Wonderful Quality of Life

Oak Ridge is blessed with limitless amenities that make day-to-day living a pleasure. Safe neighborhoods, award-winning schools, top-notch healthcare and a traditional sense of community, make Oak Ridge the perfect environment to nurture a family or to nest for retirement.


City Amenities

  • School system (K - 12)
  • Police & Fire protection
  • Parks and recreation
  • Library
  • Healthcare facilities
  • Cultural Organizations
  • Visibility generated by National Park status
  • Close proximity to major employers
  • Resurgent retail/restaurant availability
  • Momentum from “Not In Our City” initiatives- focusing on housing, neighborhood cleanup and safety
  • Small, close-knit community that welcomes newcomers and diversity


In 2016-2017, the Oak Ridge Chamber conducted a housing study to identify the need of new housing stock in the city.  As a result, the city has seen substantial growth in new construction housing stock at a moderate price point to suit young families.  

Well-built homes on tree-lined streets make great starter homes for any budget. Mid-range houses in planned subdivisions with sidewalks, community pools and limited access provide the perfect family atmosphere. And executive residences are prevalent in a variety of designs, many on or near Oak Ridge’s two top-notch golf courses.

Oak Ridge offers large lots and mini-farms for flower and gardening enthusiasts and animal lovers alike. Available properties and new developments are ideal for custom-built homes, and the gently rolling terrain in the city affords views of the Great Smoky Mountains and Melton Hill Lake from many vantage points.

For maintenance-free living, a wide selection of apartments and condominiums awaits newcomers; while assisted living facilities provide care in a comfortable environment that encourages independence.

  • Rate of Home Ownership: 62.7%
  • Average Family Size: 3
  • Average Household Size: 2.39
  • Overall Marriage Rate: 48.7%

source: https://www.oakridgechamber.org/housing

Oak Ridge Population & Demographics

Oak Ridge is currently growing at a rate of 0.39% annually and its population has increased by 0.39% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 29,498 in 2018. Spanning over 90 miles, Oak Ridge has a population density of 346 people per square mile. It is currently ranked as the 27th largest city in Tennessee.

source: https://worldpopulationreview.com/us-cities/oak-ridge-tn-population

Medical Care

Methodist Medical Center

Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge offers patients the highest level of quality care, technology and service that you’d expect to find in a nationally leading hospital. That’s because Methodist is a leading hospital but offers patients the convenience of a hometown medical center that is close to the support of family and friends. A 301-bed regional medical center, Methodist was one of the first hospitals in East Tennessee to offer cutting-edge treatments and technologies that benefit people with life-threatening aneurysms; severely damaged knee, hip and shoulder joints; sudden heart failure; and non-healing wounds.

Methodist is part of the Covenant Health system, the region’s top-performing healthcare network with 10 hospitals, outpatient and specialty services, and Covenant Medical Group, the area’s fastest-growing physician practice division. Headquartered in Knoxville, Covenant Health is a community-owned integrated healthcare delivery system and the area’s largest employer. 


Mental health services in the area include Ridgeview, a private not-for-profit community mental health center, fully accredited by the Joint Commission of Health Care Organizations and licensed by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities and the Department of Health, Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services. The range of programs and services provides individualized care of adults, youth and children. Acute inpatient services for adults, as well as outpatient and administrative services are provided at Ridgeview’s facility.

Other Hospitals within a 20 minute radius: