All About Living In Loudon County, Tennessee
Are you thinking about moving to the Knoxville, Tennessee area but you're not exactly sure where to live? In this episode of Living In Knoxville, I'm going to give you the lowdown on Loudon County to help you determine if it's the right fit for you. We’ll look at everything from location and activities to housing options so you have all the information you need to make the best decision.
Welcome To Loudon County
Loudon County is positioned to the southwest of Knoxville and the west of Maryville. The I-75 and Highway 11 run right through Loudon County into West Knoxville and all the way through Downtown. If you want to get to the Great Smoky Mountains, Highway 321 will take you right through Blount County, Maryville, and into the mountains.
Overall, Loudon Count is in a decent location but just a little bit further away from Downtown Knoxville or West Knoxville. It’s made up of several small towns like Lenoir City, the city of Loudon, Philadelphia, and Greenback—the latter two of which are small and kind of out there. You may also have heard of Tellico Village, an unincorporated planned community that's geared towards retirees.
When I say Loudon County is small, I'm talking small. In 2020, Loudon County had a population of roughly 55,000 people. While that's obviously grown a lot in the last few years, it’s tiny compared to other areas. For example, Knox County had a population of roughly 479,000 in 2020, while Blount County (which includes Maryville) had a population of 135,000. You could definitely say Loudon County is much smaller.
There are plenty of things to do in Loudon County, most notable visiting the lakes. East Tennessee has the Tennessee River cutting right through it, which goes right through Loudon County. This is what makes up Fort Loudoun Lake and Tellico Lake along with Tellico Dam near Lenoir City.
This lends itself to a lot of activities, especially fishing. In addition to all the fishing you can do on these lakes, you can also enjoy kayaking, skiing, wakeboarding, tubing, or just general boating. There’s so much to do for everyone. You can even take a boat from Loudon County all the way to the Gulf of Mexico if you wanted to.
Hitting The Links
Another thing that Loudon County is known for is its golf. We have quite a few golf communities, with several located on the water. Not only do these areas have great golf courses, but they also have amazing views of the East Tennessee mountains and lots of water.
Loudon County’s golfing communities include Tennessee National, Rarity Bay, WinRiver, and Tellico Village. Tellico Village is made up of smaller golf communities including Toqua, Tanasi, and Kahite. Last but not least you have Avalon, which is located near the water and is pretty close to West Knoxville. It’s a very nice neighborhood with a very nice golf course.
Of course, you can't talk about small towns without talking about farm life—and Loudon County definitely has some of that. It’s known for places such as Sweetwater Valley Farm, a dairy farm that has not only a cafe but does tours as well. It’s also well known for its cheese.
You’ll also find Tennessee Valley Winery, which is open for tastings. They offer live music and events on a regular basis. There's also Deep Well Farms, which has a corn maze, pumpkin patch, and hayrides—all classic small town things to do.
While I'm not big into scary stuff, Loudon County has Nightfall Acres, known for Dead Man's Farm Haunted House and maze. I'd love to hear from you if you’re into that, but you won't see me there.
One thing you should note is that Loudon County doesn't have a mall. In fact, it doesn't have a whole lot of shopping. Keep in mind that the county is made up of a bunch of small towns. If you're into shopping or nightlife, you're going to find yourself visiting West Knoxville or Downtown Knoxville fairly often.
One review on Niche.com says “it's a good little town. There is not much that happens here, but it is a tight-knit community and word gets around fast. There is a small historic district that many people walk around on, but otherwise, there's nothing of particular interest.”
Of course, that's just one person's opinion, but it does match the reality. If you're somebody who likes a lot of social activity, then you're probably not going to find that Loudon County fits your needs.
If schools are important to you, I'm going to suggest you do a lot more research before choosing Loudon County as a place to live. Niche.com rates the school system as a B, which is pretty good. I've personally heard both good and bad things, so it really is a matter of opinion.
I have had clients that have moved from Lenoir City, for example, just to move down the road about 15 minutes to West Knoxville so their kids will go to West Knoxville schools. That's not to say that Loudon County Schools are bad, you just need to do your homework. If schools are important to you, I would suggest doing some school tours, talking to principals, and talking to teachers to make the best decision.
Home Options And Taxes
Historically, we've always recommended Loudon County for those who want a bigger home for the money and more value in real estate. Along Loudon County lines, the price would be considerably less for the same type of home just down the road. However, that's changed some over the last few years.
The current median sales price in Loudon County sits at around $377,000. Knox County, on the other hand, has a median sales price of $350,000. A big part of that is the fact that a lot of Loudon County is made up of those golf communities on the water, which are selling at a much higher price than the rest of Loudon County.
You can still find good home value in areas like Lenoir City or the unincorporated county. One thing that Loudon County has that's a major positive is going to be a low property tax rate. The property tax rate in Loudon County—whether you're paying Lenoir City or City of Loudon taxes on top of it—are still going to be less than they are in Knox County or Blount County.
Is Loudon County Right For You?
Overall, Loudon County is a good buy. While I live in West Knoxville and love to be really close to things such as restaurants and shopping, I've always appreciated Loudon County. Lenoir City and the lakes in the area are a lot of fun and very pretty.
Additionally, while I'm not much of a golfer, I did live three years on a golf course—and I actually miss it. Being able to move to a place like Tellico Village and be in that golf course community with greenery and lots of trees is very appealing.
If you like small-town living and you're okay with driving 20-30 minutes for certain things, then you'll probably love Loudon County. Loudon County has a lot to offer, especially if you're big into lakes, golf, and farm life.
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