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CLIMATE – Knoxville experiences all four seasons with vivid colors in the spring and fall. Extended periods of extreme heat or cold are rare. The warmer season last from May-September with an average high of 80 degrees while the colder season last from November- Early March with the average high of 55 degrees.

In the Winter season Knoxville has an average snowfall of 4.5 inches. The average rainfall is about 51 inches annually. Springs arrives in March and is usually rainy and chilly. Afternoons warm into the 60s and 70s with blooming flowers during April. Summers are fairly typical with highs in the upper 80s and low 90s. Scattered afternoon thunderstorms are normal during June, July and August. September brings the beginning of fall and football season, go Vols!

AUTO TAGS – Newcomers must obtain Tennessee license plates for their motor vehicles within 30 days after establishing residency. To purchase a license plate, a Tennessee title must be obtained. Both may be purchased at the County Clerk’s office. For additional information, call (865) 966-5205.

BANKING – Several major banks and savings & loan associations offer full financial services from many convenient branches. There are 7 full-service brokerage houses offering financial services.

BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU – For information on Knoxville businesses, contact the Better Business Bureau at (865) 692-1600.

KNOXVILLE CHAMBER – The Knoxville Chamber is an economic prosperity organization located in Knoxville, Tennessee. The organization is committed to its mission of driving regional economic prosperity. For additional information, call (865) 637-4550.

CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS – Civic and professional clubs are a vital part of Knoxville’s growth and development. The Knoxville Chamber of Commerce maintains a current list of these organizations. Click here to see the full list of clubs and organizations.

COST OF LIVING – Knoxville is estimated to be 86.5 % of the national average making it one of the least expensive cities in the US.

DAY CARE – Knoxville’s has numerous daycare centers and group daycare homes. The Department of Human Services provides a locator to hlep parents find the right program for their children. Click here to use the child care locator.

DRIVER LICENSES – New residents or those returning to Tennessee and holding a driver license from another state must obtain a Tennessee driver license no later than thirty (30) days after establishing residency. There are additional requirements for commercial driver license holders. If you have a valid license from another state, only a vision test is required at a full-service driver service center. All new or returning residents must surrender their out-of-state license at time of application for Tennessee license. Tennessee law does not allow a resident of this state to hold more than one valid driver license or ID. Only foreign country licenses/IDs may be retained. New residents from other countries are required to take the vision screening, knowledge exam, and road skills test. They will be allowed to keep the license issued by that country. New or returning residents whose out of state license has been expired for more than six months must take the Tennessee knowledge exam, road skills test, and vision screening. New residents holding a valid learner’s permit from another state must meet separate requirements to obtain a TN learner permit or driver license.

All applicants must have 2 proofs of Tennessee residence, proof of citizenship or legal presence, and Social Security number. For more information – call Knoxville downtown office at (865) 215-2695.

GARBAGE PICK-UP – The city supplies residential garbage collection inside the city. For additional information, click here.

GOVERNMENT – CITY – Knoxville is run by a mayor and a nine member council all elected to four-year terms. The council meets the first and third Tuesday of the month. The current City mayor is Indya Kincannon, City-County Bldg, 400 Main St, Suite 691, Knoxville 37902. (865) 215-2040.

GOVERNMENT – COUNTY – Knox County is headed by a County Executive, an eleven-member County Commission as the legislative body, and three directors who operate under the County Executive. The Commission meets on the third Monday of each month. The current County Mayor is Glenn Jacobs, City-County Bldg, 400 Main St, Suite 615, Knoxville 37902. (865) 215-2005.

Senator Marsha Blackburn (R)
357 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510 (R) (202) 224-3344 Office
(202) 228-3398 Fax

Senator Bill Hagerty (R)
B11 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510 (202) 224-4944 Office
(202) 228-0566 Fax

REPRESENTATIVE, Tennessee’s 2nd District, Knoxville
Rep. Tim Burchett (R)
800 Market Street, Suite 110
Knoxville, TN 37902 (865) 523-3772 Office

HOSPITALS – Knoxville has become an important center for health care, medical education and research.


