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,
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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 football fans planning a fall trip to catch a Cleveland Browns game now have an easy way to get there.
Express bus operator Megabus announced today it has launched connecting service from Knoxville to Cleveland.
The Browns are a new favorite team for some Knoxville football fans since the team was purchased last year by Knoxville businessman Jimmy Haslam, CEO of truck stop operator Pilot Flying J, which is under federal investigation for fuel-rebate fraud.
Megabus is offering daily service from Knoxville to Cleveland, according to a news release. Buses will leave the Knoxville Transit Center at 301 Church Ave. for Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, with connections to Cleveland.
Megabus is known for selling some seats for as little as $1.
“The $1 fares go quickly, but there are many other great fares available if you book early,” Mike Alvich, VP of marketing and public relations for megabus.com/Coach USA, said in a news release. “Traveling on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays is another great way Knoxville customers can secure the best megabus.com fares.”
The bus ride from Knoxville to Cleveland takes about 12 hours, according to the Megabus website. Don’t expect to rub elbows the the team owner. Haslam has a plane.
In Cleveland, Megabus will drop off and pick up passengers at the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Transit Center near Cleveland State University.
Football fans will have to make their own way to and from FirstEnergy Stadium, home of the Browns.
Metropolitan Knoxville employers plan to add new jobs at a “brisk pace” in the third-quarter, according to the latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey.
Twenty-three percent of local employers surveyed said they plan to add new jobs during the July through September period, compared to 6 percent who plan to cut staff for a net gain of 17 percent of employers who plan to add workers.
Seventy-one percent expect to maintain current employment levels, Manpower reported.
Disneyland may be the happiest place on earth, but Knoxville has some of the happiest workers in the country.
So says CareerBliss, a website “dedicated to helping you find happiness in the workplace and therefore in life.”
Knoxville is No. 2 on the CareerBliss list of the “10 Happiest Cities For Workers.”
The happiest city is Dayton.
At the request of Forbes, CareerBliss asked 36,000 workers across the country to evaluate a variety of factors that affect workplace happiness. Things like growth opportunities, relationships with bosses and co-workers, compensation, company culture and work environment.
Third quarter hiring in metropolitan Knoxville is expected to remain healthy, although it will slow from a strong second quarter pace, according to the Manpower Employment Outlook survey released Tuesday.
Twenty-one percent of Knoxville area employers surveyed said they would add jobs from July to September, while 6 percent said they planned to decrease staff. Seventy-one percent plan to maintain current staff levels.
In the second quarter survey, 25 percent of area employers said they planned to add workers, and 1 percent said they would cut jobs, making Knoxville’s spring “employment outlook the best in the nation,” Manpower reported.
Allegiant Air is getting carried away with baggage fees. As of Wednesday, the discount carrier will start charging a fee of up to $35 for carry-on baggage, according to published reports.
The Las Vegas-based airline hasn’t issued a news release, but Allegiant public relations manager Jessica Wheeler confirmed the new carry-on fee for AirlineReporter.com.
Allegiant, which offers flights from Knoxville to cities in Florida, said last year that it was considering a carry-on fee. The new fee doesn’t apply to tickets already booked.
Spirit Airline is the only other U.S. airline to charge an extra fee for carry-ons. Given the rising cost of fuel, it wouldn’t surprise me to see other airlines start charging for carry-ons if the discount carriers don’t see much customer blow back.