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 2018:
- Downtown Knoxville (Homes)
- Oakwood (Homes)
- Fort Sanders (Homes)
- Old North Knoxville (Homes)
- South Knoxville (Homes)
- Mechanicsville (Homes)
- Beaumont (Homes)
- Belle Morris (Homes)
- Parkridge (Homes)
- Mornngside (Homes)
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.
If you’re thinking of moving to elsewhere in Tennessee check out:
- 10 Best Places To Live In Tennessee
- 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Tennessee
- 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Tennessee
How do you determine the top neighborhoods in Knoxville for 2018?
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 limited the analysis to neighborhoods with over 1,000 people.
We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 11 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, Downtown Knoxville.
Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places Knoxville has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.
1. Downtown Knoxville
Median Income: $42,278
Median Home Value: $215,600
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.
More on Downtown Knoxville: Real Estate | Data
Median Income: $29,192
Median Home Value: $102,125
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.
More on Oakwood: Real Estate | Data
3. Fort Sanders
Median Income: $8,505
Median Home Value: $137,100
Fort Sanders is a neighborhood in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA, located west of the downtown area and immediately north of the main campus of the University of Tennessee. Developed in the late 19th century as a residential area for Knoxville’s growing upper and middle classes, the neighborhood now provides housing primarily for the university’s student population. The neighborhood still contains a notable number of its original Victorian-era houses and other buildings, several hundred of which were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980 as the Fort Sanders Historic District.
More on Fort Sanders: Real Estate | Data
4. Old North Knoxville
Median Income: $23,165
Median Home Value: $111,750
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.
More on Old North Knoxville: Real Estate | Data
5. South Knoxville
Median Income: $31,044
Median Home Value: $82,356
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.
More on South Knoxville: Real Estate | Data
Median Income: $22,949
Median Home Value: $75,150
Mechanicsville is a neighborhood in Knoxville, Tennessee, United States, located northwest of the city’s downtown area. One of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, Mechanicsville was established in the late 1860s for skilled laborers working in the many factories that sprang up along Knoxville’s periphery. The neighborhood still contains a significant number of late-19th-century Victorian homes, and a notable concentration of early-20th-century shotgun houses. In 1980, several dozen properties in Mechanicsville were added to the National Register of Historic Places as the Mechanicsville Historic District. The neighborhood was also designated as a local historic district in 1991, subject to historic zoning and design standards.
More on Mechanicsville: Real Estate | Data
Median Income: $10,267
Median Home Value: $62,500
8. Belle Morris
Median Income: $19,671
Median Home Value: $69,600
Median Income: $20,640
Median Home Value: $69,700
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.
More on Parkridge: Real Estate | Data
Median Income: $13,625
Median Home Value: $71,100
Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of Knoxville
If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Knoxville where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.
If you’re curious, here are the worst places in Knoxville:
- Park City
For more reading, check out:
- 10 Safest Places In Tennessee
- These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Tennessee
- 10 Worst Places To Live In Tennessee
Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Knoxville
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