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.