The heart of the area downtown has expanded to include neighborhoods.

Not long ago, the only reason Knoxville residents ventured downtown was to go to the courthouse or post office. But not anymore, the revitalization of downtown Knoxville during the past 15 years has been more than dynamic. The drastic improvement has been in the number of hotels, housing, retail development, emerging restaurants, and varied business offices.

Downtown Knoxville is in actuality several areas. The traditional Downtown area (Old City, Gay Street, and Market Streets), Fort Sanders, University of Tennessee, Emory Place Historic District, Downtown North, and parts of the Morningside area. 

Boasting the oldest parts of Knoxville and many historic buildings, Downtown Knoxville is a stroll through the past yet it’s alive with the future. A good number of these buildings have been reimagined and turned into lofts and condos for purchase. Some recently renovated buildings such as The Sterchi Lofts, Penney’s Buildings, The Holston, The Burwell, The Emporium Lofts, and Southeastern Glass provide beautiful spaces for residents to live and play in the city.  New condo buildings are also popping up like Regas Square. And still, others have been made into restaurants, for example, The Vault is a small cocktail bar located in a vault of an old turn-of-the-century bank building. Also key to Downtown’s redevelopment were Market Square, the Old City, the World’s Fair Park, and Volunteer Landing (with a Ruth Chris Steakhouse) on the riverfront.

In addition to newer construction, some notable historic structures include Blount Mansion, the reconstructed James White Fort, the Bijou TheatreTennessee TheatreOld City Hall, and the L&N Station.  Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, and University of Tennessee Medical Center are all located downtown, offering a wealth of opportunities and access to first-rate healthcare.

Downtown Knoxville has so much to offer: from shopping, movies, and restaurants to Broadway shows, concerts, and sporting events like Ice Bears and UT Sports. Soon to break ground, the minor league baseball team, The Smokies are building a new multi-purpose stadium complex in the Old City.

Every month downtown Knoxville is host to First Friday ArtWalk with galleries and shops staying open late to encourage revelers to appreciate the art, live music, and shops that downtown has to offer. Downtown Knoxville boasts local eateries with award-winning chefs, some of who have decamped from nearby Blackberry Farm.  Knoxville classics include Emilia, The Oliver Royale, J.C. Holdway, Knox Mason, Kefi, Vida, and Bistro @ the Bijou.

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1,891 people live in DOWNTOWN KNOXVILLE, where the median age is 34 and the average individual income is $48,137. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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There's plenty to do around DOWNTOWN KNOXVILLE, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Explore popular things to do in the area, including Five Cousins Pollo A La Brasa, Chicken City, and CAYE - Yelp Knoxville Takes Over Saw Works Brewing Company.

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Dining 4.49 miles 14 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $$$ 2.33 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
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Dining 0.64 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 3.59 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 0.88 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for DOWNTOWN KNOXVILLE, TN

DOWNTOWN KNOXVILLE has 1,136 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in DOWNTOWN KNOXVILLE do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 1,891 people call DOWNTOWN KNOXVILLE home. The population density is 10,946.085 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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