Best Value Cities 2011:
5. Knoxville, Tenn.
Low taxes, low energy and utility rates, affordable housing, and the free downtown trolley help make Knoxville an inexpensive place to live. The price for a four-bedroom, three-bathroom house, for example, is about $198,000.
Knoxville is also an ideal place to be an entrepreneur. Josh Sidman, owner of The Parlor, a cafe and music shop specializing in vintage instruments, came here six years ago while performing in a bluegrass band. Once here, he decided to make Knoxville home. "The economics and cost of living enabled me to take the plunge in such a horrible economy," says Sidman, 40.
—Marc A. Wojno, Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine, September 2011, kiplinger.com