Oak Ridge

Explore Oak Ridge, The Secret City! With a fascinating history and a large science community, this city provides a serene suburban atmosphere, outdoor adventures, and proximity to Knoxville.

Oak Ridge, Tennessee, situated in Anderson and Roane Counties, lies just 25 miles west of Downtown Knoxville. This picturesque town offers a peaceful suburban community vibe and is an hour's drive away from the entrance to The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Historically known as the "Secret City," Oak Ridge played a pivotal role during the Manhattan Project, contributing to the development of atomic weapons used in WWII.

Though Oak Ridge is now considered part of Greater Knoxville, it retains its incorporated city status with its own school district and government. The allure of this small suburban haven lies in its low population density, larger lots, and tranquil atmosphere, making it an ideal choice for those seeking a quieter, hometown ambiance.

The Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL), a division of the Department of Energy, serves as the largest employer in the area. With Harden Valley's rapid growth and the excellent Oak Ridge school system, the town has become increasingly appealing to home buyers, including a substantial retiree population enticed by affordable homes, a temperate climate, quality healthcare at Methodist Medical Center, and an abundance of outdoor activities.

While Oak Ridge doesn't boast a dedicated downtown area, the "Historic Jackson Square" serves as the city center, hosting various annual events. For memorable experiences, don't miss the Oak Ridge Playhouse and the delightful Dean’s Restaurant and Bakery, both located in Jackson Square.

For outdoor enthusiasts, Oak Ridge is a paradise. Bordering the town, both Melton Hill Lake and Watts Bar Lake offer fantastic options for lakefront living and various water activities. Oak Ridge's park system shines with beautiful spots like Haw Ridge Park, Melton Lake Park, and Eliza Gate Park. With over 85 miles of paved trails, the area is perfect for mountain biking, walking, running, and enjoying nature. Outdoor adventures also include rowing with the Oak Ridge Rowing Association, kayaking, birdwatching, and exploring nature trails. For golf enthusiasts, the challenging Centennial Golf Course and the Oak Ridge Country Club showcase the breathtaking views of East Tennessee's beauty.

The town boasts its own school district with two high schools, three middle schools, and five elementary schools. Additionally, Oak Ridge is conveniently located within 15 minutes of most private schools in the area, including Knoxville Catholic School, Webb School of Knoxville, Christian Academy of Knoxville, Tate’s School (K-8), St. Joseph School (K-8), and Episcopal School of Knoxville (K-8).

Residents choose Oak Ridge for its proximity to museums, work opportunities, sporting events, concerts, lakefront living, and access to the great outdoors. The town offers a low cost of living and high value, making it an attractive destination for those seeking a harmonious blend of modern amenities and natural beauty.

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Overview for Oak Ridge, TN

31,087 people live in Oak Ridge, where the median age is 39.5 and the average individual income is $34,546. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Around Oak Ridge, TN

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

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Awad-O-Food, Secret City Butcher Shop, and Dutch Bros Coffee.

Name Category Distance Reviews
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Dining · $ 1.69 miles 10 reviews 4.9/5 stars
Dining · $$ 3.1 miles 17 reviews 4.8/5 stars
Dining 3.46 miles 5 reviews 4.8/5 stars
Dining · $ 4.85 miles 38 reviews 4.8/5 stars
Dining 4.02 miles 4 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $ 3.47 miles 51 reviews 4.7/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Oak Ridge, TN

Oak Ridge has 12,839 households, with an average household size of 2.4. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Oak Ridge do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 31,087 people call Oak Ridge home. The population density is 364.66 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Schools in Oak Ridge, TN

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The following schools are within or nearby Oak Ridge. 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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Jefferson Middle School
5th - 8th
9th - 12th
Willow Brook Elementary
K - 4th
Woodland Elementary
K - 4th
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Glenwood Elementary
K - 4th
Christian Academy Of Oak Ridge
K - 12th
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Robertsville Middle School
5th - 8th
K - 4th

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