With a population of 190,740, Knoxville is the third-largest city in Tennessee behind Memphis and Nashville. According to the 2020 U.S. Census, approximately 13.9% of the city’s residents are senior citizens. Pleasant weather, highly ranked hospitals and a wallet-friendly income tax law make this southeast Tennessee city appealing to older residents. 

Those looking for a good midpoint between fully independent living at home and 24/7 medical supervision in a nursing care community may find that moving into an assisted living community is best. In these communities, seniors who need help with basic activities can get professional support while still maintaining their privacy and independence. Though exact prices vary by location, size and amenities, in Knoxville, the average monthly cost of assisted living is $3,823. 

This overview examines the price of assisted living in other Tennessee cities, the prices of other types of care in Knoxville and some of the pros and cons of retirement in the city. A list of low- and no-cost resources for older adults in the area is included.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Knoxville, TN

2015, 2016

Atria Weston Place

2900 Lake Brook Boulevard, Knoxville, TN, 37909

Atria Weston Place is located in Knoxville, Tennessee, in a lovely wooded area with convenient access to shopping centers and several major highways. Residents and visitors consistently give the commu … (read more)
Atria Weston Place is located in Knoxville, Tennessee, in a lovely wooded area with convenient access to shopping centers and several major highways. Residents and visitors consistently give the commu … (read more)

Deane Hill Place

401 Catherine McAuley Way, Knoxville, TN, 37919

Deane Hill Place is located in a bustling shopping district of Knoxville, Tennessee, just a few blocks south of Interstate 40. Visitors and residents appreciate that Deane Hill Place is a picturesque … (read more)
Deane Hill Place is located in a bustling shopping district of Knoxville, Tennessee, just a few blocks south of Interstate 40. Visitors and residents appreciate that Deane Hill Place is a picturesque … (read more)

2015

American House West Knoxville

8024 Gleason Drive, Knoxville, TN, 37919

American House West Knoxville is located about nine miles west of the West Knoxville and a block away from the West Town Mall. Residents and visitors appreciate the community-like feel of the facility … (read more)
American House West Knoxville is located about nine miles west of the West Knoxville and a block away from the West Town Mall. Residents and visitors appreciate the community-like feel of the facility … (read more)

South High Senior Living

835 Tipton Ave, , Knoxville, TN, 37920

South High Senior Living is very new. It just opened a year ago, but it was very nice. It was excellent. It was actually a little cheaper than where Dad had decided to go. It was nicer because everyth … (read more)
South High Senior Living is very new. It just opened a year ago, but it was very nice. It was excellent. It was actually a little cheaper than where Dad had decided to go. It was nicer because everyth … (read more)

Oakwood Senior Living

232 E. Churchwell Ave., Knoxville, TN, 37917

We found Oakwood Senior Living for my brother. The staff has been very wonderful, and he’s not the easiest patient to take care of. He loves the food, and he’s very picky. What we’ve seen has been ver … (read more)
We found Oakwood Senior Living for my brother. The staff has been very wonderful, and he’s not the easiest patient to take care of. He loves the food, and he’s very picky. What we’ve seen has been ver … (read more)

2016

StoryPoint Knoxville West

8501 S. Northshore Drive, Knoxville, TN, 37922

Manorhouse Assisted Living is located in a residential neighborhood in Knoxville, Tennessee, with convenient highway access. Visitors are immediately impressed by the facility’s well-maintained ground … (read more)
Manorhouse Assisted Living is located in a residential neighborhood in Knoxville, Tennessee, with convenient highway access. Visitors are immediately impressed by the facility’s well-maintained ground … (read more)

2013

Trinity Hills of Knoxville

4611 Ashville Highway, Knoxville, TN, 37914

Trinity Hills of Knoxville is located in East Knoxville, Tennessee, just minutes from shops, churches and a community center. The facility offers clean, spacious rooms featuring kitchenettes, and resi … (read more)
Trinity Hills of Knoxville is located in East Knoxville, Tennessee, just minutes from shops, churches and a community center. The facility offers clean, spacious rooms featuring kitchenettes, and resi … (read more)

American House Halls

7521 Andersonville Pike, Knoxville, TN, 37938

American House Halls is located in Knoxville, Tennessee, in a beautiful countryside residential area with amazing views of Black Oak Ridge and close access to several stores and a shopping outlet. Res … (read more)
American House Halls is located in Knoxville, Tennessee, in a beautiful countryside residential area with amazing views of Black Oak Ridge and close access to several stores and a shopping outlet. Res … (read more)

Northshore Heights Located in Knoxville

8804 S Northshore Dr, Knoxville, TN, 37922

We were very impressed with Northshore Heights – Knoxville. You feel like you’re going into a resort hotel because it had a lot of seating outside. It had the look of a resort hotel both in the front … (read more)
We were very impressed with Northshore Heights – Knoxville. You feel like you’re going into a resort hotel because it had a lot of seating outside. It had the look of a resort hotel both in the front … (read more)

