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Regional Profile


Visitors to East Tennessee are sometimes surprised by the richness of its resources.  The region is centrally located within a day's drive of 70 percent of the U.S. markets, supported by a pro-business environment and talented workforce, driven by a diverse economy, and blessed with mild seasons and natural beauty. 

East Tennessee Regional Profile.pdf

15-counties in the Knoxville-Oak Ridge region:

Anderson County
Blount County
Campbell County
Claiborne County
Cocke County
Grainger County
Jefferson County
Knox County

Loudon County
Monroe County
Morgan County
Roane County
Scott County
Sevier County
Union County





  • Junction of I-40, I-75, and I-81 
  • Major regional airport with more than 125 flights daily and 20 non-stop destinations 
  • Rail service: Norfolk Southern, CSX, and local short-line railroads 
  • Barge service: Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway System 
  • Gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains


  • Population of 1,148,832
  • Population breakdown by age:
        >19                  272,089
        20-24                 83,195
        25-44               278,685
        45-64               315,911
        65-74               119,012
        75+                    79,940
    Source: US Census, Demographics Now 2016


  • Workforce of 550,000
  • Over 67,000 college and university students 
  • 50,000 technical professionals
  • Over 10,000 students concentrating in mathematics, science or engineering
  • 45,000 employed in manufacturing


  • University of Tennessee flagship campus 
  • 7 four-year liberal arts colleges 
  • 4 two-year community colleges 
  • 1 technical institution 
  • 4 Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology 
  • Numerous vocational and specialty schools 
  • 2 top-rated secondary school systems


  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Oak Ridge Center for Manufacturing and Material Science 
  • Jaguar and Kraken Supercomputers
  • National Transportation Research Center
  • Spallation Neutron Source


  • Cost of living:       18% below the national average
  • Housing costs:     28% below the national average
  • Healthcare costs: 12% below the national average 
  • 4 distinct seasons
    • Annual average temperature: 58 degrees
    • Average high: January 49 degrees, July 86 degrees
    • Average low: January 28 degrees, July 69 degrees
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Nation’s most-visited park
  • Big South Fork Wilderness Area 
  • 7 TVA lakes, Tennessee River and dozens of smaller rivers
  • 2 symphonies
  • Ballet company
  • Opera company
  • Fine arts museum
  • Nationally recognized zoo
  • Collegiate football and basketball
  • AA Chicago Cubs affiliate baseball team
  • Professional ice hockey team 

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   • A national laboratory 
    • A research university
    • A national park

Only in East Tennessee will you find all three.

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