South Knoxville

Riverside views in a trendy up and coming area near downtown

Welcome to South Knoxville

South Knoxville lies on the south side of the Tennessee River. It joins the rest of the city, specifically downtown Knoxville, via four bridges. These include the J. E. “Buck” Karnes Bridge and the Gay Street Bridge, in addition to the James C. Ford Memorial Bridge and the Henley Bridge. Residents of the area enjoy beautiful views of the river, almost like an island home, but still have easy access to downtown.

South Knoxville is a fun and lively area. It is a unique and dynamic city with the Urban Wilderness,1,000 acres of land ideal for biking, rock climbing, hiking, kayaking, and paddleboarding, nearby. It was considered to have 18,516 residents when the 2000 census was calculated, although it has likely increased since then. Recent years have seen improvements on the waterfront, leading to more commercial and recreational uses and better accessibility and aesthetics.

What We Love

  • Strong sense of community
  • Unique culture and atmosphere
  • Easy access to the river and downtown

Local Lifestyle

Offering single-family homes, condominiums and townhouses, South Knoxville is an up-and-coming part of the city with a young, hipster vibe. The city finds its roots in the charm and hospitality of the south. It is a welcoming, open place with a friendly community and one-of-a-kind culture. There are many things to do, from fun shopping adventures to exciting local activities and events.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

So Kno Taco Cantina is a locally owned South Knox favorite. Centering their menu on SoCal street tacos, fantastic sides and a variety of beers and house margaritas on tap, they are a favorite place to stop when near Ijams Nature Center and AMBC biking trails.

Redbud Kitchen serves fresh, delicious and colorful menu items. They focus on fresh American cuisine and boast an extensive cocktail & beer menu as well. Located adjacent to Hi-Wire Brewing, they complement one another as you can pick-up food from Redbud and eat it at the brewery. Hi-Wire is family-friendly and pet-friendly and has a variety of Interactive Games (soccer pool, table tennis, foosball, & shuffleboard). The taproom features 360° of vibrant indoor murals and outdoor decks with views of downtown Knoxville from the rooftop.

Honeybee Coffee is a local coffee roaster & coffee shop. Sourcing their coffee from small farms around the world, they roast their beans in house & have become a Knoxville staple. Their coffeeshop is designed as a gathering space, fostering a strong sense of community. They serve a variety of drinks, from coffee to beer, & food items and have created a warm and relaxing atmosphere perfect for meeting friends or finding a quiet place to work.

Things to Do

Ijams Nature Center covers over 300 acres of rock formations and wetlands. With over ten miles of hiking trails and canoe, paddleboard, and kayaking opportunities, there is much to do in the urban park. Visitors can learn about the local animals and how to find them in the center. The Knoxville Botanical Gardens & Arboretum was officially founded in 2001, though the 47-acre property can be traced back to 1786. It boasts eight beautiful gardens, walking paths, a butterfly meadow, and unique stone walls.

A place to learn about regional history, the East Tennessee Historical Society and Museum has over 13,000 artifacts, including art, quilts, Civil War relics, and much more. The museum uses technology, artifacts, and pictures to explore three centuries of local life, focusing on the area’s connections to national historical events. It also displays many temporary exhibits.


Overview for South Knoxville, TN

10,499 people live in South Knoxville, where the median age is 32 and the average individual income is $27,527. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Demographics and Employment Data for South Knoxville, TN

South Knoxville has 4,738 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in South Knoxville do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 10,499 people call South Knoxville home. The population density is 3,696.247 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Schools in South Knoxville, TN

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The following schools are within or nearby South 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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Mead Montessori School
PreK - 8th
No rating available
South Doyle Middle School
6th - 8th
Dogwood Elementary
PreK - 5th
South Knox Elementary
PreK - 5th

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