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The Pros And Cons Of Living In Knoxville, TN

Eric Whitener

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Jul 3 6 minutes read

Are you thinking about living in Knoxville, Tennessee but aren’t sure what to expect? In this video, we’re going to share some of the great things about living in Knoxville and some of the not-so-great things. We’ll look at the top five reasons why people like to live here so you can see if this area is right for you.

The Climate

If you’re thinking of living in Knoxville, it’s important to know the pros and cons of the area. Before we get to the not-so-great things about living here, let’s look at the top reasons why people like to live here—starting with the climate.

The very first and most popular reason is the climate. As most know, we get all four seasons here in good ol’ East Tennessee and Knoxville. In winter, we may get a little snow. But in summer, we're going to have those nice summer days. Some of the most popular seasons are spring and fall—which are absolutely gorgeous. Even after the leaves fall, we still have the beauty of the greenery, which we all truly appreciate.

An Ideal Location

The second reason why people love living in Knoxville, Tennessee, is the location. When you live here, you're relatively close to a lot of great places. You can be in the Smoky Mountains within about 45 minutes or so. Because of Interstates 40 and 75, you can get to many places relatively quickly—such as Nashville, Atlanta, or even Asheville.

If you're interested in taking a really nice vacation with your family, by all means, go! Within just 6 to 7 hours, you can be at Myrtle Beach in South Carolina. Or if you wanted to go to the Panhandle of Florida, you can be in Destin or the surrounding counties right there in the Gulf within just about 8 to 8.5 hours.

Parks, Lakes, And Cost Of Living

The third reason why people love living in Knoxville is our parks and rec throughout the entire area. In the good ol’ Knoxville area, we have a ton of parks—and not just for us. We have something for everyone. In Knoxville, you’ll find nature centers, ball fields, children's playgrounds, a ton of dog parks, and more.

To go along with all of those wonderful outdoor activities we just mentioned, we also have our fantastic lakes. Because the Tennessee River cuts right through the Knoxville area, we have a fantastic place for lake season. Whether it's boating, fishing, water skiing, or just enjoying the lake on those hot summer days, Knoxville is the place to be.

Another reason why people love to live in East Tennessee is the cost of living. With no state income tax (which we all appreciate), low property taxes, and a median home price below the national average, Knoxville has consistently been an affordable place to live for many.

Travel And Traffic

Now that you know about some of the pros of Knoxville, we’re going to give you the lowdown on some of the cons of living here. Not everything is perfect, so if you're serious about moving here, you're going to want to know this stuff.

Did you know that Knoxville doesn't have an international airport? We do have a nice airport, but it's not international. If you fly a lot, chances are you're going to have to catch a connecting flight. Or, you’re going to want to drive to  Nashville or Atlanta to go to their international airport.

If not having an international airport is not a big deal for you, then maybe you won't mind the traffic. Considering we have 40 and 75 cutting through our city, we get a lot of truck traffic and a lot of travelers passing through. Add that to the rush hour and normal accidents you might expect, and traffic can get backed up pretty quickly.

Food, Shopping, And Allergies

I’m a foodie, so if you like to eat like me, you might find Knoxville lacking in this area. Don't get me wrong; Knoxville has a lot of places to eat. We have some really good food here. However, what we're missing out on are some really good ethnic options. Depending on where you're coming from, you might find that a little disappointing.

Another thing we have (but don't have) is shopping. We have a lot of places to go buy what you need, but we're missing out on some of the big city stores like Macy's and Nordstrom. On the bright side, you can travel a couple of hours and be in Nashville or Atlanta. You can get all of those options there.

The last con of living in Knoxville—and one you probably need to know about—is allergies. We have a lot of tree pollen, so allergy season is real here. Luckily, local honey seems to be a pretty good cure for a lot of people.

Make Your Home In Knoxville

I hope this gave you a good idea of the pros and cons of living here in Knoxville. East Tennessee has many options when it comes to places to live, so feel free to reach out and we’ll be happy to help.

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