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Welcome to the City of Knoxville! The following is some useful information for new citizens of our City.

Knoxville's roots run deep and strong. The city has served as the hub of the region since its founding in 1791. The best of its Appalachian heritage remains today -- a strong work ethic, a family-centered community, and an intense respect for the natural beauty that envelopes the region.

The metropolitan Knoxville area was ranked the "best place to live in the United States and Canada" among cities with a population of fewer than 1 million. The ranking came from the Millennium edition of Places Rated Almanac. The results confirmed what most in this area have known for a long time - Knoxville is one of the best cities in the country!

More honors for Knoxville, Tennessee:

2014 - Knoxville named third Most Well Read City in America.. Source: Amazon.com May 2014.

2014 - Knoxville named #2 "Best College Sports Town." Source: Answers.com May 2014.

2014 - Knoxville ranked in Top 5 of America's Most Affordable Cities. Source: Forbes March 2014.

2013 - Knoxville ranked in Top 10 Best Places to Retire. Source: Livability.com Nov. 2013.

2013 - Knoxville was designated a Platinum Valley Sustainable Community by TVA. The Valley Sustainable Community program recognizes the importance of sustainability efforts to economic development. Knoxville is the first to earn a Platinum distinction, the highest rating. Source: KnoxvilleChamber.com Sept. 2013.

2013 - Knoxville ranked in the Top 50 of Best Places for Business and Careers, according to Forbes.com. A few things our great city was cited for include: major industries of Energy, Telecommunications and Financial Services; unemployment rate 6.9%; cost of living 4.5% below national average. Source: Forbes.com Sept. 2013.

2013 - Knoxville ranked in the Top 3 Best Big Cities by Blue Ridge Country for their Best of the Mountains Readers Poll. Source: Blue Ridge Country June 2013.

2013 - Knoxville named as one of "Top 10 Outdoor Adventures Via Public Transportation." Source: Outdoor Magazine Jan. 2013.

2013 - Knoxville named #2 on the list of "Happiest Cities to Work in Right Now" by CareerBliss.com Source: Forbes.com Jan. 2013. | See List

2012 - Knoxville named in a Brookings Institution Report as one of three cities in the country to have recovered from the recession. Source: Reuters.com Nov. 2012.

2012 - Knoxville Wins IBM Smarter Cities Challenge Grant. Source: IBM.com Nov. 2012.

2012 - Knoxville named as a finalist for Bloomberg Philanthropies' Mayors Challenge. Source: Bloomberg Philanthropies Nov. 2012.

2012 - Knoxville's Gay Street named one of 10 Great Streets for 2012 by the American Planning Association. Source: Great Places in America Oct. 2012.

2012 - Knoxville ranked in the Top 10 for economic growth potential by Business Facilities Magazine. Source: BusinessFacilities.com Aug. 2012.

2012 - Knoxville named one of "20 Best Vacation Destinations" by Frommers.com. Source: Frommers.com June 2012.

2012 - Knoxville named one of "25 Best Places to Retire in 2012" by Forbes.com. Source: Forbes.com June 2012.

2012 - Knoxville named as one of the "Best Mid-Size Cities for Jobs" by Forbes.com. Source: Forbes.com May 2012.

2012 - Knoxville named as one of ten fastest growing U.S. cities by ManpowerGroup. Source: CNN Apr. 2012.

2012 - Knoxville named as one of the two metropolitan areas for "Best Cities for Jobs This Spring" by ManpowerGroup. Source: Forbes Mar. 2012.

2012 - Knoxville named one of "Best Sports Cities in the South" by BleacherReport.com.. Source: Bleacher Report Mar. 2012.

2011 - Knoxville ranked in the Top 25 cities for economic security by Urban Institute. Source: Urban Institute MetroTrends Dec. 2011.

2011 - Knoxville Chamber named 2011 Chamber of the Year by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives. Source: American Chamber of Commerce Executives Aug. 2011.

2011 - Knoxville named most dog friendly city in the Southeast by Dog Fancy Magazine. Source: PR Newswire Aug. 2011.

2011 - Knoxville named in Brookings Institute Report as nation's fastest growing area for "green" jobs. Source: Brookings Institute July 2011.

2011 - Knoxville ranked 5th on Kiplinger's "10 Best Value Cities for 2011". Source: Kiplinger July 2011.

2011 - University of Tennessee named as one of the "100 Best Value Colleges for 2011" by Princeton Review. Source: USA Today Feb. 2011.

2011 - Knoxville ranked 2nd on Amazon.com's "Country's Top 20 Most Romantic Cities." Source: Amazon.com Feb. 2011.

2010 - Knoxville named One of the "Best Cities for New College Grads." Source: BusinessWeek Magazine August 2010.

2010 - Knoxville ranked 7th Top Metro for Alternative Energy Industry Leaders. Source: Business Facilities Aug. 2010.

