#5. Knoxville TN
By now you may have noticed a trend: the cities on this list are either in the Midwest or the South. The home of “Rocky Top” is no exception. Knoxville had a smooth ride through the Great Recession, and is poised to do the same should another one hit in the near future. The city’s economic growth landed it the number two spot of CareerBliss.com’s “Happiest Cities to Work in Right Now” list in 2013, and, more recently, a spot on Forbes’ list for most Recession-Resistant Cities for Real Estate. In 2018, Livability awarded Knoxville the #8 spot on the Top 10 Best Affordable Places to Live list.
In Knoxville, there hasn’t been an extreme housing explosion, so housing prices have just been rising steadily. Currently, the median home price is $134,600. Knoxville has a vibrant downtown and great restaurant scene due to the University of Tennessee bringing a steady stream of young residents to town. With the Great Smoky Mountains at your back door and Nashville and Chattanooga just short drives away, it’s a perfect place to put down roots and find peace of mind.