I. Geography & Demographics VI.  County Government Finance
II. Income & Poverty VII.  Public Infrastructure Needs Inventory
III.  Health & Healthcare VIII.  Adult & Post-secondary Education
IV.  Employment IX.  Public School Systems
V.  Value of Farmland & Agricultural Products Sold
Knox County, Tennessee
Selected Statistical Information
I.  Geography & Demographics
        Tennessee Knox County County
Rank*
Percent of State Total
Total Land Area (sq. mi.) 41,217 508 36th  1.2%
Farmland (2007)            
Acres of Farmland (2007) 10,969,798 82,938  58th   0.8%
Acres of Farmland (1992) 11,169,086 94,254  54th   0.8%
Number of Farms (2007) 79,280 1,224  17th   1.5%
Average Size of Farms (Acres, 2007) 138 68  93rd  
Population            
2011 American Community Survey 6,297,991 428,777 3rd  6.8%
2000 Census 5,689,283 382,032 3rd  6.7%
1990 Census 4,877,203 335,749 3rd  6.9%
Population Change (2000 to 2011) 608,708 46,745 4th  7.7%
% Growth (2000 to 2011) 10.7% 12.2% 22nd 
Population Density (per sq. mi.)     Tennessee Knox County County
Rank
Comparison to State Figure
2011 American Community Survey 153              843 3rd  551.9%
2000 Census 138              751 3rd  544.3%
1990 Census 118              660 3rd  558.0%
Urban Population           Percent of State Total
2010 Census 4,213,245 385,021 3rd  9.1%
2000 Census 3,618,968 332,094 3rd  9.2%
1990 Census 2,969,948 261,720 3rd  8.8%
% Growth (2000 to 2010) 16.4% 15.9% 26th 
% Growth (1990 to 2000) 21.9% 26.9% 32nd 
Percent of Population in Urban Areas           Percentage Point Difference
2010 Census 66.4% 89.1% 4th  22.7%
2000 Census 63.6% 86.9% 4th  23.3%
1990 Census 60.9% 78.0% 4th  17.1%
Median Age            
2010 Census 38 37 84th 
2000 Census 36 36 73rd 
Note: A rank of 1 indicates oldest.
Population Percentages by Age Bracket     Tennessee Knox County County
Rank
Percentage Point Difference
2010 Census
under 18 23.6% 21.9% 61st  -1.7%
18-24 9.6% 11.6% 7th  2.0%
25-44 26.4% 27.0% 10th  0.6%
45-64 27.0% 26.5% 84th  -0.5%
65 & over 13.4% 13.1% 81st  -0.3%
2000 Census
under 18 24.6% 22.3% 76th  -2.3%
18-24 9.6% 11.6% 7th  2.0%
25-44 30.2% 30.4% 22nd  0.1%
45-64 23.2% 23.1% 76th  -0.2%
65 & over 12.4% 12.7% 67th  0.3%
Population Growth by Age Bracket, 2000 (Census) to 2010 (Census)        
Population Percentages by Race/Ethnicity (2010 Census)          
        Tennessee Knox County County
Rank
Comparison to State Figure
Males per 100 Females (2011) 95.1 94.6 76th  99.4%
Marriages Recorded per 1,000 Population in 2011 9.0 6.3 82nd  70.0%
Divorces Recorded per 1,000 Population in 2011 4.3 4.4 42nd  102.3%
*Note: A rank of 1 indicates the best condition.
II. Income and Poverty
Per Capita Personal Income     Tennessee Knox County County
Rank*
Comparison to State Figure
2011 $36,567 $38,894 7th  106.4%
2000 $26,689 $29,251 6th  109.6%
Compound Annual Growth Rate 2.90% 2.62% 75th 
Median Household Income            
2011 $43,989 $47,277 12th  107.5%
2000 $35,760 $39,129 16th  109.4%
Compound Annual Growth Rate 1.90% 1.73% 23rd 
2011 Poverty Rate           Percentage Point Difference
All Ages 18.4% 14.7% 10th  -3.70%
Related Children Under 18 Years  26.5% 20.0% 5th  -6.50%
2000 Poverty Rate            
All Ages  13.5% 12.6% 23rd  -0.89%
Related Children Under 18 Years 17.6% 14.5% 20th  -3.08%
2012 Food Stamp Recipients (Monthly Average )          
Percent of Occupied Households 26.4% 19.4% 8th  -7.06%
Percent of Individuals 21.1% 15.8% 9th  -5.30%
2012 Families First (Monthly Average)            
Percent of Occupied Households 2.5% 1.83% 53rd  -0.71%
Percent of Individuals 2.6% 1.82% 60th  -0.74%
*Note: A rank of 1 indicates the best condition.