2010 - Knoxville ranked 5th Top Metro for Economic Growth Potential. Source: Business Facilities Aug. 2010

2010 - Knoxville ranked 4th "Best City for Real Estate Investments." Source: Local Market Monitor Report, Wall Street Journal, Aug. 2010.

2010 - Knoxville ranked 6th on the list on "Top Ten Mid-Markets of the Decade." Source: Southern Business & Development 2010.

2010 - University of Tennessee's Supply Chain Management and Logistics undergraduate program ranked #9. Source: U.S. News & World Report 2010.

2010 - Knoxville selected as an Editor's Location Pick in Business Facilities. Source: Business Facilities 2010.

2010 - Knoxville ranked 8th on the "America's Best Places To Raise A Family " list. Source: Forbes Magazine June 2010.

2010 - University of Tennessee named as one of the "100 Best Value Colleges for 2010" by Princeton Review. Source: USA Today Feb. 2010.

2009 - Knoxville in Top 25 of Forbes Magazine's "Best Bang-for-the-Buck Cities." Source: Forbes Magazine Nov. 2009.

2008 - Knoxville ranked 4th on the "Best Cities for Relocating Families" list for Mid-Size Markets. Source: Worldwide ERC and Primacy Relocation May 2008

2008 - Metropolitan Knoxville named No. 10 on the "Best Places for Business and Careers" list. Source: Forbes Magazine March 2008

2008 - Department of Energy (DOE) named the City of Knoxville a Partner in its Solar America Cities Program. Source: Department of Energy March 2008.

2007 - Knoxville Metropolitan area ranked 3rd among all mid-sized cities in the nation in the "Best Metro for Business and Expansion" competition. Source: Expansion Management Magazine Aug. 2007.

2007 - Knoxville named as one of the "10 Best Places to Live And Boat." Source: Boating Life Magazine July 2007

2007 - Metropolitan Knoxville named No. 5 on the "Best Places for Business and Careers" list.. Source: Forbes Magazine April 2007.

2007 - Knoxville ranked 1st on the "Best Cities for Relocating Families" list. Source: Worldwide ERC and Primacy Relocation May 2007

2007 - Knoxville named one of "America's 50 Hottest Cities," cities that are best places to expand or relocate a business. Source: Expansion Management Magazine Feb. 2007.

2007 - Three areas within the Innovation Valley - Knoxville, Loudon and Gatlinburg - ranked among the top 100 most popular spots in the nation to retire. Source: Where to Retire Magazine Feb. 2007.

2006 - Knoxville ranked 1st in "Best Place for Recent College Graduates" as most affordable city for a college graduate just entering the workforce. Source: Economic Research Institute July 2006

2006 - Knoxville ranked 3rd in Salary Value Index (salaries vs. cost of living). Source: Salary.com June 2006.

2006 - Metropolitan Knoxville named No. 5 on the "Best Places for Business and Careers" list. Source: Forbes Magazine May 2006.

2006 - Knoxville ranked 9th on the "Best Cities for Relocating Families" list for Large Market Metro Areas. Source: Worldwide ERC and Primacy Relocation May 2006

2006 - Knoxville ranked 7th in the CNNMoney.com's "Most Affordable Vacation Destination." Source: CNNMoney.com May 2006.

2006 - Knoxville ranked 9th in the 2006 "America's 50 Hottest Cities" list of best American cities to do business. Source: Expansion Management Magazine Feb. 2006.

2005 - University of Tennessee ranked in Top 40 Public Universities. Source: U.S. News and World Report's College and University Rankings Aug. 2006.

2005 - Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley ranked top 20 percent of metropolitan areas in the nation for worker quality. Source: Expansion Management Magazine May 2005

2005 - Knoxville ranked 25th in Salary Value Index (salaries vs. cost of living). Source: Salary.com May 2005.

2005 - Knoxville ranked 18th on Inc.'s "Best Places for Doing Business in America." Source: Inc. Magazine May 2005.

2005 - Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley recognized as one of the top 50 places in the country to live and work.Source: Expansion Managment Magazine March 2005

2005 - Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley ranked 17th best place in the nation to do business and have a career 2005. Source: Forbes.com

2005 - Knoxville ranked 14th in the 2005 "America's 50 Hottest Cities" list of best American cities to do business. Source: Expansion Management Magazine Jan. 2005.

2004 - Knoxville named #1 "Best Place to Live" for cities under 1 million population. (354 Metros Ranked) - Source: Places Rated Almanac Millenium Edition

2004 - Knoxville ranked 3rd on the "Best Cities for Relocating Families" list for Large Market Metro Areas - Source: Worldwide ERC and Primacy Relocation, 2004.

2004 - Knoxville ranked 13th for "Best Places for Business and Careers" - Source: Forbes Magazine 2004

2003 - Knoxville named "Top Mid-Market" with populations between 250,00 and 750,000 - Source: Southern Business and Development magazine June 2003

2003 - Knoxville ranked 14th in "Top Logistic Cities in the Southeast" - Source: Expansion Management Magazine June 2003

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