The 10 Safest Knoxville, TN Neighborhoods To Live In For 2022

We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Knoxville are the safest places to live.

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We analyzed every possible crime metric to determine which neighborhoods in Knoxville are the safest.

Every year, more than 30 million Americans move. Sometimes, its for a job, other times its to escape the big city. But no matter where you move, you want a neighborhood thats family friendly, clean, and most importantly, safe.

Weve analyzed the FBI crime reports data on violent and property crimes for every single neighborhood in Knoxville. Then, we calculated your chances of being the victim of a crime in each one.

In which Knoxville neighborhoods can you leave your doors unlocked at night? Heres the list. For a more detailed breakdown for each neighborhood, keep reading.

The Safest Neighborhoods In Knoxville For 2022

  1. Old City (Homes)
  2. Downtown Knoxville (Homes)
  3. Fourth And Gill (Homes)
  4. Old North Knoxville (Homes)
  5. Edgewood (Homes)

So, which neighborhood is the safest in Knoxville in 2022? That would be Old City. Thats according to the most recent FBI crime data, which takes into account everything from thefts and robberies to assaults and murders.

If you want to dig down deeper into each neighborhood's statistics, as well as our methodology, take a look below. Some of these neighborhoods are the best places to live in Knoxville.

If you dont see a neighborhood youre looking for in our top ten, scroll down to the bottom, where we have all Knoxville neighborhoods listed in order from safest to most dangerous. Read on to see how we determined the places around Knoxville that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you're interested in the worst neighborhoods in Knoxville.

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Safest Neighborhoods In Knoxville

The 5 Safest Neighborhoods To Live In Knoxville For 2022

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Population: 120
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 304
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,681
More on Old City: Homes For Sale | Data

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Population: 1,654
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 353
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,812
More on Downtown Knoxville: Homes For Sale | Data

Downtown Knoxville Knoxville, TN

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Population: 648
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 631
Property Crime Per 100k: 3,222
More on Fourth And Gill: Homes For Sale | Data

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Population: 1,133
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 718
Property Crime Per 100k: 3,726
More on Old North Knoxville: Homes For Sale | Data

Old North Knoxville Knoxville, TN

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Population: 72
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 919
Property Crime Per 100k: 4,831
More on Edgewood: Homes For Sale | Data

Methodology: How We Determined The Safest Knoxville Hoods In 2022

You can ask people which neighborhoods are the safest, or you can just look at the unbiased raw data. So, instead of relying on speculation and opinion, we analyzed the hard numbers from the FBIs most recent crime report (published in September of 2019) for every neighborhood in Knoxville.

To be more specific, we analyzed the FBIs Uniform Crime Report. We then ran an analysis to calculate each neighborhoods property and violent crimes based on the demographics of the area and reported crime. We used two key criteria:

  • Total Crimes Per Capita
  • Violent Crimes Per Capita
  • Property Crimes Per Capita

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 16 in each category, where 1 was the safest.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a safe neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest safest neighborhood index the "Safest City Neighborhood In Knoxville." We're lookin' at you, Old City.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the safest places Knoxville. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from safest to most expensive.

Summary: The Safest Places In Knoxville

Looking at the data, you can tell that Old City is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most Tennessee residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.

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Detailed List Of The Safest Neighborhoods To Live In Knoxville For 2022

Rank Neighborhood Crime Per 100K
1 Old City 2,035
2 Downtown Knoxville 2,126
3 Fourth And Gill 3,843
4 Old North Knoxville 4,474
5 Edgewood 5,791
6 Belle Morris 5,997
7 South Knoxville 6,081
8 Old Sevier 6,853
9 Mornngside 6,958
10 Park City 7,052
11 Mechanicsville 7,169
12 Oakwood 13,058
13 Parkridge 7,324
14 College Hills 7,761
15 Beaumont 7,926
16 Fort Sanders 8,081

Editor's Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our second time ranking the safest neighborhoods to live in Knoxville.

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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