After Nashville and Memphis, Knoxville is the third biggest city in Tennessee and is nicknamed the Marble City for its many inactive quarries. The 2005 census put the population of Knoxville at 180,130.
The median per capita income is $27,492, and average family income is $37,708. Knoxville's cost of living is about 10% below the national average; it helps that Tennessee collects no state income tax.
Knoxville is at the center of the Tennessee Valley Corridor, an area known for its high-tech industry which stretches from Virginia to Alabama. Knoxville boasts several major universities and colleges offering a wide range of degree programs.
Major employers include the University of Tennessee, the National Transportation Research Center, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the Tennessee Valley Authority. Knoxville also features multiple distribution and warehousing outfits that take advantage of the presence of two main interstate highways. The Great Smoky Mountain National Park and Dollywood are just a few of the nearby attractions that are easily accessible from Knoxville.
The future of the city looks bright; Knoxville has been designated a rapid growth area by the Census Bureau. According to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, East Tennessee will see thousands of new restaurant jobs come to the area. Between 2004 and 2014 as many as 3,650 new jobs will be created in Knox County, making the food service industry next in growth behind the professional, scientific, and technical service sectors.
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