Knox County, TN

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2022 Population
481,406
1.29% 1-year growth
US Senator
Marsha Blackburn
Republican Party
US Senator
Bill Hagerty
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
37.4
0.267% 1-year decrease
2022 Poverty Rate
12.4%
2.57% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$68,580
9.01% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$248,200
18.8% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
242,346
1.82% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Knox County, TN had a population of 481k people with a median age of 37.4 and a median household income of $68,580. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Knox County, TN grew from 475,286 to 481,406, a 1.29% increase and its median household income grew from $62,911 to $68,580, a 9.01% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Knox County, TN are White (Non-Hispanic) (81.1%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (8.17%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.21%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (2.26%), and White (Hispanic) (1.85%).

None of the households in Knox County, TN reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

96.9% of the residents in Knox County, TN are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Knox County, TN are The University of Tennessee-Knoxville (8,049 degrees awarded in 2022), South College (220552) (2,322 degrees), and Pellissippi State Community College (1,741 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Knox County, TN was $248,200, and the homeownership rate was 64.9%.

Most people in Knox County, TN drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 22.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Knox County, TN was 2 cars per household.

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Population & Diversity

Knox County, TN is home to a population of 481k people, from which 96.9% are citizens. As of 2022, 5.5% of Knox County, TN residents were born outside of the country (26.5k people).

In 2022, there were 9.92 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (390k people) in Knox County, TN than any other race or ethnicity. There were 39.3k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 15.5k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

96.9%
2022 Citizenship
96.9%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 96.9% of Knox County, TN residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Knox County, TN was 96.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Knox County, TN
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    390k ± 761
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    39.3k ± 898
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    15.5k ± 1.16k
4.76%
Hispanic Population
22.9k people

In 2022, there were 9.92 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (390k people) in Knox County, TN than any other race or ethnicity. There were 39.3k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 15.5k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

4.76% of the people in Knox County, TN are hispanic (22.9k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Knox County, TN as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    84,446 ± 7,091 people
  2. India
    23,758 ± 3,778 people
  3. Guatemala
    22,245 ± 3,656 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Tennessee was Mexico, the natal country of 84,446 Tennessee residents, followed by India with 23,758 and Guatemala with 22,245.

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Foreign-Born Population

5.5%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
26.5k people
5.36%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
25.5k people

As of 2022, 5.5% of Knox County, TN residents (26.5k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Knox County, TN was 5.36%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    9,255 ± 601
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    6,401 ± 749
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    4,721 ± 486

Knox County, TN has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.45 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Knox County, TN employs 242k people. The largest industries in Knox County, TN are Health Care & Social Assistance (35,113 people), Retail Trade (31,474 people), and Educational Services (24,529 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($75,679), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($72,213), and Management of Companies & Enterprises ($66,850).

Males in Tennessee have an average income that is 1.36 times higher than the average income of females, which is $53,544. The income inequality in Tennessee (measured using the Gini index) is 0.462, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

242k
2022 Value
± 4,133
1.82%
1 Year growth
± 2.33%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Knox County, TN grew at a rate of 1.82%, from 238k employees to 242k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Knox County, TN, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (27,980 people), Sales & Related Occupations (26,912 people), and Management Occupations (25,872 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Knox County, TN.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

242k
2022 Value
± 4,133
1.82%
1 Year growth
± 2.33%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Knox County, TN grew at a rate of 1.82%, from 238k employees to 242k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Knox County, TN, are Health Care & Social Assistance (35,113 people), Retail Trade (31,474 people), and Educational Services (24,529 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Knox County, TN, though some of these residents may live in Knox County, TN and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$50,088
Median earning men ± $1,178
$35,681
Median earning women ± $918

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($68,999), Public Administration ($66,979), and Information ($66,583).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Public Administration ($53,386), Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($48,678), and Information ($46,110).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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3.15%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 3.29M people employed in Tennessee. This represents a 3.15% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 10.8%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Tennessee.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 5,190
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 3,393
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 2,684
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Knox County, TN went to Donald J. Trump with 56.5% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (41.5%), followed by Other (2.08%).

Marsha Blackburn and Bill Hagerty are the senators currently representing the state of Tennessee. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Tennessee is currently represented by 9 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Tennessee

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Marsha Blackburn
Senator from Tennessee1
Assumed office on January 3, 2019
Bill Hagerty
Senator from Tennessee2
Assumed office on January 3, 2021

Marsha Blackburn and Bill Hagerty are the senators currently representing Tennessee.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Tennessee

Tennessee is currently represented by 9 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Tennessee have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Knox County, TN awarded 13,701 degrees. The student population of Knox County, TN in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 21,603 male students and 29,770 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Knox County, TN are White (10,364 and 77.8%), followed by Black or African American (1,204 and 9.04%), Hispanic or Latino (619 and 4.65%), and Two or More Races (439 and 3.3%).

