The quality of life in and around Knoxville has achieved elite Five-Star status in Expansion Management magazine's annual poll.
"This puts us in the top 20 percent of the country's 364 metro areas for our quality of life," said Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam. "It's great
news for those who live here already, and should help us build a strong future for the entire Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley."
The ranking is based upon performance in several categories, including affordable housing, education,
commercial air access and a strong job market. Another factor was the region's overall standard of living,
which is a composite of average income, tax rates and cost of living.
"This is the second year in a row we've earned Five Star status for our quality of life,” said Knox County
Mayor Mike Ragsdale said. “It shows we're affordable, have jobs and are moving forward. It shows what happens
when you work together through the Jobs Now! initiative and other efforts."
The announcement comes on the heels of a Forbes magazine poll ranking metro Knoxville the hottest mid-sized city in America for business.