Knoxville, TN

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Population

882,598

0.538% growth

Poverty Rate

15.8%


Median Age

40.5


Median Household Income

$53,523

3.23% growth

Number of Employees

411,449

0.688% decline

Median Property Value

$175,700

3.84% growth

About

In 2018, Knoxville, TN had a population of 883k people with a median age of 40.5 and a median household income of $53,523. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Knoxville, TN grew from 877,874 to 882,598, a 0.538% increase and its median household income grew from $51,848 to $53,523, a 3.23% increase.

The population of Knoxville, TN is 86.6% White Alone, 5.77% Black or African American Alone, and 3.88% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Knoxville, TN speak a non-English language, and 98.2% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Knoxville, TN are The University of Tennessee-Knoxville (7,103 degrees awarded in 2017), Pellissippi State Community College (2,282 degrees), and Roane State Community College (1,010 degrees).

The median property value in Knoxville, TN is $175,700, and the homeownership rate is 68.7%. Most people in Knoxville, TN commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 22.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Knoxville, TN is 2 cars per household.

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COVID-19

Total Confirmed Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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Community Mobility

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Economy

The economy of Knoxville, TN employs 411k people. The largest industries in Knoxville, TN are Health Care & Social Assistance (58,311 people), Retail Trade (53,835 people), and Manufacturing (42,052 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($60,372), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($59,271), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($54,327).

Median household income in Knoxville, TN is $53,523. Males in Knoxville, TN have an average income that is 1.37 times higher than the average income of females, which is $44,237. The income inequality in Knoxville, TN (measured using the Gini index) is 0.464, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$53,523

2018 value

± $1,587

3.23%

1 Year Growth

± 3.54%

Households in Knoxville, TN have a median annual income of $53,523, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $51,848 in 2017, which represents a 3.23% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$60,607

Average Male Salary

± $1,379

$44,237

Average Female Salary

± $1,006

In 2018, full-time male employees in Tennessee made 1.37 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Tennessee by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $56,380 ± $6,815

  2. White

    $49,129 ± $940

  3. Two or More Races

    $42,683 ± $7,409

In 2018 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Tennessee workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.15 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Tennessee by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Knoxville, TN is from Tennessee.

0.464

2018 Wage GINI

0.466

2017 Wage GINI

In 2018, the income inequality in Tennessee was 0.464 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.388% decline from 2017 to 2018, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2018 the GINI for Tennessee was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Tennessee in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Tennessee across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2018, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Knoxville, TN was Williamson County, TN with a value of $110,700, followed by Wilson County, TN and Robertson County, TN, with respective values of $76,756 and $69,079.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

15.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Knoxville, TN (133k out of 842k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Males 18 - 24.

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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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    109,727 ± 2,444

  2. Black

    15,363 ± 859

  3. Hispanic

    8,493 ± 687

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Knoxville, 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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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

411k

2018 Value

± 10,769

-0.688%

1 Year decline

± 3.7%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Knoxville, TN declined at a rate of -0.688%, from 414k employees to 411k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Knoxville, TN, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (52,093 people), Sales & Related Occupations (44,530 people), and Management Occupations (38,531 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Knoxville, TN.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Knoxville, TN, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (52,093 people), Sales & Related Occupations (44,530 people), and Management Occupations (38,531 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Knoxville, TN has an unusually high number of residents working as Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (1.76 times higher than expected), Health Technologists & Technicians (1.36 times), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations (1.2 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Knoxville, TN, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($80,384), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($65,321), and Legal Occupations ($62,146).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

411k

2018 Value

± 10,769

-0.688%

1 Year decline

± 3.7%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Knoxville, TN declined at a rate of -0.688%, from 414k employees to 411k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Knoxville, TN, are Health Care & Social Assistance (58,311 people), Retail Trade (53,835 people), and Manufacturing (42,052 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Knoxville, TN, though some of these residents may live in Knoxville, TN and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Knoxville, TN, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (58,311 people), Retail Trade (53,835 people), and Manufacturing (42,052 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Knoxville, TN has an unusually high number of Utilities (1.53 times higher than expected), Management of Companies & Enterprises (1.46 times), and Retail Trade (1.19 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Knoxville, TN, by median earnings, are Utilities ($60,372), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($59,271), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($54,327).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Tennessee to other states, or from other states to Tennessee.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $38.9B

  2. $35.5B

  3. $29.6B

In 2015, the top outbound Tennessee product (by dollars) was Pharmaceuticals with $38.9B, followed by Motorized vehicles ($35.5B) and Mixed freight ($29.6B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Tennessee products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$366B

2020 Value

$525B

Projected 2045 Value

43.2% growth

In 2020, total outbound Tennessee trade was $366B. This is expected to increase 43.2% to $525B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Tennessee trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Tennessee to other states, or from other states to Tennessee.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $31.6B

  2. $18.7B

  3. $18.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Tennessee domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Kentucky with $31.6B, followed by Texas with $18.7B and Georgia and $18.1B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Tennessee shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

91.6% of the population of Knoxville, TN has health coverage, with 47.4% on employee plans, 16.1% on Medicaid, 13.6% on Medicare, 13% on non-group plans, and 1.52% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the msa of Knoxville, TN was $7,372 in 2014. This is a 3.74% increase from the previous year ($7,106).

