Quality of Life
East Tennessee is a great place to live and work...
Where We Work
East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP) is situated on almost 5,000 acres west of Oak Ridge Tennessee. The Park is near key government facilities, such as the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant (home to the Center for Manufacturing Technology), Tennessee Valley Authority, and the University of Tennessee.
In addition, dozens of high-profile commercial enterprises have headquarters in East Tennessee, including Alcoa, Ruby Tuesday national restaurant chain, Sea Ray Boats, and Scripps Networks (Home and Garden Television, the Food Network).
Where We Live
Thanks to the low cost of living, abundant cultural and recreational opportunities, and top-ranked educational and health care institutions, the regions quality of life is exceedingly high.
East Tennesseans enjoy one of the countrys lowest costs of living, 15.7 percent below the national average. Tennessee has the lowest tax burden in the United States due in part to the lack of an individual state income tax. Housing, plentiful in all price ranges, is 17 percent below the national average. The median housing cost in the area is $127,000, with new housing developments that feature homes in the popular middle-market range. Rentals, from apartments to houses, start at $280 per month.
The Oak Ridge public school system is one of the most respected in the nation. The city invests more than $6,000 per student, well above the national average, to provide optimal learning environments for all students. The investment pays off in consistent academic excellence with standardized test scores that exceed state and national averages.
For continuing education, the University of Tennessee and two state-certified community colleges are nearby. The University of Tennessee is also home to the areas only teaching hospital and Level 1 trauma unit. Oak Ridgers also have close access to medical care at the Methodist Medical Center, a 300-bed full-service hospital.
Oak Ridge offers residents and businesses unique technological, cultural, and educational advantages.
The region offers a wealth of cultural and recreational activities. Oak Ridge is one of the few cities of its size 27,000 with its own symphony orchestra, ballet company, community playhouse, and two museums.
In Knoxville, two beautifully restored theaters, the Tennessee and the Bijou, host nationally known concert artists and theatrical groups. With the University of Tennessee nearby, lectures, recitals, and plays are always options.
Sports and Recreation
Spectator sports abound, including professional football, baseball and hockey. The area also rallies around the University of Tennessee Volunteers football and basketball teams, celebrating both men and women teams who frequently compete for national championships.
If you prefer the great outdoors, Oak Ridge is within one hours drive of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Big South Fork Recreation Area, Cherokee National Forest, and seven major lakes.
Our moderate, four-season climate makes outdoor sport a year-round event. Oak Ridge offers a variety of parks and recreational facilities, including 35 miles of wooded walking trails within city limits. Oak Ridge's 2,000 meter course on Melton Hill Lake attracts rowing enthusiasts from around the world.