III. Health & Healthcare
2011 Pregnancy & Birth Rates      Tennessee Knox County County
Rank*
Comparison to State Figure
Live births per 1,000 Population 12.4             11.8 34th 95.2%
Percent of Live Births to Unmarried Parents 44.1% 34.5%  8th 78.2%
Percent Low Birth Weight 9.0% 8.6% 29th 95.6%
Pregnancies per 1,000 Females Aged 15-44               72.1             64.8 35th 89.9%
Pregnancies per 1,000 Females Aged 10-17                8.9               6.8 19th 76.4%
Pregnancies per 1,000 Females Aged 10-14                0.7               0.6  5th 85.7%
* Note: A rank of 1 indicates the best condition.
2011 Mortality Rates      Tennessee Knox County County
Rank*
Comparison to State Figure
Number of Deaths per 1,000 Population                9.4               9.1  10th  96.8%
Number of Deaths per 100,000 Population by Cause of Death
Diseases of the Heart             221.0            210.8 18th 95.4%
Cancer (Malignant Neoplasm)             210.2            206.7 14th 98.3%
Diabetes               27.1             22.0 20th 81.2%
* Note: A rank of 1 indicates the best condition.
 9th
 8th
Access to Healthcare     Tennessee Knox County County
Rank
Comparison to State Figure
Medical Doctors per 1,000 (2010) 2.4 4.2 5th  173.1%
Medical Doctors per 1,000 (2007) 1.8 3.0 6th  165.8%
Hospital Beds per 1,000 Population (2010) 3.6 5.7 6th  161.4%
Hospital Beds per 1,000 Population (2008) 4.2 6.7 7th  159.5%
Nursing Home Beds per 1,000 Pop. 65 & older (2011) 44.8 36.0 82nd  80.5%
Nursing Home Beds per 1,000 Pop. 65 & older (2008) 46.0 36.5 85th  79.2%
              Percentage Point Difference
2010 Charity Care--Percent of All Hospital Care 10.4% 10.6% 11th  0.2%
2008 Charity Care--Percent of All Hospital Care  9.4% 8.6% 13th  -0.8%
IV. Employment
Unemployment Rate     Tennessee Knox County County
Rank*
Percentage Point Difference
2013 (June) 8.8% 9.9% 46th  1.1%
2012 (June) 8.6% 9.5% 40th  0.9%
2012 Youth Unemployment Rate (annual) 24.6% 19.4% 21st  -5.2%
2000 Youth Unemployment Rate (annual) 12.0% 6.8% 5th  -5.2%
* Note: A rank of 1 indicates the best condition.
2011 Employment Percentages by Major Industry   Tennessee Knox County County
Rank
Percent of State Total
Total Employment Top Industries 2,602,604 218,472 3rd  8.4%
Health Care and Social Assistance 12.7% 14.9% 3rd  9.9%
Retail Trade 11.9% 13.3% 3rd  9.3%
Accommodation and Food Services 9.1% 10.7% 3rd  9.8%
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services 7.1% 8.4% 3rd  10.0%
Local Government 10.7% 7.1% 4th  5.6%
State Government 3.3% 5.9% 2nd  14.9%
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 4.2% 5.3% 3rd  10.6%
Wholesale Trade 4.5% 5.2% 3rd  9.6%
Manufacturing 11.7% 5.1% 6th  3.7%
Construction 4.0% 4.3% 3rd  9.0%
Finance and Insurance 3.9% 3.8% 5th  8.2%
Transportation and Warehousing 4.9% 3.5% 4th  5.9%
Other Services (except Public Administration) 2.7% 3.2% 3rd  10.2%
Information 1.7% 2.3% 3rd  11.6%
*Note: Percentages for counties may not total to 100%. 
This table shows the top industries in the county, not all industries.
2011 Average Annual Wage by Major Industry         County
Rank
3rd 
10th 
11th 
6th 
3rd 
9th 
5th 
5th 
20th 
5th 
13th 
12th 
2nd 
11th 
8th 
V.  Value of Farmland and Agricultural Products Sold
2007 Estimates     Tennessee Knox County County
Rank
Comparison to State Figure
Market Value of Farmland & Buildings (Average Per Farm) $467,420 $438,547 48th  93.8%
Market Value of Farmland & Buildings (Average Per Acre) $3,378 $6,472 2nd  191.6%
Total Market Value of Agricultural Products Sold  $2,617,394,000 $19,379,000 50th  0.7%
Per Capita Value of Agricultural Products Sold $424 $46 92nd  10.8%
VI. County Government Finance (municipalities' revenue data not available)*
Fiscal Year 2011 Revenue by Source (in thousands)   Tennessee Percent of Tennessee Revenue Knox County Percent of County Revenue
Grand Total  $      7,377,794 100.0%  $              - n/a
Total State Revenue  $      2,705,115 36.7%  $            -   n/a
Public Schools**          2,360,751 32.0%  $              - n/a
All Other             344,365 4.7%                -   n/a
Federal Revenue***  $         747,424 10.1%  $            -   n/a
Total Local Revenue  $      3,925,254 53.2%  $              - n/a
Property Tax          1,820,442 24.7%                -   n/a
Local Sales Tax††             859,716 11.7%                -   n/a
Other Local           1,245,096 16.9%                -   n/a
*Davidson, Gibson, Hamilton, Knox, McMinn, Shelby and Washington County Audits not available as of July 1, 2012
**State revenue for County School Districts Only
***Includes federal revenue through state and direct federal revenue.
Includes county property tax support for city and/or special school districts.