Autumn Care

136 Canton Hollow Rd, Knoxville, TN, 37922

I toured Autumn Care. They were very nice when we walked in, but the person who was giving us the information, I could tell from the beginning, did not want my mother there. It wasn’t great, I didn’t … (read more)
I toured Autumn Care. They were very nice when we walked in, but the person who was giving us the information, I could tell from the beginning, did not want my mother there. It wasn’t great, I didn’t … (read more)

L & L Sweet Home Care

804 Atlantic Ave., Knoxville, TN, 37917


Pinnacle Assisted Living

10520 Waterville Lane, Knoxville, TN, 37932


2014

Arbor Terrace of Knoxville

9051 Cross Park Drive, Knoxville, TN, 37923

Arbor Terrace of Knoxville is located in the bustling neighborhood of Cedar Bluff in Knoxville, Tennessee. Residents and visitors compliment the facility for having a caring, compassionate and enthusi … (read more)
Arbor Terrace of Knoxville is located in the bustling neighborhood of Cedar Bluff in Knoxville, Tennessee. Residents and visitors compliment the facility for having a caring, compassionate and enthusi … (read more)

Truewood by Merrill, Knoxville

555 Rainforest Rd, Knoxville, TN, 37923

Our tour at Raintree Terrace was fine. The community was very nice. I thought it was a little overpriced. The extra cost of the healthcare for my father-in-law was going to be over $2,000, so for my m … (read more)
Our tour at Raintree Terrace was fine. The community was very nice. I thought it was a little overpriced. The extra cost of the healthcare for my father-in-law was going to be over $2,000, so for my m … (read more)

NHC Place, Farragut

122 Cavette Hill Lane, Knoxville, TN, 37934

This facility would be fine for someone with memory loss who is immobile. It is very easy to elope from in spite of the bracelet that the staff assured me would alarm to alert staff that a resident is … (read more)
This facility would be fine for someone with memory loss who is immobile. It is very easy to elope from in spite of the bracelet that the staff assured me would alarm to alert staff that a resident is … (read more)

The Courtyards Senior Living – The Orchards

815 E Inskip Dr, Knoxville, TN, 37912

We found The Courtyards Senior Living (The Orchard) for my mother-in-law. The place was about a year old. It was really nice. It had everything that she needed, and it was only about five minutes from … (read more)
We found The Courtyards Senior Living (The Orchard) for my mother-in-law. The place was about a year old. It was really nice. It had everything that she needed, and it was only about five minutes from … (read more)

Windsor Gardens Assisted Living

5611 Central Ave. Pike, Knoxville, TN, 37912

My aunt is at Windsor Gardens Assisted Living. I was really pleased with it. My aunt seems to be doing fine over there. The people there were all friendly. It seems like they have little groups where … (read more)
My aunt is at Windsor Gardens Assisted Living. I was really pleased with it. My aunt seems to be doing fine over there. The people there were all friendly. It seems like they have little groups where … (read more)

Heritage Assisted Living

144 Felix Rd, Knoxville, TN, 37918

My sister lived in Heritage Assisted Living for a while. It was a nice facility, and it was clean. Both my sister and I are very satisfied there. If they have all the levels of care, we would definite … (read more)
My sister lived in Heritage Assisted Living for a while. It was a nice facility, and it was clean. Both my sister and I are very satisfied there. If they have all the levels of care, we would definite … (read more)

Renaissance Terrace

215 Bearden Place,, Knoxville, TN, 37917

Renaissance Terrace is a small facility with only 15 rooms, and it’s only 5 or 6 years old. My sister is in there. It’s a really nice facility, they have good food, and it is well-staffed. Some of … (read more)
Renaissance Terrace is a small facility with only 15 rooms, and it’s only 5 or 6 years old. My sister is in there. It’s a really nice facility, they have good food, and it is well-staffed. Some of … (read more)

The Courtyards Senior Living -The Meadows

801 E Inskip Dr, Knoxville, TN, 37912

The staff at The Courtyards Senior Living- The Meadows was really friendly. The lady showed me one room after another and then the staff came up and she was telling them about the rooms and stuff like … (read more)
The staff at The Courtyards Senior Living- The Meadows was really friendly. The lady showed me one room after another and then the staff came up and she was telling them about the rooms and stuff like … (read more)

COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in Knoxville

Since most COVID-19 rules for Assisted Living Communities and other Senior Living Facilities are set at the state level, you can view the specific rules for your state on our Guide to Assisted Living in Tennessee. Keep in mind that every community has specific policies that they put in place to protect their residents, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more – find contact information here.