The largest universities in Knox County, TN by number of degrees awarded are The University of Tennessee-Knoxville (8,049 and 58.7%), South College (220552) (2,322 and 16.9%), and Pellissippi State Community College (1,741 and 12.7%).

The most popular majors in Knox County, TN are Liberal Arts & Sciences (878 and 6.41%), Pre-Nursing Studies (654 and 4.77%), and Registered Nursing (621 and 4.53%).

The median tuition costs in Knox County, TN are $16,474 for private four year colleges, and $11,332 and $29,522 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Knox County, TN, the percentage of applicants admitted was 68.3%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 27.9%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 51,373 (42.1% men and 57.9% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 51,373 students enrolled in Knox County, TN, 42.1% men and 57.9% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 38,169 records, of which 57.2% were women and 42.8% men.

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Concentrations

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Knox County, TN was Registered Nursing with 532 degrees awarded.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 8,049 degrees awarded
  2. 2,322 degrees awarded
  3. 1,741 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was The University of Tennessee-Knoxville with 8,049 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 5,450 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Knox County, TN, which is 0.661 times less than the 8,251 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 10,364 degrees mean that there were 8.61 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 1,204 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($16,474) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,912) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,598) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.806% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.744% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (1.75M), Some college (1.2M), and Bachelors Degree (956k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Knox County, TN was $248,200 in 2022, which is 0.88 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $208,900 to $248,200, a 18.8% increase. The homeownership rate in Knox County, TN is 64.9%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Knox County, TN have an average commute time of 22.1 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Knox County, TN is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Knox County, TN is $68,580. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Knox County, TN was Census Tract 57.10 with a value of $173,688, followed by Census Tract 58.10 and Census Tract 58.11, with respective values of $171,825 and $162,264.

In 2022, 13.3% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Knox County, TN. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 0.954%.

Property

$248,200
Median Property Value 2022
±$3,175
$126,547
Median Property Taxes
±$2,618

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Knox County, TN the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

64.9%
Homeownership
2022
67.5%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 64.9% of the housing units in Knox County, TN were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 65%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 57.10
  2. Census Tract 58.10
  3. Census Tract 58.11

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Knox County, TN was Census Tract 57.10 with a value of $173,688, followed by Census Tract 58.10 and Census Tract 58.11, with respective values of $171,825 and $162,264.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Knox County, TN colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$68,580
Median Household Income
± $1,290
195k
Number of Households
± 3,581

In 2022, the median household income of the 195k households in Knox County, TN grew to $68,580 from the previous year's value of $62,911.

The following chart displays the households in Knox County, TN distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Knox County, TN is from Tennessee.
0.462
2022 Wage GINI in Tennessee
0.463
2021 Wage GINI in Tennessee

In 2022, the income inequality in Tennessee was 0.462 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.289% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Tennessee was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Tennessee in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (78.6%)
  2. Worked At Home (10.9%)
  3. Carpooled (7.15%)

In 2022, 78.6% of workers in Knox County, TN drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (10.9%) and those who carpooled to work (7.15%).

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Commute Time

22.1 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Knox County, TN have a shorter commute time (22.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.12% of the workforce in Knox County, TN have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 13.3% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Knox County, TN. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 0.954%.

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Poverty & Diversity

12.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Knox County, TN (58.2k out of 469k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Knox County, TN is White, followed by Black and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Children in Poverty

In 2022, 13.1% of the children was living in poverty in Knox County, TN. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 7.5%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 506 in Knox County, TN. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 56 per 100,000 population.

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Health

92% of the population of Knox County, TN has health coverage, with 53.1% on employee plans, 12.7% on Medicaid, 12.3% on Medicare, 12.5% on non-group plans, and 1.52% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Knox County, TN see 889 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.67% decrease from the previous year (895 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1693 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 253 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.2% were men and 51.8% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

889 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Knox County, TN

Primary care physicians in Knox County, TN see an average of 889 patients per year. This represents a 0.67% decrease from the previous year (895 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Knox County, TN in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 22.4% under 18 years, 24.4% between 18 and 34 years, 37.4% between 35 and 64 years, and 15.8% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.2% were men and 51.8% were women.

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Uninsured People

7.95%
Uninsured
53.1%
Employer Coverage
12.7%
Medicaid
12.3%
Medicare
12.5%
Non-Group
1.52%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Knox County, TN grew by 0.179% from 7.94% to 7.95%.

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Health Outcomes

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In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 48.7 in Knox County, TN.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 33.9% in Knox County, TN.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 10.7% in Knox County, TN.

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