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

Welcome to Downtown Knoxville

In getting to know Knoxville one route is to explore the city in broad segments divided into NorthEastSouthWest, and Downtown. Knoxville is historically a diverse city with many different communities, interesting architecture, food, and shopping. I think you will find each of these areas has something unique to offer!
Once upon a time (about 15 years ago), the only time you were downtown was to go to the courthouse or post office. No doubt the biggest evolution in Knoxville during the last decade would have to be the Downtown area. While it has been (and still is) the city’s location for city and county municipal offices, the drastic change has been in retail development and new emerging art, food, and business scene.
Traditionally the downtown area was determined by markers such as First & Second Creek, railroads, and the river. Yet, as the evolution and development of Knoxville have occurred, so has the definition of Downtown. It is safe to say that while Gay Street is the heart of the area downtown has expanded to include neighborhoods such as Fort SandersEmory Place district, Downtown North, and parts of the Morningside area east of First Creek.
Boasting the oldest parts of Knoxville and the city’s oldest buildings, downtown Knoxville is a stroll through the past and alive with the future. Also key to downtown redevelopment were Market Square, the Old City, the World’s Fair Park, and Volunteer Landing on the riverfront, where residents and visitors will find shops and restaurants galore.
There also several larger office buildings including the Riverview Tower, the TVA Towers, the City-County Building, and the Andrew Johnson Building to name a few. In addition to newer construction, the notable historic structures include Blount Mansion, the reconstructed James White Fort, the Bijou TheatreTennessee TheatreOld City Hall, and the L&N Station. Fortunately, all this renovation has made living downtown better than ever! Some recently renovated buildings such as the Sterchi lofts, the Holston, the JFG building, the Burwell, and the Southeastern Glass provide beautiful spaces for residents to live and play in the city.
Every month downtown Knoxville is host to First Friday events that are focused on art, music, and community and occur anywhere in the Old City, Market Square, or 100 Block of Gay Street. With new galleries and shops popping up along the side streets this event seems to be growing faster than any other in the city. While West Knoxville has more of the national chain-style restaurants it is all about local eateries and shops downtown. Some Knoxville classics include Tomato HeadNama, and Bistro @ the Bijou. After a filling meal, you can stroll down Gay Street to Mast General Store and then head over to Market Square for some shopping.
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7,254 people live in DOWNTOWN KNOXVILLE, where the median age is 23.7 and the average individual income is $23,027.11. 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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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Sweet Smuckers Doughnuts, Smoky Mountain Grocery, and Chicken City.

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Dining 0.21 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $ 22.55 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $$$ 2.33 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 3.64 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 22.79 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 21.83 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for DOWNTOWN KNOXVILLE, TN

DOWNTOWN KNOXVILLE has 2,701 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. 7,254 people call DOWNTOWN KNOXVILLE home. The population density is 4,256.45 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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The following schools are within or nearby DOWNTOWN KNOXVILLE. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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