Knoxville Among The Top 10 Cities Where Outdoor Lovers Can Afford To Live

Living in a city where you can enjoy the great outdoors doesn’t have to be as expensive and hard as you may think.

Oftentimes, when people think about cities with great outdoor living they think of Denver, San Francisco, San Diego, Phoenix, or Seattle. While these cities may offer mountains, lakes, or the ocean, they often come with a high cost of living, making them out of reach for those who don’t have the paycheck to support that lifestyle.

Luckily, though, outdoor lovers shouldn’t fret. There are many cities in the U.S. that allow you to enjoy outdoor living but do not come with the hefty price tag. recently name 10 cities where outdoor lovers can actually afford to live. Knoxville was included on that list, ranking #9 overall.

In order to come up with a list of affordable cities for outdoor lovers, looked a wide-variety of factors. Here are what factors were considered:

  • Proximity to national parks within a 4-hour drive
  • Number of state parks or beaches within a 1-hour drive
  • Outdoor dining options
  • Number of months with mild weather (temps between 60 to 80 degrees)
  • Bicycle friendliness from the League of American Bicyclists
  • Median home prices below $300,0000

Knoxville received nods for having a low cost of living as well as its proximity to the Great Smoky Mountains. Knoxville is just a short drive to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. In addition, Knoxville has a large array of restaurants with outdoor seating. Knoxville also has the Tennessee River, which provides a variety of outdoor activities.

Here is the complete list of cities that offer affordable living for outdoor lovers:

  1. Greenville, SC
  2. Pittsburgh, PA
  3. Morgantown, WV
  4. Greensboro, NC
  5. Dayton, OH
  6. Tampa, FL
  7. Chico, CA
  8. Atlanta, GA
  9. Knoxville, TN
  10. Buffalo, NY

This is not the first time that Knoxville has topped a national ranking list in recent years. Here are a few other lists that Knoxville has topped in recent years:

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