data

And rounding out the top ten for 2020 is Blaine.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It's far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Knoxville for 2020

Figuring out the best suburbs around Knoxville was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data for 2014-2018 to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Knoxville.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 17 suburbs to evaluate around Knoxville.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 17 in each category, where 1 was the "best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the "Best Suburb near Knoxville." We're lookin' at you, Farragut. You can download the data here.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

Welcome to the Best Knoxville 'Burbs of 2020

We said it once and we'll say it again--life in the big city isn't for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you're hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Knoxville, but don't want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

For more Tennessee reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Knoxville Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Farragut, TN 22,260 $106,032
2 Maryville, TN 28,520 $59,407
3 Louisville, TN 4,133 $73,073
4 Clinton, TN 9,908 $45,009
5 Jacksboro, TN 2,250 $44,757
6 Dandridge, TN 3,091 $48,077
7 Oliver Springs, TN 4,489 $55,493
8 Oak Ridge, TN 29,030 $53,395
9 Alcoa, TN 9,633 $42,255
10 Blaine, TN 2,053 $48,654
11 Sevierville, TN 16,439 $40,780
12 Jefferson, TN 2,533 $40,377
13 Pigeon Forge, TN 6,197 $38,659
14 Loudon, TN 5,687 $40,441
15 Caryville, TN 2,653 $38,718
16 La Follette, TN 6,911 $27,903
17 Maynardville, TN 2,724 $35,987

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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