Primary care physicians in Knoxville, TN see 1382 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.145% increase from the previous year (1380 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1893 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 742 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Dyer County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (17.5%). Additionally, Hardeman County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.7%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,382 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Tennessee see an average of 1,382 patients per year. This represents a 0.145% increase from the previous year (1,380 patients).

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

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$7,372

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,680

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,677

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,371

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Tennessee (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 3.74%, from $7,106 to $7,372.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

8.42%

Uninsured

47.4%

Employer Coverage

16.1%

Medicaid

13.6%

Medicare

13%

Non-Group

1.52%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Knoxville, TN grew by 3.84% from 8.11% to 8.42%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Knoxville, TN changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 17.5% prevalence

  2. 17% prevalence

  3. 16.8% prevalence

Dyer County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Tennessee, at 17.5%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Tennessee by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Knoxville, TN is home to a population of 883k people, from which 98.2% are citizens. As of 2017, 3.95% of Knoxville, TN residents were born outside of the country (34.7k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Knoxville, TN is composed of 764k White Alone residents (86.6%), 51k Black or African American Alone residents (5.77%), 34.2k Hispanic or Latino residents (3.88%), 17.4k Two or More Races residents (1.97%), 12.2k Asian Alone residents (1.39%), 2.55k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.289%), 828 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0938%), and 283 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0321%).

Age

Age by Nativity

41

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

39

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.8

In 2018, the median age of all people in Knoxville, TN was 40.5. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 41, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 39. But people in Knoxville, TN are getting staying the same age. In 2017, the average age of all Knoxville, TN residents was 41.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

3.95%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

34.7k people

3.89%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

33.8k people

As of 2017, 3.95% of Knoxville, TN residents (34.7k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Knoxville, TN was 3.89%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    84,132 ± 7,077 people

  2. India

    18,226 ± 3,310 people

  3. Honduras

    14,274 ± 2,930 people

In 2018, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Tennessee was Mexico, the natal country of 84,132 Tennessee residents, followed by India with 18,226 and Honduras with 14,274.

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Citizenship

98.2%

2018 Citizenship

97.5%

2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 98.2% of Knoxville, TN residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Knoxville, TN was 97.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    764k ± 1.47k

  2. Black or African American Alone

    51k ± 2.5k

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    34.2k ± 3.63k

In 2018, there were 15 times more White Alone residents (764k people) in Knoxville, TN than any other race or ethnicity. There were 51k Black or African American Alone and 34.2k Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Knoxville, TN as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    22,583 ± 1,996

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    12,965 ± 1,810

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    8,698 ± 1,454

Knoxville, TN has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.74 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Knoxville, TN awarded 13,529 degrees. The student population of Knoxville, TN is skewed towards women, with 24,000 male students and 28,475 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Knoxville, TN are White (10,967 and 83.2%), followed by Black or African American (783 and 5.94%), Hispanic or Latino (452 and 3.43%), and Asian (323 and 2.45%).

The largest universities in Knoxville, TN by number of degrees awarded are The University of Tennessee-Knoxville (7,103 and 52.5%), Pellissippi State Community College (2,282 and 16.9%), and Roane State Community College (1,010 and 7.47%).

The most popular majors in Knoxville, TN are Liberal Arts & Sciences (1,462 and 10.8%), General Business Administration & Management (510 and 3.77%), and Registered Nursing (477 and 3.53%).

The median tuition costs in Knoxville, TN are $23,591 for private four year colleges, and $11,110 and $29,300 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 325 degrees awarded

  2. 287 degrees awarded

  3. 256 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Knoxville, TN was Logistics, Materials, & Supply Chain Management with 325 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Knoxville, TN according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 7,103 degrees awarded

  2. 2,282 degrees awarded

  3. 1,010 degrees awarded

$11,110

Median In-State Public

$23,591

Median Private

In 2017, the Knoxville, TN institution with the largest number of graduating students was The University of Tennessee-Knoxville with 7,103 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

5,940

Degrees Awarded to Men

7,589

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 5,940 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Knoxville, TN, which is 0.783 times less than the 7,589 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in Knoxville, TN by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    10,967 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    783 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    452 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Knoxville, TN were to White students. These 10,967 degrees mean that there were 14 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 783 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Knoxville, TN was $175,700 in 2018, which is 0.765 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $169,200 to $175,700, a 3.84% increase. The homeownership rate in Knoxville, TN is 68.7%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Knoxville, TN have an average commute time of 22.9 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Knoxville, TN is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$175,700

2018 Median

± $4,383

$169,200

2017 Median

± $3,119

In 2018, the median property value in Knoxville, TN grew to to $175,700 from the previous year's value of $169,200.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Knoxville, TN compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Knoxville, TN the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Household Income

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$53,523

Median Household Income

± $1,587

345k

Number of Households

± 8,882

In 2018, the median household income of the 345k households in Knoxville, TN grew to $53,523 from the previous year's value of $51,848.

The following chart displays the households in Knoxville, 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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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Knoxville, TN distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Knoxville, TN the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

68.7%

2018 Homeownership

67.7%

2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 68.7% of the housing units in Knoxville, TN were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 67.7%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Knoxville, TN compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

22.9 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Knoxville, TN have a shorter commute time (22.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.69% of the workforce in Knoxville, TN have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    84.9%

  2. Carpooled

    7.03%

  3. Worked At Home

    5.17%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in Knoxville, TN was Drove Alone (84.9%), followed by those who Carpooled (7.03%) and those who Worked At Home (5.17%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Knoxville, TN distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Knoxville, TN have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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