East TN Children’s Hospital
2018 W. Clinch Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37916

Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center
1901 Clinch Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37916

North Knoxville Medical Center
7565 Dannaher Dr.
Knoxville, TN 37849

Parkwest Medical Center
9352 Park West Blvd.
Knoxville, TN 37923

Physicians Regional Medical Center
900 E Oak Hill Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37917

Turkey Creek Medical Center
10820 Parkside Drive
Knoxville, TN 37922

University of Tennessee Medical Center
1924 Alcoa Hwy.
Knoxville, TN 37929


Blount Memorial Hospital
907 E. Lamar Alexander Blvd.
Maryville, TN

Fort Loudon Medical Center
550 Fort Loudon Medical Center Dr.
Lenoir City, TN 37772

Jefferson Memorial Hospital
110 Hospital Drive
Jefferson City, TN

Lafollette Medical Center
919 E. Central Ave.
LaFollette, TN

Lakeway Regional Hospital
726 McFarland Street
Morristown, TN

LeConte Medical Center
742 Middle Creek Road
Sevierville, TN

Newport Medical Center
435 Second St.
Newport, TN

Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge
990 Oak Ridge Turnpike
Oak Ridge, TN

Roane Medical Center
8045 Roane Medical Center Drive
Harriman, TN 37748

HANDICAPPED SERVICES – A variety of agencies provide services to the handicapped in the Knoxville area. These include the East Tennessee Easter Seal Society, East Tennessee Children’s Rehabilitation Center, Sertoma Learning Center, Knoxville Area Communication Center for the Deaf, and the Knoxville Association for the Blind.

LIBRARY SERVICES – Knoxville has 20 library branches that offer free library cards to Knox Country residents.

The main library of Knoxville is the Lawson McGhee Library at 500 W. Church Ave downtown. The Lawson-McGhee library has a collection of over 10,000 rare and out-of-print books on microfiche.

Also downtown is the East Tennessee History Center: Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection. This library has hundreds of documents about the Knoxville’s town history and genealogy over the years.

For a full list of Knoxville library locations click here.

MAIL SERVICES – The Knoxville area is served by the United States Postal Service. For post office locations click here.

NEWSPAPERS – The Knoxville News-Sentinel provides complete news coverage. They offer weekly print newspaper subscriptions or online digital newspaper subscription. Click here for additional information.

PETS – Care and treatment of your pets is important, here are . Complete care facilities are available by contacting:

  • Animal Emergency & Specialty Center (865-693-4440) Open 24/7 for Emergencies
  • UT Veterinary Hospital (865) 974-8387
  • Humane Society Animal Shelter (865) 573-9675

POPULATION – Knoxville has been designated as a rapid growth area within the new south. The U.S. Census Bureau data reports that Knoxville is continuing to grow. Knox County Population Growth: 250,500 (1960) 432,000 (2010) 494,500 (2022)

TAXES – There is no state income tax on wages and salaries in Tennessee. Sales tax is 7% and total sales tax is 9.25%.

Property taxes are paid by all property owners. Residential real estate is assessed at 25% of appraised value, while commercial and industrial is a rate of 40%. City residents pay both city and county taxes. The Knox County Commission has set the property tax rate of $2.32 per $100.00 of assessed value. The City of Knoxville property tax is set at $2.46. For information, contact the finance department at (865) 215-2084.

TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY – TVA provides power for most of Tennessee and portions of six other states. TVA electric rates are among the lowest in the country for both residential and industrial customers! The agency operates 3 nuclear plants, 29 hydro plants, 1 pumped storage hydroelectric plant, 9 natural gas combustion turbine gas plants, 8 natural gas combined cycle gas plants, 1 diesel generator site, and 13 solar energy sites.

UTILITIES – Properties within the city limits are serviced by Knoxville Utility Board. Property owners in the county will obtain service from the utility district serving in their area.

VOTER REGISTRATION – New residents may register with the Knox County Election Commission. For eligibility, you must be a resident of Tennessee for at least 20 days, be a U.S. Citizen, and have reached the age of 18 by the next election. To register to vote click here.

For any additional questions about moving to Knoxville reach out to Ferguson Realtors at (865) 690-1300