THE 10 BEST Neighborhoods In Knoxville For 2020


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.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth 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. So, if you're thinking of moving to Tennessee and Knoxville is on the top of your list, check out our best neighborhoods to live in.

So what's the best neighborhood to live in Knoxville for 2020? According to the most recent census data, Old North Knoxville 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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The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In Knoxville

Old North Knoxville Knoxville, TN

Population: 868
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $77,045 (Seventh best)
Median Income: $21,228 (Third best)
More on Old North Knoxville: Homes For Sale | Data

Old North Knoxville is a neighborhood in Knoxville, Tennessee, United States, located just north of the city's downtown area. Initially established as the town of North Knoxville in the late-19th century, the area was a prominent suburb for Knoxville's upper middle and professional classes until the 1950s. After a period of decline, preservationists began restoring many of the neighborhood's houses in the 1980s. In 1992, over 400 houses and secondary structures in the neighborhood were added to the National Register of Historic Places as the Old North Knoxville Historic District.

#2 Worst Neighborhood In Knoxville

Population: 4,628
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $90,304 (Tenth best)
Median Income: $39,073 (21st best)
More on Holston Hills: Homes For Sale | Data

#3 Worst Neighborhood In Knoxville

Population: 566
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $121,249 (18th best)
Median Income: $40,770 (23rd best)
More on Halls Crossroads: Homes For Sale | Data

#4 Worst Neighborhood In Knoxville

Population: 957
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $255,731 (28th best)
Median Income: $55,661 (29th best)
More on Forest Heights: Homes For Sale | Data

#5 Worst Neighborhood In Knoxville

Population: 4,215
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $255,731 (28th best)
Median Income: $87,724 (34th best)
More on Bearden: Homes For Sale | Data

#6 Worst Neighborhood In Knoxville

Population: 2,135
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $187,957 (23rd best)
Median Income: $78,104 (32nd best)
More on Rocky Hill: Homes For Sale | Data

#7 Worst Neighborhood In Knoxville

Population: 818
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $64,378 (Third best)
Median Income: $23,489 (Fifth best)
More on Beaumont: Homes For Sale | Data

#8 Worst Neighborhood In Knoxville

Population: 1,934
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $454,418 (32nd best)
Median Income: $74,274 (31st best)
More on Lakemoor Hills: Homes For Sale | Data

#9 Worst Neighborhood In Knoxville

Population: 6,908
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $241,037 (26th best)
Median Income: $72,576 (30th best)
More on Deane Hill: Homes For Sale | Data

#10 Worst Neighborhood In Knoxville

Population: 2,887
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $68,199 (Fourth best)
Median Income: $25,421 (Seventh best)
More on Old City: Homes For Sale | Data

How We Determined The Best Knoxville, TN Neighborhoods In 2020

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 34 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, Old North Knoxville.

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.

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. Colonial Village 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 2020

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Old North Knoxville 868 $77,045 $21,228
2 Holston Hills 4,628 $90,304 $39,073
3 Halls Crossroads 566 $121,249 $40,770
4 Forest Heights 957 $255,731 $55,661
5 Bearden 4,215 $255,731 $87,724
6 Rocky Hill 2,135 $187,957 $78,104
7 Beaumont 818 $64,378 $23,489
8 Lakemoor Hills 1,934 $454,418 $74,274
9 Deane Hill 6,908 $241,037 $72,576
10 Old City 2,887 $68,199 $25,421
11 North Hills 2,522 $98,267 $28,797
12 Downtown 3,224 $68,199 $25,421
13 Morningside 1,560 $457,125 $26,608
14 Lyons View 759 $454,418 $87,431
15 East Knoxville 20,794 $193,506 $36,682
16 Southknoxville 8,686 $86,621 $27,681
17 Whittle Springs 8,833 $104,175 $34,082
18 North Knoxville 42,454 $112,359 $36,308
19 Park City 3,603 $165,209 $25,643
20 West Knoxville 45,979 $238,722 $52,085
21 Lake Forest 5,911 $158,771 $35,516
22 Burlington 6,187 $83,786 $30,139
23 South Knoxville 28,682 $118,327 $32,785
24 Old Sevier 1,075 $71,158 $26,871
25 Five Points 2,647 $307,891 $25,624
26 Parkridge 4,131 $279,807 $24,933
27 Fountain City 26,120 $140,310 $45,135
28 Mechanicsville 3,536 $51,011 $18,258
29 Norwood 29,798 $103,606 $44,660
30 Western Heights 2,801 $61,111 $20,505
31 Marble City 4,216 $255,731 $43,193
32 Inskip 20,491 $119,126 $39,540
33 Lonsdale 13,278 $91,135 $23,168
34 Colonial Village 4,814 $121,779 $42,783

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.

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4 thoughts on “THE 10 BEST Neighborhoods In Knoxville For 2020

  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.

  2. This it this craziest list I’ve ever seen. These are some of the WORST places to live in Knoxville. Ghetto, homeless, ghetto, ghetto. Awful awful list.

    The “best” places to live by “normal” standards are:

    Sequoyah Hills
    Harrison Keepe
    Victoria’s inlet
    RiverClub
    RiverSound
    Nubbin Ridge
    Kensington
    Whittington Creek
    Gettysvue
    And many many more before the ones on this list. I would NEVER live in some of the areas in the list by the author. Scary places!!!!

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