Category Archives: Best Cities list

Knoxville picked as one of best retirement cities

1212_kclo_ipad_skyline

Knoxville is one of the best places to retire, according to a new list of the top retirement locales in the country.
Knoxville is ranked No. 7 on the list compiled by the website Livability.com.
The list includes a broad range of cities with Cincinnati ranked No. 1. Rounding out the top five are St. Louis, Baton Rouge, La.; Provo, Utah; and Pittsburgh.
The rankings were based on criteria identified by the website’s survey livability survey conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs.
“We found that health care, housing and cost of living were most important to seniors, followed by transportation, parks, crime and cultural amenities,” accordiong to the website.
Compiling “Best of” lists has become a cottage industry and it seems a new one is published every week. For the most part they are an eye-of-the beholder thing, so if you find some of the cities on this list questionable, you are not alone. Here’s an excerpt from the website’s description of Knoxville. Here’s an excerpt from the website’s description of Knoxville.

“Each season brings new sports to watch, activities to try and natural blessings. Knoxville’s rolling hills, historic architecture and college town vibe create an innovative atmosphere. Located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, on the Tennessee River and surrounded by seven lakes, the city pops with color during the fall. Outdoor recreation options in Knoxville keep residents on the go. The city scored high in parks, and its residents frequently engage in cultural activities,
Click here for the full list.

Click here for the full list.

Knoxville makes Top 100 small- to mid-sized cities list

1212_kclo_ipad_skyline

Knoxville is one of the Top 100 most livable small- to mid-sized cities in the country, according to a new survey by Livability.com.
The website ranked towns with populations between 20,000 and 350,000 based on eight categories — economics, housing, amenities, infrastructure, demographics, social and civic capital, education and health care.
Only two Tennessee cities made the Top 100 — Knoxville, No. 61 and Chattanooga, No. 83.
California dominated the rankings with 27 of the Top 100. Palo Alto topped the list.
Knoxville ranked highest in education, amenities and health care and lowest in demographics and infrastructure.
Here’s what Livability.com said about Knoxville:
“Located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, Knoxville offers an affordable cost of living and abundance of recreation. Businesses cite the city’s strategic location, and as home to the University of Tennessee and nearby Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the area is widely recognized as a center for research and technology. Knoxville ranked on our Top 10 Cities for College Grads list for its diverse business climate and growing downtown.”
It’s hard to imagine there are 60 places better than Knoxville, but at  least were fared better than Chattanooga.
Click here for the full list of Top 100 small- to mid-sized cities.

Knoxville makes Kiplinger ‘Best Value’ cities list

Knoxville scored some valuable national publicity today, ranking fifth on Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine’s list of the Top Ten “Best Value Cities” of 2011.

No.1 is Omaha, Neb., followed by Charlotte, N.C., and Nashville.

The rankings are based in part on population growth, unemployment rate, income growth, housing costs and other data. The magazine cites the city’s low taxes, affordable housing, entertainment options and revitalized downtown among the reasons it made the Top Ten.

Here’s some of what Kiplinger’s says about Knoxville:

Continue reading