The 10 Best Knoxville, TN Neighborhoods To Live In For 2019


Do you like your neighborhood? Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors? No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Knoxville, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Knoxville.
Best Neighborhoods In Knoxville

Do you like your neighborhood?

Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors?

No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Knoxville, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.

Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits — less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Knoxville neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Knoxville are the best. If you’re in one of the places we’re about to highlight, odds are you know you’ve got it made.

Here are the best neighborhoods in Knoxville for 2019:

  1. Oakwood (Homes)
  2. Downtown Knoxville (Homes)
  3. Old City (Homes)
  4. South Knoxville (Homes)
  5. Parkridge (Homes)

So what’s the best neighborhood to live in Knoxville for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Oakwood looks to be the best Knoxville neighborhood to live in.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Knoxville that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Knoxville.

Once you’re done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from best to worst.

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How we determined the best Knoxville hoods in 2019

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Knoxville, we had to determine what criteria defines a “best”.

Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 16 in each category, where 1 was the best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the “Best City Neighborhood In Knoxville.” We’re lookin’ at you, Oakwood.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places Knoxville, Tennessee has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

Oakwood Knoxville, TN

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6
/10

Population: 2,907
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $107,000 (5th best)
Median Income: $35,110 (1st best)
More on Oakwood: Homes For Sale | Data

Oakwood-Lincoln Park is bounded by North Broadway on the East and the Old North Knoxville neighborhood and the former Southern Railway Coster Shop Yards to the South. It is bounded by Interstate 275 and Sharp’s Ridge on the West. On the North it is bounded by the neighborhood of Arlington prior to the confluence of Sharp’s Ridge and North Broadway. The Lonsdale neighborhood lies across I-275 to the West. First Creek flows through the eastern portion of the neighborhood near North Broadway.

Downtown Knoxville Knoxville, TN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,654
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $241,833 (2nd best)
Median Income: $27,173 (5th best)
More on Downtown Knoxville: Homes For Sale | Data

Downtown Knoxville is the downtown area of Knoxville, Tennessee, USA. It contains the city’s central business district and primary city and county municipal offices. It is also home to several retail establishments, residential buildings, and the city’s convention center. The downtown area contains the oldest parts of Knoxville, and is home to the city’s oldest buildings.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 120
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $274,500 (1st best)
Median Income: $29,938 (3rd best)
More on Old City: Homes For Sale | Data

South Knoxville Knoxville, TN

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 9,000
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $90,167 (7th best)
Median Income: $31,400 (2nd best)
More on South Knoxville: Homes For Sale | Data

South Knoxville is the section of Knoxville, Tennessee, United States, that lies south of the Tennessee River. It is concentrated along Chapman Highway, Alcoa Highway, Maryville Pike, Sevierville Pike, and adjacent roads, and includes the neighborhoods of Lindbergh Forest, Island Home Park, Old Sevier, South Haven, Vestal, Lake Forest, South Woodlawn and Colonial Village. South Knoxville is connected to Downtown Knoxville via four vehicle bridges: the James C. Ford Memorial Bridge, the Gay Street Bridge, the Henley Bridge,by some incorrectly called the Henley Street Bridge, and the J. E. “Buck” Karnes Bridge. Parts of South Knoxville were annexed by Knoxville in 1917.

Parkridge Knoxville, TN

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,922
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 9)
Median Home Value: $68,500 (14th best)
Median Income: $26,346 (6th best)
More on Parkridge: Homes For Sale | Data

Parkridge is a neighborhood in Knoxville, Tennessee, United States, located off Magnolia Avenue east of the city’s downtown area. Developed as a streetcar suburb for Knoxville’s professional class in the 1890s, the neighborhood was incorporated as the separate city of Park City in 1907, and annexed by Knoxville in 1917. In the early 1900s, the neighborhood provided housing for workers at the nearby Standard Knitting Mills factory.

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In Knoxville

If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Knoxville where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Knoxville aren’t all good. College Hills takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Knoxville.

We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods To Live In Knoxville For 2019

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Oakwood 2,907 $107,000 $35,110
2 Downtown Knoxville 1,654 $241,833 $27,173
3 Old City 120 $274,500 $29,938
4 South Knoxville 9,000 $90,167 $31,400
5 Parkridge 1,922 $68,500 $26,346
6 Old North Knoxville 1,133 $122,100 $24,104
7 Fourth And Gill 648 $170,250 $25,958
8 Park City 2,767 $72,940 $21,929
9 Belle Morris 1,431 $74,550 $21,542
10 Mechanicsville 1,962 $72,050 $22,709
11 Fort Sanders 5,198 $36,233 $14,153
12 Edgewood 72 $94,200 $22,386
13 Mornngside 2,329 $76,200 $18,425
14 Old Sevier 316 $76,650 $28,590
15 Beaumont 1,806 $62,633 $11,611
16 College Hills 320 $68,900 $14,246

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2 thoughts on “The 10 Best Knoxville, TN Neighborhoods To Live In For 2019

  1. These areas all have terrible schools. I would never choose any of these areas to live in. If you don’t have school aged children, then you might consider them.

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