The 10 Safest Neighborhoods In Knoxville For 2020

We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Knoxville are the safest places to live.

Editor’s Note: This is our first time ranking the safest neighborhoods to live in Knoxville.
Safest Neighborhoods In Knoxville

We analyzed every possible crime metric to determine which neighborhoods in Knoxville are the safest.

Every year, more than 30 million Americans move. Sometimes, its for a job, other times its to escape the big city. But no matter where you move, you want a neighborhood thats family friendly, clean, and most importantly, safe.

Weve analyzed the FBI crime reports data on violent and property crimes for every single neighborhood in Knoxville. Then, we calculated your chances of being the victim of a crime in each one.

In which Knoxville neighborhoods can you leave your doors unlocked at night? Heres the list. For a more detailed breakdown for each neighborhood, keep reading.

Here are the safest neighborhoods in Knoxville for 2020:

  1. Old City (Homes)
  2. Downtown Knoxville (Homes)
  3. Mechanicsville (Homes)
  4. Fourth And Gill (Homes)
  5. Parkridge (Homes)

So, which neighborhood is the safest in Knoxville in 2020? That would be Old City. Thats according to the most recent FBI crime data, which takes into account everything from thefts and robberies to assaults and murders.

If you want to dig down deeper into each neighborhood’s statistics, as well as our methodology, take a look below. Some of these neighborhoods are the best places to live in Knoxville.

If you dont see a neighborhood youre looking for in our top ten, scroll down to the bottom, where we have all Knoxville neighborhoods listed in order from safest to most dangerous. 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.

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How We Determined The Safest Knoxville Hoods In 2020

You can ask people which neighborhoods are the safest, or you can just look at the unbiased raw data. So, instead of relying on speculation and opinion, we analyzed the hard numbers from the FBIs most recent crime report (published in September of 2019) for every neighborhood in Knoxville.

To be more specific, we analyzed the FBIs Uniform Crime Report. We then ran an analysis to calculate each neighborhoods property and violent crimes based on the demographics of the area and reported crime. We used two key criteria:

  • Total Crimes Per Capita
  • Violent Crimes Per Capita
  • Property Crimes Per Capita

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

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

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest safest neighborhood index the ‘Safest City Neighborhood In Knoxville.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Old City.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the safest places Knoxville. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from safest to most expensive.

The 5 Safest Neighborhoods To Live In Knoxville For 2020

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Population: 120
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 357
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,178
More on Old City: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Old City comes in at 357 and the property crime per capita is 2,178 for 2020.

Downtown Knoxville Knoxville, TN

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Population: 1,654
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 537
Property Crime Per 100k: 3,271
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.

The violent crime per 100K people in Downtown Knoxville comes in at 537 and the property crime per capita is 3,271 for 2020.

Mechanicsville Knoxville, TN

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Population: 1,962
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 814
Property Crime Per 100k: 4,526
More on Mechanicsville: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

The violent crime per 100K people in Mechanicsville comes in at 814 and the property crime per capita is 4,526 for 2020.

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Population: 648
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 797
Property Crime Per 100k: 4,853
More on Fourth And Gill: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Fourth And Gill comes in at 797 and the property crime per capita is 4,853 for 2020.

Parkridge Knoxville, TN

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Population: 1,922
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 830
Property Crime Per 100k: 4,620
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.

The violent crime per 100K people in Parkridge comes in at 830 and the property crime per capita is 4,620 for 2020.

Summing Up The Safest Places In Knoxville

Looking at the data, you can tell that Old City is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most Tennessee residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you’re informed ahead of time.

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Detailed List Of The Safest Neighborhoods To Live In Knoxville For 2020

Rank Neighborhood Crime Per 100K
1 Old City 2,535
2 Downtown Knoxville 3,808
3 Mechanicsville 5,340
4 Fourth And Gill 5,649
5 Parkridge 5,450
6 Oakwood 2,411
7 Old North Knoxville 6,182
8 Park City 3,911
9 Edgewood 7,710
10 Belle Morris 7,904
11 South Knoxville 8,095
12 Old Sevier 8,978
13 Mornngside 9,095
14 College Hills 10,059
15 Beaumont 10,141
16 Fort Sanders 10,141

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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