What to Consider About Assisted Living in Knoxville

The Tennessee Department of Health’s Office of Health Care Facilities has oversight of assisted living communities, nursing care homes and similar institutions throughout the state. The office issues operating licenses and is also in charge of investigating complaints and collecting fines.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Knoxville

  • According to annual rankings from U.S. News & World Report, three of Tennessee’s 10 best hospitals are in Knoxville: University of Tennessee Medical Center, Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center and Parkwest Medical Center. UTMC is ranked as high-performing in stroke care, heart attack care, hip replacement and eight other specialties.
  • Knoxville’s economy and tax laws make it an ideal choice for budget-conscious seniors. Knoxville’s cost of living is 14.5% below the national average, and yearly tax bills are significantly reduced due to Tennessee having no individual-level state income tax. Notably, the state makes up some revenue via a higher-than-average sales tax rate of 9.3%; nationally, the average is 7.3%.
  • Seniors who enjoy seasonal climate changes will find Knoxville’s climate and weather appealing. The region’s summers are warm without being oppressively hot, with highs generally in the 80s from June to September, and its winters rarely get bitterly cold, with lows hovering around 30 from December to February.  
  • Unfortunately, crime in Knoxville is more prevalent than in most U.S. cities, with violent crime occurring about twice as often and property crime occurring about 2.5 times more often. However, these types of crimes are usually not a direct concern for residents of assisted living communities, which tend to have secured entries and exits as well as camera coverage of surrounding areas.
  • Getting around Knoxville is affordable for seniors. Knoxville Area Transit offers half-price fares for adults aged 65 and up. The city is also part of the AARP Age-Friendly Network, an initiative to boost senior-focused quality of life improvements in cities across the nation.  

Paying for Assisted Living in Knoxville

In Knoxville, seniors can expect to pay an average of $3,823 a month for assisted living care.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Knoxville’s assisted living costs are roughly 15% lower than the national average of $4,500 and 5% lower than the Tennessee average of $4,015. The state’s highest prices are found in Cleveland at $4,835. State capital Nashville reports an average monthly cost of $4,100, slightly over the state average, and Chattanooga’s price is in the same ballpark at $4,220. Clarksville residents see the state’s lowest average prices at $3,215. 

$3823

Knoxville

$4015

Tennessee

$4500

The United States

$4100

Nashville

$3215

Clarksville

$4220

Chattanooga

$4835

Cleveland

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care 

Seniors who need more robust medical support than that found in assisted living communities may turn to nursing home care. In Knoxville, a semiprivate room runs $7,148. Aging in place is another option; services from Knoxville’s in-home care and home health care agencies average $4,757 and $4,715 per month, respectively. Adult day health care is much cheaper than all other options at $1,517 per month, but since it doesn’t cover nights and weekends, it’s usually best used as a supplement to other types of care.

$4757

In-Home Care

$4715

Home Health Aide

$1517

Adult Day Health Care

$3823

Assisted Living Facility

$7148

Nursing Home (semiprivate room)

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Knoxville

The state of Tennessee provides financial assistance to eligible seniors via its TennCare program. The program provides healthcare and long-term care to local seniors. 

Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in Tennessee page.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Tennessee

More Ways to Pay for Assisted Living

While many families use their own funds or personal assets to pay for assisted living, there are plenty of additional options to cover these costs. Some additional ways to finance assisted living costs include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

For more information about different ways to finance assisted living, visit our Assisted Living in Tennessee page.

Free Assisted Living Resources in Knoxville

The resources in the following chart provide in-city transportation, continuing education, assistive equipment loans and social events for Knoxville seniors.

Resource

Contact

Service

(865) 974-1111

Under Tennessee law, Tennessee adults aged 60 and up are eligible to take non-credit classes at all public colleges in the state without paying tuition. Adults aged 65 and up can take credit classes without paying tuition, although some fees and class-size limitations apply. 

(865) 219-0130

This loan locker makes mobility, safety and convenience medical equipment available to Knoxville seniors for no cost. Seniors may contact Spark to donate or request wheelchairs, rollators, transfer benches and similar items.

(423) 424-4201

Seniors in need of rides to medical screenings and other essential appointments can connect with MyRide volunteers for curb-to-curb service. The service is open to adults 60 years of age and up who are able to walk under their own power or with basic assistive mobility devices.

(865) 288-7805

Seniors meet in this community center to take part in fitness groups practicing tai chi and yoga, emotional support groups for people dealing with grief and bereavement, technology seminars that cover modern mobile devices and more. Card games and trivia contests are also regularly on the center's event schedule.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Knoxville

Knoxville Assisted Living Communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all Assisted Living Facilities in Tennessee are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in Tennessee page for more information about these laws.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Tennessee