By Brett Cafferty

What a difference just a couple of years makes! Knoxville has had significant growth in just a short time. In order to reach more communities while providing the best exposure for our advertisers, Everything Knoxville is expanding our distribution to nearly 40,000 homes across Knox County and beyond.

A quick search of statistics available through the Knoxville Association of Realtors, UT State Data Center, and local news sites provide a quick Tennessee snapshot:

• In 2022, Tennessee experienced its largest year-over-year population increase and surpassed 7 million residents.

• Knox County’s population grew by roughly 46,000 people from 2010-2020 and an increase of 8,000 from July 2021 to July 2022.

• First-time homebuyers represent 24% of home sales, up from 13% just three years ago.

• All-cash sales represented 28% of all home sales in the first quarter of 2023.

• Knox County residential building permits totaled 4,191 in 2022 – the second highest number in 20 years!

For those receiving Everything Knoxville for the first time, we are celebrating our 17th year of sharing the small business stories of Knoxville. Our aim is to help connect our readers with local businesses, offer a resource for goods and services, highlight cultural events and our nonprofit community, and promote fun things to do in our friendly and quickly growing town. We hope our publication will help you become more familiar with the area, local events, and gain insight into our many fine local business services.

For those of us who are established Knoxville residents, let’s be welcoming and support new folks in getting acclimated to the community. We all (at least most of us) were new in town at some point, and for those relocating or moving a family, it can be an exhausting and stressful time, so be sure to offer a warm “hello!” Assisting new neighbors with home services, auto repair, and medical service recommendations can be a huge help that may make their transition easier. Let’s extend a sincere measure of East Tennessean southern hospitality!

Have a great summer!