Knoxville Area Information


Welcome to the Knoxville area, situated at the crossroads of three major interstates: I-75, I-40 and I-81 and on an international waterway.

Knoxville is a city on the grow and on the go. There’s always something to do, whether it’s attending one of many festivals or trade shows throughout the year, boating on a beautiful lake, or hiking in the nearby Smoky Mountains. Host of the “Best 17 Days of Spring” (the annual Dogwood Arts Festival), being the home of the 1982 World’s Fair, and our reputation for being a friendly community, Knoxville is a great place to call home.

Knoxville’s spirit and love of nature is reflected in our passion for outdoor recreation. Whether it’s golf, water-skiing, rock-climbing, or camping, Knoxville is ready to host your next outdoor adventure. When the snow falls, nearby Gatlinburg offers skiing, snow-mobiling, and ice-skating.

Knoxville is in a temperate climate zone. The summers are always green and gentle. The fall color is truly magnificent as hills light up in brilliant autumn hues. Winter is brief and mild. Spring arrives early and stays for a long time, featuring glorious dogwoods, azaleas and other beautiful flowers.

Annual Average Temperature: 60.0 degrees F.

Average Low Temperature: January 30 degrees F.; July 68 degrees F.

Average High Temperature: January 47 degrees F.; July 87 degrees F.

Annual Average Precipitation: 47.29 inches

Annual Average Snowfall: 12 inches

Elevation: 936 feet above sea level

City: 177,661

City and County: 566,988

Knox County Median Age: 37

Knoxville’s cost of living ranks below the national average.

National Average – 100.0

Knoxville – 89.8

A mayor and nine-member city council govern the City of Knoxville. The mayor’s office can be reached at 215-2040, the city council can be reached at 215-2075. A county mayor and nineteen-member county commission govern Knox County. The county mayor can be reached at 215-2005, the commission at 215-2534.


Universal Emergency

Ambulance Service

Non-Emergency Sheriff’s Dept.

Sheriff’s Dept.

Knoxville Police Dept.

Knoxville Fire Dept.

Rural Metro Fire Dept.

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Knoxville Area Transit (KAT) operates the public bus system for the city of Knoxville, The bus service is composed of fixed routes operating on a regular schedule with service for the University of Tennessee, special events shuttle service, Park-and-Ride Lots, free Shop and Ride Programs, special services for the elderly and persons with disabilities. For more information call 637-3000.

New residents must obtain a Tennessee drivers license within 30 days of establishing residency. Without a valid license from previous residence, a road, written and eye test is required. For additional information call 966-4350 or 594-6399.

A new resident has 30 days to purchase a license plate and Tennessee title. Call the County Clerk’s office at 215-2385 for information and location.

The primary north-south artery in the United States is I-75. The principle route connecting the east and west coasts is I-40, and the major route serving the Northeast is I-81. Knoxville is at the crossroads of these major interstate routes. As a result, the Valley is a prime shippers market with 61 trunk lines and major terminals operating in Knox County.

Knoxville serves as a regional center for a 27-county area of East Tennessee, Kentucky, and Southwest Virginia. Leading edge health care is provided by five general-use hospitals. These area hospitals provide primary and emergency care in addition to maintaining strong reputations for specialized and general care. The health care community takes pride in its use of state-of-the-art technology while providing personalized, individual care.

  • Parkwest Medical Center (865) 374-7275
  • Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center (865) 541-1111
  • St. Mary’s Medical Center (865) 545-8000
  • Mercy Health Partners (865) 545-8000
  • University of TN Medical Center (865) 305-9000

Knoxville is also home to specialty hospitals, including a pediatric facility, as well as psychiatric hospitals.

  • Children’s Hospital – 541-8000 (Pediatric)
  • Lakeshore Mental Health Institute – 584-1561 (Psychiatric)

Emergency Medical Assistance is available throughout Knoxville and Knox County by dialing 911. Knoxville has approximately 890 physicians and 385 dentists covering all areas of specialties. Physician referrals can be obtained from Knoxville Academy of Medicine at 524-4676.

There are 15 licensed nursing homes in the metro Knoxville area, and 40 Home Health Agencies as well as Hospice facilities. For further information call the United Way at 523-9131.

Knoxville has a special office that provides information on services available to the disabled, handicapped and elderly. Call 215-2104 for more information.

The Knoxville area is served by BellSouth Telephone Company. For residential service or information contact:

Knoxville: AT & T 888-757-6500
Concord/Farragut: TDS Telecom 671-2100
Halls: Halls Telephone Exchange – 922-3535
Powell: Citizens Communications – 938-2211

The East Tennessee area is served by all national networks and Public Broadcasting services.

  • WATE ABC Channel 6
  • WBIR NBC 10
  • WKXT CBS Channel 8
  • WKOP PBS Channel 12
  • WKCH FOX Channel 43 (independent)

Cable-TV is available in most areas of Knoxville. For more information call Comcast Communications at 637-5411, Intermedia at 983-8200, Charter at 983-8200, or Knology at 357-1000.

The city provides residential garbage collection inside the city limits. There is no government collection in the county. Inside the city call 522-8161, outside the county, call either Waste Connections at (865) 522-0078 or TN Trash Service (865) 986-0217

The Knox County Public Library system has a main library located in downtown Knoxville and 18 branches with a total of more than 654,000 catalogued and owned books. The libraries also offer records, tapes, films, videos, compact discs, and materials for the handicapped and special programs for children. The University of Tennessee libraries are open to the public for a yearly subscriber’s fee. The system has more than 1.6 million volumes and is a U.S. Depository Library with access to all government publications. The TVA library has some 40,000 volumes, primarily of a technical nature. For more information call Knox County Public Library System at 522-1541, University of Tennessee Library System at 974-4351, or TVA Corporate Library at 532-3464.

Within the city and county, there is a leash law where an animal not on their property may be picked up. Owners should be sure that pets have their shots and wear an identification tag. Complete care facilities are available by contacting: UT Veterinary Hospital at 974-8387, The Humane Society Animal Shelter at 573-9674 or the Pet Emergency Clinic at 637-0114.