††Includes local option sales tax support for city and/or special school districts.
Includes all other local taxes, licenses and permits, fees and fines, and charges for current services.
 Tax Base      Tennessee Knox County County
Rank
Percent of State Total
2011 Equalized Assessed Property Value (in thousands) $144,184,673 $10,433,470 3rd  7.2%
Tax Base Per Capita $22,894 $24,333 16th 
2011 County Property Tax Rate (per $100) $2.36 34th 
2011 Total Taxable Sales (in thousands) $66,377,563 $6,329,803 3rd  9.5%
Tax Base Per Capita $10,539 $14,762 5th 
2011 County Sales Tax Rate 2.25% 58th 
VII.  Public Infrastructure Needs Inventory 
Estimated Costs, 2011 - 2016 (in thousands)     Tennessee Knox County County
 Rank
Percent of State Total
Project  Type
Post-secondary Education & Preschools  $   3,545,708  $  1,286,121 1st 36.27%
Transportation     20,029,354        774,639 5th 3.87%
Existing School Improvements       1,990,971        105,924 3rd 5.32%
Water and Wastewater       4,110,530          65,222 17th 1.59%
School System-wide           73,995          46,940 1st 63.44%
Recreation         942,863          44,508 6th 4.72%
Public Health Facilities         426,158          22,470 7th 5.27%
Business District Development         971,261          20,000 2nd 2.06%
Storm Water         285,963          18,759 3rd 6.56%
Libraries, Museums, and Historic Sites         312,533            1,533 16th 0.49%
Law Enforcement       1,157,059            1,500 46th 0.13%
Other Facilities           95,026              687 11th 0.72%
Other Utilities         172,131              660 21st 0.38%
Public Buildings         393,884              450 50th 0.11%
Community Development         455,079              300 36th 0.07%
New Public Schools       1,604,136                   - - -
Industrial Sites and Parks         247,230                   - - -
Fire Protection         170,402                   - - -
Solid Waste           33,518                   - - -
Telecommunications           19,300                   - - -
Housing           14,800                   - - -
Property Acquisition                    -                   - - -
Grand Total  $ 37,051,902  $  2,389,712 3rd 6.45%
VIII.  Adult & Post-secondary Education
Adult Educational Attainment (Persons 25 years and over)   Tennessee Knox County County
 Rank
Percentage Point Difference
2007-2011 American Community Survey 
Percent w/ HS diploma (or equivalent) or better 83.2% 89.0% 3rd  5.8%
Percent w/ Bachelors Degree or better 23.0% 34.0% 3rd  11.0%
2000 Census
Percent w/ HS diploma (or equivalent) or better 75.9% 82.5% 3rd  6.6%
Percent w/ Bachelors Degree or better 19.6% 29.0% 3rd  9.4%
1990 Census
Percent w/ HS diploma (or equivalent) or better 67.1% 74.6% 5th  7.5%
Percent w/ Bachelors Degree or better 16.0% 23.9% 3rd  8.0%
*Note: Percentages do not add to 100%
because categories are not mutually exclusive.
*Note: 2011 educational attainment data not yet available. 
 Number of Post-secondary Institutions (Fall 2011)     Tennessee Knox County    
Four-year Colleges and Universities 55 2
Public 10 1
Private 45 1
Other Institutions 508 29
Two-Year Public (Community Colleges) 13 1
Two-Year Private Institutions 4 0
Technology Centers 26 1
Off-Campus Centers 41 1
Off-Campus Sites 424 26
Enrollment at Post-secondary Institutions (Fall 2011)            
Four-year Colleges and Universities         217,861 27,768
Public         138,811 26,923
Private           79,050 845
Other Institutions         139,347 12,885  
Two-Year Public (Community Colleges)           74,548 9,169  
Two-Year Private Institutions             1,684 0  
Technology Centers           10,710 692  
Off-Campus Centers           25,174 1,371  
Off-Campus Sites           27,231 1,653
IX.  Public School Systems (Total number of school systems in Tennessee is 136)
        Statewide Knox County          
Number of Students
2011-2012 950,547 56,298
System Rank for Students 3rd 
Percent of Statewide 5.9%          
2000-2001 896,556 52,072
System Rank for Students 3rd 
Percent of Statewide 5.8%          
Increase/(Decrease) 53,991            4,226                    
Percent Change 6.0% 8.1%          
2011-2012    
Free or Reduced-price Meals 60.9% 47.3%
Federal Title 1 58.0% 43.1%
Special Education 11.4% 12.3%
English Language Learners 3.8% 0.1%
        Statewide Knox County          
2011 Accreditation by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Elementary Schools 57.0% 65.2%
Secondary Schools 90.7% 80.0%
                     
Students per Classroom Teacher*
2011-12 14.7 15.0               
System Rank for Students/Classroom Teacher 99th                
2000-2001 15.8 15.4               
System Rank for Students/Classroom Teacher 60th                
Increase/(Decrease)             (1)                  (0)                    
*Note: Classroom teachers include art, music and physical education teachers.  Because these auxiliary teachers are
included, ratios of students to classroom teachers do not represent and tend to be lower than actual class sizes.
