About Knox County
Knox County is a county in the U.S. state of Tennessee. As of the 2010 census, the population totaled 432,226. Its county seat and largest city is Knoxville. The county is at the geographical center of the Great Valley of East Tennessee. Near the heart of the county is the origin of the Tennessee River at the union of the Holston and French Broad Rivers.
Founded in 1791 where the French Broad and Holston Rivers converge to form the Tennessee River, Knoxville is the largest city in East Tennessee and ranks third largest in the state. It is located in a broad valley between the Cumberland Mountains to the northwest and the Great Smoky Mountains to the southeast. These two mountain ranges help provide a moderate climate, with an annual average temperature of 58 degrees. There are 104 square miles in the City of Knoxville and 526 square miles in all of Knox County. Downtown Knoxville is 936 feet above sea level.
The Knoxville area is frequently cited in national surveys as a quality place in which to live. The University of Tennessee calls Knoxville home, making an array of educational and cultural opportunities available to area residents. Affordable housing, health care costs below the national average, a low crime rate, and a pleasant climate with lakes and mountains nearby are factors which make Knoxville an attractive place to settle.
The Town of Farragut was incorporated on Jan. 16, 1980, with the first Board of Mayor and Aldermen elected on April 1, 1980. The Town is named after Admiral David Glasgow Farragut, the first admiral of the United States Navy, who was born in the Farragut area. Controls on zoning, building codes and signage plus major improvements to roads are important aspects of the Town.