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Knoxville
Knoxville
Tennessee
6 reviews
4 out of 5 stars based on 6 ratings
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Member of the World Health Organization Global Network of Age Friendly Cities and Communities

Knoxville is a city in the U.S. state of Tennessee, and the county seat of Knox County. The city had an estimated population of 186,239 in 2016 and a population of 178,874 as of the 2010 census, making it the state's third largest city after Nashville and Memphis. Knoxville is the principal city of the Knoxville Metropolitan Statistical Area, which, in 2016, was 868,546, up 0.9 percent, or 7,377 people, from to 2015. The KMSA is, in turn, the central component of the Knoxville-Sevierville-La Follette Combined Statistical Area, which, in 2013, had a population of 1,096,961. First settled in 1786, Knoxville was the first capital of Tennessee. The city struggled with geographic isolation throughout the early 19th century. The arrival of the railroad in 1855 led to an economic boom. During the Civil War, the city was bitterly divided over the secession issue, and was occupied alternately by both Confederate and Union armies. Following the war, Knoxville grew rapidly as a major wholesaling and manufacturing center. The city's economy stagnated after the 1920s as the manufacturing sector collapsed, the downtown area declined and city leaders became entrenched in highly partisan political fights. Hosting the 1982 World's Fair helped reinvigorate the city, and revitalization initiatives by city leaders and private developers have had major successes in spurring growth in the city, especially the downtown area. Knoxville is the home of the flagship campus of the University of Tennessee, whose sports teams, called the "Volunteers" or "Vols", are extremely popular in the surrounding area. Knoxville is also home to the headquarters of the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Tennessee Supreme Court's courthouse for East Tennessee and the corporate headquarters of several national and regional companies. As one of the largest cities in the Appalachian region, Knoxville has positioned itself in recent years as a repository of Appalachian culture and is one of the gateways to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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Fox Creek is very age friendly. I see several older people jogging or walking with their dogs. When I see them they waive me with a smile. My neighbors time to time give me their best food preparations. They show their newly born babies. I love this friendly neighborhood.
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This area has a fair amount of children and schools. It also has ample work opportunities but the traffic and accident rate is way to high for this part of knoxville. I wish people would pay more attention especially if there are pedestrians and children about.
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All of the above. Knoxville, TN is a Great place to live & work. Extremely friendly people!
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Not really friendly Knoxville is rated number 2 on the list.

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B+

How did Tennessee earn the grade of B+? We examined the state taxes based on how age friendly they are. Tennessee has a state sales tax of 7.00%. Of particular interest is that Tennessee does not have taxes on social security. There are no estate taxes. There are no taxes imposed on inheritance. Tennessee has an effective property tax rate of 0.75%. Weighing these taxes and other taxes most likely to impact the aging population is how Tennessee earned its state tax grade of B+.

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