        Statewide Knox County          
Progress Through School
Promotion Rate
2011-2012 98.4% 99.3%  
1999-2000 96.8% 99.1%
Dropout Rate
2011-2012 6.9% 5.4%
1999-2000 14.4% 11.1%
*Note: DOE did not update the Cohort Drop Out Rate
        Statewide Knox County          
Expenditures per Student
2011-2012 $8,551 $7,893
System Rank for Expenditures per Student 78th 
Percent of Statewide 92.3%          
2001-2002 $5,678 $5,994
System Rank for Expenditures per Student 37th 
Percent of Statewide 105.6%          
Increase/Decrease $2,873 $1,899          
Percent Change 50.6% 31.7%          
                     
Classroom Teachers' Average Salary
2011-2012 $47,082 $44,898
System Rank for Ave. Teacher Salary 35th 
Percent of Statewide 95.4%          
2000-2001 $37,431 $37,547
System Rank for Ave. Teacher Salary 26th 
Percent of Statewide 100.3%          
Increase/(Decrease) $9,650 $7,352
Percent Change 25.8% 19.6%          
        Statewide Knox County           
Revenue by Source (percent of total)
2011-2012
Federal 14.5% 13.3%  
State 46.3% 33.4%
Local 39.2% 53.3%          
System Rank for Percent Local 9th           
2000-2001
Federal 9.5% 6.6%
State 46.9% 37.0%
Local 43.7% 56.4%
System Rank for Percent Local 9th           
        Statewide Knox County County
Rank
       
FY 2014 County Area Fiscal Capacity
Per Pupil Fiscal Capacity $3,079 $4,272 5th 
Percent of Statewide Figure 138.7%
Sources of Information for County Profiles
I. Geography & Demographics
U.S. Bureau of the Census–all data except for marriage and divorce rates.
  www.census.gov
  U.S. Department of Agriculture–farmland data
  http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usdahome
  http://www.agcensus.usda.gov
  TN Dept. of Health - marriage and divorce rates.
  http://health.tn.gov
II. Income & Poverty
U.S. Bureau of the Census–median household income data & poverty rates.
www.census.gov
TN Dept. of Human Services–Food Stamp data and Families First data.
http://www.tn.gov/foodstamps
http://tn.gov/humanserv/adfam/afs_tanf.html
U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis–per capita income data
www.bea.gov
III. Health & Healthcare
TN Dept.of Health, Health Statistics & Research–pregnancy, births, mortality & healthcare access data.
http://health.tn.gov/statistics/healthdata.htm
IV. Employment
TN Dept. Of Labor and Workforce Development–unemployment data. 
http://www.tn.gov/labor-wfd/
U.S. Department of Labor–employment data.
www.bls.gov/lau/home.htm
V. Value of Farmland and Agricultural Product Sold
U.S. Department of Agriculture–farmland data
http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usdahome
VI. County Government Finance (municipalities' revenue data not available)
TN County Technical Advisory Service (CTAS), Resource Center–county revenue data.
www.ctas.utk.edu
TN Comptroller of the Treasury, Division of Property Assessment–equalized assessed property values.
http://www.comptroller.tn.gov/pa/taxaggr.asp
TN Dept. of Revenue–total taxable sales.
http://www.tn.gov/revenue/statistics/index.shtml
VII. Public Infrastructure Needs Inventory
TN Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations–all data. 
http://tn.gov/tacir/infrastructure.html
VIII. Adult & Post-secondary Education
U.S. Bureau of the Census–educational attainment.
www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/educ-attn.html
TN Higher Education Commission–post-secondary institution and enrollment data.
www.tn.gov/thec
IX. Public School Systems (Total number of school systems is 136)
TN Department of Education–all data except fiscal capacity.
http://www.tn.gov/education/reports_data.shtml
TN Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations–education fiscal capacity.
http://tn.gov/tacir/fiscalcapacity.html
Prepared by TACIR